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Biennial CICMHE Colloquium highlights Roadmap in breakout session discussions
Every two years, the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) sponsors the International Material Handling Research Colloquium (IMHRC). The event brings together academic and industrial participants to discuss the latest in material handling, facility layout and design, logistics and supply chain research.

The thirteenth installment happened this past June in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was attended by 38 university- and industry-based researchers (including the supplier and end-user communities) from around the world, said Jeff Smith, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University and CICMHE officer.

Prior to the event, CICMHE issued a call for participation from researchers working in the areas of material handling, facility logistics, intralogistics, facility planning and design, supply chain planning and execution, or other closely related fields of study. Smith led this year’s international team of reviewers who evaluated submissions and extended invitations to selected authors. During the weeklong event, participants shared their research in interactive poster sessions.

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  Jeff Smith, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University and CICMHE officer.
  Jeff Smith, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University and CICMHE officer.

Honeywell Scanning & Mobility’s Bruce Stubbs predicts new wearable AIDC technologies will help DCs meet challenges identified by Roadmap
The 10 major economic, technological and societal trends identified by the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics as shaping the future of the industry align “very well” with the planned automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) solutions in development at Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, said Bruce Stubbs.

Stubbs is Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Centers at Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, a leading manufacturer of high-performance image-and laser- based data collection hardware. The company manufactures and markets rugged mobile computers and bar code scanners, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions, voice-enabled workflow and printing solutions.

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  Bruce Stubbs, Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Centers at Honeywell Scanning & Mobility.
  Bruce Stubbs, Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Centers at Honeywell Scanning & Mobility.

Join the Roadmap on LinkedIn: Industry members are encouraged to join the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Group on LinkedIn and to follow @MHLRoadmap on Twitter.


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Industry Week Article
Tackles Workforce
Challenges in
Manufacturing

In a recently published article, “Tighten the Gap: Three Strategies for Addressing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing,” Paul Kuchuris, president of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and Kylene Zenk-Batsford, senior manager of Kronos’ manufacturing practice group, discuss the coming workforce shortage faced by the American manufacturing sector. In the article, the two examine the steps manufacturers can take right now—in terms of talent management—to better position themselves for the future.
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“Why Trucking Needs To Care
About Augmented Reality,”
by Brian Straight, managing
editor of Fleet Owner
In the ‘Trucking Straight Talk’ Blog, Straight offers his thoughts on a recent report developed by global package delivery provider DHL’s research team about how augmented reality (AR) may change the way logistics processes are handled. “Recent developments, such as heads-up displays on windshields or use of augmented reality for vehicle repairs from the automotive sector, show how rapidly this technology is developing... We believe that the technology also offers significant potential for the logistics industry,” said Charles Brewer, managing director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa.
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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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