2020 Conference Program

46th Annual Conference
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld
 
 
Monday April 27, 2020
 
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session 1
 
TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY UPDATE
Leading representatives from industry and the trade press will provide an overview of critical issues facing the transportation and logistics industry - the economic outlook, consolidation and mergers in all modes of transportation, the impact of E-Commerce, funding for infrastructure, recent legislation, regulatory initiatives and administration policies affecting commerce, and other current issues.
 
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 1
 
INTERNATIONAL - THE "TRADE WARS"
Administration policies and tariffs on imports have provoked retaliatory measures by United States trading partners.  Panelists will discuss the latest developments, how they impacting American manufacturers, importers, exporters and consumers, as well as alternate sourcing and other strategies for dealing with the problems.
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 2
 
NEW DIMENSIONS
The LTL trucking industry has been moving toward new pricing methodologies.  The NMFC has reclassified hundreds of articles with density-based classifications.  Many major LTL carriers have instituted dimensional weight rating with cubic scanners.  As a result, shippers are finding billing errors, reweighs, reclassifications and getting balance due bills.  Panelists will discuss how these pricing methods work, their impact on freight rates and charges, and suggest procedures for avoiding problems.
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Luncheon Guest Speaker
 
 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
General Session II
 
LAW OF THE LAND, LAW OF THE JUNGLE 
A continuation of the ever-popular annual session where “Lawyers Explain the Law, and Businessmen Tell It Like It Is.
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 3
 
TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PROVIDERS - SELECTION AND COMPLIANCE
What needed when “qualifying” a transportation provider?  What is absolutely necessary, and what is recommended?  How to obtain the information and monitor to stay current.  Services and companies that are available to help with the process. …
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 4
 
E-COMMERCE AND THE "FINAL MILE"
The “Amazon Effect” has transformed the traditional supply chain and impacted both wholesale and retail business.  It has also brought broader marketing opportunities, with direct sales that eliminate the “middleman”.  What shippers, carriers and logistics providers such as warehousing, distribution and “fulfillment” centers are doing to meet the growing consumer demands and expectations.
 
 
Tuesday April 28, 2020
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session III
 
TRANSPORTATION SECURITY
Theft and hijackings continue to plague the transportation industry with millions of dollars in losses every year.  What are federal, state and local law enforcement agencies doing to combat these problems, and what other help is available for shippers and carriers?
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 5
 
TO BROKER OR NOT TO BROKER
Customers have many choices when deciding how to move their freight with driver shortages and consolidating freight options to maximize their freight moves, and minimize expenses.  Brokers offer different options.  What are some of the pros and cons for using Broker over going to the carriers directly?
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 6
 
TRANSPORTATION OF FOOD RELATED PRODUCTS
Recent laws and regulations have recognized that transportation of food and food-related products intended for human consumption require special handling and procedures to protect consumers. Panelists will discuss what shippers, carriers and receivers are doing to ensure that their practices and procedures are in compliance with these requirements. Also covered will be some of the common issues involving transportation of food shipments such as temperature abuse, broken seals, break in the chain of custody, possibility of adulteration or contamination, damage to packaging, salvage, and will suggest “best practices” to avoid typical problems.
 
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Luncheon /Guest Speaker 
 
 
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
General Session IV
 
TRANSPORTATION ATTORNEY PANEL
Leading transportation attorneys will address current court decisions and legislation impacting shippers, carriers and intermediaries – loss and damage claims, freight charge disputes, multimodal issues, liability for highway accidents and other current issues.
 
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 7
 
TRANSPORTATION INSURANCE
Shippers, carriers and brokers all have different risks and exposure to potential liability, whether it is cargo loss or damage, claims involving personal injury, or other catastrophic events.  Panelists will discuss the risks, the types of insurance products that are available, and what they cover and what they don’t – as well as what you should require in your transportation contracts.
 
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 8
 
MEET THE EXPERTS
Would you like help with a problem or have questions that need answers?  Then this session is perfect.  A Pre-Scheduled one-on-one meeting with top transportation professionals will give you an opportunity to ask specific questions or get guidance with a problem.  Each meeting will be 10-15 minutes of uninterrupted time with a presenter or panelist of your choice.  Sign up at the registration table for your own personal consultation.
 
 
Wednesday April 29, 2020
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session V
 
LOSS PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF DAMAGE
Cargo damage and “shortages” due to theft and pilferage cost shippers and carriers millions every year; how such losses can be avoided with use of GPS tracking, recording and monitoring devices; Damage prevention through better packaging, blocking and bracing; special requirements and security for high value shipments; Mitigating damage by prompt action; inspection, sorting & segregation, repair, repackaging; Dealing with special situations and salvage issues involving consumer packages, product liability, brand and trademark considerations.
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
General Session VI
 
FREIGHT CLAIMS - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Panelists will tackle questions submitted by the audience and to the Council's "Q&A" forum, tell how they would answer them from both a shipper and carrier view point, and give suggestions on how to resolve difficult situations.  Be sure to bring your questions to this session!