Consumers expect convenience. They want to be able to shop on the fly, without stepping foot in a store, and they expect the product to be delivered to their doorstep in record time. Flowers, footwear, books, beauty products, food, furniture and consumer electronics are highly trafficked through the internet largely because it’s easier than ever before for a consumer to purchase a wide variety of goods. Just point and click.
The future of manufacturing is one of the most talked-about issues in the U.S. right now, and it clearly resonates with the American people. Overseas companies operating within the U.S., many employing thousands of American workers and contributing to the technological strength of U.S. manufacturing, can play an important role in this discussion.
Operating a forklift is demanding work, but the safety, reliability and other enhancements of modern models make them far superior to the machines of even a generation ago. Like those of M-FET group (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Forklift, Engine & Turbocharger Holdings), which offers a range of products that apply the best technologies and design ideas that the history of forklift development has to offer. This includes the reliable engine and powertrains of Mitsubishi forklifts, tried and true batteries and components from Nichiyu forklifts, and the heavy-duty capabilities of the large-size equipment that UniCarriers is renowned for. And most significantly, the cumulative knowhow of all of these companies, which are now working together on a global scale under the M-FET group umbrella.
These days, not all is quiet on the logistics front. Businesses at every stage of the supply chain are increasingly hard pressed to meet the relentless demands of customer expectations. In the race to get commodities and finished products to market as quickly as possible, manufacturers, transport companies and distributors alike are running against the clock. As fulfillment of orders placed via e-commerce becomes increasingly competitive, logistics services are teaming up to expedite shipments over the so-called “last one mile,” speeding up the transaction process from next-day deliveries to same-day deliveries. Or in some cases, the waiting time from order to receipt can be measured in hours.
Japan is a country often associated with advanced robotics. It has devised machines that can joke, dance, babble, and even baby-sit. Yet when disaster struck, Japan’s domestic robot corps was found wanting. In March 2011, a record 9-magnitude quake shook the northern foundations of Honshu, Japan’s main isle, and unleashed a 40-meter tsunami that claimed thousands of lives, shattered homes and placed a large nuclear power station in a critical condition.