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.
The panel of end users and industry leaders will discuss how the Roadmap is important to the industry and their individual companies. A special focus will be on the Roadmap’s call for change in: workforce development, technology innovation, collaboration and standardization. Panelists sharing their strategies and insights are:
- Randolph Bradley, Technical Fellow in Supply Chain Management at The Boeing Co.
- Laurie Denham, PLS, CAE, President of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics
- Kevin Gue, Editor of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics and Tim Cook Professor of Industrial Engineering at Auburn University
- Michael Mikitka, CEO of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)
- Jonathan Rader, Manager of Design Engineering at FedEx SmartPost
- David Steele, Director of Distribution Services at The Walt Disney Co.
- Matt Weinberg, Supply Chain Analyst at Nestlé
The panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Mikitka, CEO of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC).
The seven panelists are from more than 100 thought leaders—including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government—who participated in four oundtable events. Held April through June 2013 in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago, roundtable attendees contributed thoughts about the capabilities that the material handling and logistics industry needs to develop between now and 2025. These new capabilities will increase productivity, reduce costs, create jobs and improve the global competitiveness of the U.S.