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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Transportation Operations and Sourcing

This program provides the foundational understanding to manage and optimize transportation operations. Participants learn common terminology as well as methods to effectively manage transportation operations, source carriers, and third party providers to reduce transportation cost and maintain or increase service levels.

Who Should Attend

Transportation Operations and Sourcing is designed for those new to the transportation field or new to supervising people in the transportation field. In addition, anyone looking to brush up on current transportation issues and strategies will benefit. This would include analysts as well as non-transportation personnel interested in learning more about the largest cost area in supply chain management. This program is among the options for those pursuing a Professional Certificate in Supply Chain Operations.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of Transportation Operations and Sourcing, you will have gained the knowledge to:

  • Discuss the importance of transportation in the supply chain—the second largest expense in a supply chain after cost of goods sold
  • Explain the dynamic environment of the transportation industry including economic and regulatory issues
  • Decide what modal options make the most sense for your company and its products
  • Explain how carriers price their service
  • Negotiate and arrange for your freight needs to lower costs and increase service


Creating a Secure and Compliant International Supply Chain from a U.S. Perspective

Featuring important highlights from the 9th Maritime/Logistics Seminar Training Seminar, this program will review critical trade and security compliance components for importer and exporters to know about to ensure that your import and export shipments are not delayed or exposed to possibly high penalties for non-compliance matters.  We will address key aspects of Incoterms and marine insurance and will discuss some best practices for ocean and air shipments and the interactions with your freight forwarders, customs brokers and foreign customers and suppliers.

Key Takeaways

  • Gain a solid understanding on Incoterms and Marine Insurance variables
  • Learn key aspects of complying with export and import regulations in the U.S.
  • Understand core components of trade security initiatives and requirements for the U.S. and foreign countries


The Basics of Less-than-Truckload (LTL) Transportation

LTL transportation is the most complex transportation mode with unique acronyms and an elaborate pricing methodology.  LTL expert, SMC3, will crack the code by introducing you to LTL concepts, including a walkthrough of the NMFC and all of the components of an LTL pricing program.   We will review common contractual terms and discuss how to bid and source LTL transportation.  This program is perfect for anyone new to the LTL industry or someone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the common industry practices. 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the definitions of common LTL acronyms
  • Understand the various components of an LTL pricing program
  • Explore the National Motor Freight Classification System (NMFC)
  • Learn how to complete a bill of lading
  • Discuss strategies for conducting an LTL bid
  • Understand the role APIs can play in managing your LTL shipment throughout its lifecycle

Presenter: Brian Thompson, Chief Commercial Officer, SMC3


Monday, April 30, 2018

Game Changers in Freight Transportation & Logistics

This session will highlight the innovations that are changing the freight transportation and logistics landscape before our very eyes, including trends such as the uberization of brokerage and forwarding, autonomous trucks, the impact of e-commerce on supply chain design, blockchain in the supply chain, rate hedging, dynamic, continuous network optimization, automated picking, packing, loading, and unloading, surface drones, airborne drones, etc. 

Presenter: John Larkin, Managing Director — Transportation & Logistics Research, Stifel Nicolaus

Check Please! Who is Left Paying the Bill when Dealing with Freight Payment, Cargo Claims, Detention, Demurrage, and Accidents When Contracting with Motor Carriers and Brokers

Key Takeaways

  • Understand federal and contract law as it pertains to Freight payment, Cargo claims, Detention, Demurrage, and Accidents
  • How to properly draft your contracts to include provisions to deal with those issues
  • How to properly respond to issues when they arise outside of the terms and conditions of your contract

Presenters: Michael Kroul, President and Chief Leagal Officer, KTI; Craig Stoffel, Vice President of Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises; Chris Franzen, Executive Vice President, Shipware, LLC; Rob Taylor, CEO, Convey, Inc. 

The Post-Product Supply Chain: Reorganizing for Success in A Customer-Driven World 

The rise of the customer-driven supply chain is now a well-documented phenomenon. Across industries, supply chain leaders are implementing customer-driven initiatives to appease the ever-increasing demands of end users, and to slow the gradual erosion of margins. This transition has only hastened as more businesses invest in Just-In-Time strategies, end users demand more visibility and delivery options, and companies embrace customer experience and customer service as competitive differentiators.

Balancing customer service with lean operational objectives introduces new supply risks that require unprecedented visibility into inventory, carriers, routes, handoffs, orders, exceptions, and customer communication.

This presentation will walk through what it REALLY takes to put the customer at the center of supply chain planning from a human, process and technology standpoint. And how incorporating the core tenets of active delivery management -- real-time shipment visibility, rapid exception resolution and proactive customer and carrier communication -- is necessary to compete in a world of ever-demanding customers and increasing competition. 

Presenter: Rob Taylor, CEO, Convey, Inc.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Opening General Session Keynote Speaker: Chris Spear, President and CEO at American Trucking Associations

Chris Spear is president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, the nation’s leading organization representing the interests of the trucking industry.  As president and CEO, Chris leads ATA’s efforts to advocate and educate on behalf of the trucking industry. Employing more than 7 million people and moving more than 10 billion tons of freight annually, trucking is the industry most responsible for moving America’s economy.  Chris will bring us up-to-date on ATA's recent advocacy efforts and share his vision for the transportation industry and improving our nation's infrastructure.

As president and CEO, Chris leads ATA’s efforts to advocate and educate on behalf of the trucking industry. Employing more than 7 million people and moving more than 10 billion tons of freight annually, trucking is the industry most responsible for moving America’s economy.












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