First Meeting of the Material Handling and Logistics Industry U.S. Roadmap Held in Atlanta

Monday, April 29, 2013

The first meeting for the development of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics was held in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 17th. There were 37 participants meeting in a series of face-to-face full group and breakout sessions where they discussed capabilities that the industry needs to develop over the next ten years.

The companies and organizations involved in the Atlanta meeting were:
ATI Industrial Automation, Boeing, Coca-Cola, DC Velocity, Genuine Parts, Georgia ACTE, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, Georgia Tech, Grenzebach, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Hamilton Casters, Knapp Logistics Automation, Liberty Technologies, Lift Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber, MHI, Polk State College, Reed Exhibitions, Rock Hill Schools, Smith Drug, South Fulton Parkway Alliance, Southworth Products, SSI Schaefer, Starrco, Stone Cross Group, Supply Chain Brain, The Progress Group, Unex Manufacturing, Virginia Tech, Warehousing Education and Research Council.

The purpose of the U.S. Roadmap on Material Handling and Logistics is to help the industry determine how logistics and supply chain trends and challenges can be turned into action plans to develop needed capabilities over the next ten years. The Roadmap will be developed by gathering thought leaders industry, universities and government to participate in roundtable style discussions. The remaining Roadmap meetings will be held May 7-8 Washington, D.C., June 4-5 in Los Angeles and June 26-27 in Chicago.

The results of each event will be rolled up into a single U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics report and action plan that will be available for general release by the end of 2013.

The Material Handling and Logistics Industry U.S. Roadmap is a collaborative industry effort, involving five association partners and eight publication partners.

Association Partners:

  • Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi)
  • College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)
  • Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
  • MHI
  • Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)

Publication Partners:

  • CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly
  • DC Velocity
  • Inbound Logistics
  • Logistics Management
  • Material Handling & Logistics
  • Modern Materials Handling
  • Supply Chain Brain
  • Supply Chain Management Review

Call for US Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics Participants
The MHL Roadmap is currently seeking thought leaders to participate in the upcoming workshops. Your participation will not only provide you with the recognition of being a part of the development of this strategic industry initiative but will enable you to:

  • Network with thought leaders across a wide variety of backgrounds, interests and expertise
  • Bring new ideas back to use in your business and in your career
  • Directly influence the future direction of the industry
  • Raise awareness of the importance of material handling and logistics to the US economy
  • Gain new perspectives on the industry and how it should work in the future

MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap. For more information and to participate, visit or email