Conference Educational Sessions




Sunday, April 29, 2018

Deep Dive Workshops *Pre-Registration Required

Creating a Secure and Compliant International Supply Chain from a U.S. Perspective
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presented by: Albert Saphir, Principal, ABS Consulting

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

Learn more by watching the video below.

Transportation Operations and Sourcing
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: Chris Norek, Senior Partner, Chain Connectors; and Gail Rutkowski, Executive Director, NASSTRAC 

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

The Basics of Less-than-Truckload (LTL) Transportation
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Presented by: Brian Thompson, Chief Commercial Officer, SMC3

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


Monday, April 30, 2018

General Session

Opening Keynote with Chris Spear, President and CEO at American Trucking Associations
9:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

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.


Educational Breakout Sessions

Game Changers in Freight Transportation & Logistics
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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; Marc Blubaugh, Partner and Co-Chair, Transportation & Logistics Practice Group, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

LTL vs Parcel CWT: Advantages and Disadvantages
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This presentation will educate the audience regarding the advantages and disadvantages between traditional LTL and the CWT programs of FedEx and UPS. This session will take a closer look into the pricing intricacies not only between LTL and CWT but the difference in the programs offered by FedEx and UPS. We will also cover what is negotiable within the contracts and what enabling technology is needed to deploy.

Presenter: Rob Martinez, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Shipware, LLC


General Session

Education Sneak Previews
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Hear from industry experts as they give an audience a preview of their NASSTRAC Collaborative Learning Lab session. Following the quick hits, attendees will have a chance to select one of the three topics and learn about it more in depth at the learning lab or their choice immediately following this session. competition. 

Presenters: Craig Stoffel, Vice President of Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises, Inc.; Todd D. Bulmash, Manager, Logistics Training & Process Analysis, Morton Salt, Inc.


Educational Breakout Sessions

The Impact of Globalization on Domestic Transportation
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

In the last quarter-century, a host of political, economic, and technological changes noticeably accelerated the trend toward globalization. Innovations in communications and transportation have facilitated the flow of goods, people, and information across the globe. Today, the rise of e-commerce is driving the expansion of the global marketplace, underscoring the need for a transportation system that is international in reach. (Source: U.S. Department of Transportation BTS).  

While globalization presents a world of opportunities, it also entails numerous challenges and complexities. Join Craig Stoffel, Vice President of Global Logistics at Werner Enterprises, as he discusses key points and best practices of engineering a practical transportation management strategy capable of integrating international and domestic supply chains. Covering critical topics such as multimodal and e-commerce freight integration, logistics visibility, order and shipment management, optimization and much more, this session is valuable for individuals with international and domestic supply chain responsibilities.

Presenter: Craig Stoffel, Vice President of Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises, Inc.

Morton Salt's Innovative Approach to Today's TMS
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

As NASSTRAC’s 2015 Shipper of the Year, Morton Salt was recognized for revamping their Truckload bid process.

Since that time, Morton Salt has developed a unique, innovative approach to choosing a TMS solution and provider.

In this session, Morton Salt will share their methods for: identifying potential partners, creating transparency into daily operations, launching a well-rounded RFP process and creating a robust implementation/go-live plan.

Shippers who are interested in a fresh-take on TMS solutions, logistics technology companies who want a glimpse into the mind of the shipper, and even carrier or 3PL providers will leave this session with tangible ideas they can easily implement in their own businesses. 

Presenter: Todd D. Bulmash, Manager, Logistics Training & Process Analysis, Morton Salt, Inc.


General Session

Logistics 2030: Navigating a Disruptive Decade
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Speakers: Brian Gibson, Executive Director, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Auburn University; Mitch MacDonald, Group Editorial Director/President & CEO, AGILEBusiness Media, LLC; John Jansen, Director of Global Logistics, SanMar; Russell Verhovec, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Seal Shield; Adam Burke, Director of Transportation, General Nutrition Centers, Inc.; Chris Gorino, Director, Global Logistics and Indirect Sourcing, Fortive



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

General Session

CEO Panel Discussion
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Moderator: Brian Gibson, Executive Director, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Auburn University

Panelists: Derek Leathers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Werner Enterprises; Greg Gantt, President and COO, Old Dominion Freight Line, Thomas W. Connery, President and COO, New England Motor Freight


Educational Breakout Sessions

Creating a Successful Internship Program
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

PresenterBrian Gibson, Executive Director, Center for Supply Chain Innovation, Auburn University

Cat Herding: Integrating Final Mile's Increasing Number of Options
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

E-commerce and omnichannel distribution drove up demand for final mile solutions and the market has responded with a myriad of options. This panel seeks to explore many of the latest innovations to identify their specific value propositions, when to use various services, and how to engage them into your network. 

Presenter: Lance Healy, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Banyan Technology

Blockchain Technology and Its Impact on Transportation
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Presenter:Lance Healy, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Banyan Technology

The Post-Product Supply Chain: Reorganizing for Success in a Customer-Driven World
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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.

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.


General Session

Washington Update
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Speakers: Chris Burroughs, Transportation Intermediaries Association, John Cutler, General Counsel NASSTRAC 

Spreading Contagious Enthusiasm - Creating Workplaces of Passion Purpose, and Productivity
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Presenter:Barbara Glanz, CSP, CPAE


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