Annual Conference Track Preview: U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling

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. The 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 six topics this year are:

  • U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics
  • Supply Chain Workforce
  • Material Handling and Supply Chain Technology
  • Managing Change
  • Leadership
  • Marketing in the Supply Chain Industry

U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics
This week we’re focusing on the session featuring the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logisticswhich guides companies through major 5-10 year trends for the manufacturing and supply chain industries. Held on Monday, October 17th, these sessions will feature experts to guide participants on how to best utilize the Roadmap for their company. Participants will also learn about plans for the updated Roadmap that will be available in 2017.

The morning class track will feature a panel including:
–Gary  Forger, a consultant for MHI;
–Mike Kotecki, the SVP Customer Service for Dematic;
–Bill Ferrell, from the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE);
–Jonathan A. Rader, Manager – Design Engineering for FedEx Ground.

The panel will be moderated by Dan Gilmore, who is the President and Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Digest.

The lab track will be the afternoon of the same day and the moderator/panelists from the class track will facilitate a hands-on activity to put the Roadmap into action for participants.

Annual Conference Tracks

This is Part 1 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