The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, originally released in January 2014, has been translated into Spanish for distribution in Central and South America. The translation is published on www.MHLroadmap.org, and replicates the original 67-page Roadmap report and action plan. The document provides a framework to help the industry identify the logistics and supply chain disruptors that can be turned into action plans to develop core competencies needed in the U.S. between now and 2025.
The translation was spearheaded by Edgar Ramos, Professor of Supply Chain Management at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, with collaborators Angel Hurtado, an independent consultant in innovation and technology management; Edwin Montes, Professor of Strategy Marketing at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola; and Ruth Arano Stanton, independent consultant.
Ramos had already integrated the original English version of the document into his teaching materials for the first session of the undergraduate Supply Chain Management course he’s teaching at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru. Further, he’d used the document for the Logistics Executive Seminar at Universidad de Piura, and during an Operations and Logistics Management course at Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo, as discussion material for the topic of Trends and Technology in Supply Chain.
The Roadmap’s content is based on input from more than 100 U.S. thought leaders—including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government. Contributors shared their thoughts regarding the capabilities that the industry needs to develop between now and 2025.
So why would a U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics be relevant to Latin America?
“The importance is to recognize the gap between logistics and supply chains in developed countries, in this case the U.S., and emerging countries in Latin America,” Ramos explains. “With the document translated into Spanish, we can reach more Latin American experts in the different industries and academic programs to help prioritize our focus for improving our region’s logistics and supply chain practices.”
With the translation now complete, Ramos has scheduled it as a component of a program for Latin American supply chain leaders in June 2016, during a discussion of the Future of Supply Chain. Additionally, Ramos will be hosting a session to kick off the development of a supply chain and logistics Roadmap for Peru in mid-May, 2016.
“I am scheduling several roundtable discussions with many different universities and supply chain/logistics programs here in Peru as part of creating that Roadmap,” he adds. “Peru’s industry leaders and public entities have also been invited to participate in the sessions. I’m eager to get started.”