Category: Light Industrial

Drug Shortage Fears After Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico

As I mentioned in my previous post about the 2017 hurricane season, Hurricane Maria did between $45 and $95 billion in damage to the island of Puerto Rico. This damage hit the island’s manufacturing industry as hard as the rest of the economy. Pharmaceuticals and medical devices are Puerto Rico’s leading exports. Because of this, healthcare …

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Self-Driving Vehicles: Rise Of The Machines

Last year we wrote about self-driving vehicles in the distribution industry. Since then the technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. Autonomous vehicles of all kinds are now sharing the roads with us. And the odds that you’ll pass one during your daily commute are rising all the time. But what about the news reports we’ve …

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A New Age in Efficiency: AGVs

Automated guided vehicles, or AGVs, have become an increasingly popular means of transporting materials during the in-plant stage of production.  They come in numerous variations that serve unique purposes.  However, all of them are aimed at making a plant more efficient.  AGVs accomplish this by operating without humans.  This reduces production time that is prolonged …

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Unconscious Gender Bias in the Blue-Collar Industries

Hundreds, if not thousands, of years of culture and gender pigeon holing can be hard to shirk off.  Some jobs are considered “too hard” or “inappropriate” for one gender or the other.  Regardless of anti-discrimination laws and how hard we try these notions are often too deeply ingrained in us.  We still have an unconscious …

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Blue-Collar Industries Facing Massive Skills Shortage

A significant labor shortage is on the way in more than just the trucking industry.  Blue-collar industries such as manufacturing, trades, and construction will be soon facing the same problem.  In the trucking industry, the lion share of the truckers are nearing retirement age with not enough new incoming drivers to replace them.  The need …

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