MODEX 2016 puts focus on supply chain future

The MODEX 2016 trade show in Atlanta will feature more than 850 supply chain exhibitors and will focus on the future of the supply chain industry, from research to workers.

02/01/2016


The MODEX 2016 trade show in Atlanta will feature more than 850 supply chain exhibitors and will focus on the future of the supply chain industry, from research to workers. Courtesy: MHI.The world of supply chain management will come to Atlanta's World Congress Center April 4 through April 7 for MODEX 2016. The biannual event sponsored by MHI will bring together more than 850 exhibitors and more than 100 education sessions focused on the next generation of supply chain management.

That next generation emphasis includes a focus on workers, as MODEX 2016 will feature a New Generation Supply Chain Workforce educational track among its sessions.Another show highlight will be the presentation of MHI's 2016 Annual Industry Report,featuring MHI CEO George W. Prest and Scott Sopher, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

MODEX also will feature three diverse keynote presentations. They include:

  • April 4: How to Create a Culture of Innovation Within Your Company, Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of X PRIZE Foundation
  • April 5: The Connected Supply Chain, Jack Allen, senior director, logistics and manufacturing solutions, supply chain operations, Cisco
  • April 6: Lessons from a Dragon, Kevin O'Leary, the "Mr. Wonderful" of ABC-TV's Shark Tank, and an entrepreneur and investor.

The week will also feature MHI's Industry Night Celebration on April 6 with the Blues Brothers. Tickets to this event are $50 and include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Material Handling Education Foundation,Inc. (MHEFI).



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