Moving on out to Modex 2012

By all accounts, this was one of the most successful shows in recent years, especially when compared against 2009.

By ·

Around 2 p.m. today, the curtain will close on ProMat 2011. Show of hands: How many of you actually miss Chicago in January?

By all accounts, this was one of the most successful shows in recent years, especially when compared against 2009. Business was not only mired in a recession, but the temperatures in Chicago hit minus twenty that week. A bad economy made the cold temperatures seem even colder, and the cold temperatures made business seem even gloomier.

“In 2009, companies were not only keeping their purse strings closed tight, we had customers postpone and cancel significant projects,” one consultant told Modern’s Show Daily. “Attendees visiting our booth have been upbeat and they are thinking about projects again.”

Are we out of the woods yet? Probably not. But that sense of optimism was shared by John Nofsinger, CEO of the Material Handling Industry of America, the sponsor of ProMat 2011 and Modex 2012, next year’s materials handling and logistics show, to be held February 6 to 9 in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. “The energy level is as high as I’ve ever seen it, due in large part to where we are and where we’ve been,” Nofsinger said.

While ProMat focuses on activities inside the four walls of the warehouse, plant and DC – what some are calling intralogistics – Modex will include exhibitors representing solutions in the broader supply chain and logistics outside the four walls. MHIA is anticipated 580 exhibitors at the new show and 165,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Why move outside the four walls? “Increasingly, what happens inside the four walls is impacted by what happens in the broader supply chain,” says Tom Carbott, MHIA’s vice president of sales and events. “The links between the two are getting tighter because we’re now looking for information beyond the four walls. Controlling and monitoring poduct from the point of origin until it reaches the end customer is critical.”

Best of all, February in Atlanta is a pretty nice place to be.

ProMat 2011 will be held March 21 - 24, 2011 at McCormick Place South in Chicago. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry.

Read all of Modern’s ProMat 2011 coverage


About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Materials Handling · Modex 2012 · ProMat · · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Hydrogen, the Future of Materials Handling
Large, successful organizations are integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology into their lift truck fleets and benefiting from lower operational costs, reduced emissions and improved reliability.
Download Today!
From the October 2016 Issue
Brownells’ new Iowa distribution center has taken touches—and miles—out of the order fulfillment process and increased throughput with near 100% accuracy.
System Report: Brownells new DC is flexible and responsive
Pallet Usage Report: Pallets Remain Critical in the Modern-Day Warehouse
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Pallets: Supporting Product, Processes and the Enterprise
The smallest leak in performance or cost can bring a lean, nimble and speedy supply chain to a halt. During this 30-minute webcast we'll examine how Modern's readers use pallets to keep the wheels turning as they maneuver a road filled with sharp edges and potholes.
Register Today!
Brownells: Designing for Efficiency and Growth
Brownells’ new Iowa distribution center has taken touches—and miles—out of the order...
Industry celebrates National Manufacturing Day
Fourth annual Manufacturing Day is a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve the public...

American Eagle Outfitters’ omni-channel journey
The fashion retailer has used warehouse execution software and automation to create a true...
The data-driven lift truck
Now that manufacturers and distributors are using the data from their automated systems to drive...