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It is here, and it is awe-inspiring and awesome: MODEX 2018. Matching the growth of the industry, MODEX is bigger and – yes – better. But, don't take our word for it. Go exploring. Be adventurous. See what ideas are graduating from prototypes to realities, innovations that are just starting to bloom, and solutions that could be the perfect answers to your manufacturing and supply chain challenges.  See the big picture and the details in the Expo Guide. Network! It's easy and fun, and we've incorporated opportunities throughout each day and into the evenings, as well. We'll keep you in the loop, if you browse through this newsletter each morning. That's a promise! Each morning of the show, you'll receive this emailed newsletter that will be filled with news from the show floor, previews for the day ahead, recaps of conference events, and valuable information on the industry’s biggest event. Welcome to Atlanta, and hope to see you soon! 


The keynotes for MODEX 2018 will be covering all the bases -- from anticipating tomorrow's digital challenges to the necessity of skilled labor.  So diverse are their talents and so different are their perspectives, you will come away from each with information and tips that touch on multiple points. Remember to draft some specific questions, as well, to take advantage of the Q&A period that usually follows each keynote. Click here for schedule. 

From L-to-R: Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS: Monday • 8:45 a.m. 
The Honorable Governor Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia: Monday • 9:30 a.m. 
Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management: Tuesday • 8:45 a.m.
George W. Prest, CEO, MHI: Wednesday • 8:45 a.m. 
Scott Sopher, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Supply Chain PracticeWednesday • 8:45 a.m.
Mike Rowe, Founder of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation: Wednesday • 1:00 p.m.
Jim Gaffigan, Comedian: Wednesday • 4:30 p.m.
  

Download the MODEX 2018 mobile app on your Apple iPhone®, iPod iPad®, or Android® smartphone. Quickly view exhibitor information, a schedule of events, conference sessions and speaker information, and a map of the show floor. Also, connect with other attendees, find out about various onsite offers and events, and keep up with everything going on -- as it is taking place. Here are 5 reasons why the MODEX mobile app is a must-have tool.
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Monday, April 9 • 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
JUAN PEREZ
, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS
 
Hear how UPS — a worldwide leader in logistics and one of Georgia’s own – embraces innovation to anticipate tomorrow’s challenges today. Juan Perez, Chief Information and Engineering Officer, will discuss how UPS is involved in, responding to, and preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution enabled by the industrial Internet of Things, ongoing evolution of mobility and smart cities.

 
Governor Deal welcomes MODEX attendees to Georgia as he details the states’ significant investments in supply chain and transportation infrastructure for moving goods quickly and efficiently through the southeastern region. 
 
Georgia Logistics Summit is sponsoring the keynote addresses by Juan Perez and The Honorable Governor Nathan Deal.  
 
Room B402
MHI and MHEDA are hosting a Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum with keynote Brenda Wensil, a partner with Flynn Heath Holt. It will be an afternoon of discussion, education and networking for women in the supply chain industry. Join your peers for this interactive event to address common issues faced by women in the supply chain workforce today. 
Separate fee and registration required.
Visit MODEXShow.com to learn more or click here.
  
Collocated with MODEX 2018 The Georgia Logistics Summit highlights all aspects of the logistics industry in Georgia. Now in its 10th year, the Summit brings together nearly 2,000 logistics and supply chain professionals from Georgia and beyond to network, share best practices, and learn about the latest trends in the industry. In addition to the afternoon breakout sessions, the Georgia Logistics Summit offers two days of engaging content. Learn from over 50 presenters that have included prominent shippers and logistics leaders like Kimberly-Clark, Caterpillar, The Home Depot, and Walmart. Separate fee applies.
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Keynotes, Sessions & Seminars
  
This year at MODEX we’re introducing the MODEX Backyard. Basically, the concept is to bring some of the outside inside. It’s gonna be a backyard! It will be populated with entertainment like games, giveaways, music and more. There will also be real fake grass and food trucks! Outside inside, all day long. Plus you could win a $1,000 American Express gift card!
Get the answers to some frequently asked questions about MODEX 2018.
  
See where everything will be located at the Georgia World Congress Center for MODEX 2018 and the Georgia Logistics Summit, being held April 9-12, 2018. Check out the Show Floor Map too!
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EXPO HOURS: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ON-FLOOR EDUCATION SEMINARS: Starting at 10:30 a.m.  

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS THEATERS 
CONFERENCE SESSIONS, located in C Hall 

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: What is Your Data Telling You?
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: A Case Study in Automotive Packaging
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Georgia Success Stories - Breakout Session
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Smart State - Breakout Session (Theater 2)

Sponsored by Georgia Logistics Summit.

SMART CITY LOGISTICS & CONNECTED SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS THEATERS 
CONFERENCE SESSIONS, located in C Hall

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.:  How IoT Enables the Tracking of Assets
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.:  Artificial Intelligence: Evolution of Shipping (Theater 2)
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Digitizing the Supply Chain: The Promise of IoT (Theater 2)
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: The Role of RFID in the IDENTIFICATION of Things
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.:  Smart City Logistics – Successfully Navigating the Last Mile (Theater 2) 
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.:  How Augmented Reality Can Optimize Supply Chain and the Seasonal Surge 
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.:  Overcoming Obstacles to Modernizing Supply Chain Technology (Theater 2)
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.:  Panel: The Connected Warehouse
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.:  The Impact of E-commerce: How It’s Affecting the Supply Chain & Material Handling Industry (Theater 2)
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.:  Digital Twins: Why, and Why Now? A Pragmatic 5-Step Approach to Unlocking Value
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.:  How AI Can Transform Your Supply Chain (Theater 2)


Tuesday, April 10 • 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
HARNESSING OUR DIGITAL FUTURE

Andrew McAfee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management

How will digital technologies such as robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles impact business moving forward? In this fascinating keynote, Andrew McAfee demonstrates how technology is rewriting the business playbook, and how a great deal of standard business practice is now dangerously out of date. Best practices are changing rapidly in this time of astonishing technological progress. This fast-paced, lively, and content-rich talk explains why this is, and delivers smart guidance for the next generation of business leaders.

Tuesday, April 10 • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 PM
Room B405
Network and connect with other young professionals in the material handling and supply chain industry.
Pre-registration is not required to attend — just wear your MODEX 2018 badge.
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This year at MODEX 2018, 900 exhibitors from industry, commerce and government will display their supply chain solutions and innovations on the 280,000-square-foot show floor. To help you get to know the MODEX exhibitors, we’ve given them one minute to connect with you! These one minute to connect videos range from serious to comical, each with their own personality and strategy to get you to visit their booth. The video with the most votes wins!
Connect with other MODEX attendees, and get the lastest show news, information and developments. Use the hashtag #MODEXShow when tweeting and follow @PoweredbyMHI for show information, photos and specials.
  
If seeing is believing, then there will be a lot of truth being shared during the course of MODEX. Each day, a video crew will be interviewing keynotes, talking to exhibitors, getting feedback from attendees and sharing their view of the action at MODEX. The videos will be emailed out daily or check the newsletter tomorrow morning for a link that will take you directly to them. 
Atlanta exemplifies Southern hospitality, with individuals from all walks of life adding to this multicultural haven's charm and personality. Learn some fun and interesting things you can do after MODEX closes each day.
In addition to keynotes and conference sessions, MODEX is also offering Atlanta area facility tours, where you’ll be able to tour leading manufacturing and distribution centers in the Atlanta area.

The Q2 2018 issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the supply chain workforce, including finding, retaining and unleashing the talent that is out there. To tackle the growing challenge of securing the right talent to effectively implement new technologies, firms must collaborate with industry associations, universities and career and technical education programs to develop the next generation supply chain workforce. This workforce will look very different as supply chains increasingly require purple people—those with business acumen (blue) and technical (red) skills—to leverage digital technologies and take full advantage of the business opportunities they offer.

 
With 900 exhibitors, four keynotes, 100 educational sessions and nearly 30,000 attendees, MODEX is a big show, so start planning your time now. Here are 10 things you won’t want to miss at MODEX 2018.
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