February 15, 2017 In This Issue
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Distributor: Shoppa's Mid America, LLC, Kansas City, MO

Mfg-Supplier/Associate: Atlatl Software, Charleston, SCBITO Storage Solutions US, Inc., Jessup, MD

 
East Penn Manufacturing Co.,
MHEDA TV
Everyone knows the rules they are supposed to follow when setting up a new password. But none of us follow them. Here's why, and how to change your bad habits. Click here to watch the newest S.O.S. video.
 
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RICO Equipment, Inc.
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Join us in Salt Lake City at The Grand America Hotel, April 29 through May 3 at MHEDA's 62nd Annual Convention. This year's Convention theme is "The Engagement Experience" and will give you the tools and inspiration to live in the present, with an eye on the future.

If you are curious about economic fluctuation, want to better understand the next generation, seek new technologies information and want to enjoy a number of local celebrations, then it’s time to submit your registration! We promise you the experience of a lifetime. For more information about "The Engagement Experience" click here. To register, click here.

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The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its December 2016 Booked Orders increased 10.2% when compared to December 2015 orders. December 2016 booked orders when compared to November 2016 booked orders were up 49.8%.
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All problems have a solution – if you solve for X. At ProMat 2017, you’ll find 850+ exhibits and a hundred education sessions tailored to help you discover equipment and system solutions for your material handling and supply chain problems. Bring your manufacturing and supply chain challenges and leave with the tools to identify best practices, meet – and exceed – customer needs, and gain a competitive edge. With keynotes, networking opportunities, education sessions, and product booths, ProMat 2017 is the ultimate problem-solving zone. Visit promatshow.com today and join us April 3-6, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Register today!
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Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Member News
Hänel Storage Systems announced the donation of an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) to the Vincennes University Logistics Training & Education Center in Plainfield, IN. The Rotomat vertical carousel will be used to help train students in the curriculum of Supply Chain Logistics Management, which is the process of obtaining, storing and moving resources to locations where they are needed.
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UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA) sponsored Huntley High School’s inaugural GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Workshop on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Huntley, Ill.
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Toyota Industries Corporation ("TICO") recognizes the changing dynamics in the North American material handling market related to e-commerce, labor cost and productivity requirements, which have created a permanent demand for new forms of logistics solutions, beyond forklifts.
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Clark Material Handling Company recently bolstered its executive team with the promotions of Scott Johnson, Dale Guckian and Rick Dahlke.
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Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) announced its 2017 Dealers of Excellence. MCFA recognizes these dealers for providing industry-leading customer service and strategic material handling solutions to the customer ownership experience.
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TVH in the Americas (TVH) is building a new Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) in their Olathe warehouse. It is designed to bring the product to the person rather than the person to the product. This automated system will not only benefit the company by maximizing their storage space but also benefit customers since it will speed up the order picking process and allow more orders to be filled in the same amount of time.
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MHEDA hosted its first Regional Networking Summit of 2017 on Thursday, February 2 at Lift Power Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida. The summit was attended by over 35 members and was a major success. Attendees were treated to two presentations designed to help members adapt to today's business challenges followed by round table discussions. The Summit also included a guided facility tour of the Lift Power Inc. Thank you Lift Power and your team for opening up your dealership and hosting the event. Thank you EnerSys, TVH and Bolzoni Auramo for sponsoring this event! The next Regional Networking Summit is August 2 at Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. in Columbus, Indiana.
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Bolzoni Auramo, Inc.
MHEDA Education
Look to MHEDA for custom business training to meet your material handling business needs. Now available is a complete list of educational Webinars and Conferences planned for you in 2017.
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The 2017 UID program features 43 outstanding courses to select from including three new sessions presented by phenomenal speakers. 2017 marks the 24th year that UID has been serving the supply chain.UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University.  Learn More...

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2017 Economic Outlook - Presented by Alex Chausovsky, Senior Analyst at ITR Economics - Gain a timely snapshot of the economy today, where it is headed over the next three years and what it means to your business.
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Education for your employees and track their learning progress. Career Tracks are a compilation of hundreds of videos that will help you improve your business skills in designated areas. Eleven career tracks, archived webinars, conference videos and individual modules are available. Training system is affordable for any budget. Price ranges from $20 to $399.
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Charter Software Inc.
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By Dr. Albert D. Bates, Director of Research, Profit Planning Group

Over the course of the last few years the emphasis in distribution has moved away from improving operations to completely re-thinking the nature of the business. New ideas have included dramatically reducing the number of customers served, utilizing "big data" to gain a marketing advantage, structuring separate web-based entities and utilizing mobile technology to preempt competitors. Countless other strategic initiatives could also be listed.
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Hangcha Group China
Sales Success Story
A mattress manufacturer in South Carolina was moving into a new warehouse and needed help with the planning and design of the storage inside the new facility. The company called CMH Services Territory Sales Manager Chad Bouknight who they had worked with for years. Chad began working with Bill Elliott, Engineered Systems Manager for CMH Services, to begin putting together a design.
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Noblelift North America Corp.
MHEDA Online
The First Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. Each year, the first quarter issue is the "Economic Forecast" issue, featuring forecasts from MHEDA distributors, MHEDA Suppliers, MHI, CEMA and ITA. This year also features commentary from MHEDA Convention speaker and noted economist Alan Beaulieu. All of this and much more in this issue of The MHEDA Journal
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Forklift Action News
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MHEDA is exhibiting at ProMat 2017, April 3 – 6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Visit the MHEDA Booth #1694, and pick up a MHEDA Member ribbon, visit with Board Members and MHEDA Staff and learn about what's planned for 2017.

You're also invited to join fellow MHEDA members for an Informal Networking Reception on Tuesday, April 4 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. This reception is the perfect opportunity to mingle with other distributors and manufacturers while in Chicago. The reception will be held at McCormick Place South room S 105ABC.
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NEW in 2017! MHEDA is recognizing two members in this issue who advertised in the Annual Membership Directory. Buying equipment and services from a MHEDA member assures that you are buying from one of the best!

Douglas Battery  -  Member since 1993
Manufacturer of Industrial Batteries, chargers, Material Handling Equipment & Parts.
Visit their website at www.douglasbattery.com

Ridg-U-Rak, Inc. – Member since 1975
Manufacturer of selective rack systems, drive-in, push-back, flow, VNA, pick modules, stacker crane systems, roll-out shelving, cantilever, wide span, column impact protection and seismic isolation for racks.
Visit their website at www.ridgurak.com
 

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The 2017 DiSC Survey will be conducted by Profit Planning Group, Boulder, Colorado and guarantees your data will be 100% confidential. The survey runs from February 15 through April 15. This report is one of the most valuable tools that distributor members have at their disposal for improving profitability. The numbers are realistic and provide financial and operating guidelines along with personalized reports for your company. The success of this survey depends on you. It's a free member service. Survey results will be provided to all participants. Questions? Contact MHEDA at 847-680-3500.
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Want to network with and learn from women who work in the Material Handling Industry? Be part of MHEDA's Women in Industry Initiative. Mission: To inspire and draw women to the material handling industry by offering resources and a network that foster professional success while furthering the mission of MHEDA.
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WIPOTEC-OCS Inc.
 
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association
118 S. Main St., St. 11, Wauconda, IL 60084
P: 847-680-3500 F: 847-362-6989
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