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Planning for Radical Disruption
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Jim Kraimer

Director of Industrial Design (EMEA), Crown Equipment Corporation











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The supply chain is in the midst of radical change with disruptive forces at every step of the way. Jim Kraimer from Crown Equipment, will share a high-level view at how converging forces (digital technologies, automation, E-Commerce, labor, etc.) will create future winners, losers… and also a few surprises. As a point of reference, you’ll see how traditional and E-Commerce retailers are quickly changing the way they get products to you, and how material handling companies will need to plan for this radical change. By accepting the paradigm that radical change is coming fast, you’ll understand how disruption can be viewed an opportunity for smart, adaptive companies in any industry.




Jim Kraimer is Director of Industrial Design – EMEA for Crown Equipment Corporation, which is a leading manufacturer of lift trucks and related products and services. Jim likes to dig deep into research and leverage new technologies that reimagine a new user experience. The latest example is Crown’s QuickPick Remote® – the world’s first glove-controlled order picker vehicle – which is ushering in a new era of game-changing automation. Crown has won over 50 major international design awards and was recognized by Fast Company Magazine as “Thirty Companies that Get Design”. Prior to Crown, Jim developed futuristic products for Electrolux’s visionary Concept Design Team, and also worked at design consultancies in the USA and Germany. Jim holds more than a dozen utility patents and has juried several international design competitions. He studied Industrial Design at the University of Notre Dame and will soon complete his MBA at the Technical University of Munich.




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10/7/2018 » 10/9/2018
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