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Keynote: Challenging perceptions of an industry in transition

Panelists and moderator discuss how to start preparing today for the industry of tomorrow.
By Josh Bond, Associate Editor
January 23, 2013

Wednesday’s keynote was all about perceptions. Are mentors necessarily older and more experienced? Is a collection of expensive luggage more valuable than a backpack? Was there ever a recession in the last five years?

Titled “The Future of Material Handling, Logistics and Supply Chain,” the keynote began with a presentation from Edie Weiner, president of futurist consulting firm Weiner, Edrich, Brown. She challenged the audience to take business advice directly from 15-year-olds, consider employing those older than 60 and younger than 25, and be prepared for “exponential, exponential change.”

“I did not repeat that word by accident,” said Weiner. “Change is not the whole story. It’s the speed of that change.”

Weiner warned of what she calls “educated incapacity,” the tendency for professionals to remember when they might do better to forget. When new events test old frameworks, it is often best to embrace the new, said Weiner. In addition to 3D printing, nanotechnology, cyber security and augmented reality, Weiner said the future would include an emphasis on learning instead of education.

“There was never a recession, there isn’t any double-dip, and there’s no recovery,” said Weiner. “What happened was a fundamental global economic transformation.” As with the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions, the duration of time between these disruptive events decreases exponentially.

Weiner was then joined by a panel consisting of George Prest, CEO of MHI; Rick Blasgen, president and CEO of CSCMP, Michael Mikitka, CEO of WERC, and Liz Richards, VP of MHEDA. The panel discussed ongoing shifts in “the industry hidden in plain sight,” including the integration of soft and hard metrics, the Internet of things, and the proximity of food production to population centers.

ProMat 2013 is scheduled to be held January 21-24, 2013 in Chicago’s McCormick Place South. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete ProMat 2013 coverage.

About the Author

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Josh Bond
Associate Editor

Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce.


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