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ProMat 2017 was certainly a success. There were 900 exhibitors and for the first time, two education theaters featuring the hot topics of autonomous vehicles and sustainability. With the release of the Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap 2.0, the focus was on the future of the supply chain. On the show floor, attendees got a glimpse of what lies ahead. Aaron Jones, President of Bastian Solutions, demonstrated the role of an integrator, allowing a company's data to drive the technology, and there were many demonstrations of cutting edge technology to be found. Also unveiled was the much anticipated 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report.
ProMat 2017 attracted more than 950 exhibitors and thousands of attendees from around the world to Chicago’s McCormick Place last week. Attendees came to view 375,000 square feet of manufacturing and supply chain exhibits on two show floors. In addition to the show floor, attendees were treated to exciting keynote presentations and more than 100 educational sessions. Here are some of the top coverage articles, photos, videos, links, quotes and numbers...
  
Over 800 exhibitors from industry, commerce and government will display their supply chain solutions and innovations on the 250,000-square-foot show floor at the Georgia World Congress Center. April 9-12, at MODEX 2018. Be sure to save the date!
According to a new report by MHI and Deloitte, nine technologies are working together to create next-generation supply chains that are digital, on-demand and always-on. These supply chain models have the potential to create tremendous efficiencies and will soon become the new supply chain reality, with 80 percent of survey respondents saying that digital supply chains will be the predominant model within five years. Sixteen percent say they already are. The 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report, titled "Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On," which was previewed at ProMat 2017, covers the potential of these technologies to disrupt and transform supply chains.
Just a scant three years after the debut of the original U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics, version 2.0 of the report and action plan was released at ProMat 2017. As an update of the preceding document, U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics 2.0 (Roadmap 2.0) is intended to help the supply chain industry determine how it needs to change between now and 2030.
  
MHI awarded International Technical Coatings (ITC) Chief Operating Officer AriAnne Sproat with the 2017 Face of the Supply Chain award at MHI Industry Night at ProMat 2017 on April 5. Award judges were inspired by her story and recognized Sproat as a role model for the next generation of workers in the supply chain.
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A quick survey of attendees and exhibitors at ProMat 2017 yielded a notebook full of praise.
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MHI previewed the 2017 Annual Industry Report – Next-Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On during the Wednesday morning keynote. Scott Sopher, the principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Supply Chain practice and George W. Prest, CEO of MHI, presented the findings of the 2017 report and moderated the seven-person panel of industry professionals who gave insight, feedback and examples related to the findings.
  
Over-deliver and over-prepare. These two words radiated throughout the grand ballroom on Wednesday when Magic Johnson addressed the packed room during his Keynote, "The Power of Magic: Know your customer and where they are going."
These words came up multiple times as he answered questions from both the audience and from Moderator Mitch MacDonald, Editorial Director for DC Velocity and President/CEO of Agile Business Media.
  
If you were at Industry Night and saw Dana Carvey, you probably left with little tears in your eyes from laughing so hard -- especially when he did his impressions or maybe because you didn't win that $30,000 trip of a lifetime (which was won by John Hird, Symbotic, C&S Wholesale Groceries). And, you probably have a couple of his jokes going through your head right now, still trying to figure out the punchline - or maybe that is just me. Either way, Dana supplied some great comedic relief last night to a room full of energized supporters. And, if you were there, maybe these lines will help you remember some of the fun skits he shared with us all.
  
The future is all about change, and this point was driven home during the Keynote address Monday morning moderated by Andrew Winston, a sustainability expert and author of Green to Gold. There are "very deep changes happening," he said, and they are affecting how we come together as people and live out our lives. This point was elaborated on and illustrated during Winston’s introduction to "Building Sustainability for Competitive Advantage: Lessons learned from supply chain leaders" and the ensuing panel discussion with Tamara Barker, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environmental Affairs, UPS; Randolph L. Bradley, Technical Fellow, Supply Chain Management, The Boeing Company; and Rick Bingle, Vice President of Supply Chain, REI.
During Industry Night, the 2017 MHI Innovation Awards were announced. These awards are given to ProMat exhibitors in three categories: Best New Innovation, Best IT Innovation and Best Innovation of an Existing Product. There were a record 153 submissions for the awards this year. Seven judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial vetting process and identified four finalists in each category. The following are the winners:
Best New Product: ProShip, Inc.(Booth: S4480)
Product: CVP-500 Automated Packaging System
Best Innovation of an Existing Product: EuroSort, Inc.(Booth: S2026)
Product: Twin Push Tray Sorter
Best IT Innovation: Ubimax GmbH (Booth: S3691)
Product: Enterprise Wearable Computing Suite
  
"Let me tell you, there is a lot happening out there," said Gregg Goodner, President of MHI, about the show floor and education sessions at ProMat 2017. "I think you will find a lot of things you can take back home....This is the largest ProMat that we’ve had."
The Keynote on Day Two, Markus Lorenz, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group, continued that trend. He led an insightful, example-filled, yogurt-laden discussion about "Industry 4.0, How Intelligent machines are transforming supply chains."
As Goodner explained, "Industry 4.0 is...impacting not only our industry but our global economy....It is how the technology will be transforming the industrial workforce all the way through 2025."
  
If you saw the line threading around and through the exhibitor stations near Theater F on Tuesday, you were probably looking at the waiting line to get into the session on the Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap 2.0, "Get Ready for the Next 10 Years in Material Handling and Logistics." Inside, attendees were sitting snugly shoulder to shoulder, absorbing as much as they could from the session speakers: Gary Forger, Editor and Consultant to MHI; Charles Edwards, N.C. Department of Transportation; Bill Ferrell, Clemson University; Steve Hopper, Inviscid Consulting; Dana Magliola, N.C. State University; and Dave Schneider, We Are The Practitioners – David K. Schneider & Company.
  
Dr. David DeLong started off the Tuesday session on "Closing the Skills Gap: Innovative Talent Solutions for a Changing Workforce" with an attention-grabbing example about making assumptions. "Are you telling me you’re not my flight instructor?" was the question the pilot asked the sole passenger, a news photographer who had jumped into the plane and told him to take off. They were already up in the air and flying toward a wildfire.
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