Technology, workforce, education on ProMat 2009 menu

Looking for new ways to move inventory throughout your facility or finished product out the door to distributors and retailers? If so, ProMat 2009 may be a good place to start looking for solutions. The biennial event, sponsored by the Material Handling Institute of America, returns to Chicago's McCormick Place Jan.
By Plant Engineering Staff December 1, 2008

Looking for new ways to move inventory throughout your facility or finished product out the door to distributors and retailers? If so, ProMat 2009 may be a good place to start looking for solutions. The biennial event, sponsored by the Material Handling Institute of America, returns to Chicago’s McCormick Place Jan. 12-15. The 2009 event will be housed exclusively in McCormick’s South Hall and will host more than 800 exhibitors.

The show will feature four solution centers: Center for Manufacturing & Assembly Solutions; Center for Fulfillment & Delivery Solutions; Center for Information Technology Solutions; and the Knowledge Center.

Joining the focus areas on the show floor is Workforce of the Future Pavilion, a resource center to help attendees better understand the impact of the looming shortage of supply chain workers.

Tuesday’s Keynote presentation, titled “Building the Workforce of the Future,” is scheduled for 9 a.m., and is free to registered attendees. It will consist of a panel of five experts and will be moderated by renowned business journalist Forrest Sawyer. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How worker shortages in key areas will impact the bottom line

  • How to attract and retain the next generation of workers who have different motivations and reward structures

  • How to take advantage of opportunities created by the aging workforce and disruptive demographics.