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The manufacturing and supply chain community came together last week for a return to in-person trade shows with a record-setting MODEX event. Over 37,047 visitors connected with over 857 exhibitors across 405,000 square feet of exhibit space at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. 
 
This was the largest MODEX event to date for MHI, with 20% more visitors than the last pre-pandemic show—MODEX 2018. Additionally, the direct economic impact of this event to the Atlanta area is estimated to be $45 million.
 
View the daily video recaps from the show below as well as live reports from the MODEX show floor.
 
  
Sponsored by Kindred. 
The MODEX 2022 opening day could not have been more highly anticipated. In this Day 1 wrap-up, the MHI video team spotlights some of the innovations on the show floor and interviews keynotes, companies, attendees and exhibitors to allow you to see and feel the excitement for yourself. Also, take a peek at what went on at the Women in Supply Chain Forum, which was a sold-out event featuring interactive sessions about how to encourage the five foundational behaviors of a cohesive team.
 
With so many opportunities to learn the latest trends and get a leg up on the competition, Day 1 of MODEX 2022 was an amazing return to in-person events.
  
Sponsored by Bastian Solutions. 
During Day 2 of MODEX, the energy was running high as manufacturing and supply chain professionals, exhibitors, educators and students gathered to learn from each other. MODEX helps facilitate these connections by joining those who have a supply chain need with solution providers on the show floor—connecting the dots. See and hear about some of the ways this happened at MODEX 2022 in these interviews by the MHI video crew.
 
The future of our industry is something we are all thinking about and MODEX is all about finding future supply chain solutions, making connections and building bridges to a future full of possibilities. Day 2 at MODEX was a strong link in this chain.
  
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Day 3 at MODEX is always highly anticipated. One of the key reasons is the unveiling of the latest MHI Annual Industry Report. This year’s report had a unique focus on how revolutionary technology is fueling supply chain innovation in a post-pandemic world. See some clips from this keynote session in the Day 3 video wrap-up. Also hear from exhibitors and attendees about their experiences at MODEX and some insight from NBA Hall of Famer and cultural icon Shaquille O’Neal, who entertained and inspired us with his electrifying personality and tales from his storied career. Activities from the sold-out Industry Night are also featured, such as Innovation Award winners, Trip-of-a-Lifetime winner and even some jokes from Preacher Lawson.
 
Overall, MODEX 2022 was a fantastic return to in-person events and sets the stage for next year’s ProMat 2023 in March. So, let’s keep the excitement going!
MODEX Digital Entry will provide digital access to content from MODEX 2022 including keynote sessions, educational webinars, videos, exhibitor showcases and more. Coming April 20 at modexshow.com.
 
ProMat 2023 will be March 20-23 at McCormick Place in Chicago. 
 
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Just because the show is over, doesn't mean those networking and business avenues of opportunity have closed. Here are some ways you can still connect or peruse the solutions presented at MODEX:
 
1. MODEX Digital Entry will provide digital access to content from MODEX 2022 including keynote sessions, educational webinars, videos, exhibitor showcases and more. Coming April 20 at modexshow.com.
2. Engage with MODEX exhibitors digitally on the MODEX app: modexshow.com/app.
3. See videos of the action at MODEX 2022, including keynote interviews, discussions with exhibitors, feedback from attendees and some of the other highlights at MODEX. 
4. Look for our fun show coverage in the next issue of MHI Solutions.
6. Sign up for our weekly AI (artificial intelligence) Newswire, to see what people in the industry are sharing about MODEX online.
7. Browse through the social media channels to see what you might have missed. Check @poweredbymhi and #MODEX2022.
8. Dig deeper and find specific information on MODEX 2022 exhibitors and their solutions at the MODEX website: modexshow.com.
9. Read through some of the event coverage in our daily newsletter archives or from press onsite (see some of those articles below).
Hats off to the staff and leadership at MHI for pulling off a tremendous event at a time when there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the air. Nice job.—Logistics Management
The dominant trends at MODEX included digital supply chain solutions including automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics. —Hoist Magazine
While technology may not solve every problem, it might be enough to reinvigorate the supply chain.—MH&L
Basketball great Shaquille O’Neal elicited two standing ovations from a packed crowd at MHI’s MODEX 2022 in Atlanta at the closing keynote session for the industry association’s biennial supply chain expo.—DC Velocity
MODEX, held March 28-31 in Georgia's World Congress Center, was by all accounts a success. Here's a look back some coverage of the event.—Modern Materials Handling
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“This year we’ve moved from the evolution stage to the revolution stage,” said John Paxton, CEO of MHI, the association sponsoring MODEX 2022, about where the industry is right now and as an introduction to the great reveal of MHI’s 2022 Annual Industry Report: Evolution to Revolution on Wednesday at MODEX. He said the industry has seen a gradual evolution of the adoption of technologies, and “each year we see a little more.” The report delves into the innovations that are revolutionizing supply chain investments amid ongoing disruption and puts the mountains of data into insightful “mounds” of statistical perspectives and percentages.
 
During the keynote on Wednesday morning at MODEX 2022, Thomas Boykin of Deloitte joined John Paxton, CEO of MHI, to present the findings of the 2022 report that details the innovations that are revolutionizing supply chain investments amid ongoing disruption. They were joined by a panel of manufacturing and supply chain professionals to discuss the real-world significance of the report findings. Panelists included: 
—Terry Esper, Associate Professor of Logistics, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
—Adrian Kumar, VP & Global Head of Operations Science and Analytics, DHL Supply Chain
—Jason Minghini, Group Vice President Operations, Kenco
—Torsten Pilz, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Honeywell
 
  
The 2022 MHI Innovation Award winners were revealed during Industry Night. More than 120 submissions were received this year! The four finalists in each category were announced prior to the opening of the show, but the winners of the most innovative products in each category were not revealed until Wednesday during MHI Industry Night. Be sure to swing by their booths before leaving today!
 
Best Innovation of an Existing Product
Ancra Systems B.V., Skateloader System, B2819
 
Best IT Innovation
Veryable, Inc., On-Demand Labor Marketplace, C6093
 
Best New Innovation 
Phantom Auto, Remote Operation Platform Logistics, B4428
 
“How we do business is as important as the business we do.” This concept and quote―by Erika Alexander, Chief Global Operations Officer for Marriott International, at the first of four MODEX 2022 keynotes―was an underlying theme behind many of the ideas and insights she shared on Monday morning. Alexander, “who is known for her authentic and inspirational leadership,” per moderator Katie Kirkpatrick of MetroAtlanta, repeated this idea a few times (as did MHI President Bryan Jensen in his closing remarks) to ensure the attendees understood its value and how its relationship impacts how Marriott does business and defines success.
 
“It is kind of like waiting for things to red line then pulling it back,” said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta during Tuesday morning’s keynote when talking about America’s response to COVID-19 and how hospital data is a major part of the equation. “These pandemics, they happen… They are in the history books,” he said. But, when you are faced with one, or the start of one, it is hard to process at that point, he explained. Are you going to err on the side of safety, maybe pump the brakes a little as you approach a blind turn? Or are you going to accelerate? 
 
“I sense a disturbance in the force, the supply chain force,” said moderator Agile Business Media’s Gary Master at the education session in DC Velocity's Transportation & Logistics Theater entitled, “Supply Chain Disruption: What Are the Next Steps for Transportation Leaders.” Masters and a “star-studded cast” of panelists addressed this disturbance from the angles of planes, trains, ports and in-a-class-all-its-own Amazon, as well as gave attendees a look into how each of these pieces in the supply chain impact each other and, in turn, are impacted by disruption. 
 
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This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on the top trends and technologies driving supply chain data transparency and security, the steps to implement and what these technologies will mean for future supply chains. The digital version is easy to read on any mobile device: http://bit.ly/MHIsolutions.
 
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