Today, the first draft of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 was released. Published as a downloadable PDF on the homepage here, the Roadmap 2.0’s report and action plan draft is open for review, comments and additional input from the public until Monday, February 6, 2017. Its purpose is to help the industry determine how logistics and supply chain trends and challenges can be turned into action plans to develop needed capabilities in the U.S. between now and 2030.
Coordinating the review and comment process is Roadmap 2.0 report editor Gary Forger, Consultant to MHI. He particularly looks forward to the industry’s feedback and additional input on this first draft, which should be routed to him directly at email@example.com.
“The original Roadmap, published in January 2014, was a high-level look forward to 2025. It identified a baseline of key disruptors faced by today’s supply chain practitioners, as well as the core competencies they must develop in order to thrive in the coming decade,” he explains. “But within the last three years, the staggering rate of change impacting material handling and logistics demanded a second look. We’ve also taken a new approach in organizing the report, which now focuses on four key supply chain forces: technology, consumers, workforce and logistics infrastructure. I’m eager to see the response.”
The content of this initial draft is based on input from nearly 200 strategic thinkers—70 percent of whom did not participate in the development of the first Roadmap—including material handling and logistics practitioners, equipment and software suppliers, academia, associations and government. They participated in one of five roundtable events held August through November 2016, dividing into nearly 70 different discussion topic breakout sessions. Attendees contributed their insights on both recent and anticipated developments in the field, as well as further explored the core competencies that companies will have to develop within the next decade.
A seven-person writing team developed the Roadmap 2.0’s first draft. They include:
- Charles Edwards, North Carolina Department of Transportation
- Alan Erera, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
- Bill Ferrell, Clemson University
- Gary Forger, Consultant to MHI
- Steve Hopper, Inviscid Consulting
- Dana Magliola, Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University
- David Schneider, We Are The Practitioners – David K Schneider & Company
Upon its completion, the Roadmap 2.0 will be released during MHI’s ProMat (www.promatshow.com) tradeshow and exposition, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The Roadmap 2.0 is a collaborative industry effort, involving five association partners and seven publication partners.
- Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi)
- College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)
- Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
- Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)
- CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly
- DC Velocity
- Inbound Logistics
- Logistics Management
- Material Handling & Logistics
- Modern Materials Handling
- Supply Chain Management Review