What’s in store at MODEX 2020

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

MHI’s 2020 MODEX show, taking place in Atlanta from March 9 through 12 this year, is a combination trade show and conference geared toward helping companies find the materials handling, automation and supply chain solutions they need to keep business moving.

Inside Logistics will be there – come see us at booth #4277 – to gather the highlights and report on them for you, but if you plan on attending there is a lot to see in four short days.

With more than 900 exhibitors, the show is grouped into five “Solutions Centres” covering manufacturing technology, information technology, fulfillment and delivery, emerging technologies and transportation and logistics.

Five keynotes

Keynote speeches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday promise to inform attendees about key issues in supply chain and business. Speakers include former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who will share her personal story as well as taking a look at the importance of supply chain in global commerce. For sports fans, Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time NFL MVP, and his father Archie Manning, also a former NFL quarterback and patriarch of the famous Manning family will share their stories about the power of teamwork, collaboration, preparation, and giving back both on the field and in business.

MHI will preview its annual report, with a panel of speakers on hand to analyze the results that includes Wim Appelo, worldwide vice-president of supply chain strategy, innovation and deployment for Johnson & Johnson; Randy Bradley, assistant professor of information systems and supply chain management at the Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennessee; Arpana Brahmbhatt, U.S. industry solutions – manufacturing for Microsoft; and, Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. As always, the panel will be moderated by MHI CEO George Prest.

Seminars and students

In addition to the keynotes, more than 150 show floor seminars offer practical advice on technology selection, explore trends and allow for personal interaction with industry experts in a casual, quick presentation format.

On March 11, the show hosts a student day, supported by travel grants (for information see www.modexshow.com). This day connects students with the industry through discussions with industry experts, a guided tour of the show floor and networking with professionals who can support their career growth. The highlight of the day is the guided tour of the show floor, led by industry experts and the opportunity to meet with exhibiting companies who are looking for future employees.

Admission to MODEX is free, and pre-registration is available here.