Material Handling & Logistics Roadmap 2.0 Provides Update for Future Industry Outlook

Many of us, myself included, are too mired in our day-to-day activities that we can’t afford to give ourselves the time to ponder what the future holds for us. But imagine taking a look around the current landscape, identifying the emerging technological, consumer, workforce and infrastructure trends, and extrapolating how those trends would influence what the year 2030 would have in store for logistics and the supply chain.

Now imagine you don’t have to imagine that.

MHI released U.S. Material Handling & Logistics Roadmap 2.0 to a packed theater at ProMat 2017. Roadmap 2.0 is an update to MHI’s inaugural Roadmap, which was published in 2014. Roadmap 2.0 is a culmination of contributions from nearly 200 supply chain stakeholders who participated in four workshops across the country in 2016. Like its predecessor, Roadmap 2.0 attempts to give a sense of direction to how current megatrends influencing the rapid rates of change in the supply chain will manifest in the future.

Whereas the 2014 Roadmap identified 10 disruptors and 10 core competencies, all of which are still valid today, Roadmap 2.0 is categorized into four key forces in the supply chain: Technology, Consumers, Workforce and Logistics Infrastructure.

By Pat Davison

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