Description: The transportation peer group is a facilitated discussion among industry professionals focused on the key transportation issues confronting carriers and shippers. The participants consist of a combination of shippers, carriers, third-party logistics providers, and software providers. The agenda for the sessions is based on input obtained from participants prior to the conference. During the peer group sessions, the participants engage in a frank, open discussion of the challenges they confront and the strategies employed by others facing similar issues. Key takeaways from previous sessions include: learning best practices employed by industry leaders; identifying alternative business practices to drive operational improvements; developing strategies for working more effectively across the shipper-carrier interface; and building a personal network of transportation professionals.
Scope of session: peer group discussion focuses on exchanging alternatives and best practices to address the challenges confronted in the transportation marketplace from carrier, shipper, and third-party provider perspectives.
Topics to be addressed: peer group members will have several opportunities to submit topics that set the agenda these sessions. Topics submitted covered during previous conferences have addressed a wide range of topics including: improving shipper-carrier relationships; managing transportation spend more effectively; navigating uncertain capacity in the transportation market; changing consumer buying patterns and increasing parcel [ecommerce] volumes; mitigating the effects of regulatory changes and driver shortages through joint shipper-carrier actions; negotiating and bidding of transportation requirements from both the shipper and carrier perspectives; and determining how to most effectively use brokers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs and other transportation intermediaries.
Who should attend: individuals influencing or making key transportation decisions; having responsibility for managing transportation operations or budgets; or managing relationships across the shipper-carrier interface.