Tom Andel

Editor-in-Chief, Material Handling & Logistics

Editor-in-Chief Tom Andel oversees the strategic development of MH&L and MHLnews.com, bringing 30+ years of thought leadership and award winning coverage of supply chain, manufacturing logistics and material handling. He has served in various editorial capacities
at other industry titles including Transportation & Distribution, Material Handling Engineering, Material Handling Management, (predecessors to MH&L), as well as Logistics Management and Modern Materials Handling. Andel is a three-time finalist in the Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Awards, the most respected editorial award in B2B trade publishing, and a graduate of Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University.

Posts by Tom Andel

in Chain of Thought Apr 10, 2014

Forklift Life Lesson #7: A Forklift’s Surroundings are Dead Space for Pedestrians

Forklift operators can be life-savers in warehousing and distribution just by keeping people out of their way....More
in Chain of Thought Apr 08, 2014

I’m Dreaming of an Overstocked Talent Pool

If industry-academia partnerships proliferate, could employers turn their skills deficit into a glut?....More
in Chain of Thought Apr 04, 2014

Podcast or Oddcast? You Decide.

Relive my 10-minute radio career, recorded live from MODEX. Then tell me what you would have said differently....More
in Chain of Thought Apr 02, 2014

Can’t Make a Packaging Engineer without Breaking a Few Eggs

Leave it to today’s college kids to turn throwing eggs into an educational experience....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 27, 2014

OEMs Talk Between the Lines on Lithium Lift Trucks

Forklift OEMs may downplay the immediate potential of lithium ion batteries, but it seems we’ve gotten to a point where if you come, they will build....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 25, 2014

The Kid Factor at MODEX

Guided vehicles bring out the kid in most of us. So when confronted with the idea of putting them to work, why do they suddenly scare us?....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 21, 2014

A Reader Tries to Trap Me in a Man Cage

Whether you call them cages or work platforms, the maker of the forklift to which you attach these should have something to say about it....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 17, 2014

MODEX 2014: The Big Inspired by the Small

The St. Patrick’s Day opening of the Modex Supply Chain and Technology Show generated a lot of buzz—without the aid of anything from a bottle....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 13, 2014

Forklift Life Lesson #6: OSHA's Picky about How You Cage Workers

People who don’t like forklift-mounted work platforms call them man cages. Used improperly, they can also be traps....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 07, 2014

Forklift Life Lesson #5: Forklifts Can Induce Unjustified Courage

Whether used to rob a bank or take a chance, forklifts are often used to do things they shouldn’t....More

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