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The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 to be released at ProMat 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 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.

The Roadmap 2.0 report and action plan is the next generation of the original Roadmap, published in January 2014. As an update of the preceding document, Roadmap 2.0 will help the supply chain industry determine how it needs to change between now and 2030. The ultimate outcome is to grow jobs, increase America’s global competitiveness and advance our standard of living.

“The first Roadmap was called by some ‘the most important document to be published by the industry in more than 20 years,’” recalls Gary Forger, who spearheaded the effort to develop the original document during his tenure at MHI. “While it was comprehensive for the time, the staggering rate of change in the field during the past three years prompted the creation of this second edition.”

Produced in a 7-month-long process, Roadmap 2.0’s content is based on input from nearly 200 strategic thinkers—70 percent of whom did not participate in the development of the first Roadmap—including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government. They joined one of five roundtable events held August through November 2016. The first draft was released on January 31, 2017 for review and comments.

A six-person writing team compiled insights from both roundtable participants and first draft reviewers the Roadmap. They include:

  • Gary Forger, Consultant to MHI and Roadmap 2.0 Editor
  • Charles Edwards, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Bill Ferrell, Clemson University
  • Steve Hopper, Inviscid Consulting
  • Dana Magliola, Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University
  • David Schneider, We Are The Practitioners - David K Schneider & Company

The Roadmap 2.0 is a collaborative industry effort, involving five association partners and seven publication partners.

Association Partners:

  • Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi)
  • College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)
  • Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
  • MHI
  • Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)

Publication Partners:

  • CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly
  • DC Velocity
  • Inbound Logistics
  • Logistics Management
  • Material Handling & Logistics
  • Modern Materials Handling
  • Supply Chain Management Review

MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap 2.0. For more information visit or email

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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