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MODEX 2018: 6 Sessions You Won't Want to Miss


MODEX 2018 will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest manufacturing and supply chain equipment and technologies. The show will be held April 9-12, 2018 in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

MODEX will offer over 800 exhibitors from industry, commerce and government will display their innovations on the 250,000 sq. ft. show floor. Some of the categories of innovations that will be on display are:

  • Matherial Handling Equipment and Systems
  • Packaging, Containers, and Shipping Equipment
  • Inventory Management and Controlling Technologies
  • Dock and Warehouse Equipment and Supplies
  • Automatic Identification Equipment and Systems
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Smart City Logistics and Connected Supply Chain
  • Transportation and Logistics

One of the great things about MODEX is that you can register to attend at no cost just by completing a brief online form! 


MODEX Conference Tracks:

The MODEX Supply Chain Conference will have leaders from the industry to discuss the latest trends, technologies and innovations. You will have the opportunity to network with peers and colleagues at show floor seminars, keynote addresses, educational sessions and other social opportunities. 

The educational seminars will deal with the following tracks:

  • Transportation, Distribution and Warehousing
  • Manufacturing, Planning and Sourcing
  • Data Capture, Analytics and Information Management
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Sustainability and Risk Management
  • Workforce and Labor

Here are some of the sessions we are most looking forward to! 

Top MODEX Sessions to Attend: 

Monday April 9th
Bricks ‘n Clicks – Retail is changing, are you changing with it?
Transportation, Distribution and Warehousing
12:00 PM

“The perpetual impact of e-commerce has forced conventional brick and mortar retailers to reduce physical footprint, and revamp supply chain operations to accommodate demand. While traditional retailers are closing stores in record numbers, e-tailers are taking a radically different approach by opening physical locations of their own. Traditional brick and mortar retailers are moving online, and online retailers are moving into brick and mortar. In today’s market, a retailer no longer has to choose between either substantial distribution operations or brick and mortar stores. Rather, they can elect to have a combination of the two by creating the right balance between “bricks and clicks”. In this session, we’ll address where is retail going and how it affects distribution operations. We’ll explore how businesses are creating flexible distribution models that allow for accelerated growth and changes to the fulfillment process.”

Monday April 9th
WMS vs. WCS vs. WES
Transportation, Distribution and Warehousing
1:30 PM

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) enable companies to hard allocate inventory based upon order demand, whereas Warehouse Control Systems (WCS) manage the flow of materials traveling on material handling equipment within the warehouse, and Warehouse Execution Systems (WES) orchestrate the flow of work within the warehouse. Yet, many companies struggle with where each technology option fits into their distribution strategy.

Tuesday April 10th
Retail Success in the Age of Amazon: Leveraging People, Processes and Technology to Thrive
Transportation, Distribution and Warehousing
10:30 AM

The retail industry is on pace to close more than 9,000 stores this year in the United States – even more than were closed during the Great Recession of 2008. Many omni-channel and brick and mortar retailers, however, are finding success competing against e-commerce giants. With the right systems, facilities and distribution network improvements, retailers can shift their focus away from merely surviving to thriving in the age of Amazon.

Tuesday April 10th
Responding to Labor Management Challenges in an Omni-Channel World
Workforce and Labor
10:30 AM

“Our industry is experiencing significant labor challenges. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 60 million baby boomers will exit the workforce by 2025, while only 40 million will be entering the labor pool. The result is what's referred to as a "hollowed-out" workforce. From the skilled labor shortage and competitive wage pressures to high turnover and seasonal demands, distribution centers are experiencing a labor crisis at a time when service level expectations are higher than ever. We will discuss several approaches to maximizing the engagement of the available workforce through labor management system (LMS) technologies that drive a commitment to accuracy, speed and productivity.”

Wednesday April 11th
If Elon Musk Designed a Warehouse: How Tesla-like Technology Changes the Game
Automation and Robotics
3:00 PM 

“Recent technology advances (think automated cars and machine learning) have opened up a whole new way to think about warehouse design. By eliminating large infrastructure and rigid conveyance, you can free up your floor space for additional storage. In this session we will take a peek under the hood of the latest in robotics and software and discuss the implications these advancements have for the warehouse of the future.”

Wednesday April 11th
Closing Keynote: Mike Rowe
1:00 PM

“In this talk, Mike Rowe gives an illuminating account of the true nature of skilled labor, and why it's being devalued by the media, advertising, and even the government. What lessons can we learn about teamwork, determination, efficiency and our definition of success? With conviction, humor and humanity, Mike Rowe reminds us of the enormous but forgotten benefits of hard, honest work and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure to the economy.”


Two great networking opportunities at MODEX 2018 are the Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum and the MHI Young Professionals Networking Event. See more details at the link above. 

Conclusion: Meet with Us at MODEX 2018

Don’t forget to come to presentations by enVista CEO Jim Barnes: “WMS vs. WCS vs. WES” and “Retail Success in the Age of Amazon: Leveraging People, Processes and Technology to Thrive.” 

Make sure you come see us at Booth #B2321 to learn more about what enVista can do for you.

Let’s have a conversation!


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