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ROADMAP UPDATE Creating Our Future in the Present By GARy FORGER MHI MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAl DEVElOPMENT B uilding the future doesn't always come naturally to people. Too often, we are harshly confronted or otherwise assaulted by a changing present before it registers that our future will be different. And we need to do something about it now. Material handling and logistics are not exempt from this. Fortunately, some of the early detection work of what the future holds for us has already been done. In this column last time, the focus was on the 10 disruptors that are presently altering the supply chain. From the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics, those 10 are: 1. E-commerce 2. Relentless competition 3. Mass personalization 4. Urbanization 5. Mobile and wearable computing 6. Robotics and automation 7. Sensors and the Internet of Things 8. Big data and predictive analytics 9. Sustainability, and 10. The changing workforce. The trick now is to create the future. To help with that, the Roadmap has identified 10 core competencies that are natural outcomes of the disruptors. Those 10 core competencies are: 1. Total supply chain visibility 2. Standardization 3. Sensors and the Internet of Things 4. Planning and optimization 5. E-commerce 6. High-speed delivery 7. Collaboration 8. Urban logistics 9. Technology and automation 10. Sustainability, and 11. The workforce of tomorrow. You may have noticed that about half of the core competencies are also disruptors. That's not an accident. For instance, e-commerce is disrupting the supply chain as we speak. It is also clearly a core competency for much of retail and other businesses going forward. But don't expect it to look the same later this year. There are just too many forces at work for a status quo to have developed yet. Even the digital supply chain is changing rapidly. Take Apple's iTune sales. They were off a little over 2 percent in 2013 (surprise, surprise). Through the first three quarters of 2014, the decline was nearly 14 percent (didn't see that coming). It's largely due to the rise of * MHI SolutIonS 65

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1

CEO Update
Total Supply Chain Visibilty
The Internet of Things
The Promise of the Physical Internet
Big Data’s Impact on Supply Chains
Industry Focus: The Aerospace Industry
Economic Market Analysis
Industry Trends
Fulfillment Update
Safer Handling
Solutions Spotlight
Roadmap Update
MHI News
Promat 2015 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1