The Road to System Integration Step 2: Contracting

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - Integrated Systems and Controls (ISC) Industry Group of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has released its Winter 2011 Quarterly Report titled The Road to System Integration Step 2: Contracting.

The report offers offers advice for successfully contracting with suppliers. Whether you work with multiple suppliers or with a single supplier that provides all the elements of your system, the guidelines are the same.

The report covers the request for proposal (RFP) and request for quote (RFQ) process, the contract process, defining and measuring success, payment terms and training. It is also important to keep lines of communication open to ensure a smooth ride down the remainder of your road to systems integration.

“The best suppliers will take a customer’s RFQ and provide creative design alternatives to provide an even stronger ROI,” says BEUMER’s John Sarinick, chair of the Integrated Systems & Controls (ISC) Industry Group of Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA).

View the complete report — The Road to System Integration Step 2: Contracting

Quarterly Reports are an information source from several Industry Groups of MHIA. Each report will focus on trends in the use of material handling and logistics equipment, such as guided vehicles or automated storage, to solve challenges in the plant and warehouse ranging from ROI to sustainability to productivity in the new economy.

Members of MHIA Industry Groups are suppliers of material handling and logistics equipment and systems. These industry experts make it their business to evaluate operational challenges and solve them efficiently and cost effectively. That makes them authoritative sources for solutions to challenges that end users face on a daily basis.

ISC is an Industry Group of MHIA. ISC members are the Industry's leading suppliers of integrated material handling and controls systems. They supply systems worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific sections, councils and affiliates. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat 2011 and MODEX 2012 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

Contact: For more information on MHIA activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190/800-345-1815.


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