MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 5 - (Page 79)

SOLUTIONS GROUP UPDATE Sustainable Collaboration is Good for Business BY DAVID SCHWEBEL, MHI MANAGER OF SOLUTIONS AND PRODUCT GROUPS T hink of the word "sustainable" and what springs to mind? For many, it means being "green," and accepting the need for more careful use of increasingly limited natural resources. More specifically, it is a word synonymous with energy renewal and efficiency programs, harnessing the power of the sun, water and wind. Let me offer another word to consider-"collaboration." Perhaps you would associate this with something that consultants and "centers of excellence" departments are responsible for -a collective determination to reach an identical objective-by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Which brings us to the concept of "sustainable collaboration," recently introduced in MHI's Solutions Groups meetings during the 2015 MHI Annual Conference, with goals directly aligned to the U.S. Roadmap of Material Handling & Logistics. Sustainable Collaboration in business is found in both inter- and intra-organization, and ranges from the simplicity of a phone call between peers and customers to the complexity of forming groups within a trade organization; all paths are fair and equitable ways of coordinating different ideas from many experienced people within the entire supply chain ecosystem to generate innovative ideas and solutions to complex problems. Let's face it; the sustainable supply chain goals identified in the U.S. Roadmap of Material Handling & Logistics may be best solved collectively, beyond the internal company boarders and one-on-one discussions, by encouraging innovative actions from the entire industry community. In particular, I'm talking about MHI's network of manufacturers, suppliers, academics, students, media partners and industry analysts; the diversity of their voices and experiences accumulate to more intellectual resources than of some small and medium-sized countries! As Matt Smurr, senior director of Solutions and Product Groups explains: "Businesses today are expected to be part of the solution for supply chains' greatest challenges-from climate and water crises, to the changing workforce and energy sustainability. Rising to that commitment, MHI's upcoming events in 2016 will provide a platform for suppliers and solution users to discuss responsibility, work jointly together on their common goals, pursue opportunity and innovation and inspire other companies to get on board." Indeed, the idea of sustainable collaboration is very good news for the supply chain, material handling community and industry at-large. Its very core represents clear business opportunities for those companies that * MHI SOLUTIONS 79

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 5

CEO Update
Ensuring Supply Chain Supplier Sustainability and Transparency
Energy Savings in the Supply Chain
The Future is Now
The Internet of Things: Connecting Supply Chains to Sustainability
Sustainable Supply Chains Requires Effective Supply Management Capabilities
The Changing Face of the Supply Chain: Under 35 and on the Rise
Building a Sustainable Supply Chain Workforce
Industry Focus: Apparel
MODEX 2016 Preview
Industry Trends
Economic Market Analysis
“It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!”
Safer Handling
Solutions Group Update
Fulfillment Update
Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
MHI News
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 5