Supply Chain

What Came First – the Labor Shortage or Supply Chain Challenges?

Supply chain management in 2022 looks nothing like it did in 2019.  A collision course of the pandemic, trade wars and tariffs, Brexit, the IoT boom, natural disasters, ecommerce and home delivery expectations, the semiconductor chip shortage, and labor shortages have forced a rethink in the how and what of supply chains.  A lot of […]


What does the Future Hold for Autonomous Vehicles?

Autonomous vehicles are slowly but steadily reshaping the way people work, travel, and live. While we do not have the Jetson’s flying Space Car yet, the innovations and technology driving autonomous vehicles means this is a real possibility.  From autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) reducing workplace accidents to autonomous farming equipment helping to fill in skilled […]


AutoGuide 2021 Blog Highlights: Read About AMRs, Supply Chain Challenges, Lean Six Sigma and Warehousing Operations, and More

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) benefits, supply chain, data analytics, lean six sigma, workplace safety, reshoring, and material handling trends are some of the themes we highlighted on our 2021 blog.  In January 2021 we launched our blog with the underlying goal of giving you content and thought leadership that informs, educates, and stimulates conversation (and […]


Understanding Data Analytics and the Benefits to Lean Manufacturing

Big data is here, and it is making waves in every aspect of work and life. From predicting customer demand to highlighting gaps in productivity, through to algorithms controlling brand awareness – big data is a key player in warehousing and manufacturing operations.  The good news is that warehousing and manufacturing companies are using big […]


Meet eKAMI: Creating Opportunity with Advanced 21st Century Manufacturing Education

The U.S. skills gap, supply chain barriers, and labor shortages are real-world manufacturing challenges in 2021 and beyond. Couple that with high staff turnover, skills and experience gaps among employees, and a lack of new talent interested in careers in manufacturing, and we can see just how challenged companies are today.  With a focus on […]


Meet eKAMI: The School that Is Changing Lives in Kentucky

Imagine starting work in the coal mines of eastern Kentucky five days after graduating from high school. Now imagine working in the coal mines for 30 years. You know the industry. You have developed a deep level of skill and knowledge about coal mining and running coal mines. You have a good career and worked your way […]


Sustaining a Lean Supply Chain in 2021 and Beyond

Never before has so much attention been given to supply chain agility and resiliency. Today, everyone is talking and thinking about the supply chain. Whether it’s the cost of lumber, the delays in deliveries of new home appliances, the slowdowns for automotive manufacturers due to chip shortages, or the limited selection of bicycles and other […]


Trends in Material Handling in a Post-Pandemic Supply Chain

Delivery wait times are no longer acceptable for consumers. In B2B and B2C, the fight for consumer loyalty and attention frequently comes down to order delivery efficiency and cost.  This puts demands on companies to continuously improve internal efficiencies to remain agile enough to adjust to shifting market demands and supply chain realities. And as […]


A Roadmap to Successful Automation with AMRs

Resiliency and agility are prerequisites for companies who want to remain profitable and relevant. Major advancements in automation technology, leadership, and expertise are enabling companies to make changes and optimize their operations with automation and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). However, concerns over interruptions in the production environment and risks to throughput stability sometimes delay decisions […]


The COVID-19 Impact on Manufacturing, Warehousing and Distribution

The global pandemic has placed a spotlight on the fragility of modern supply chains and manufacturing processes. Tenuous links in the supply chain were quickly fractured with global shutdowns and the grounding of all travel. Already stressed relationships with international suppliers, overburdened transport systems, a lack of end-to-end supply chain visibility, and outdated processes for […]


AMR Manufacturer, Integrator and Owner: What are Your Safety Responsibilities?

Moving materials does not need to be a risky business. Risk assessments, safety standards, technology, and taking responsibility for safety contribute to eliminating workplace risk. From increasing profits and improved productivity to more confident employees – the benefits of a safe workplace run deep. The challenge for many companies is how to consistently maintain a […]


Safety, Your Operations and AMRs

In any workplace, safety must be a top priority. A safe workplace contributes to productive and profitable operations. Knowing which technologies, solutions, and workplace initiatives to invest in for maximum return on profitability, productivity, and safety is not easy. Technology alone does not necessarily breed improvements and relying solely on safety programs and education is […]


Ready to Bring AMRs into Your Operation? Make Sure You Know These Five Keys to Success

You know your operation could run more efficiently. You know autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are the future. But how do you take the next step and successfully automate your operation? It all comes down to knowing the challenges you need you to solve, the benefits AMRs can bring, and what you should expect from them. […]


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