Annual Conference Track Preview: Supply Chain Workforce

By Alex Batty, MHI Marketing Communications Coordinator | @mhi_alex

We’re getting closer to the MHI Annual Conference, so here is a preview of one the educational topics featured at this year’s event. This is part two of a six-part series (read the first part here).

Annual Conference sessions will cover six different topics with two available tracks for each topic – a “class track,” with a traditional presenter or panel, and a “lab track” that offers a more interactive, hands-on experience. You can choose to attend only one session or grab both for added depth. The sessions have two available tracks for each topic – a “class track” and a “lab track”. You can choose to attend only one session or grab both for added depth.

The six topics are:
U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics
Supply Chain Workforce
Material Handling and Supply Chain Technology
Managing Change
Marketing in the Supply Chain Industry


Supply Chain Workforce
This week we’re focusing on Supply Chain Workforce. On the afternoon of Monday, October 17th, these sessions address the labor shortage and ongoing skills gap. This topic has become a major one in our industry as we try to recruit and retain talent. Facilitators in the sessions will examine these issues and start mapping some solutions for the problem for the industry as a whole, and for individual companies.

The class track features panelists including:
–Buddy Bush, Director of Learning and Development for JB Training
–Angela Jenkins, the CTE Program Director at MHI.

They will be moderated by Bob Trebilcock, the Editorial Director for Supply Chain Management Review.

In the lab session, participants will be facilitated by Buddy Bush in an active session that helps participants create strategies for Supply Chain Workforce difficulties.

Annual Conference Tracks

This is Part 2 of 6 in the Annual Conference Track Preview series.


Taking place on October 17-19, 2016 in Tucson, AZ, the MHI Annual Conference focuses on key themes identified by the US Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics and the MHI 2016 Annual Industry Report. Conference participants learn how to utilize these trends and innovations and seize new opportunities that produce tangible results; additionally, they have the opportunity to participate in Product and Solutions Groups meetings that help shape the future of our industry. For more information and to register for the MHI Annual Conference, visit