Cutler noted, “The 30,000 attendees of MODEX had some vendors, particularly those with new breakthrough technology, such as Seegrid with the GWS35 Walkie Stacker, collecting hundreds of pre-qualified leads ready to make a purchase decision within the next quarter.”
The hiring within the materials handling sector is not expected to increase dramatically because as routine functions are best handled by robotic AGVs the need for new hiring is diminished. “The overall economy is fair; however, I do see an increase in capital expenditures in 2014. The capital expenditures will be made to reduce labor cost and/or replace outdated or worn out equipment,” reported Elaine Temple, President, Bancorpsouth Equipment Finance.
MODEX attendees came to buy, not simply walk the floors of the Atlanta World Congress Center. Confidence in the economy was on the tradeshow floor along with new technology solutions. Companies like Seegrid are seeing enterprise-wide multi-national companies adopt these new and dynamic material handling solutions. Data from the event shows that Seegrid collected more prospective client leads than any other exhibitor.
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Thomas R. Cutler is a highly recognized food and beverage manufacturing author. Cutler has authored more than 5,000 articles that span across manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals for more than two decades. Cutler is also the CEO of TR Cuter, Inc. the largest manufacturing public relations firm worldwide.
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