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Podcast: Collaboration in Material Handling: Insights from Industry Experts

MHI Industry Leadership
Welcome to the MHI Industry Leadership podcast! In this episode (Episode 13), we have an incredible lineup of guests from the MHI Solutions Community who will share their valuable insights on collaboration between solutions providers, suppliers, and practitioners. Joining us are Andy Lockhart, Director of Strategic Engagement for Warehouse Solutions, North America, Vanderlande, Les Makant, Product Sales Manager for Fives Intralogistics Corp., and Allana Calamari, Territory Development Manager for Murrelektronik.
They will be discussing the tangible benefits that come from collaboration between suppliers and practitioners, how to achieve true collaboration in today’s fast-paced market, the importance of having a business continuity or disaster contingency plan in place, and the value of finding new and innovative ways to collaborate to achieve sustainability goals.
Whether you’re a solutions provider, supplier, or practitioner, you won’t want to miss this episode. Sit back, relax, and prepare to learn from the best in the industry!

Listen to the episode and let us know what you think on the post on our LinkedIn Page: MHI Warehouse Automation.



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Solutions Community

Solutions Community members are Industry’s thought leaders on automation, software, hardware, equipment and services that support a fully integrated supply chain. This includes suppliers, integrators, consultants, media, academia and users. They collaborate on solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.

The philosophy of the Solutions Community is to support MHI’s mission of providing a unique venue where suppliers of material handling equipment and technology can collaboratively work with the user community to improve the marketplace for all. All participants adhere to a safe harbor no-buy, no-sell environment to openly discuss topics of mutual interest, including best practices, lessons learned and other information.

Goals of the Solutions Community include:

  • Identifying, developing and disseminating forward-looking value propositions for Material Handling and Supply Chain practitioners;
  • Identifying market trends and challenges in Material Handling and Supply Chain operations in order to develop timely and relevant solutions;
  • Providing a forum for discussion of business and technology trends; and,
  • Establishing strong connections between Members of the Group with the community of Supply Chain and Material Handling product and service providers, as well as organizations and individuals interested in Solutions Community activities;

A basic tenet of the Solutions Community is to create a non-commercial environment that fosters networking, relationship building and the open exchange of information.


  • Members meet regularly to exchange ideas and develop Information Systems solutions for Supply Chains.
  • Solutions Community Programs include:
    • Engagement on an ongoing basis with:
      • The User community.
      • Adjacent communities such as: Consultants, Market Research Firms, Vertical Market Organizations, supply chain associations, academia, and regulatory agencies.
    • Developing educational and seminar materials for presentation to interested communities.
      • Providing public relations outreach on behalf of MHI relative to solutions.
      • Authoring solutions blueprints and white papers
    • Proactively responding to media to positively share information with the marketplace and position ISSG.
      • Establish thought leadership on how information system solutions support the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics..
    • Conducting surveys on technology trends and developments

For more information about the Solutions Community:

For further articles from the Solutions Community:

Where Do Conveyors Go From Here?

Benefits Of Condition Monitoring Sensors In The Material Handling World

The Digitization Of Intralogistics: Storage

Warehouse In A Warehouse

Supply Chain Lessons Learned During The Pandemic

3 Ways Digital Tools Improve Warehouse Labor Productivity

Logistics And The Importance Of Digital Inventory

Intralogistics: Warehouse Digitalization Of Receiving

Digitization Of Intralogistics