ProMat 2017 News and Highlights

ProMat 2017 attracted more than 950 exhibitors and thousands of attendees from around the world to Chicago’s McCormick Place last week. Attendees came to view 375,000 square feet of manufacturing and supply chain exhibits on two show floors. In addition to the show floor, attendees were treated to exciting keynote presentations and more than 100 educational sessions.

Below are links to selected ProMat news coverage

ProMat 2017: Keynote panel shares green DC design tips
Led by sustainability advisor and author Andrew Winston, a group of supply chain professionals from companies including UPS and REI shared their tips on greener, more efficient supply chains at Monday morning’s keynote.

Magic Johnson, MHI Industry Report highlight ProMat show

Supply Chain Comment: Trip Report – ProMat 2017
eCommerce Dominates the Show, with Aisle after Aisle of Piece Picking Systems; Where Did Automated Case Picking Go?

Robotics, automation seen as main tools of disruption and competitive advantage, State of the Industry report says
A state of the supply chain report released Wednesday at the ProMat 2017 conference in Chicago found that about 61 percent of 1,100 executives surveyed for the report chose robotics and automation as a source of supply chain disruption or a tool of competitive advantage.

ProMat Keynote Day 2: Smart machines to transform industry and jobs
The new breed of intelligent machines that are core to Industry 4.0 will eliminate waste in supply chains and enable new business models, but industry also needs to think about how smart machines will disrupt jobs, said Markus Lorenz, partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, Tuesday’s keynote presenter.

Magic Johnson: Listen to the customer, give them what they want, and over-deliver on your promises

Keynote: Magic is the result of over-preparation and over-delivering to customers
During his keynote presentation Wednesday afternoon, Earvin “Magic” Johnson told a packed auditorium at ProMat 2017 that his athletic accomplishments were nothing compared to the success of his employees and scholarship recipients.

ProMat keynote panel confirms digital supply chain shift seen in new MHI study
Keynote panelists agreed it is time to embrace the shift to digital supply chains seen in MHI’s latest annual industry report, titled “Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On.”

U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 released today

Panel of supply chain experts preaches “work smarter, more responsibly
At the opening session for ProMat 2017, executives from UPS, Boeing, and REI discuss how their companies are benefiting from sustainability efforts.

Getting around the warehouse tech labor crunch
The persistent shortage of qualified material handling techs can be surmounted, and it starts with some forward thinking, executives say.

MHI’s career and education program honors Frazier Industrial

The supply chain is going digital. Is trucking ready to follow?
So the material handling, logistics and supply chain trade association MHI recently unveiled its 2017 annual industry report, compiled with the help of consulting firm Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu Limited, and I think its title says it all: Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On.

ProMat closes: Make your plans for MODEX 2018
With a record number of exhibitors and attendees seen at ProMat 2017, MHI anticipates more of the same at MODEX 2018—the industry’s premier supply chain event.

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