November 15, 2018

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Every year in the 1st Quarter Issue of The MHEDA Journal we run Economic Forecasts based on information provided to us by MHEDA Distributors and Suppliers. These responses provide a roadmap of what to expect in the year ahead. The more members who participate, the clearer that picture becomes. In the coming days, MHEDA Distributors and Suppliers can partcipate in this year's forecast survey. The links to these surveys are available here: Distributor Survey and Supplier Survey.

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Komatsu Equipment Company (KEC), flagship dealership for Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) announced plans to build a 189,000 ft2 (57,600 m2) state-of-the-art Service Center on roughly 30 acres in Elko, Nevada.

MHEDA’s 2019 Annual Convention will take place May 4-8, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Make plans now to gather with hundreds of material handling professionals from around the world and learn business and leadership strategies to “Set the Stage for What’s Next.” We’ve designed an exciting agenda to help you: manage new generations in the workplace; gain digital marketing hacks and insight on tech tools; reduce corporate and individual tax expenses; maximize the value of your business and more!

MHEDA’s annual MVP and MVS Award programs are a tangible way for member companies to demonstrate their commitment to business excellence. Using the MVP or MVS logo on your marketing material helps set you apart and is recognized throughout the industry. For more information on the Awards or to begin your application, go to: MVP Distributor Award or MVS Supplier Award.

East Penn Manufacturing Co.,
RICO Equipment, Inc.
Member News

MHEDA is proud to announce that three companies have received the 2019 MVP Award. The MVP, Most Valuable Partner, is an annual recognition program exclusively for MHEDA's Distributor member companies. Achieving the award will give your company a tangible method to brand your excellence in material handling supply chain.


MHEDA is proud to announce that Wildeck, Inc.of Waukesha, WI has received the 2019 MVS Award for the 4th year. “Wildeck is dedicated to working with our dealer partners and systems integrators to meet the growth needs of end-users,” says Greg Larson, President of Wildeck. “Our employee commitment to working closely with our dealers is world class. It is an honor to be awarded MHEDA’s 2019 Most Valuable Supplier Award and continue the spirit of partnership with the dealers of MHEDA.”

Warehouse1 recently named Dennis Delantonas as the first recipient of the company’s annual Employee Owner of the Year award during an October employee owner gathering. The gathering and launch of an employee recognition program were part of the year-long celebration of 30 years in business.

Honeywell announced a strategic collaboration with Fetch Robotics to provide distribution centers with autonomous mobile robots to help them more effectively fulfill growing volumes of e-commerce orders.

MHEDA exists to be your industry resource in all facets of your organization. We know that the amount of resources and information available can be overwhelming. Get yourself and your team engaged with MHEDA by setting up a visit with Katie Richards, MHEDA's Member Engagement Specialist. 

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MHEDA Education

Registration for the 2019 University of Innovative Distribution (UID) program is now open. Use the link below to review courses and register online. At the conclusion of the program, all attendees will receive an official Letter of Completion issued by the Purdue University awarding 30 hours for satisfactory completion of this four-day UID Program.

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What’s the difference? Many believe customer service and customer experience are the same thing. But when you consider what they mean, you’ll find there is a huge difference between customer service and customer experience. Simply, customer service is WHAT you do. Customer experience is HOW you do it.

Hawker Powersource, Inc.
Kinetic Technologies,Inc.

Wisconsin Lift Truck and Illinois Material Handling partner with Really-Virtual Consulting to increase safety in forklift training
By Steve Guglielmo

As material handling companies find it increasingly difficult to find experienced industry talent, many have had to look outside the industry fill open positions. Those new to the industry, especially those who have never operated potentially dangerous equipment like a forklift before, require extra training and attention. That training requires time with the trainer, equipment to be taken off the floor and used for training and an area of the warehouse cordoned off to be used for training scenarios. It can be a long and costly process but a necessary one to ensure that these new trainees are operating machines in a way that is safe.

Why is ResinDek® Flooring Now Available with a Steel Finish?
Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products, LLC
"We were challenged by a customer to develop a surface 'as strong as steel' that could deliver iron clad resistance to the harshest, most abusive environments," explained Greg Doppler, Founder and President of Cornerstone Specialty Wood Products. "These include areas of extremely high traffic whose floors aren't regularly cleaned, and those utilizing autonomous vehicles." ResinDek® with MetaGard® is the perfect flooring solution for drop zones, heavy wear areas, and robotic applications.
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Sales Success Story

Arden, North Carolina-based Arcadia Dairy Farms began as a small dairy business in 1939 with 30 cows and 70 acres. Through the years, Arcadia has grown substantially and even branched beyond the dairy business into the juice and non-carbonated beverage industry. As the business has grown, its packaging and shipping requirements have grown along with it. In 2004, Arcadia began working with Scott Hovis and his team at Advanced Equipment Company to help automate processes in the now 200,000 sq. ft. facility. The aim of this initial project was to transition away from the use of forklifts to transport cartons more efficiently.

MHEDA Online

The Fourth quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal is online now. This is the Trends Issue, which features the 2019 Material Handling Business Trends, a lookback at the last 10 years of trends and the annual Sales Success Stories. Also, see articles from the Women in Industry Conference speakers. All of this and much more in the latest issue of The MHEDA Journal

News From MHEDA

2018 MHEDA Chairman of the Board, Doug Carson, Fallsway Equipment Co, Akron, OH (left) met at the MHEDA Office on November 6 to transition Mike Vaughan, Liftech Equipment Companies, Inc., E. Syracuse, NY (right) who will assume the role of MHEDA Chairman of the Board on January 1, 2019. Mike and Doug reviewed MHEDA’s Business Plan for 2019 and his duties as Chairman of the Board, meet with the MHEDA staff and discuss strategies for the upcoming year.


MHEDA is pleased to announce that all member companies now have access to a fully customizable On-Boarding template. The template, a $2,500 value, is available at no cost and was created for the internal use to help members train and maintain the best workforce possible. Additionally, Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates, the author of the template, has agreed to provide our membership with basic-level support to ensure a smooth introduction and formatting.

Mentors wanted for MHEDA's Women in Industry Mentoring Program. Benefits? Gain satisfaction in sharing expertise with others and giving back to the industry. Receive honest feedback and advice in key areas such as communication and leadership skills.

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