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Intelligrated uses Roadmap’s insights as part of strategic plan formulation, workforce development initiatives
Automated material handling solutions provider Intelligrated is one of many companies to use the content of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics as a source for its strategic planning.

“We integrated the insights from the Roadmap into our product and solutions development plan—it was one of many inputs to the strategy we’re pursuing as we work on our product planning cycle,” said Jerry Koch, Intelligrated’s Director of Corporate Marketing and Product Management.

Specifically with regard to the workforce challenges identified in the Roadmap, Koch says Intelligrated is working on a three-pronged approach to help customers address the shortage of skilled workers faced by the industry.

First, Intelligrated designs and engineers automated systems that can be used in place of manual processes that, as noted on the Roadmap’s page 47, “include undesirable, hard-to-fill jobs, high turnover costs, workplace injuries and product damage from mishandling.”


  Jerry Koch, Intelligrated’s Director of Corporate Marketing and Product Management

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December 4, 2014: Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business Supply Chain Leaders' Roundtable
The Supply and Value Chain Center (SVCC) presents "A Capital Markets Understanding of Supply Chain Real Estate," a Supply Chain Leaders' Roundtable event, co-hosted with Colliers International. During the session, MHI Managing Director Gary Forger will present "How Will the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Affect Your Business."

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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