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Here’s our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.
; O’Fallon, Mo.-based supply chain consultants Flat World Holdings
donated nearly $10,000 to Grant Me Hope, an organization that helps
children in foster care find adoptive families. The funds were raised by 77
employees and their families during the company’s fall charitable campaign.
; Oak Brook, Ill.-based intermodal solutions provider Hub Group Inc.
raised nearly $70,000 in the first year of
its #CauseContainer charity campaign,
which uses custom-painted 53-foot shipping containers as “mobile billboards”
to encourage donations. The funds will
support cancer prevention charity Bright
Pink, healthcare provider Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
of Chicago, and veterans housing provider Fisher House. The company
has also kicked off the 2017 version of the charity drive and will add two
more recipients: the National Park Foundation and Chicago Blackhawks
; Life sciences packaging specialist Pelican Bio Thermal of Plymouth,
Minn., is supporting two cyclists as they complete a global bicycling challenge for diabetes awareness. The athletes will pedal nearly 11,185 miles
from Italy to Singapore as part of the “For a Piece of Cake” event, made
possible in part by the company’s donation of a temperature-controlled
portable medical transport bag to hold the insulin that controls one rider’s
; Miami-based transportation and supply chain solutions provider
Ryder System Inc. has donated $812,701 to the United Way, a 4.4-percent
increase over last year’s gift. Collected during the company’s “Live. Care.
Give.” annual fundraising week, the money will support programs that prepare children for success in school and life, assist individuals and families in
becoming financially stable, and offer resources that will help individuals,
families, and older adults improve their health.
Logistics gives back
Logistics and transportation professionals will head to Atlanta on Jan. 23
for SMC3 JumpStart, an annual three-day supply chain event designed to
facilitate collaboration between carriers, shippers, logistics service providers, and technology companies.
Hosted by Peachtree City, Ga.-based freight pricing software firm SMC3
Inc., the strategic educational event will feature more than 20 targeted sessions and presentations from 40 industry experts.
Just two days later, logistics executives will have a chance to tap into
the pipeline of up-and-coming supply chain talent at a Research Expo
hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for
Transportation & Logistics. Scheduled for Jan. 25 on the MIT campus in
Cambridge, Mass., the event showcases the company-sponsored thesis
projects of 125 supply chain master’s program students. Visitors are invited
to walk around, meet the students, and see their work.
Mark your calendars
Warehouse work is physically
demanding, requiring laborers to lift
hefty items and perform repetitive
tasks. The job can take its toll on
both workers and employers, forcing
companies to pay out
big money every year
for injuries caused by
One solution? Outfit
employees with a flexible exoskeleton that
gives them superhuman strength and
augments their ability
to perform repetitive tasks in awkward postures. Once a science fiction
dream, this vision is now a reality. It
even has a name: MAX.
An acronym for Modular Agile
Exoskeleton, MAX is a wearable, modular, passive (meaning no motors)
tool that helps employees avoid injuries. Made up of modules designed
to protect the shoulder, back, and leg
(the modules can be worn individually or in any combination), MAX is
a type of assistive bionics technology
that reduces the muscle force required
to complete tasks. The product, which
is suited to fields like warehousing,
delivery services, and construction,
was developed by Berkeley, Calif.-based suitX, a robotics company that
designs and manufactures medical
and industrial exoskeletons.
“The MAX solution is designed
for unstructured workplaces where
no robot can work as efficiently as a
human worker,” suitX founder and
CEO Homayoon Kazerooni said in
a release. “Our goal is to augment
and support workers who perform
demanding and repetitive tasks in
unstructured workplaces in order to
prevent and reduce injuries.”
Exoskeleton gives DC