Association Partners

Publication Partners

Four Areas Technology Will Impact Within Supply Chains Between Now and 2030

Dr. Bill Ferrell, Fluor International Supply Chain Professor of Industrial Engineering and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University, anticipates that technology will impact supply chains in four key areas between now and 2030.

Ferrell, who authored Roadmap 2.0’s technology section, says “demand pull” will be a powerful force in implementation of technologies as supply chain segments require new capabilities to cope with constant change. These include: Distribution center (DC) design; Single-piece unit loads; Human/automation interaction; and Transportation and delivery. READ MORE…

Why Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence Are Key Technology Trends

Roadmap 2.0’s technology section author Dr. Bill Ferrell, Fluor International Supply Chain Professor of Industrial Engineering and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Clemson University (and also one of the authors of the original Roadmap) considered technology trends from a variety of angles as he was developing the chapter’s content.

“Recently it seems like folks speculating about technology trends are only considering it in the context of how fast it’s going to take over jobs,” he chuckled. “So when I wrote this section, I tried to provide insights into technology trends that might be opportunities for companies to grow and evolve. I encourage Roadmap 2.0 readers to think about those possibilities in terms of the way technology has impacted business in the past, like how technology has created new markets. Who would have guessed in 2007—before the first iPhone—that none of us could function without one a decade later?”

When considering the original Roadmap’s list of disruptive technologies and the input of the 200-plus roundtable contributors, Ferrell believes Cloud computing for data storage and analytics that drive the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 is trending toward making the largest impact on supply chain, material handling and logistics…. 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.