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Collaboration Between Industry, Academia Builds Next Generation Supply Chain Workforce

Within the Workforce section of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0—starting on page 42—there are several proposed measures for improving the skills of the people needed to join the industry in order to sustain its success between now and 2030. Among them, the authors advocate for more effective education and training, and tighter collaborations between industry and academia. Indeed, the report specifically “puts an onus on educational institutions to more precisely train its students for the supply chain workplace.”

Among the recommended steps are a greater emphasis within primary and secondary schools on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, as well as a curriculum that actively exposes students to careers in supply chain, material handling and logistics.

Further, Roadmap 2.0 says:

Educational institutions should invite more practitioners into their classrooms to expose students to real-world supply chain operations and challenges. Conversely, businesses should involve more students in their operations by offering more coo-op positions, internships, and externships (working on campus for an off-site company). Businesses should also sponsor more student projects to give students exposure to real-world supply chain operations and challenges.

If you’re wondering what such a program looks like in actuality, look no further than the partnership formed between MHI member Panther Industries in Highlands Ranch, CO, and its neighbor STEM School Highlands Ranch. READ MORE…


How Technology Innovations Will Affect Logistics Infrastructure Design Between Now and 2030

With the digitization of information about goods becoming just as important as their physical movement between now and 2030, technology will have a significant impact on how logistics infrastructure is designed.

Dana Magliola, Senior Supply Chain Management Consultant at Supply Chain Forward and former Director of at North Carolina State University’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, served as one of two authors of Roadmap 2.0’s section on Logistics Infrastructure. Based on the input from participants in the report’s workshops, it’s clear to Magliola that rapid changes in flows, transport mode choices and vehicles themselves will change the traditional infrastructure design process.

“Infrastructure design will no longer be planned in 40-year increments, but instead will be funded to match shorter life cycles as the expectations of business and individual consumers continues to change,” he posits. “Further, physical infrastructure design will focus on reliability and flexibility—with multi-modal systems starting inside the manufacturing facility and ending inside the end customer’s location.” READ MORE…

MHI Releases Video About Roadmap 2.0

A new video on the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 has been released by MHI on their video channel, MHI View.

Highlighting today’s lightning fast pace of business, built upon unprecedented interconnectedness and the exponential rate of change for technology, the video showcases the latest technology, consumer, workforce and logistics infrastructure trends impacting material handling and logistics between now and 2030.

Join the Roadmap on LinkedIn: Industry members are encouraged to join the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Group on LinkedIn and to follow @MHLRoadmap on Twitter.