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Logistics Infrastructure Design Critical To Sustained Economic Prosperity, Now And In 2030

Up to 80% of all products—in terms of tonnage and volume—move across the United States by truck, notes Charles Edwards, Director of Logistics Strategy at the North Carolina Department of Transportation and one of two authors of Roadmap 2.0’s section on Logistics Infrastructure. For that reason alone, economic prosperity is inherently tied to our nation’s logistics infrastructure.

“As part of a department of transportation, we’re taking a close look at how to design infrastructure that maximizes flexibility and adapts to the multi-modal supply chain transformations and technologies that are coming at us very, very quickly,” he explains, adding that infrastructure developments between now and 2030 will need to account for autonomous vehicles of all sizes. “Within the past few months we saw platooning of automated trucks at the Port of Columbus, Ohio, and droids the size and shape of a cooler operating on the sidewalks of Richmond, Virginia.”

The evolving business environment means planners like Edwards and his colleagues have likewise evolved from the historic infrastructure planning method of designing and building a road that will remain serviceable for the next 30 to 40 years, he says. READ MORE…

Meeting Consumers’ Wants Will Prompt Supply Chain Technology Investments Through 2030

As David Schneider, supply chain consultant, founder of We Are The Practitioners –David K. & Schneider Company LLC and author of Roadmap 2.0’s section on consumers noted in a previous article about consumer demographics, “Consumers are the ultimate disruptor to supply chains and to commerce between now and 2030.”

Along with generational changes and the convergence of business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) buying habits, the concept of “one-size-fits-all” is dead, says Schneider.

“Retailers can no longer stock one item and expect it to sell to everyone in the same way. I’m not talking about mass customization either. Consumers are going to want different value propositions,” he explains. “By that I mean a buyer doesn’t necessarily want a different shoe—they want the shoe packaged and delivered in a different way.” 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.