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After the Ball is Over

Posted By Gail Rutkowski, Thursday, June 16, 2016

Have you ever been a part of something really terrific and after it’s over you sit back scratch your head and think “now what?”  Whether it was a personal milestone event (wedding, graduation) or a business related event (annual review, completing a high profile project) we all have found ourselves at one time or another thinking about what comes next.


In April, NASSTRAC held its Annual Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo. It was a great event, well attended, excellent educational and networking opportunities, and a lot of good buzz generated throughout the event. Many positive comments were seen via Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.


So, why am I scratching my head? My challenge is how do we convert that great vibe and teamwork into a year round benefit for our members? I have a few ideas, but would like to get your thoughts about how NASSTRAC can help you throughout the year.


One of our breakout sessions was a live version of our monthly NASSTRAC View calls.  Bob Voltmann, CEO of TIA moderated the conversations. One of the take-aways was that many shippers do not have a formal carrier selection process and frequently leave it up to their 3PL to make those decisions. So, as a follow up, our June NASSTRAC View tackled the subject of Carrier Procedures for Shippers. Jeff Tucker, CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide and a subject matter expert on this topic moderated the call. The discussion was good and the information provided was important for all shippers to know.  So why weren’t more shippers on the call?  This one issue alone could put your company in jeopardy with just one negligent hiring lawsuit or one driver coercion complaint.  What are you doing to protect your company?  During the call it was suggested that NASSTRAC members come together to produce a Shippers Guide to Carrier Selection to help our members develop their own procedures and policies.  Look for more information on this important topic in the near future.

Another suggestion we are following up on is working with our media partners on more educational content throughout the year.  We have previously partnered with Logistics Management magazine on their annual regulatory and legislative Webinar and are pursuing other ideas with them. What topics would you like us to cover?  Please let us know.


Remember this is your association. We want to provide value and benefit to all of our members but in order to do that we need to hear your voice. Feel free to comment right here on this blog, or email me a, or call me directly (312) 673-4783.  We are waiting to hear from you.

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Terri Reid says...
Posted Friday, June 17, 2016
Gail, you make several great points. I attended the NASSTRAC Conference, and I try to attend any and all webinars and NASSTRAC View sessions. By engaging, I get tremendous value from my NASSTRAC membership. Like you, I scratch my head wondering why other members are not more involved and why they don't see how NASSTRAC can help.

For my team at the office who cannot all attend our conferences at the same time, I'd like to see some tactical webinars such as "contracting 101", and other such tactical topics surrounding international movement by air and ocean carriers, basics of forwarding operations, the role of the 3PL etc.
Thanks for asking!

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Gail Rutkowski says...
Posted Monday, June 27, 2016
Thanks for the feedback Terri. I will present your ideas for more tactical education topics to our Education Committee and see if we can't put something together for our members.
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