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To Achieve Logistics Infrastructure Goals By 2030 Policy Makers Must Focus On These Four Crucial Issues

With digital and physical infrastructure merging together between now and 2030, policy makers at all levels must respond to current technological developments by altering, amending or even formulating new policies and the associated rules and regulations, says 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.

“Departments of transportation nationwide, including the one I work for, need a framework within which we can work to provide and implement the physical infrastructure needed,” he explains. “With that guidance we can establish so that that technologies like autonomous vehicles of all kinds can work properly; businesses can upgrade, develop and implement new systems; and consumers can get the products they want when they want them.”

Edwards says participants in the Roadmap 2.0 workshops highlighted four critical issues that policy makers should address—preferably sooner than later—that will shape future physical infrastructure planning and design.  READ MORE…

Logistics Infrastructure To Merge With Digital Infrastructure By 2030

As one of two authors of Roadmap 2.0’s section on Logistics Infrastructure, Dana Magliola, Senior Supply Chain Management Consultant at Supply Chain Forward and previously the Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University, says the topic is inherently intertwined with the other three sections of the report: workforce, consumers and technology.

“When you think about the evolution of logistics infrastructure today, we’re quickly approaching a new paradigm where full supply chain visibility is now the base model—it’s just what’s expected,” he explains. “Put another way, full supply chain visibility will not be a technological high point, it’s going to be table stakes. And it’s going to be enabled by technologies and the maturation of things like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).”

Participants in the Roadmap 2.0 workshops, continues Magliola, strongly believe that when it comes to logistics infrastructure developments by 2030, digital data flow will become every bit as important as the physical flow of goods. That’s because both industrial and individual consumers already expect more than just the item they want when they want it; they also demand full transparency about their shipments’ status and 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.


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