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Welcome to the ProMat 2019 newsletter! This newsletter will be sent out every morning of the show and will contain news from the show floor, previews for the day ahead, recaps of conference events, and valuable information on the industry’s biggest event—all to help make your time here more beneficial and productive. 

This week, you will experience more than 1,000 solution providers as they demonstrate the latest equipment and systems that will deliver the WOW to help you transform your supply chain. ProMat offers two show floors of solutions covering 400,000 square feet. From robotics, and automation to IoT and Big Data and how Industry 4.0 will impact your bottom line, it’s all at ProMat. In addition to the exhibits, leading industry innovators will share their expertise on trends and best practices in keynotes and in over 140 educational sessions. You will have an opportunity to network, learn, share and get a sneak preview of where our industry is headed. Whatever solutions you need to move your business forward, you’ll find them all at ProMat 2019.

 ProMat 2019 is where manufacturing and supply chain innovation comes to life—in person and in action!

  
Take the time to download the ProMat 2019 Mobile App because, trust me, it will 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 why the ProMat Mobile App is a must-have tool on-site.
Emulate3D Ltd.
Vanderlande Industries Inc.
Conference News
  

If you pre-registered for ProMat 2019, you should have received your registration confirmation email when you registered. Bring it to a registration kiosk when you arrive at McCormick Place South. If you did not pre-register, proceed to the Registration Counter. Registration is in McCormick Place South on Level 1 and in the Grand Concourse Lobby on Level 3 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Wednesday, and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Thursday. Lost badges may be replaced at the Registration Service Desk.


Be sure to be on the lookout for the print version of the ProMat 2019 Expo Guide when first hitting the halls. It is also available in digital format.

Keynotes, Sessions & Seminars
  

MONDAY: 8:45 AM–9:45 AM | Room S100
Karim R. Lakhani
, Harvard Business School
Blockchain technology has the potential create a new normal for supply chains where trust and transparency are the major differentiators to staying competitive. In this keynote, Harvard’s Karim Lakhani will detail how incorporating blockchain technology into your operations can have a tremendous impact on transparency, identity and trust, payments, flexibility, and responsiveness — and result in a more efficient, cost-saving, risk-reducing supply chain. You’ll hear specific use cases and more importantly, you will learn how to incorporate blockchain into your business to transform your supply chain. Panelists:
David Cecchi, Senior Director, Enterprise Data, Cargill Corporation
Leanne Kemp, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur & C3PO First, CEO, Founder, Everledger
Michael J. Reed, Director—Blockchain Program, Intel Corporation

  
MONDAY: 12:30 PM–4:30 PM | Room: S102BC
Powered by MHI with MHEDA 
$99 for MHI & MHEDA members
$119 for non-members 
Keynote Speaker - Colette Carlson
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.
Vidir Inc.
Daily Schedule
  
These sessions are located in the Emerging Tech & Sustainability Theater and the RoboBusiness Emerging Technologies Theater in the North Hall of McCormick Place. The RoboBusiiness sessions are part of the collocated Chief Robotics Officer Summit. Sessions are free to ProMat attendees.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN EXECUTIVE FOR IMPLEMENTING A ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION STRATEGY IN MATERIALS HANDLING
Robotics Officer Summit—RoboBusiness Theater Sessions at North Hall

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: THE FUTURE OF DRONE DELIVERY & HOW EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM IT
Emerging Tech & Sustainability Sessions at North Hall

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: THE REAL WORLD IMPACT OF ROBOTICS & AI ON THE INDUSTRY
Emerging Tech & Sustainability Sessions at North Hall

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR AUTOMATION: THE FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Robotics Officer Summit—RoboBusiness Theater Sessions at North Hall

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: HOW TO CREATE SUSTAINABILITY IN THEINTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN
Emerging Tech & Sustainability Sessions at North Hall

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: HOW TO DEVELOP A ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION ROLL OUT PLAN
Robotics Officer Summit—RoboBusiness Theater Sessions at North Hall

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: MOBILE ROBOTICS: ENABLING NEXT GEN DATA APPLICATIONS
Emerging Tech & Sustainability Sessions at North Hall

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: FORMULATING A WORKFORCE TO ADOPT AND SUPPORT YOUR INITIATIVES
Robotics Officer Summit—RoboBusiness Theater Sessions

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: REUSE IS TODAY’S WAY FOR TRANSPORT PACKAGING
Emerging Tech & Sustainability Sessions at North Hall

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: TRANSFORMING MATERIAL HANDLING AT LOCKHEED MARTIN WITH COLLABORATIVE ROBOTICS
Robotics Officer Summit—RoboBusiness Theater Sessions at North Hall

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM: DRONES FOR WAREHOUSES - FULLY AUTONOMOUS INVENTORY COUNTS

Emerging Tech & Sustainability Sessions at North Hall

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: EXCLUSIVE TIPS FOR AUTOMATING YOUR OPERATION
Robotics Officer Summit—RoboBusiness Theater Sessions at North Hall
Networking
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.
 
  

Connect with other ProMat attendees, and get the lastest show news, information and developments. Use the hashtag #ProMatShow when tweeting and follow @PoweredbyMHI for show information, photos and specials.

Concierge services and exclusive offers are available to ProMat attendees and exhibitors.
  
Located in the middle of the ProMat 2019 south hall show floor, The Hub is an interactive resource center that offers multiple informational and networking opportunities for ProMat visitors. The Hub will feature several major attractions that will guide you through your ProMat experience while being a destination in itself.
  
With an extensive menu and ample seating, ProMat Bistro is a convenient option for a sit-down luch while at ProMat and, also, a great place to network with colleagues. It is located in the Vista Ballroom on Level 4 of the South Building. The all-inclusive price of $27 includes entrees, sides, desserts and beverages. Pre-purchase tickets or table packages below to avoid lines at the cashier and receive immediate seating.
Monday: 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
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 ProMat 2019. 

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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WestRock - Box on Demand
As the world is facing turbulent and unprecedented times, we know that you are confronted with rapidly evolving challenges within your business. We want to assure you WestRock is ready and able to help you navigate these changes. Whether you need redesigned packaging structures or automation for greater efficiency we can help you get your product to market on time and at speed.
Contact us at corrugatedpkg@westrock.com.
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ProMat Insights
  
Complimentary shuttle buses will run between McCormick Place South, Level 1, and designated show hotels from April 8-11, 2019. Buses will run on designated routes every 15-20 minutes during the following hours:

MON: 7 AM - 11 AM; 3 PM - 6 PM
TUES: 7 AM - 11AM; 3 PM - 7:30 PM
WED: 7 AM - 11 AM; 3 PM - 8 PM
THURS: 7 AM - 11 AM; 2 PM - 5 PM
Bus schedules will be posted at McCormick Place South and in each hotel. The buses will pick up and drop off on Level 1 of McCormick Place South.
  
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.
  
Se where everything will be located at McCormick Place.

Also, check out the Show Floor Map, which is interactive and includes the most up-to-date information and the detailed PDF floor plans.
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.
MHISolutionsmag.com—There is no silver bullet to building a workforce that can thrive in this new digital environment. It takes leadership, collaboration, innovative talent sourcing, continuous training and improvement. This issue of MHI Solutions focuses on this important topic from the technologies driving changing skill sets to industry-academia collaboration to how to hire, retain and develop the digital supply chain workforce.