Highlighting today’s lightning fast pace of business, built upon unprecedented interconnectedness and the exponential rate of change for technology, the video showcases the latest technology, consumer, workforce and logistics infrastructure trends impacting material handling and logistics between now and 2030.
May 11, 2017
When the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 was released at ProMat 2017 last month, its debut included an on-floor education session featuring the six-person writing team who developed its content.
During “Get Ready for the Next 10 Years in Material Handling and Logistics,” the group participated in a panel discussion that is now available for listening and viewing of the accompanying presentation online, here, in webinar format. Joining editor Gary Forger of MHI were:
- Technology section author Bill Ferrell of Clemson University,
- Consumer section author David Schneider of We Are The Practitioners – David K. Schneider & Company,
- Workforce section author and Steve Hopper of Inviscid Consulting, and
- Logistics Infrastructure section authors Dana Magliola of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University and Charles Edwards of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Each of the authors spoke about their respective topics, offering a high-level overview into the logistics and supply chain trends and challenges that can be turned into action plans by companies for development of strategic capabilities between now and 2030.
Ferrell started by noting, “We purposefully tried to write the technology section in this Roadmap to provide insights into… some of the systemic or systems oriented kinds of evolutions that might occur.” He then reviewed the three primary areas that are currently being impacted—and will continue to be impacted—by emerging and developing technologies: those that facilitate customers’ needs or wants; those that create new markets (think smartphones); and those that make jobs easier and improve the workplace.
Schneider asserted that consumers “are the dominant disrupter to the supply chain going forward, and they’re going to get worse.” He focused particularly on the newest upcoming generation of consumers, the “iGen” or persons born after the year 2000, noting: “They’re going to be such a huge influence [because] that generation’s going to be over 30% of the US population when they come of age and become true buying adults.”
In reviewing workforce, Hopper discussed the challenges in finding and retaining workers and the need to align work to their capabilities—rather than the other way around. “In the future it’s going to be more about understanding this worker and what their strengths, weaknesses and skills are, and how can we fit that worker to our environment,” he said, adding that coaching and improvement programs will play a big part in workforce success.
Magliola explored logistics infrastructure from a data and technology point of view, saying: “Full supply chain visibility is not a technological high point, it’s going to be table stakes—that’s really important to recognize. It’s going to be enabled by technologies and the maturation of things like artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things. That will, however, create opportunity for innovation.”
With regard to physical logistics infrastructure, Edwards reviewed changing multimodal systems, including the need for $5 trillion to bring current U.S. roadways back to the standards of 1990. He stressed better collaborations between government and industry in order “to provide the infrastructure that’s needed so that that technology that was mentioned at the beginning can work, so that the consumers can get the products, and so that the workforce has a place to work.”
April 4, 2017
Today, the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 was released at ProMat 2017, held at McCormick Place in Chicago. Published on www.MHLroadmap.org, the Roadmap 2.0’s report and action plan is the next generation of the original Roadmap, published in January 2014. As an update of the preceding document, the Roadmap 2.0 will 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.
March 7, 2017
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 will be released at MHI’s ProMat tradeshow and exposition, held at McCormick Place in Chicago, and simultaneously published on www.MHLroadmap.org. Coinciding with the document’s debut, its six authors will participate in “Get Ready for the Next 10 Years in Material Handling and Logistics,” an on-floor education session in McCormick Place’s South Hall Theater F, from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. (Central time) to discuss its content.
January 31, 2017
First Draft of U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 Available for Review; Comments Welcomed
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.
January 16, 2017
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.
November 17, 2016
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.
August 19, 2016
Roundtable Summit Dates Announced for Development of U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0
Strategic thinkers—including material handling and logistics practitioners, equipment and software suppliers, academia, associations and government—are invited to contribute their insights on the future of the U.S. supply chain at one of four roundtable summit events to be held throughout the second half of 2016. Collected input will form the foundation of the second edition of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, a 70-page report originally released in January 2014 on www.MHLroadmap.org.
August 17, 2016
NC State Supply Chain Resource Cooperative MBA students research the economic impact of North Carolina’s supply chain industry
Underwritten by MHI, a new analysis and report developed by three of North Carolina State University’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) fellows has been released. The report, “Understanding the Economic Impact of North Carolina’s Supply Chain: Conduit for Prosperity and Economic Development,” and provides detailed perspective on the importance of the supply chain in North Carolina. It was researched and prepared by SCRC fellows Dana A. Magliola, Lindsay T. Schilleman and John C. Elliott, three Jenkins’ masters of business administration (MBA) graduate students at NC State’s Poole College of Management.
September 5, 2013
The 300-plus industry member participants at MHI’s fall 2013 Annual Meetings in Orlando, Florida, will hear about the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics during a special panel discussion on Tuesday, October 1. The discussion will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Grand Cypress. The initial draft of the Roadmap’s report and action plan will be published on www.MHLroadmap.org on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, and review, comments and additional input from the public are welcomed.