Below is a list of Sessions at the 2014 NASSTRAC Shippers Conference & Transportation Expo. Click here to download select presentations.
Perspectives from J. Harwood Cochrane: A Centenarian Who Was Present at the Birth of Trucking
J. Harwood Cochrane, founder of Overnite Transportation, turned 101 last November. Mr. Cochrane began his career in transportation utilizing two-horse wagons, and over the length of his career has witnessed the birth and evolution of the trucking industry. His unique perspective gives insight into the history of the trucking industry from the Great Depression through the Great Recession. He grew a successful trucking company under government regulation of the trucking industry, through the transition to deregulation, and against the constant competition from the railroads. The ability to embrace change and to adapt to rapid and dramatic transformation is as critical to success today as it was when Mr. Cochrane made the decision to switch from gasoline to diesel engines.
Transportation Provider CEO Panel Discussion
Significant challenges, including an uncertain economy,
rising operational costs, regulatory changes, and labor issues continue
pressure our nation’s service providers. Yet other factors such as emerging
technologies and shifting markets present new opportunities for the industry.
This panel discussion will feature high-ranking executives with leading
transportation companies who will provide:
• Insights on the current condition of the transportation industry and the impact of a sluggish and uncertain economy.
• Provocative discussion on the biggest challenges facing all modes as well as potential solutions.
• Specific examples of how their firms are responding to the most significant transportation and supply chain challenges facing manufacturers, retailers and distributors.
Panelists include Jack Holmes, President, UPS Ground Freight, Inc., Bill Logue, President and CEO, FedEx Freight Corporation, Louis Schneeberger, President and CEO, Panther Expedited Services, Inc., and Richard O’Dell, President and CEO, SAIA, Inc.
NASSTRAC Collaborative Learning Labs
NASSTRAC’s unique Collaborative Learning Labs allow you to
learn best practices from other shippers, and share common challenges and
practical solutions with your peers. These 50-minute discussions enable
transportation and supply chain executives to collaborate with each other in a
facilitated, small-group format on:
• The growing role of technology in the Supply Chain
• CSA Scorecard Utilization in Carrier Management
• What Shippers Need to Know about Insurance and Liability
The Mexican Connection: Moving Freight Across the Border
As labor costs in many traditionally low-cost countries rise, the benefits of sourcing or manufacturing in Mexico have become more attractive to many companies. From the benefits of NAFTA, to shorter supply chains, more shippers are investigating "nearshoring.” Our panel of industry experts will discuss what every shipper needs to know when moving goods into, out of or within Mexico. From best practices to valuable tips and lessons learned, the panel will discuss the current state of transportation in Mexico, as well as what the future holds. Bring your questions!
Panelists include Mike Gamel, President, Mexpress
Transportation, Inc. and Carlos Fallas, Vice President, FedEx Freight
Wall Street Perspectives: "What’s in Store for the Current Economy?”
With a slowly recovering economy, Wall Street now has a new
freight forecast for the transportation marketplace in 2014. This session will
provide current perspectives and valuable insights as a sluggish economy
continues to challenge the entire supply chain community. During this discussion,
leading analysts in the transportation industry will provide commentary on the
• The economic prognosis for the transportation sector in 2014 and beyond.
• Factors having an impact on transportation and the economy, including government regulation, investor behaviors and consumer confidence.
• What both shippers and carriers need to know to navigate through the current industry segment headwinds.
Washington Update: "Is There Any Good News?”
Political dysfunction on Capitol Hill and mid-term elections
in 2014 make consensus on a new Highway Bill unlikely, even though MAP-21
expires September 30. The Report of the House Special Panel on 21st Century
Freight Transportation may signal modest progress. Meanwhile, FMCSA needs to
improve its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, reduced
productivity due to Hours of Service rules leads to new challenges by (and for)
the trucking industry and shippers, and truck size and weight issues heat up.
Millennial Supply Chainers: Finding Tomorrow’s Leaders Today
Alternately panned as trophy kids and praised as pragmatic
multi-taskers, Millennials are the future leaders of our supply chains.
Companies are challenged to understand what makes this generation tick and how
to leverage their capabilities. This year’s session provides insights into the
most effective methods for finding, developing, and retaining individuals from
the supply chain Class of 2014.
*All session topics and speakers are subject to change.