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About the Original U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics

Released in 2014, the original U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics assembled a broad, open community of thought leaders with a stake in the future of material handling and logistics technologies and practices. Together, participants created an industry roadmap that will increase productivity, reduce costs, create jobs and improve the global competitiveness of the U.S. between now and 2025. The Roadmap consists of a report and action plan.

How was the original Roadmap developed?

To develop the original Roadmap, input was first gathered from more than 100 thought leaders, including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government. They participated in one of four roundtable events held April through June 2013. Attendees contributed their thoughts regarding the capabilities that the industry needs to develop between now and 2025. These face-to-face, full group and breakout sessions were hosted in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago.

Participants tackled the following questions:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing material handling and logistics in the movement of resources and goods within and between facilities in the supply chain?
  • Which actions will advance material handling and logistics technologies, practices and workforce development in the next 3, 5 and 10 years?
  • How can general awareness of the importance of material handling and logistics to our standard of living and competitive position in the world be raised?
  • How should government be educated on key issues to the material handling and logistics industry?
  • How can ongoing dialog about material handling and logistics issues and performance levels be generated among thought leaders?

Who wrote the original Roadmap?

A five-person writing team developed the original Roadmap. They include:

Who else was involved in the development of the originalRoadmap?

A broad, open community of thought leaders—including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government—participated in the development of the original Roadmap. Additional input to the Roadmap was open to anyone who wished to provide feedback to the drafts.

Industry members are also encouraged to join the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Group on LinkedIn and to follow @MHLRoadmap on Twitter.

As a collaborative industry effort, the original U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics was supported by six association partners and eight publication partners.