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"Change @ The Speed of Business"
2006 NASSTRAC Logistics Conference & Expo Highlights
More than 300 logistics professionals attended the 2006 NASSTRAC Logistics Conference and Exhibition April 30-May 3 in Orlando, Florida.
Rising Fuel Costs • Driver Shortage • Pending Legislation:
Honorable Bill Graves, President and CEO of the American Trucking Association, was a special keynote. He underscored that these challenges are particularly of concern, given freight tonnage is expected to grow markedly with a growing population and expanding U.S. economy.
During a general session on transportation capacity crunches, John Langley, Ph.D of Georgia Institute of Technology and NASSTRAC’s education advisor, suggested that capacity issues have been preoccupying transportation executives for quite some time.
Langley also echoed Roger Nober’s (formerly of the STB) recent suggestion that truck capacity is strained primarily due to the following factors: Increased fuel prices, driver shortage and costly training and recruitment, high insurance costs, uncertain hours of service rules, freeze on productivity improvements, unlikely significant additions to an already aged highway network, and strained capacity of rail system. Langley also underscored that demand for transportation will grow significantly in the next 20 years.
Major legislative issues highlighted at the NASSTRAC Conference:
NASSTRAC Announces 2006 Member of the Year Awards
Eric Morley (pictured at right), Director of Logistics for Best Buy Company, was named the 2006 “NASSTRAC Member of the Year.” Each year, this honor is awarded to an individual logistics professional with a shipper organization who has demonstrated personal leadership, commitment, and dedication to the industry as well as to the association.
In addition, NASSTRAC also announced that Lanny Fleming (pictured at left), Vice President of Corporate Account Sales for FedEx Freight, is the recipient of the 2006 “NASSTRAC Associate Member of the Year.”
The “New” NASSTRAC: Covering All Transportation
“There are key benefits to attending the NASSTRAC annual conference, and they were clearly at work at this year’s conference,” said Chris Norek of Chain Connectors and NASSTRAC’s Education Committee Chair. "Part of the buzz at the conference was how NASSTRAC has been changing in recent years."
Gail Rutkowski of AIMS Logistics and current NASSTRAC President, explained these changes to attendees: “By expanding our scope to include all modes, NASSTRAC is acknowledging the need for transportation professionals to continually expand their knowledge base and stay current in order to effectively perform their jobs.”
Technologies in Logistics (TMS, WMS, RFID)
Cost Reduction Techniques
Supply Chain Security, Theft, Terrorism
Legislation Changes and Logistics
Supplier/Partner Relationship Management