MHI: Departments, Programs, & All That Jazz – Part 2

By Alex Batty, MHI Marketing Communications Coordinator |@mhi_alex

Part Two! For the first part, click here.

Welcome to the second topic in our series! If you missed the first topic, you can find our post here on What is MHI.

This week, we’re diving more into the content that we’re creating as a part of our mission to offer education, networking, and solution sourcing for our members, their customers, and the industry as a whole.

I started talking about education in the last post, but they do a whole bunch more stuff that needs to be talked about. We collaborate with Deloitte to prepare an Annual Industry Report (which we’re literally current working on the next one – I’m typing this in between working sessions) and drive a collaborative industry effort to create the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. That is also being updated at the moment (look at us go!)

Okay. I know I sound over excited, shoot off at the mouth (yes, that’s a pop culture reference; live with it), but this is cool stuff! There’s a lot to learn because it’s a huge industry, and this helps condense it down and present the information you need to succeed.

We also directly invest in material handling education through the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI). The mission of MHEFI is “to promote the study of material handling, logistics and the supply chain by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support.” Students can apply for scholarships that are funded through MHI and donors… like you. To check out scholarship opportunities (or donate, because that’s cool too), go to

MHI also works to develop standards (ANSI and the like) to help people and organizations work with a common understanding of products and processes to promote safety, efficiency, interchangeability, and reliability. In fact, we just collaborated to release a white paper the physics of pallet lifting and working safely with those pesky half pallets – great for transporting stuff, hard to move with a forklift.

To keep all this going, we’ve got employees, but we also have a Board of Governors that is made up of industry leaders that keep us pointed in the right direction. You can also check out this really cool detailed history (or the bite-size version) of MHI and how we got to where we are today at

We be 30 employees strong at the moment (connect with us on LinkedIn!), and we’re excited about the industry and its future, so we’re working hard to bring you the content you need to thrive in it.

(I had to.)