May 17, 2020

Toyota Launches Program for Vets Looking to Join Logistics Industry

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Toyota Launches Program for Vets Looking to Join Logistics Industry
By: Sharise Cruz In the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, veterans continue to struggle to transition into civilian life...

By: Sharise Cruz

 

In the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, veterans continue to struggle to transition into civilian life and find employment.

In an effort to ease the effort, Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. (TMHU) has launched a program through its dealer network that provides discounted forklift operator safety training for veterans.

Toyota’s operator safety training military discount program, formally known as the Giving Veterans a Lift Program, includes formal classroom training, practical hands-on training and evaluation compliant to OSHA regulations. The lift truck supply company has committed $25,000 to its new program, which is available in many of its 188 dealership locations throughout the United States.

Toyota hopes to provide a boost to veterans while making the most of their valuable skill sets in one of the few fields that’s been growing despite the economic strain. A recent Material Handling Industry of America report indicated that the material handling field grew 18 percent in 2010.

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"Toyota and its forklift dealers are excited to make this investment and launch a program to assist America’s heroes in finding employment in an economy where Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans experience as much as 15.2 percent unemployment," said Brett Wood, President of TMHU in a statement. "We’re glad our dealer time and knowledge base will help equip veterans with tools needed for those who seek a career in the material handling industry."

Application for the program must be submitted by December 31, 2011 and training must be completed by January 31, 2012.

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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Biden
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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines

 

  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.


Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries

 

  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 


Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals

 

  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.


Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages

 

  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 
     

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