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With ProMat just around the corner, I took time to download the ProMat 2019 Mobile App and, trust me, it did not disappoint! With over 1,000 exhibits, four keynotes and over 140 educational sessions at ProMat, you’re going to need a way to stay organized and on-track. Here’s five reasons I’ve found as to why the ProMat Mobile App is a must-have tool on-site.
  
High competition in the commerce industry has led to increased demand speed, accuracy and efficiency in supply chain operations. As a result, ProMat attendees are increasingly looking to robotic and automated solutions for their warehouse and distribution center operations. To meet this need, ProMat 2021 will feature a new solution center focused on Robotics and Automation. Be among the first to learn about this exciting new addition to ProMat 2021. 
One issue has been the common thread over the last six annual industry reports MHI has released with Deloitte over the same number of years—the supply chain workforce. So, it is no surprise that, according to the soon to be released 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report, 65 percent of the manufacturing and supply chain professionals surveyed said hiring and retaining a skilled workforce is the biggest obstacle impacting their supply chains. And the rise of digital supply chains only exacerbates the workforce issue.
The ProMat Expo Guide is a printable document that you can download to plan your trip to the show. It contains information on exhibitors and a schedule of events to guide you through all the keynotes, conference sessions and networking opportunities at the show. It also gives you the lay of the land on-site, like where to pick up your badge and how to navigate and create your custom ProMat experience.
Discover 8 reasons why ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain innovation comes to life. With nearly 1,000 exhibits and 140 educational sessions, this is the largest and most comprehensive event in the supply chain space this year. Don't miss out - April 8-11 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Looking to find your Wow—that trend or technology that will take your supply chain to the next level? Chances are, you'll find it among ProMat's 1,000-plus exhibits.
ProMat’s Tom Carbott was interviewed for The New Warehouse with Kevin Lawton about ProMat 2019. In this special edition episode of the podcast, they talk about key information for ProMat and what to expect this year.
If you’re reading this column, there’s a good chance you’ve already made your plans to attend ProMat 2019, the material handling industry’s leading trade show and educational conference, sponsored by MHI. And if you do, in fact, have your plans set, our latest data tells us that you’re going into this year’s event with plenty of confidence.
After receiving 108 submissions for this year’s awards from ProMat 2019 exhibitors, six judges comprised of professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry completed the initial vetting process and 12 finalists were announced.
Apex Supply Chain Technologies
Fetch Robotics
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Check out over 140 interactive educational sessions right on ProMat’s two show floors! ProMat 2019 offers you the insight and information you need to tackle today’s challenges—and prepare for what the future holds. Topics include emerging technologies, sustainable facility solutions, automation and robotics, data analytics and information management, workforce and labor, distribution/warehousing and manufacturing.
  
When the material handling and logistics industry’s premier event, ProMat 2019, opens on April 8 it will include collocated sessions of the Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) Summit presented by Robotics Business Review. Conference sessions will focus on automation, AI, robotics and the latest intelligent technologies for supply chain operations.
The digital era has arrived, and supply chains must adjust. The season’s biggest manufacturing and supply chain event, ProMat, is aiming to help. This year’s conference will include more than 140 educational sessions—bringing together leading industry experts to share the latest information on trends, technologies and innovations.
Overhead crane safety tops the agenda as the Crane Manufacturers Association of America hosts its annual educational conference at ProMat. Attendees will receive insight into the latest developments in overhead crane safety and earn seven professional development hour credits.
ProMat 2019 will feature a new theater on emerging supply chain and sustainability technology. This theater will include sessions on autonomous vehicle, robotic, AI and IoT solutions.
Achieve a Digitized Future-Ready Operation
Zebra Technologies Corporation
Fulfillment challenges are forcing change across every part of the supply chain. Businesses require enterprise connectivity to seamlessly predict customer demand, increase inventory visibility beyond the four walls and have the information they need to make decisions in real-time.
Sign up for a booth tour with Zebra Technologies (#S441) here!
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Keynotes, Sessions & Seminars
  
At ProMat 2019, MHI will release the 6th edition of its Annual Industry Report during the April 10 keynote panel. Compiling responses from thousands of manufacturing and supply chain professionals, this year’s report has a special focus on artificial intelligence and digital supply chains.
  
Marcus Lemonis is a self-made billionaire and is widely recognized for his hit CNBC reality series, "The Profit." He has a large fan base and is admired for much more than his TV personality. Here are five reasons why people love Marcus Lemonis and why you should make plans to attend his ProMat keynote.
  
ProMat is more than just a trade show. It's about finding that wow that helps push your company forward. Sometimes that comes in the form of finding just the right solution for your supply chain. And sometimes it comes in the form of inspiring, educational content that sparks an idea that leads to an innovation in your company, whether in process or in culture. This year, that inspiration comes in the form of Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. At ProMat, Saujani is going to be speaking specifically on closing the gender gap in our industry.
We are gearing up for ProMat 2019 – just two weeks away and we are very excited about this year’s keynote speakers. From blockchain to emerging tech to the gender gap to "The Profit" Marcus Lemonis, there is great content for everyone.
This year, ProMat is set to feature four keynote presentations offering critical insights from experts into logistics trends, including blockchain’s anticipated impact across multiple aspects of supply chains, ways to attract and retain women to our historically male-driven industry, the latest industry research findings and three keys to business success.
Diverse Global
Hannibal Industries, Inc.
Networking
John MHI for an afternoon of education, discussion and networking for women in our industry. Now is the time for women to look at the connections, communication style and leadership skills needed to advance their careers. Learn the three truths female leaders need to know and gain the self-awareness and skills necessary to be an authentic, credible and confident leader.
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 ProMat 2019 badge and drop by Room S102D at 5:00 p.m.
Do you like free stuff? Me too. Do you like stuff that is normally super expensive for free? I am also nodding my head emphatically and grinning, fellow internet human. Okay, so the door prize for Industry Night at ProMat 2019 is a luxury package trip of lifetime vacation, valued at $30,000. The cool part is that it’s really up to you how you spend it.
Concierge services and exclusive offers are available to ProMat attendees and exhibitors.
  
MHI Industry Night at ProMat 2019 will feature entertainment by Craig Ferguson, a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author and actor. You might know Ferguson from hosting the American late-night talk show, "Late Late Show," or for his role on the American game show "Celebrity Name Game," but do you know these 10 things about his life and career?
Videos & Sponsors
During the week of April 8, Chicago’s McCormick Place will open its doors and welcome ProMat 2019, an expo for the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain industries, sponsored by MHI.
  
ProMat 2019 is where you can see the latest manufacturing and supply chain trends and technologies, in person and in action. View this video to see what you can expect during this one-of-a-kind event.
Missing Shoe Detection Now Reality
Aegis Sortation
Real-time Missing Shoe and Missing Pin detection is now a reality with Aegis Sortation's state-of-the-art technology. Using this patented embedded RFID technology, system operators can uniquely identify, track, and control each individual sorter shoe and pin.
Learn how this Smart Shoe and Smart Pin technology reduces downtime and increases volume.
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ProMat Insights
Chicago is a big city with lots of different ethnic groups and each brings cuisine to the city. Eater breaks things down in to maps; pizza, tacos, hot dogs, burgers, beer, etc. But then it also breaks things down by neighborhood, so if you wanted to see a particular area, you can wander around the map for food spots.
DC Velocity has put together a preview of the ProMat event including information on exhibits, education, networking and entertainment options.
ProMat is located in Chicago, and while we’re all going for ProMat, we do have time at night to eat and relax and explore. So if you’re a Chicago novice like me, we’ve put together a short list of things that you can go and do and see.
Rooms in the official ProMat hotel room block are still available. Make sure to secure your room before they run out.
With a record number of exhibitors and attendees seen at Modex 2018, MHI anticipates more of the same at ProMat 2019—the industry’s premier supply chain event. ProMat will once again be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, April 8-11, 2019.