NA 2004 Show & Conference Details Announced

Charlotte, NC -- When the 2004 Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference (NA 2004) opens it's doors on March 29, 2004 at Cleveland's I-X Center it will include an Educational Conference featuring three free Executive Forums that will provide perspective from industry leaders on operational excellence, RFID and security. In addition, 50 free show floor educational seminars and four detailed educational workshops outlining leading-edge equipment and technology solutions will be offered during the NA 2004 Educational Conference. Go to http://www.na2004.org/educationalconference to learn more.

NA 2004 Executive Forums

Frontiers of Operational Excellence Across the Extended Enterprise Monday, March 29, 2004 Operational Excellence (OpX), an approach to business coined by ARC Advisory Group, is a journey of continuous improvement applied to all aspects of the supply chain. On the frontier are leading-edge practices found in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. Industry leaders will share the impressive measures they have taken to apply the state of the art in both material and information flow technologies as an economic value added measure to assure customer satisfaction and shareholder wealth.

Monday Keynote Speakers:

Steve Banker, Service Director, Supply Chain Management - ARC Advisory Group

Steve Hunter, Director, Operations Logistics - Philip Morris USA

Fred Berkheimer, Vice President, Logistics - HPC, N.A.

Friedrich Keglowich, Manager, Division of Industrial Sensors - SICK AG

RFID Update 2004: 9 Months & Counting

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Wal-Mart's edict about requiring RFID adoption by January 2005 certainly has the supply chain world talking. This Executive Forum is dedicated to presenting the basics of RFID and to sharing the most current technical developments as well as the latest applications. Attendees will learn everything there is to learn about experiences of the early adopters, standards development, current solutions and the likely near term developments. A panel of experts will tell it like it is; what's fact and what isn't and what's on the horizon for this exciting technology.

Tuesday Keynote Speakers:

John Hill, Principal – ESYNC

Michael E. Di Yeso, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer – Uniform Code Council, Inc.

Guillermo Gutierrez, Marketing & Commercial Manager - International Paper

Christopher White, IT Supply Chain Leader - The Stanley Works

Securing The Logistics of Global Trade: A Forum On Challenges, Developments & Solutions

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Described as a wild card in supply chain management by ARC Advisory Group, nothing has made the topic of logistics security more important than the events of 9/11. In response, several legislative and industry-led initiatives have been launched over the past two-plus years, to say nothing of the new products and services that are springing up in response to the need for seamless security in the global supply chain, from factory to floor, to loading dock, to transportation, to our borders. Leaders at the forefront of these initiatives will share their insights and experiences and help attendees benchmark their own company's supply chain security practices and future plans.

Wednesday Keynote Speakers:

Adrian Gonzalez, Director, Logistics Executive Council - ARC Advisory Group

Philip J. Murray, Founding Governor & Chairman - The Maritime Security Council

Robert E. Perez, Director, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) - U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Barry O'Brien, Director, Global Trade and Customs - Hasbro, Inc.

Edward M. Emmett, President - TranSystems Advisors

No other conference or trade show offers you such a high level of interaction in an environment focused exclusively on the integration of material handling, logistics and information technologies throughout organizations and their business processes as NA 2004. The Executive Forums are designed to help manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and logistics executives operate their companies at peak performance.

The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has partnered with ARC Advisory Group to create the NA 2004 Executive Forums. MHIA selected ARC because of their demonstrated leadership in providing strategic planning and technology assessment services to companies of all sizes and to their solution suppliers worldwide.

For complete information on the NA 2004 Educational Conference including session details, visit http://www.na2004.org/educationalconference.

NA 2004 will be the largest and most solution-focused material handling & logistics trade show and conference held in the United States in 2004. The four-day event consists of a comprehensive showcase of equipment, systems and technologies that offer productivity solutions through material handling and logistics along with an extensive educational conference focusing on improving productivity in the areas of manufacturing, distribution and warehousing and logistics. This format allows attendees to learn about various productivity solutions in the sessions and then actually see the equipment and systems that can implement those solutions on the show floor.

NA 2004 is sponsored by MHIA. MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and NA 2004 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics. For more information on MHIA, visit http://www.mhia.org.

Name of Show: NA 2004Show Sponsor: The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA)Dates: March 29-April 1, 2004Location: I-X Center, Cleveland, OhioWeb site: http://www.na2004.orgContact: Carol Miller ([email protected]) or Samantha Greenidge([email protected])

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