The 2007 Material Handling and Logistics Summit identified the leading priorities of material handling and logistics professionals.
Among the top priorities for the industry are: Creating a funding source that supports material handling and logistics initiatives in research, education, innovation and development; Building a vision and roadmap for next generation supply chains and material handling and logistics strategies that support them; Developing the workforce of the future for distribution, warehousing and manufacturing; Expanding industry and academia collaboration especially in research and technology transfer; Creating better interoperability between material handling and supply chain hardware/software.
The Summit was a meeting of more than 30 industry professionals from four groups (academics, end users, industry consultants, and industry solution providers). During the three-day event, participants discussed the current trends and challenges facing material handling and logistics, discussed the impact of those trends and challenges, and developed a prioritized list of initiatives to address those trends and challenges. The Summit was sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) and the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE).