ProMat 2017 - supply chain, manufacturing, distribution trade show
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL | April 3-6, 2017

Conference & Networking

Andrew Winston
Sustainability expert and author of Green to Gold

Markus Lorenz
Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

Dana Carvey
Actor & Emmy Award Winning Comedian Performing at MHI Industry Night at ProMat


Free to all registered attendees.

Located in the Grand Ballroom S100.


April 3 | 8:45 – 9:45 AM

Building Supply Chain Sustainability for Competitive Advantage: Lessons learned from leaders in innovative facility design

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Andrew Winston Sustainability expert and author of Green to Gold
Tamara BarkerChief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environmental Affairs, UPS
Randolph L. BradleyTechnical Fellow, Supply Chain Management, The Boeing Company
Rick BingleVice President of Supply Chain, REI

Best-selling author and advisor to Fortune 500 companies, Andrew Winston will lead a panel of manufacturing and supply chain leaders as they discuss how companies both large and small can use sustainability strategy to build more profitable and resilient operations and supply chains. Learn first-hand how leading brands have successfully incorporated best practices to improve efficiency, slash risks and costs, and drive innovation.


April 4 | 8:45 – 9:45 AM

Industry 4.0 – How intelligent machines are transforming supply chains

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Markus Lorenz Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us: machines infused with intelligence. This transformation will transform how manufacturing and supply chains work today. During this keynote, Markus Lorenz will explore the many ways this revolution will impact our industry, the economy and what kinds of new jobs it will create.


April 5 | 8:45 – 9:45 AM

Preview of MHI 2017 Annual Industry Report

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George W. Prest CEO, MHI
Scott Sopher Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the supply chain trends and technologies that are transforming supply chains. Scott Sopher, the principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain practice will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI in presenting the findings and moderating a panel of manufacturing and supply chain leaders on the report's findings.

They will be joined by a panel of manufacturing and supply chain professionals to discuss the real-world significance of the report findings. Panelists include:

  • Amy T. Augustine, Senior Manager, Reverse Logistics, U.S. Cellular
  • Venkat Venkataramani, Director, CoE for Digital Supply Chain, SAP
  • Alan Amling , Vice President of Corporate Strategy, UPS
  • Randy V Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, University of Tennessee
  • Stacey Hodoh, Global Vice President, Distribution Operations at Walmart Canada
  • Mario Adamy, Vice President of Distribution Operations, Albertsons
  • Gregg E. Goodner, Board Member, Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc.
  • Jay Kim, Chief Strategy Officer, Upskill

April 5 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

The Power of Magic: Know your customer and where they are going

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

Perhaps best known as a National Basketball Association (NBA) legend, two-time Hall of Famer, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has enjoyed an equally successful second career in business. He has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world, propelling his company to the status of #1 Brand in Urban America valued at an estimated $1 billion dollars.

As customers and markets move very quickly, products and solutions must be relevant to where customers are today and where they are going to be tomorrow. In this fireside chat with DC Velocity Group Editorial Director Mitch Mac Donald, the NBA legend and Entrepreneur will reveal the secrets to his business and personal success. Join us as he drives home how his core focus on customer service — by always over delivering on customer expectations — propelled his business investments forward.

Learn first-hand, how he dedicated himself to bringing jobs and high quality products and services to underserved communities. He did this by developing unprecedented partnerships with major corporations as he wrote the corporate blueprint for engagement and success with urban consumers across America.

Choose from 100 expert-led sessions conveying a broad array of supply chain, material handling and logistics topics. Sessions are offered free to all registered show attendees.

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April 3

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Reusable Packaging for a Sustainable Supply Chain
Reusable Packaging Association (RPA)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sustainable Distribution Center Design

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Optimizing product protection factoring damage and the costs and environmental impact of increased packaging
CHEP North America


April 4

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Automation Trends in Reusable Packaging
ASME Consulting, LLC

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Unlocking One-Touch Omni-Channel Distribution

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Selecting the Right Reusable Bulk Packaging Solution For Your Supply Chain
ORBIS Corporation

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions for Asset Management
AT&T Mobility Services

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Investing in Solar Energy
Canadian Solar (USA) Inc.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sustainability Trends Within Supply Chain Management
Box Latch Products Made By Eco-Latch Systems LLC


April 5

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Cut Reusable Packaging Losses Using Smart Logistics

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Teaming Returnable Solutions with Automation
Georg Utz, Inc.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Selecting the Right Hygienic Pallet for your Food Processing Plant
ORBIS Corporation

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Reuse of Corrugated Plastic Boxes To Achieve a Sustainable, High-Performing and Low-Cost Supply Chain
Technology Container Corp.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Labeling Standard for Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs)
Polymer Logistics


April 4

Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

Powered by MHI
Room S102BC

  • $99 + MHI & MHEDA members (use code MHEDA)
    includes lunch and a free ticket to Industry Night (a $50 value)
  • $119 = non-members
    includes lunch and a free ticket to Industry Night (a $50 value)

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Cancellations received on or before Thursday, March 23, 2017 entitle the registrant to a full refund. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Thursday, March 23, 2017.

MHI has partnered with MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) and AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) to bring an afternoon of discussion, education and networking for women in our industry. Join your peers for this interactive event to address common issues faced by women in the supply chain force today.

12:00 - 12:30 PM

12:30 - 1:15 PM
Networking Luncheon

1:15 - 1:30 PM

1:30 - 2:15 PM
How to Influence your Company and the Industry (Panel)
Panel of industry leaders giving their advice on how to break down walls in your company. Panelists will address issues facing women today and how they can help themselves and clear the path for next generation of women.

Nancy Nix, Executive Director, AWESOME

  • Shana Relle, Global Marketing & Product Management - Logistics & Material Handling, Intralox
  • Shari Altergott, Corporate Director of Marketing & Business Development, Associated & Peach State Integrated Technologies, Inc.
  • Cheryl Rossborough, Chief Financial Officer, Ace Industries
  • Kelly Furstoss, Senior Director, Warehouse & Logistics Operations, Glanbia Performance Nutrition
  • Holly Busalacki, District Sales Manager, Komatsu

2:15 - 2:30 PM

2:30 - 3:30 PM
Speaker: Judy Hoberman
Judy Hoberman

Equal Not Identical
What do men and women have in common when it comes to leadership? Perhaps taking their team and company to the next level. Perhaps bringing more revenue into the company. Perhaps being the best they can be. The question is are men and women the same? Hardly and from those differences is understanding that women want to be treated "Equally Not Identically"... Our struggles with leadership can include Passion, Authenticity, Courage, Communication, Decisiveness, Resilience and Generosity. Overcoming some of the challenges will help to create better leaders with stronger teams.

3:30 - 4:15 PM
Roundtable Discussions Another session giving you time to discuss business and professional challenges with your peers

4:15 - 4:30 PM
Questions / Wrap-up

MHI Young Professionals Networking Event

Powered by MHI’s Young Professionals Network and PMMI’s Emerging Leaders Network
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Room S102D

PMMI Emerging Leaders Network
Unwind with MHI Young Professionals Network and PMMI’s Emerging Leaders Network at our Young Professionals Meet & Greet networking reception. Network and connect with other young professionals in the material handling, supply chain & packaging industries. No registration required. Two free drink tickets per person.



April 5 | 4:30-7:00 PM

MHI Industry Night with Dana Carvey

Dana Carvey Actor & Emmy Award Winning Comedian

Join us for live music, food, drinks and entertainment by comedian Dana Carvey. Tickets are sold for $50. Ticket price will include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI).

Saturday Night Live Alum and Emmy –award winning comedian Dana Carvey is best known for his classic characters The Church Lady, Hans from body building duo Hans and Franz and Garth, the most Excellent Co-Host to Mike Myers in the immensely popular “Wayne's World.” Carvey has also received widespread praise for his uncanny comedic impersonations of such political figures as George Bush, Ross Perot, as well as Johnny Carson, Regis Philbin and Casey Kasem.

Door Prize: Trip of a Lifetime

The door prize for this event will be a luxury package trip of a lifetime vacation. Value: $30,000. See official rules.

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