First Draft of U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 Available for Review

The first draft of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 has been released. The purpose of the Roadmap 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 2030.

The content of this initial draft 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, equipment and software suppliers, academia, associations and government.

They participated in one of five roundtable events held August through November 2016, dividing into nearly 70 different discussion topic breakout sessions. Attendees contributed their insights on both recent and anticipated developments in the field, as well as further explored the core competencies that companies will have to develop within the next decade.

Published as a downloadable PDF on, the Roadmap 2.0’s report and action plan draft is open for review, comments and additional input from the public until Monday, February 6, 2017.

Coordinating the review and comment process is Roadmap 2.0 report editor Gary Forger, Consultant to MHI. He particularly looks forward to the industry’s feedback and additional input on this first draft, which should be routed to him directly at

Roadmap 2.0 debuts at ProMat 2017
The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 will be released at ProMat 2017 in Chicago. A special on-floor seminar about it will be held Tuesday, April 4 at 2:15 p.m.

MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap 2.0. 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)
–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