MHI Releases White Paper Outlining a Means to Address Supply Chain Skills Gap

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The MHI Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, in partnership with Dr. David DeLong of Smart Workforce Solutions, released a new white paper addressing the skills gap in supply chain workforce. 
The paper was first issued at the 2017 MHI Annual Conference, in the Innovative Workforce Solutions panel, co-produced with National Center for Supply Chain Automation (NCSCA). The paper outlines initiatives that have been launched by companies and educators to implement internship and training programs from scratch to address talent shortages in supply chain. The paper outlines four case studies and identifies 13 critical steps for implementing effective partnerships between companies and schools. 
“MHI’s members have identified the shortage in skilled labor as a critical impact factor affecting their companies’ performance,” said Patrick Davison, MHI’s Director of Education and Standards.  “Dr. DeLong’s paper outlines tangible steps that companies can take to attract, train and retain employees with the skills employers in the supply chain are demanding.”
The white paper can be downloaded for free at
About David DeLong
Dr. David DeLong is a nationally recognized expert on designing and implementing solutions for critical skill shortages. A well-known speaker and author, David is president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a research-driven consulting firm, based in Concord, Mass. He is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab. David is co-author of The Executive Guide to High Impact Talent Management (McGraw-Hill) and the highly-praised book Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce (Oxford U. Press). He can be reached at
About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.