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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…

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…

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.