February 12, 2018

Learn from industry experts at MODEX's enhanced conference program

This year's education conference will include five keynotes and over 100 supplier-led seminars covering a broad array of material handling and logistics topics.

By DC Velocity Staff

MODEX 2018 attendees can choose from a variety of educational sessions covering the latest manufacturing and supply chain trends, technologies, and innovations. This year's education conference will include five keynotes and over 100 supplier-led seminars covering a broad array of material handling and logistics topics.

Juan Perez, chief information and engineering officer at UPS, will deliver the opening keynote address on Monday, April 9, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. In his presentation, titled "Anticipating Tomorrow's Supply Chain Challenges — Today," Perez will discuss the importance of embracing innovation and describe how UPS is preparing for the "Fourth Industrial Revolution," which will be enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things, ongoing evolution of mobility, and smart cities.

Following the opening keynote, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will take the stage from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to welcome MODEX attendees to Georgia. In his address, Deal will detail the state's significant investments in supply chain and transportation infrastructure for moving goods quickly and efficiently through the Southeastern region.

On Tuesday, April 10, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Andrew McAfee, co-founder and co-director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and a principal research scientist at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Sloan School of Management, will deliver a talk on the digital revolution and its implications for employment and the economy. Arguing that technology is rewriting the business playbook and that a great deal of standard business practice is now dangerously out of date, McAfee will look at how digital technologies such as robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles will impact business moving forward.

Scott Sopher, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP's supply chain practice, and George W. Prest, MHI's chief executive officer, will present the findings of a new report from MHI on Wednesday, April 11, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The organization's "2018 Annual Industry Report" focuses on the supply chain trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains. After the presentation, the speakers will moderate a panel of manufacturing and supply chain leaders discussing the real-world significance of the report's findings.

Later that day, Mike Rowe, TV personality and founder of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, will present "Why Dirty Jobs Matter." In his presentation, Rowe will talk about skilled labor and why it's being devalued by the media, advertising, and even the government. Rowe will also share his insights into the benefits of hard honest work and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure to the economy. The talk takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Following the keynotes each day, MODEX visitors can choose from a wide array of supplier-led educational seminars. These 45-minute sessions, which are held right on the show floor, are offered free to all registered show attendees. This year's seminars are divided into six tracks:

  • Automation and robotics
  • Data capture, analytics, and information management
  • Manufacturing, planning, and sourcing
  • Sustainability and risk management
  • Transportation, distribution, and warehousing
  • Workforce and labor

New to the seminar schedule this year are special conference sessions that will be held in the two newest solution centers, the "Transportation & Logistics" and "Smart City Logistics and Connected Supply Chain" centers.

Sessions scheduled for the "Transportation & Logistics" center include:

  • "How to Reduce Small Parcel and LTL Transportation Costs in a Challenging Economy"
  • "Technology Disruptors"
  • "Challenges in the Logistics Workforce."

Sessions to be held in the "Smart City" center include

  • "Artificial Intelligence: Evolution of Shipping"
  • "Smart City Logistics — Successfully Navigating the Last Mile"
  • "Creating the Connected Warehouse."

The complete seminar schedule is available at www.modexshow.com/education.