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All of that sets the stage for a broad industry effort just
getting underway. It’s called the U.S. Roadmap for Material
Handling & Logistics. As expected, the workforce and creating new jobs are certainly central to the effort. But the scope
is much broader.
The mission of the Roadmap is to identify what material
handling and logistics can do to:
• Improve the global competitiveness of the U.S.,
• Reduce costs to consumers,
• Increase productivity and
• Improve our standard of living.
In the end, the Roadmap will be a catalyst to generate an
ongoing dialogue among thought leaders on key issues and
the potential for significant advances.
Getting there is going to take some work, however. Starting
in April, meetings will take place at four regional sites to
discuss current challenges in the world of material handling
and logistics. Participants will identify capabilities needed
and recommend actions to align and guide industry development in the next three, five and 10 years.
The manufacturing, warehousing and distribution experts
who will build the Roadmap will come from several constituencies. These include material handling and logistics
practitioners. Also represented will be suppliers of equipment,
soft ware, systems and services. The academic community
will be there, offering its research expertise that so often
leads to game-changing industry advances. Government and
non-government organizations as well as key industry and
professional associations will also be involved.
Participants will be asked to look at the big picture in
• Move – how goods are moved inside the warehouse as well
as in the overall supply chain
• Track – how to collect and manage data regarding the
movement of those goods
• Plan – how to manage the decision making process regarding the movement and tracking of goods, and
• People – how to develop the workforce responsible for
moving, tracking and planning.
From that, the Roadmap will turn current challenges
and trends into a blueprint that will help guide the industry
for the next decade. Following the meetings, participants’
comments will be combined into a comprehensive report.
Between July and November, participants and others will
be asked for additional input to refine the report before it is
released to public.
It doesn’t stop there. By building a Roadmap, the industry
will set the stage to raise awareness of the importance of
material handling and logistics to our way of life. In addition, this effort will be a great opportunity to better educate
government on issues key to this industry. The Roadmap has
the potential to be the leading, comprehensive plan for the
industry and guide our paths for the next decade and beyond.
The Roadmap is looking for volunteers. To get more information on how to participate, visit www.mhlroadmap.org.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 1, Issue 2
The State of The Supply Chain Labor Force
A Growing Trend
Economic Market Analysis
ProMat Exceeds Expectations
Index of Advertisers
MHI Solutions - Volume 1, Issue 2
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