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Associated applies Roadmap’s predictions in development of 2020 Vision; invites registrants to Loyola’s Supply Chain Leadership Conference
The publication of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics in January proved fortuitous for Associated, a leading provider of integrated supply chain solutions, as well as for their new acquired subsidiary Peach State Integrated Technologies. That’s because the company had been in the process of updating their long-term strategic plan, said Mike Romano, President and CEO.

“We had been working to develop and set a specific vision for where we could be in 2020. When the Roadmap was released, it was a good resource for us,” he explained. “It represents a solid base of knowledge that’s been accumulated in a sound manner and provides insightful perspective on the future.”

Romano and his team combined their own observations of customer needs with the Roadmap’s predictions to establish a strategic plan of what the organization needs in order to meet their 2020 vision, including the development of internal organizational capabilities and competencies.


  Mike Romano
  Mike Romano, Associated President and CEO

International leaders from Toyota Material Handling Group discuss Roadmap’s predictions at CeMAT gathering
Held this past May 31 to June 3 in Hannover, Germany, the CeMAT exposition featured both material handling and logistics exhibits. More than 53,000 international visitors from 65 nations attended, checking out more than 1,000 booths spread across 1.3 million square feet of exhibit space.

Among the exhibitors was forklift manufacturer Toyota Material Handling Group, which is divided into four operational regions: North America, Europe, Japan/China and International. The group routinely likes to take advantage of events like CeMAT to bring its senior managers in charge of current products and future product development together, explained Erric Heitmann, Vice President of Engineering, The Raymond Corp., a part of the North America group.


  Erric Heitmann
  Erric Heitmann, Vice President of Engineering, The Raymond Corp.

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.

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August 6, 2014: Loyola’s Supply Chain Leadership Conference:
Predict, Respond and Adapt

The Supply and Value Chain Center (SVCC) of the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago and Associated Integrated Supply Chain Solutions present a one-day educational session, from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m, focused on a variety of current supply chain topics. This one-of-a-kind event will bring together supply chain experts and professionals from a wide array of backgrounds and industries to discuss today's hot supply chain topics. With a board array of educational sessions, product demonstrations, solution applications and peer-to-peer networking opportunities this is a can't miss event for every supply chain leader. The event will be held at Associated’s Addison, Illinois facility, and will feature an educational seminar at 10:00 a.m. on the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, presented by Gary Forger, Managing Director of Professional Development at MHI. Register for the event here.
"Professor gives glimpse into future with drones" by Ben Ruffin, news reporter for The Auburn Plainsman
An overview of the collaborative development surrounding quadcopter drones at Auburn University includes insights from the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics' Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Gue.

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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