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January 15, 2014: The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Has Been Released

Today, the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics was released. Published on www.MHLroadmap.org, the 67-page Roadmap’s report and action plan 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 2025.

The Roadmap was developed in an 18-month-long process. Its content is based on input from more than 100 thought leaders, including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government. They participated in one of four roundtable events held April through June 2013. Attendees contributed their thoughts regarding the capabilities that the industry needs to develop between now and 2025. The first draft was released in October 2013 for review and comments; that feedback was integrated into a second draft, released in November 2013.

Coordinating the development, writing and review process was Roadmap editor Kevin Gue, Tim Cook Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

“The Roadmap represents the ‘collective mind,’ as it were, of the entire industry—from end users to suppliers to academics to associations and government,” says Gue, who hopes the publication leads to collaborative solutions that address big problems.

“Many of the issues described in the Roadmap will be addressed by individual companies in response to market forces and advances in technology. But other problems will require disparate groups to pull in the same direction. Standardization, widespread collaboration, securing a qualified workforce for the future—these issues will require stakeholders to work together in new ways,” he explains.

A five-person writing team developed the Roadmap. They include:

The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics is a collaborative industry effort, involving five association partners and eight publication partners.

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MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap. For more information and to participate, visit www.MHLroadmap.org or email info@MHLroadmap.org.


November 1, 2013: Watch the Panel Discussion Featuring the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics at MHI’s Annual Meeting

On October 1, 2013, the 300-plus industry member participants at MHI’s 2013 Annual Meetings in Orlando, Florida, heard about the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics during a special panel discussion. The panel consisted of end users and industry leaders who discussed how the Roadmap is important to the industry and their individual companies. They included:

The discussion was moderated by Michael Mikitka, CEO of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC).

The six panelists were from more than 100 thought leaders—including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government—who participated in four roundtable 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.

As one of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics’ association partners, MHI has made a video of the panel discussion available. Watch the video here.


October 1, 2013: First Draft of U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Available for Review; Comments Welcomed

Today, the first draft of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics was released. Published on www.MHLroadmap.org, the Roadmap’s report and action plan draft is open for review, comments and additional input from the public until Tuesday, October 15, 2013. 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 2025.

Coordinating the review and comment process is Roadmap report editor Kevin Gue, Tim Cook Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. He particularly looks forward to getting feedback and additional input from the industry in response to this first draft.

“Industry members should be interested because there are some contentious issues in the document, and we want every point of view represented,” says Gue. “For example, is there a future for large-scale standardization? Can privacy concerns be overcome to facilitate widespread collaboration of logistics operations and processes? The implications of these initiatives, should they really be pursued, are tremendous.”

The content of this initial draft is based on input from more than 100 thought leaders, including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government. They participated in one of four roundtable events held April through June 2013. Attendees contributed their thoughts regarding the capabilities that the industry needs to develop between now and 2025.

In addition to Gue, three other academics who specialize in the field of material handling and logistics participated in the development of the first draft. They include:

  • Elif Akcali, Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida
  • Alan Erera, Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • William Ferrell, Professor and Associate Dean of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University

“The writing team was faced with capturing and expressing the opinions of more than 100 participants—no small feat! We really want feedback on the draft to make sure we've correctly represented the ‘collective mind’ of the industry,” adds Gue.

The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics is a collaborative industry effort, involving five association partners and eight publication partners.

Association Partners

 

Publication Partners

MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap.

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September 1, 2013: First Draft of U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics in Development

The first draft of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics is currently in development. To be published on www.MHLroadmap.org on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the first draft of the Roadmap’s report and action plan will be open for review, comments and additional input from the public until Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Its purpose is to help the industry determine how it needs to change between now and 2025. The ultimate outcome is to grow jobs, increase America’s global competitiveness and advance our standard of living.

Draft content is based on input from more than 100 thought leaders, including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government. They participated in one of four roundtable events held April through June 2013. Attendees contributed their thoughts regarding the capabilities that the industry needs to develop between now and 2025. These face-to-face, full group and breakout sessions were hosted in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago.

Compiling the attendees’ contributions into the Roadmap’s first report and action plan draft are:

  • Kevin Gue, Roadmap editor and Tim Cook Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • Elif Akcali, Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida
  • Alan Erera, Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • William Ferrell, Professor and Associate Dean of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Clemson University

The four roundtable meetings included representatives from the following companies and organizations:

9BLOC
Acuity Global
Advanced Technology & Research Corp.
American Society of Transportation & Logistics
Archway
Associated Allied
Associated Warehouses
ATI Industrial Automation
Babbleware
Beumer
The Boeing Co.
CEVA Logistics
Clemson University
The Coca-Cola Co.
Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors
DC Velocity
The Walt Disney Co.
DMLogic LLC
Driscoll's
EGA Products
FedEx SmartPost
Foodlink
Foremost Quality Logistics
Fox IV Technologies
Geisinger Health System
Genuine Parts Co.
Geographic Information Services Inc.
Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education
Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
Gwinnett County Schools
Hamilton Caster
Hoj Engineering
Inbound Logistics
Industrial Reporting
Integrated Systems Design
Kendall-Jackson
KNAPP Logistics Automation
L’Université Laval
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute
Liberty Technologies
Lift Atlanta
Logistics Management
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
Material Handling & Logistics
  Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
Metro Atlanta Chamber
MHI
NACCO Material Handling
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
Nature’s Best
Nestlé
Norco College
Northwestern University
ORBIS
Papé Material Handling
Peach State
Polk State College
Productivity Constructs
The Progress Group
Reed Exhibitions
Rock Hill School District
Samsung
SAP
Schmalz
Seizmic Inc.
Smith Drug
Southworth Products Co.
SSI Schaefer
St. Onge Company
Starrco Co.
StoneCross Group
Supply Chain Brain
Supply Chain Digest
Supply Chain Visions
Swisslog
Symbotic
System Logistics
Tecsys
Terminal Corp.
TranSystems
Unex Manufacturing
University of Arkansas
University of California – Berkeley
University of Dayton
University of Louisville
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Warehouse Specialists Inc.
Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)
Weber Logistics
Wisconsin Lift Truck


September 5, 2013: U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics Focus of Panel Discussion at MHI’s Annual Meeting

The 300-plus industry member participants at MHI’s 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 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:

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 roundtable 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.

For more information about registering to attend the MHI 2013 Annual Meetings, held September 30 – October 3, 2013 in Orlando, Florida, please visit the registration site.

 



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