MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2 - (Page 103)

ROADMAP UPDATE What the Roadmap Has Taught Me This year By GARy FORGER, MHI MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAl DEVElOPMENT N o doubt about it. The past year has been a huge one for the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. Not only was it published and made available at, but the Roadmap went on a tour of its own- coast to coast and internationally. Some of the cities it has visited include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Trenton, Louisville and New Orleans. You get the drift. It also went to Quebec City, Canada and Zaragoza, Spain. When all was said and done, the Roadmap was presented at more than 20 events. And already in 2015, there have been another half dozen stops. People have heard the long version and the short one. Most of them have had a chance to give the Roadmap some thought and prioritize the 10 core competencies that must be developed to counter the 10 disruptors. Every time, prioritization has been thought-provoking. And usually, it's the first time people have thought and talked about the supply chain in the big picture. We're all so caught up in our day-to-day immediate concerns in a tightly defined silo, that the big picture doesn't always get much attention. So, what have I learned from all this? Quite a bit, actually. To begin, people's supply chain priorities really do differ based on where they fit. Equipment suppliers have different priorities than academics whose priorities are different than practitioners and different than government and association people. Their priorities don't clash. They're just different. And their priorities changed as the year went along. Early on, e-commerce was typically in the top 5. Today that's not the case. It's almost as if e-commerce went from being notable to being part of the assumed landscape. As the year went on, core competencies such as planning/optimization, supply chain visibility and collaboration became important more frequently. The same can be said for high-speed logistics, but it cracked the top five less often for sure. Meanwhile, technology/automation as well as workforce held their own throughout the year as top priorities. Sustainability floated, depending on the crowd. But the least understood of all the core competencies is urban logistics. It rarely registered in the top five priorities. And when most were asked about it, blank stares were the standard response. Throughout all this, I have become convinced that the world is changing more rapidly than we think. Most are still of the mind that we can deal with today now and the future at some other time-preferably when it is convenient to do so. Trouble is, the rate of change says that's no longer a feasible approach to material handling, logistics and supply chain. Certainly not with the Internet in your pocket. To that point, one of the topics never addressed by the Roadmap is cyber security. The topic was mentioned only in passing when we met with more than 100 people to build the Roadmap just 18 months ago. That "for instance" alone should make the point of the "exponential exponential rate of change" we live with today. As you can well imagine, we will continue to keep the Roadmap in front of people. It is the reason there is a Supply Chain Workforce Summit at ProMat 2015 and why a supply chain technician certification is under development. We are also in the process of going regional with the Roadmap and building local models in some key cities across the country. There will be more news of Roadmap outcomes as 2015 goes on. If you want to get involved or have your own ideas for building on what has already been published, you can contact me at ● * MHI SolutIonS 103

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2

CEO Update
Wearable and Mobile Technologies
The Rise of Automation and Robotics in Supply Chains
Disruptive Technology
The Power of the Cloud
Connections between Education, Industry Key to Training the Workforce of the Future
The Food and Beverage Industry
ProMat 2015 Preview
2015 MHI Innovation Awards to be Awarded During ProMat
Industry Trends
Economic Market Analysis
Collaborate With Supply Chain Management Programs to Solve the Workforce Shortage
Safer Handling
MHI Solution and Product Groups—Moving Forward
Solution Group Update
Solutions Spotlight
Roadmap Update
Where Are They Now
MHI News
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2