Material handling and logistics professionals from around the world will descend on Chicago this spring, drawn there by ProMat 2019, the nation's largest exhibition of material handling, supply chain, and logistics equipment and technologies. More than 950 vendors will be on hand to showcase everything from traditional manual equipment to the latest automated systems and emerging technologies. Along with the exhibition, ProMat will include an educational conference that features four keynote addresses and over 100 educational sessions. The event, which is organized by the industry association MHI, will be held at McCormick Place from April 8-11.
This year's keynote speakers include Karim R. Lakhani of Harvard Business School, who will discuss "Blockchain Technology for Supply Chains," and Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, who will deliver an address titled "Closing the Supply Chain Gender Gap." Also on the agenda are MHI CEO George Prest and Deloitte Consulting LLP Principal Scott Sopher, who will present the results of MHI's "2019 Annual Industry Report" and moderate a panel on the real-world significance of the findings, and CNBC host and entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis, who will discuss "The Three Keys to Business Success - People, Process, Profit."
With their notebooks full of insights and pockets full of business cards, showgoers can relax on Wednesday evening at MHI Industry Night, an evening of music, food, and drinks that will highlight comedian Craig Ferguson, the Scottish-American talk show host.