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Modex 2012: Learn more from 17 different co-located educational partners

In addition to Modex’s three keynotes and 70 educational seminars held on the show floor—all sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA)—no fewer than 17 other materials handling, supply chain and logistics industry-affiliated groups have also convened to host their own educational events at the show.
By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large
December 01, 2011

In addition to Modex’s three keynotes and 70 educational seminars held on the show floor—all sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA)—no fewer than 17 other materials handling, supply chain and logistics industry-affiliated groups have also convened to host their own educational events at the show.

“Collocating these events with Modex 2012 will allow manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals unparalleled education and networking opportunities,” says George Prest, incoming CEO of MHIA. “These co-located events will complement the existing conference at Modex 2012, which provides valuable insight into the trends and innovations impacting supply chains.”

“For our members, attendees and exhibitors, the co-locations add even more value to the event; the largest being the Georgia Logistics Summit which last year hosted 1,300 attendees from 21 states and expects to draw even more in conjunction with Modex 2012,” Prest adds.

By partnering with Modex to co-locate their own educational events, each of the 17 groups will be bringing their unique perspective to the supply chain and materials handling conversation, says Gary Forger, MHIA’s senior vice president of professional development.

“Modex provides a great opportunity to unite each of these aspects of our industry, and each group will share what’s important to their people in terms of activities, priorities, skills, trends, issues and more,” Forger notes. “It’s an important piece of an ongoing dialog for attendees as they learn more about the big picture and where they fit in.”

The co-locating groups include:
• The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L)
• The Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM)
• The Atlanta Roundtable of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
• The Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi)
• The College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)
• The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment Council (EASE)
• The Georgia Institute of Technology Supply Chain and Logistics Institute
• The Georgia Logistics Summit
• The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
• Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
• Metro Atlanta Chamber Supply Chain Leadership Council
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
• The Panama Canal Authority
The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA)
• Technical Career Education Program (TCEP)
• The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) International Trade Administration

Sessions run throughout the four days of the show, with some requiring separate registration and fees. Events that are included free with MODEX 2012 registration are:

MONDAY
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Develop Your Talent and Strengthen Your Competitiveness in the Global Market Place, presented by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L)

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Supply Chain Management Careers: A Pipeline of Opportunity, presented by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Reception for Current and Prospective Members (RSVP required), presented by the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)

TUESDAY
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Develop Your Talent and Strengthen Your Competitiveness in the Global Market Place, presented by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Sustainability Metrics: How leading companies are measuring their environmental impact, presented by the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: A CEO’s Vision for Operations Excellence, presented by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Advancing Knowledge, Exploring Technology and Driving Efficiency with Automatic Identification and Mobility Solutions, presented by the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM)

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Fueling the Fire of Kaizen throughout the Lean Enterprise, presented by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Alignment of Functional Supply Chain and IT Roadmap for Investment and Capability Building, presented by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

WEDNESDAY
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Distribution Center Ergonomics: Assessing Back Injury Risk and Developing Interventions, presented by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Modex 2012 is scheduled to be held February 6-9, 2012 in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete Modex 2012 coverage.

About the Author

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Sara Pearson Specter
Editor at Large

Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC (http://www.saraspecter.com). Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery (http://www.BellsUpWinery.com).


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