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CICMHE and MHEDA’s Classroom Day Offers Students Introduction to Supply Chain, Material Handling and Logistics Field, Careers
Long before publication of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics—and its section devoted to the challenges faced by the industry in recruiting the next generation of talent (pages 54–63)—MHI’s College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) and the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) recognized the need to introduce college students to potential career opportunities in supply chain, material handling and logistics fields. The two organizations teamed up to produce the first Material Handling and Logistics Classroom Day a decade ago.

The event has been held in conjunction with every MHI exhibition ever since, including ProMat and (most recently) MODEX 2014. CICMHE invites students and professors from four-year engineering, technology, manufacturing, operations, supply chain and logistics programs at the university level to experience the industry’s latest technologies and solutions first-hand.


  Kimberly Ellis
  Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech

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November 18, 2014: Atlanta WERCouncil Hosts Roadmap Presentation
The Atlanta WERCouncil hosts a presentation about the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics by Gary Forger, MHI's Managing Director of Professional Development at the Wingate by Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Center on Tuesday, November 18.

Welcome to the Future

June 12, 2025

Gaithersburg, MD. John Alvarez has been under his classic 1996 silver Corvette for three and a half hours. He’s sweating profusely, but doing what he loves—restoring old cars. His search for the source of a small oil leak is finally over—a leaking right valve cover gasket. “MyEye, stock check.”

“Yes, sir?” responds a small SmartPin clipped to his shirt. “Is there a right valve cover gasket for my Corvette in this town?”

“Checking, sir, please wait…” After confirming the meaning of “valve cover gasket” and “my Corvette” with appropriate databases, SmartPin sends a stock request via wireless connection to a central database for automotive supplies: “Stock check, right valve cover gasket for a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette, 5.7 liter V8, 4-speed, convertible. Near address: 2049 Mockingbird Lane, Gaithersburg, MD.”

“I have found a source, sir. Please check MyEye to confirm.” Still under the car, John shifts his focus to the eyes up display in his right contact lens as it projects photographs and technical details for the part.

“Next page…. Next page. Yes, that’s it. Please order for immediate delivery.”

“On the way, sir.” The order is immediately placed and paid for. Inside the local auto parts store, a 3D printer begins the job. Ten minutes later, it’s done.

The store’s CrowdDeliver system broadcasts a request for delivery to thousands of participating mobile devices. A notification pops up in the car of Jeff Hart, who lives in John’s neighborhood but has never met him. Jeff is on his way back from his daughter’s gymnastics meet, and only two blocks from the auto parts store. He clicks “Got it” and takes a left toward the store.

A clerk greets him at the service window, “Here you go, Mr. Hart. Do you see the address?” “Yep, it came up right there. I’ve been wanting to meet John for some time.”
“Thank you sir, we’ve credited your account.”

Ten minutes later, Jeff pulls into the driveway of John Alvarez, who is still under his Corvette.

“John, I’m Jeff Hart from down the street. Here’s your gasket. Nice car.”

Sound far fetched?

It’s not.

This is the future, as envisioned by the contributors and authors of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. The Roadmap offers a visionary look at how the material handling and logistics industry will change between now and 2025. It identifies both driving trends and the transformations ahead that will make the above scenario a commonplace occurrence.

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