The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, published in January 2014, is a 67-page report and action plan written for the logistics and supply chain industry. It identifies 65 capabilities the industry needs to develop to increase productivity, reduce costs, create jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the U.S. between now and 2025.
The Roadmap's content is based on input from a broad, open community of thought leaders including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations, publications and government. They contributed thoughts about the capabilities and resources that the industry must improve during a series of roundtable discussions and Roadmap draft reviews.
Developed in an 18-month-long process, the Roadmap is a collaborative industry effort supported by six association partners and eight publication partners.Association Partners
A copy of the Roadmap can be downloaded here.
The material handling and logistics industry has a profound and critical impact on jobs, U.S. global competitiveness and our standard of living. Why? Because everything in our homes, businesses and stores got there because of material handling and logistics-from raw materials to finished goods.
The Roadmap is a report and action plan intended to help the logistics and supply chain industry boost domestic supply chain performance by achieving five primary goals between now and 2025:
The Roadmap identifies 65 different required capabilities spread among five critical areas-technology, equipment, systems, practices and infrastructure. These are divided between:
As a strategic document, the Roadmap presents a foundation for the ongoing growth and development of the U.S. material handling and logistics industry. Its content is intended to build awareness of the industry's significant economic impact, as well as to foster an ongoing dialog across the various industry stakeholders.
MHI-as one of six Roadmap association partners and eight publication partners-is working to advance progress on the 65 identified capability requirements. As one of the leading authorities in material handling and logistics, MHI seeks to promote and establish collaborations that currently do not exist-including coalitions of companies, non-government organizations and state and federal governments.