2019 Conference Program

45th Annual Conference
The Hilton, Memphis,TN
 
Monday March 25, 2019
 
 
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
 
THE AMAZON EFFECT
Consumers are shopping with their I-Phones and big retailers are closing stores.  Manufacturers and distributors are scrambling to establish or relocate distribution centers and warehouse facilities.  Uber drivers are delivering purchases in hours.  Panelists will discuss the logistics of what shippers and carriers are doing to meet the “I need it now” mindset driven by the Amazon Effect, and address some of the legal questions about how federal laws apply to current delivery methods and transportation business models - use of independent contractors, licensing, insurance, and liability for freight loss or damage,
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 2
 
IMPACT OF THE "ELD MANDATE"
Panelists will discuss how shippers, brokers and carriers have been impacted so far by the ELD mandate of Dec 18, 2017.  What is the FMCSA doing to monitor and track compliance, and how do they plan to use the data?
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Luncheon Guest Speaker
 
Judy R. McReynolds, Chairman, President and CEO of ArcBest Corporation
 
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
 
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Administration policies on international trade; impact of new tariffs on US importers and consumers; effect of retaliatory actions by trading partners on US exporters; how manufacturers, distributors and retailers are dealing with the changes; NAFTA negotiations and effect on cross-border trade and transportation
 
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Workshop 4
 
THE LTL MARKET - NEW PRICING STRUCTURES
For many years the NMFC and the class rating system has governed the rates and charges of the nation's major LTL carriers.  However that is changing: the NMFC has been moving toward density related classification, and carriers are instituting dimensional weight systems with cubic scanners.  These new pricing structures are replacing the traditional ways that carriers can optimize their operations and use of assets.  What shippers need to do in order to adjust their shipping practices to take advantage of this new pricing.
 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hospitality Reception/Exhibits
 
 
Tuesday March 26, 2019
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session III
 
KNOW WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH
Using the Internet - tools and techniques to investigate the backgrounds and credentials of organizations and individuals to make sound business decisions.  How public records, legal filings, media, and other sources can be accessed for "due diligence" investigations. Hetherington shares her Five Knowledge Points for Conducting Online Due Diligence to help save time and money and take the stress out of background checks. 
 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 5
 
TRANSPORTATION INSURANCE

The risks and foreseeable events that could disrupt the supply chain; insurance products available for shippers, brokers and carriers such as commercial general, motor carrier cargo and auto liability, broker's “contingent” cargo, marine and inland marine insurance policies; what they cover and what they don’t (exclusions, exceptions, deductibles) and recommended “Best Practices” –  what to look for when purchasing insurance or specifying what coverage you should require in contracts with your service providers.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop 6
 
DEALING WITH THE "CAPACITY CRUNCH"
What are the causes of the "capacity crunch" and what can be done by shippers, brokers, carriers and 3PL's do to relieve this problem?  Panelists will discuss steps they have taken to deal with peak needs and surge volumes and the benefits of collaboration between service providers and their customers; how technology and transportation management systems can help.
 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Luncheon /Guest Speaker TBT
 
 
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
 
TECHNOLOGY & LOGISTICS
Shippers, intermediaries and carriers are turning to technology solutions to meet the rapidly changing demands of E-Commerce for the transportation and delivery of goods, particularly consumer products.  Panelists will discuss how information technology, transportation and warehouse management systems can help to optimize capacity use, routing and shorten delivery times
 
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.
 
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Presidents Reception
 
 
Wednesday March 27, 2019
 
8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session V
 
LOSS PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF DAMAGE
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…”  Theft, hijacking and shortages cost shippers and carriers millions every year; how such losses can be prevented 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 food security, temperature abuse, broken or missing seals, 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!
 
12:00 pm
Grand Prize Drawiing & Adjournment