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This is the day you've been waiting for -- when it all starts coming together. It is also the day that kicks off with the highly anticipated 2020 MHI Annual Industry Report Keynote Panel with George W. Prest, CEO, MHI, and four panelists. Right after lunch will be a conversation with Peyton & Archie Manning, who will share their stories about the power of teamwork, collaboration, preparation and giving back both on the field and in business.

Tonight will be MHI Industry Night with comedian Colin Jost and that extra-special door prize—a Trip of a Lifetime. Make sure you purchase your tickets for this incredible night of networking, prize-winning and laughs!


For those of you who cannot attend due to COVID-19, we want to let you know that you can still engage with MODEX exhibitors digitally during the show. The MODEX app,, can connect you with exhibitors easily. Plus, we will be posting every show floor seminar held at MODEX as a podcast Monday-Thursday of this week as the sessions occur at

Whether you are here or afar, let us connect you with the supply chain possibilities that MODEX offers!

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MHI received 155 submissions for this year’s MHI Innovation Awards, and the winners will be revealed tonight during MHI Industry Night. Four finalists have already been chosen in each of the three categories: Best New Innovation; Best Innovation of an Existing Product; and Best IT Innovation based on concept, value, and impact. The award serves to educate and provide valuable insights on the latest manufacturing and supply chain innovative products and services to MODEX attendees.

Slam dunk your supply chain at the Swisslog MODEX booth
Nothing is more fast-paced than fulfillment and the supply chain…. except for maybe a competitive pop-a-shot tournament. 
You’re invited to join us at the Swisslog Happy Hour (booth 7657) on Tuesday, March 10, from 3-5PM to test your basketball shooting skills and show you can make the tough shot when it counts the most.
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Keynotes, Sessions & Seminars
Wednesday, 8:45 AM, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
Preview the 2020 MHI Annual Industry Report
This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the supply chain trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains. George W. Prest, CEO of MHI will present the report findings and moderate a panel of manufacturing and supply chain professionals to discuss the real-world significance of the report findings.
Panelists include:
Gerry Collins, Vice President Strategy & Services, Innovation & Deployment, Johnson & Johnson
Randy V. Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management , Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennessee
Arpana Brahmbhatt, US Industry Solutions - Manufacturing, Microsoft
Rick Faulk, CEO, Locus Robotics
Wednesday, 1:00 PM, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
A conversation with Peyton and Archie Manning, moderated by Mitch Mac Donald, Group Editorial Director, DC Velocity
MODEX is all about bringing supply chain professionals together to share stories, learn from each other, and come away ready to take on new challenges. And who better to help do that than Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL MVP, and his father Archie Manning, also a former NFL quarterback and patriarch of the famous Manning family. During this keynote, they will share their stories about the power of teamwork, collaboration, preparation, and giving back both on the field and in business. Don’t miss this inspirational and dynamic discussion about football and what it can teach you about life.
Wednesday, 4:30 PM – 7 PM, Thomas Murphy Ballroom
Join us for food, drinks and entertainment by comedian Colin Jost. Tickets are $50 and include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Colin Jost serves as a head writer for “Saturday Night Live.” He started writing for “SNL” in 2005 and has been coanchor of “Weekend Update” since 2014.

Jost co-hosted the special editions of “Weekend Update” that aired on MSNBC during the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions as well as the primetime “Weekend Update Summer
Edition” in 2017. In 2018, Jost and co-anchor Michael Che hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards. Additionally, Jost wrote and starred in the Paramount/Netflix film “Staten Island Summer,” based on his days as a lifeguard.
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Imagine humans controlling robots with their minds. Quadriplegics driving cars. Accident predictions using ear buds. Except, you no longer need to imagine it. The technology is here.  In fact, the technology was being worn by the keynote speaker on Tuesday morning, Olivier Oullier, president of EMOTIV. Standing in for Tan Le, who was not able to make it last-minute, Oullier delivered a message that had attendees lining up with questions at the end of the presentation, “The Neurogeneration – The Future Is Closer than You Think,” about the latest breakthroughs in mind control. 
If you were looking for a “fun and informal” presentation, Brad Hollister, CEO of SwanLeap, led one about “Hype vs. Reality: Sifting Through the Noise” in the Transportation & Logistics Theater on Tuesday. This session looked at some of the ideas that are either being explored, discussed or even debuted at MODEX 2020 that are great ideas, but are a far cry from “what we see at home” and maybe a bit far-fetched -- at least for now.
In Tuesday afternoon’s timely panel entitled, “Coronavirus and Global Supply Chains: What You Need to Know Now,” it was clear that much is still unknown about the COVID-19 outbreak and its global ripple. “Everybody will have an opinion and that is the reality – we are too close to this event and they are all opinions in my judgment right now,” noted author and researcher Philip J. Palin of the overall distress and turmoil derived from this force majeure. However, Palin, along with MHI Chief Operating Officer John Paxton and Resilience360 CEO David Shillingford were in full agreement that all entities need to brace for what is yet to come. “One thing supply chains hate is variance and there is going to be a lot of that,” said Resilience360’s Shillingford. 
Daily Schedule

 10 AM - 5 PM


The MODEX Emerging Technology Theater will include sessions on some of the most innovative manufacturing and supply chain trends and technologies. 
Conference sessions are located in theaters on the MODEX show floor.

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Aerial Inventory Robots: Industrial-Grade Autonomous Drones For Inventory Management
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: How to Include the Workforce and Speed Up Robot Deployment

The MODEX Transportation & Logistics Theater will include sessions on some of the most innovative logistics trends and technologies.
Conference sessions are located in theaters on the MODEX show floor.

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Partnering with A 3PL: Best Practices for a Successful Relationship
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Automation Done Right: How to Navigate the Ocean of Robotics Providers

At tonight's MHI Industry Night with Colin Jost, the door prize will be a trip of a lifetime vacation. Trip Value: $30,000 - go anywhere you want!
We hope to see you at Industry Night - join us for food, drinks and unforgettable entertainment. Tickets are $50 and include beer, wine and hors d’oevres.
Wednesday, 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM
Meeting Room C107
Attend this half-day seminar with other marketing and sales professionals to discuss industry best practices and how to accelerate your organization's growth.

Wednesday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Room B313-314

In its 17th consecutive year, MHI in partnership with Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) presents Student Day at MODEX 2020.
This interactive event for CTE, High School and University students connects them with the best in the industry through real-world discussions with industry experts, guided tour of the show floor and networking with professionals who can support their career growth.
The highlight of the day is the guided tour of the MODEX 2020 show floor, led by industry experts and the opportunity to meet with exhibiting companies who are looking for future employees. Along with gaining a real-world understanding of the products, services and technologies that enable the supply chain, students will walk away feeling inspired and empowered with a broader network of professionals who can support their career goals.
Videos & Sponsors

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 2020. 
The videos will be emailed out daily or you can access this link to catch up on what you missed or to see the latest clips.

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ProMat Insights

Stop by MODEX 2020 Backyard to check out our new activations.

  • Faux Firepit and s'more station
  • Puppy petting experience
  • Pitching simulator
  • Atlanta-area food trucks
  • Green screen booth
  • Video Wall
  • Performance pavilion
  • Cornhole games
  • Golf simulator
  • Seating area and high top tables

Twitter: Follow @poweredbymhi on Twitter®, and add the #MODEX2020 hashtag to your tweets.

LinkedIn: Join the MODEX 2020 LinkedIn® group to receive updates from exhibitors and to enter discussions with other MODEX 2020 attendees.

Facebook: Become a fan of the MHI Facebook® Page to receive announcements from MHI.

Instagram: View our Instagram Page for event and meeting photos.


See where everything is located around the Georgia World Congress Center at this year's MODEX 2020.
Check out the Show Floor Map too!

MHI Solutions, Q2 2020: Supply Chain Technology 2020—This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on digital strategies and the top technologies driving changes in the supply chain. From tips on how to implement and test them to what this change will mean for the future workforce, the features in this issue delve into specifics that focus on technology in the supply chain industry.

Interested in meeting some of the people behind MHI Solutions? Swing by the MHI booth #4071. We'd love to meet you!