Wholesale & Distribution International 2018 - Volume 5, Issue 1 - 1

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INTO THE
FUTURE
"Automation." "Internet of things." "Digitalization." If your company is not already
familiar with these (largely synonymous)
terms, now is the time to know them.
According to the 2017 annual report by
MHI - the nation's largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association - 80 percent of the nation's supply and
manufacturing industry leaders believe
the digital supply chain will become the
norm within the next five years. Sixteen
percent of companies surveyed believe it
already is.

"In a connected world, using new technology in the workplace has become increasingly important to reduce downtime and save
money," columnist Donald Chilton writes
on Page 8. "Countless internet of things
platforms are now serving as bridges between devices' sensors and data networks."
Chilton offers a number of examples of
ways IoT technology such as smart filter
sensors or geo-fencing can help companies avoid fleet bottlenecks and keep their
jobsites safe. In the case of smart filters
installed on a vehicle, data is tracked and
transmitted to fleet managers, allowing
them to plan maintenance.
Learning more about and investing in IoT
and digital technology should be a high priority for your company in 2018. Soon enough,
such systems will be more than just cool gadgets - they will be an absolute necessity.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Jim.Harris@khmginc.com

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