May-June 2023

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May-June 2023

If you were dropped onto this planet and landed at McCormick Place in the heart of Chicago in the middle of March, you would probably conclude that planet Earth had been overrun by robots. Everywhere you turned on the ProMat conference floor, there was a robot lifting something, putting something away, or carrying something to another location. But, despite a conference hall overrun by technology, the on-the-ground reality is a bit different. Not so long ago, commercial real estate firm Prologis estimated the number of facilities with any type of automation at about 10%. But that is changing—quickly. A recent report from JLL found that one-in-two logistics and industrial occupiers plan to increase their use of automation technologies such as automated storage and retrieval systems by 25% between now and 2030.
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Top 25 Trucking Companies 2023: Is this year normal?

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Fintechs and SME Suppliers: Liquidity through digitization

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Petrobras SCORs with Transformation

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ProMat 2023 Show Wrap-up

ProMat 2023 was held March 20-23 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. It featured more than 1,000 exhbits and included a comprehensive educational conference. Here are some of the…


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