MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2 - (Page 121)

SOLUTIONS GROUP UPDATE Collaboration: Trust, Technology & the Safe Harbor BY MATTHEW SMURR, MHI SENIOR DIRECTOR, GROUPS T he U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics (Roadmap) identifies trust and technology as two key barriers to effective collaboration. At MHI we are building and testing a platform with trust embedded so that the value of sharing information and assisting others with their material handling and supply chain issues can be realized. The opportunities for MHI members to elevate their industry and for equipment and services users to locate and act on relevant information are significant. Most of us tend to think about collaboration as that which occurs within the walls of our own organizations. As a veteran of several corporate settings, from large to quite large to very small, I am well aware of the energy spent organizing into teams and developing relationships with other departments and functions so as to find a way through the myriad projects that pop up. The business bookshelves are filled with examples of schemes and methods for finding ways to work together within an organization. If we add a layer of complexity and suggest that one company collaborate with another, the task takes on a Herculean dimension that can easily set aside the motivations and energy of even the most diligent. The Roadmap suggests that two of the key elements of collaboration are technology and trust, which if addressed * MHI SolutIonS 121

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2

CEO Update
Emerging Technologies Produce Business Benefits and Talent Challenges
Developing a Talent Management Strategy
Collaborating with Education
Love your Supply Chain Career?
The Power of Mentoring
Eleven Ways to Diversify the Supply Chain: Insights from the Field
How Do You Build A Successful Career in Supply Chain?
Donated Equipment Gives High School, Community College Students Hands-On Experience
Industry Focus: Retail
MODEX 2016
2016 MHI Innovation Award to be Presented at MODEX 2016
Industry Trends
Economic Market Analysis
The Jobs, Wages, Output and Taxes of the Supply Chain
Safer Handling
Solutions Group Update
Fulfillment Update
Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
MHI News
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 2