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Roadmap’s technology predictions examined in second annual MHI Industry Report
MHI released its second "Annual Industry Report: Supply chain innovation—Making the impossible possible" during the March 25 keynote panel discussion at ProMat 2015. The report’s key focus is on eight of the technologies identified by the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics as being those most likely to spur dramatic, transformational change in supply chains.

Zebra Technologies’ study on Internet of Things (IoT) confirms Roadmap predictions
At ProMat 2015, Zebra Technologies Corp. released the findings of a study on the Internet of Things (IoT) it commissioned with Forrester Research. The report, “Internet of Things Solution Deployment Gains Momentum Among Firms Globally,” found that 96% of surveyed transportation and logistics companies agree that IoT is the most strategic technological initiative their organization will undertake this decade.

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.


May 26, 2015: MIT’s Zaragoza Logistics Center’s Global Supply Chain Research Forum
The Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) is a research institute established by the Government of Aragon in Spain in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Zaragoza. The program’s invitation only Global Supply Chain Research Forum will highlight the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics on the second day of the event in a roundtable panel discussion: “Is Physical Internet a New Paradigm?”
June 4, 2015: Loyola University’s Supply and Value Chain Center of the Quinlan School of Business 2nd Annual Supply Chain Leadership Conference
Hosted at Associated’s Addison, Illinois facility, Loyola’s Supply and Value Chain Center presents its 2nd Annual Supply Chain Leadership Conference. The day includes three U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics related topics: a panel discussion on “The Practical Application of Automation;” an educational seminar about “Finding the Profit in Sustainability;” and a panel discussion about “Planning for America’s Supply Chain Workforce.”

Welcome to the Future

June 12, 2025

Gaithersburg, MD. John Alvarez has been under his classic 1996 silver Corvette for three and a half hours. He’s sweating profusely, but doing what he loves—restoring old cars. His search for the source of a small oil leak is finally over—a leaking right valve cover gasket. “MyEye, stock check.”

“Yes, sir?” responds a small SmartPin clipped to his shirt. “Is there a right valve cover gasket for my Corvette in this town?”

“Checking, sir, please wait…” After confirming the meaning of “valve cover gasket” and “my Corvette” with appropriate databases, SmartPin sends a stock request via wireless connection to a central database for automotive supplies: “Stock check, right valve cover gasket for a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette, 5.7 liter V8, 4-speed, convertible. Near address: 2049 Mockingbird Lane, Gaithersburg, MD.”

“I have found a source, sir. Please check MyEye to confirm.” Still under the car, John shifts his focus to the eyes up display in his right contact lens as it projects photographs and technical details for the part.

“Next page…. Next page. Yes, that’s it. Please order for immediate delivery.”

“On the way, sir.” The order is immediately placed and paid for. Inside the local auto parts store, a 3D printer begins the job. Ten minutes later, it’s done.

The store’s CrowdDeliver system broadcasts a request for delivery to thousands of participating mobile devices. A notification pops up in the car of Jeff Hart, who lives in John’s neighborhood but has never met him. Jeff is on his way back from his daughter’s gymnastics meet, and only two blocks from the auto parts store. He clicks “Got it” and takes a left toward the store.

A clerk greets him at the service window, “Here you go, Mr. Hart. Do you see the address?” “Yep, it came up right there. I’ve been wanting to meet John for some time.”
“Thank you sir, we’ve credited your account.”

Ten minutes later, Jeff pulls into the driveway of John Alvarez, who is still under his Corvette.

“John, I’m Jeff Hart from down the street. Here’s your gasket. Nice car.”

Sound far fetched?

It’s not.

This is the future, as envisioned by the contributors and authors of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. The Roadmap offers a visionary look at how the material handling and logistics industry will change between now and 2025. It identifies both driving trends and the transformations ahead that will make the above scenario a commonplace occurrence.

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