The first draft of the Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap 2.0 (“Roadmap 2.0”) is currently in development. To be posted on www.MHLroadmap.org at the end of January 2017, the first draft of the Roadmap 2.0’s report and action plan will be open for review, comments and additional input from the public.
The Roadmap 2.0 report and action plan is the next generation of the original Roadmap, published in January 2014. As an update of the preceding document, Roadmap 2.0 will help the supply chain industry determine how it needs to change between now and 2030. The ultimate outcome is to grow jobs, increase America’s global competitiveness and advance our standard of living.
“The first Roadmap was called by some ‘the most important document to be published by the industry in more than 20 years,’” recalls Gary Forger, Consultant to MHI. Forger, who spearheaded the original effort to develop the document, notes: “It established a baseline of key disruptors faced by supply chain practitioners today and in the approaching decade. While it was comprehensive for the time, the staggering rate of change in the field during the past three years prompted us to develop this second edition.”
Draft content 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. These face-to-face, full group and breakout sessions were hosted in Atlanta, Georgia; Trenton, New Jersey; Ontario, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Chicago, Illinois.
Upon the conclusion of the input sessions, a seven-person writing team began compiling attendees’ contributions into 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
MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap 2.0. For more information visit www.MHLroadmap.org or email info@MHLroadmap.org.