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January 2012 Executive InSight

In his first video blog for 2012, Intelligrated CEO Chris Cole speaks to clients and the material handling industry. His message includes reflection on 2011, an outlook for 2012 and discussion of key trends that Intelligrated foresees impacting customers and the industry. Click play to view Chris’ video blog.

Below is a summary of Chris Cole’s January 2012 Executive InSight video blog:

In his quarterly Executive InSight blog post, Intelligrated CEO Chris Cole provided an outlook for the upcoming year.

“2011 came to a close with a fairly strong holiday shopping season, and it appears that the economy is continuing to gather steam, and will stabilize and grow,” said Chris. “Growth in material handling automation demand is still very high. And companies are continuing to look for ways to increase productivity through automation. However, there is still economic concern impacting our clients and the material handling industry.”

In his video message, Chris reviewed the top current trends Intelligrated sees impacting distribution operations:

  • Changing labor force: As baby boomer workers age and the profile of the traditional distribution worker continues to evolve, companies will need to consider the right mix of automation and other tools that will augment their changing labor force.
  • Continued growth in e-commerce and multi-channel distribution: Companies are required to make sure their distribution facilities can respond with more material handling automation and order fulfillment systems focused on each picking.

Chris concluded his video blog with a look back at Intelligrated’s success in 2011 and an outlook for 2012:

“At Intelligrated, we are very excited about what’s to come in 2012. 2011 was a record year of hiring for our company, and we are on a path to have record breaking employment growth again in 2012…”

2012 promises to be another great year for Intelligrated. As our clients continue to require increased automation to respond to changing consumer behavior and labor trends, we will continue to grow together.

We look forward seeing you at the upcoming MODEX and RILA events, and are anxious to hear what our clients and the industry are saying about the marketplace. On behalf of the Intelligrated executive team, I wish everyone a healthy, prosperous and happy new year.”