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MODEX 2020: A Lesson in Resiliency

Liz Rouech | 17 March 2020

To say this year’s MODEX show was interesting would be an understatement to say the least. Who knew shaking hands would be such a hard habit to break?

Overall, the week was educational and informative. With over nine hundred exhibitors, there was plenty to see, and there were a ton of great sessions with diverse topics to sit in on.


This was my first tradeshow in the supply chain industry, so I spent the week soaking in everything I could, and networking with anyone who had a smile to share (which was basically everyone!).

Attendees were able to see the latest in robotic and automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology, as well as goods-to-person and software technologies throughout many segments of the industry. Despite our session partner, DICK’S Sporting Goods, being unable to join us, we had a great audience on Monday! Our booth stayed busy – peopled loved to watch our AutoStore and robotic each picking and checking out the new M4A Mouse AGV.


This year’s keynote speakers were incredible – Peyton and Archie Manning hosted a great talk about leadership and communication, and comedian Colin Jost gave a hilarious performance at Industry Night that had everyone in stitches! I was surprised at how many jokes can be made about supply chain…

Overall, it was amazing to see the way everyone quickly adjusted expectations on handshakes, meetings and schedules. As awkward as some introductions became, they were laughed off and we all made the most of the situation.


We also had the pleasure of sponsoring the MODEX Backyard area – complete with puppies, cornhole, food trucks and socializing space. With a few strategically placed hand sanitizing stations, the area was a hit. It was awesome to witness people coming together safely to make the most of the COVID-19 situation.


I think the success of the show really shows just how resilient the supply chain industry is. Even in a pandemic, the world doesn’t come to a complete stop. Nearly every person relies on supply chain in some form or another. It’s great to see all these companies coming together to make the best of the situation and to make sure the public has their necessary items. Bastian Solutions remains committed to best serving our clients – because they’re the ones getting the product onto shelves! 



Author: Liz Rouech

Liz is a communications specialist with the Bastian Solutions marketing department, working out of the Indianapolis office. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Central Michigan University and three years of experience in the realm of corporate communications. At work, Liz loves to edit content with her red pen and brainstorm communications strategies with her team. When she’s not writing content, she loves playing with her pup Archie, water sports and cracking dad jokes.


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