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Eurasian supply chain leaders tour U.S., learn about ATC’s training program and Roadmap
For three weeks in March, a delegation of 20 executives and heads of logistics departments from Eurasian countries Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan toured select cities in the U.S. The group visited Washington D.C., Atlanta, Charlotte and Chicago through the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program (which also has a page on Facebook) under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.   ATC Images
The SABIT program’s 2015 Eurasian Supply Chain Management Delegation was escorted by Becky Long, International Trade Specialist, and a pair of interpreters. Comprised of CEOs and executives, the delegates’ companies are involved in logistics, warehousing and retail/wholesale, as well as manufacturing in the food processing, consumer goods, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals industries.

For more than 20 years, the SABIT program has offered delegates from international companies a chance to learn about best practices in various industries by arranging meetings with U.S. companies, trade organizations and educational institutions. This was the first year the SABIT program hosted a delegation focused on supply chain management.

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May 4, 2015: WERC Conference Breakout Session, "Shock and Awe: Revelations from the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics"
During the annual WERC Conference 2015—held in Orlando, Florida May 3-6—Gary Forger, MHI's Managing Director of Professional Development, presents "Shock and Awe: Revelations from the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics" on Monday, May 4 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. With supply chains evolving at an “exponential-exponential” rate of universal transformation, the impact on a business can inspire both shock and awe. Session attendees will gain a grasp on the most critical disruptors contributing to these changes, as identified by the Roadmap, and the core competencies your business must develop to excel through the turbulence. Participants will examine the key trends and discuss strategies to adapt and thrive.
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Welcome to the Future

June 12, 2025

Gaithersburg, MD. John Alvarez has been under his classic 1996 silver Corvette for three and a half hours. He’s sweating profusely, but doing what he loves—restoring old cars. His search for the source of a small oil leak is finally over—a leaking right valve cover gasket. “MyEye, stock check.”
  Corvette

“Yes, sir?” responds a small SmartPin clipped to his shirt. “Is there a right valve cover gasket for my Corvette in this town?”

“Checking, sir, please wait…” After confirming the meaning of “valve cover gasket” and “my Corvette” with appropriate databases, SmartPin sends a stock request via wireless connection to a central database for automotive supplies: “Stock check, right valve cover gasket for a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette, 5.7 liter V8, 4-speed, convertible. Near address: 2049 Mockingbird Lane, Gaithersburg, MD.”

“I have found a source, sir. Please check MyEye to confirm.” Still under the car, John shifts his focus to the eyes up display in his right contact lens as it projects photographs and technical details for the part.

“Next page…. Next page. Yes, that’s it. Please order for immediate delivery.”

“On the way, sir.” The order is immediately placed and paid for. Inside the local auto parts store, a 3D printer begins the job. Ten minutes later, it’s done.

The store’s CrowdDeliver system broadcasts a request for delivery to thousands of participating mobile devices. A notification pops up in the car of Jeff Hart, who lives in John’s neighborhood but has never met him. Jeff is on his way back from his daughter’s gymnastics meet, and only two blocks from the auto parts store. He clicks “Got it” and takes a left toward the store.

A clerk greets him at the service window, “Here you go, Mr. Hart. Do you see the address?” “Yep, it came up right there. I’ve been wanting to meet John for some time.”
“Thank you sir, we’ve credited your account.”

Ten minutes later, Jeff pulls into the driveway of John Alvarez, who is still under his Corvette.

“John, I’m Jeff Hart from down the street. Here’s your gasket. Nice car.”

Sound far fetched?

It’s not.

This is the future, as envisioned by the contributors and authors of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. The Roadmap offers a visionary look at how the material handling and logistics industry will change between now and 2025. It identifies both driving trends and the transformations ahead that will make the above scenario a commonplace occurrence.

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