Even with a global pandemic, supply chains of the future will be increasingly global in nature. During this full week of supply chain insights, you’ll hear from different sectors of the supply chain universe: automotive; food and perishables; retail; manufacturing; consumer packaged goods; and much more. Expect to hear about the most important trends affecting every mode of transportation, from first- to last-mile and everything in between. Additionally, FreightWaves will get you up to speed with all of the important developments in trade relations that can open up opportunities for your organization in the future. We no longer live in the world of isolated supply chains. Disruptions in one corner of the world can impact your operations at home. With the turbulence of 2020 behind us (hopefully), Global Supply Chain Week will examine where the dust has settled and share lessons on reacting to the enormous disruptions of the previous year. We’re covering all the bases in eight straight days of supply chain focus.
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Day 1 of the Global Supply Chain Week will dive into the defense and military supply chains that keep us safe. After all, many of the logistics practices used today were pioneered by the U.S. military. It operates globally, its bases are far-flung, and its supply chains must be protected and function smoothly 24/7. Logistics providers and companies working with the U.S. military won’t want to miss this impactful day so they can better serve the needs of our armed forces. We’ll examine the inputs and coordination needed to keep the defense sector producing the materials essential to maintaining a strong military.
Additionally, with recent technology improvements and market swings, Day 1 of Global Supply Chain Week will cover the latest trends and best strategies for success in global manufacturing. How can organizations become more agile in an increasingly complex world? Lean supply chains are crucial to successful manufacturing strategies.
Tag in for Day 2 when attention turns to the growing complexities and demands of retail supply, building and construction supply chains. Consumer expectations are rapidly changing and retail businesses are having to reevaluate age-old practices to keep up with e-commerce. From warehousing to navigating the turbulent waters of exporting and importing, expect to hear from big-name organizations and the next generation of innovative retail strategies.
In addition, the unique qualities of the construction sector are up for discussion on Day 4. Unlike other sectors, virtually every finished product in the construction industry is different from the last. This creates unique challenges for supply chains. From design to procurement to suppliers and contracts, expect to hear discussions around managing the execution of these chains from start to finish.
From sourcing through consumption, food and CPG supply chains were pivotal to keeping the world sane in 2020. Without the strength of these vital sectors, the stress and anxiety that so many people experienced would have been exponentially worse. Getting food to the places that need it most, whether in the developed or developing world, requires intense coordination and forward planning. This day will cover agriculture, restaurants, perishables and more! Produce transportation has never looked so good!
Automotive supply chains, just like other supply chains, have seen significant disruptions throughout the entire network over the past year. COVID-19 halted production for weeks. Suppliers and OEMs experienced labor shortages as outbreaks wreaked havoc. However, the industry’s recovery process has been well underway as suppliers play catch-up on orders. Tune in today as we dive deeper into the issues that are driving the auto industry, including cross-border trade, the push toward electrification, and Asian suppliers’ role in trans-Pacific volatility.
From oil and gas to everything hazmat and underground, the fifth day of the Global Supply Chain Week will dive into the raw materials and energy industries. After a year that saw the price of a barrel of oil dip into negative territory, what can transportation professionals and others expect from the turbulent energy sector? The ripple effects caused by drastic market changes in oil and gas can be felt throughout the economy and especially in transportation and supply chains. What can we expect from demand for new pipelines and drilling equipment? Don’t miss out on this impactful day during the Global Supply Chain Week.
Week two is certain to let it all out. We’re diving into everything maritime, geopolitics, air cargo and container shipping. Getting goods from point A to point B when there are customs and international regulatory hurdles is an ever-evolving challenge. Expect to hear conversations on global logistics, importing/exporting, trade relations, sustainability, containerized trade, ports and, of course, the technology propelling all of these topics forward.
In addition, we’ll introduce influential speakers from outside the world of freight. Attendees will hear from leaders who have a history of shaking things up and who can bring experience and insights unique to their lives. These are keynotes that you simply do not want to miss. Hop on the bus and ride along with the future of global supply chains!
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Miami International Airport is the cargo hub for the Americas. Flowers, fresh fruit, seafood, machinery and other products transfer there between U.S. destinations and Latin America and Europe. MIA had a record year for cargo in 2020 despite the COVID pandemic. Join this discussion with Emir Pineda, Manager Aviation & Trade Logistics at the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, to find out why Miami continues to grow with cargo operations and how it organized the cargo community together to make sure pharmaceutical companies were confident that COVID-19 vaccines could be handled quickly and efficiently.
Last mile logistics across the globe have experienced capacity issues with lockdowns accelerating ecommerce and direct delivery to customers. Brands need to utilise technology in their last-mile logistic strategies to keep a competitive advantage. Through utilising control towers, artifical intelligence, and predictive analytics businesses can create effienciences and sustainable options.
Bomb sniffing dogs aren't just used by the Army, or for security at live events or airports. Did you know they also are widely used to screen air cargo? And in a few months, new rules will require more cargo to be screened. Learn how trained canine teams compare to X-ray detection and how air shippers are deploying them.
A Fireside Chat between Delta Cargo’s Vice President, Rob Walpole and customer Thomas Puglisi, Head of Global Logistics at Kuehne & Nagel. A look at how Delta Cargo’s innovative digital transformation is creating a more transparent and customer-centric experience across the globe.
Volga-Dnepr: is one of the most unique specialist all-cargo airlines in the world. It has a large fleet of Boeing 747s, but also some Russian-made aircraft that can handle out-of-gauge cargo or land on smaller airfields under challenging runway conditions. Find out how about the company's role in airlift during the pandemic, and how it applies its Cargo Supermarket approach to find the right solution for shippers.
Stan Wraight is a legend in the air cargo industry. He's held leadership positions at three big cargo airlines and now advises airlines, airports, logistics companies and other parties on how to manage air freight issues. FreightWaves Air Cargo Editor Eric Kulisch will talk to Stan about the market conditions shippers and carriers are facing, digitization initiatives, the prolific use by airlines of "preighters," e-commerce and pharma shipments for COVID vaccine.
More and more delivery is cutting out the warehouses, distribution centers, and retailers and going direct from the manufacturer to the consumer.
On today’s episode, Dooner and The Dude are talking with Hyliion CEO/Founder Thomas Healy about the company's next generation battery module for its Hybrid solution; Echo Global Logistics CEO Doug Waggoner about the evolution of the logistics industry and how it aligns with the global market; Transporeon Director of Business Development NA Patrick Pretorius about the gap between what's happening in the world and what's happening in supply chain. Plus, snowstorms can’t cool this sizzling freight market, winter freeze could devastate Texas citrus industry, containers overboard...again, Walmart offers MIT education, and more. They’re joined by special guests Thomas Healy, Founder & CEO, Hyliion; Doug Waggoner, CEO, Echo; Patrick Pretorius, Director of Business Development North America, Transporeon
Opening up a manufacturing operation is challenging in it self, imagine trying to open up an operations in a country where you have no idea how the laws and requirements to operate are established. Mexican Shelter Companies help answer the question of the unknown. Today we will explain the options you have when the decision has been made to move part of your manufacturing to Mexico. You have the opportunity to find a partner to ensure your success.
The SONAR team will show how global supply chain leaders can turn to SONAR to get improved leading indicators to improve procurement planning.
Zach Strickland will discuss how Peleton saw exorbitant shipping costs in addition to discussing how COVID disrupted supply chains, caused extreme maritime congestion, showed that air is an alternative, and how indices and insights in SONAR, like the Transportation Air Cargo and Drewery indices, will aid in getting better leading indicators of capacity shortages and how SONAR subscribers are how the Air Cargo Capacity Index provides insights to lane capacity in air shipping and the Outbound Tender Rejection index for surface transportation.
Sweeping changes in fulfillment strategy, the surge in e-commerce demand, and a persistent worker shortage have forced warehouse operators to think more about automation than ever before. A top executive of one of the top makers of autonomous warehouse equipment discusses where warehouses go from here.
A conversation with Jon Gold of the National Retail Federation and Weston LaBar of the Harbor Trucking Association on how BCO’s and truckers are working together to help mitigate the impacts of congestion in Southern California’s San Pedro Bay port complex. Dive into the challenges and opportunities facing shippers and their transportation partners in Southern California.
Join Jeff McDermott (SVP Transportation Management, Geodis) and JT Engstrom (Chief Strategy Officer, FreightWaves) as they discuss the recent impact to peak season from COVID-19 and expectations for near-term changes as a result. The discussion will explore changes in shipper/carrier behavior,dealing with the accelerated pace of e-commerce adoption in transportation management, and other thematic trends in final mile.
Over the past five years, warehousing has changed more than in the previous 70. In this session, Chris and AK will discuss the role of automation in this warehousing revolution, and how organizations can move their supply chains forward in our new normal.
The rise of e-commerce in the purchase of construction materials and equipment is challenging companies in the building and construction segment to meet customer expectations of quickly, easily and reliably acquiring the tools and materials they need. This session will explore the challenges of an omnichannel supply chain and address how having the right 3PL partner can solve this complexity, and support increased product availability, simplify returns and reduce order to delivery times.
Nicholas and Matt will discuss last mile delivery and omnichannel retailing from a global perspective. We will examine how customer relationships vary across global markets, but how important the relationship is with the customer, regardless of market. We will also cover topics around the importance of carrier reliability and sustainability.
Andrew has Kevin Hill back at the helm today for an event-themed episode. We have two sets of fantastic guests; Mustafa Azizi from Zuum, and Michelle Livingstone and John Drake from Home Depot. Before guest discussions, Andrew and Kevin chat Walmart earnings, and debate cardboardless e-commerce.
Lori Ann speaks with Jon Gold, Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy at National Retail Federation to discuss the retail import slowdown. No retailer wants to have empty shelves or have to put items they receive late immediately on discount. These added costs of the delays ultimately have to be absorbed by the retailer. Lori Ann and Jon discuss how retailers are navigating the container crunch so they be fully stocked.
We've all heard the saying that real estate is all about location, location, location, but is that the maxim for commercial real estate? Often access to labor and logistics is much more important to proximaty to distribution centers and brick and mortar stores. Once you understand this, then the type of property becomes less important.
E-commerce fulfillment warehouses have never been in more demand. But is there enough labor to adequately staff these facilities? What will it cost retailers and manufacturers to ensure that orders get out the door as fast as possible?
Unless a retailer has the ability to pack product away, they are forced to dump it into the off-price market at a huge discount. Lori Ann sits down with Brett to get the pulse of what his company is seeing with the delayed trade.
United National Consumer Suppliers, which is a distributor from everyday consumer products to specialty items, helps retailers add to their shelves. What items are retailers trying to source domestically to supplement their products that are trapped at sea? Rose has the answers.
After a tumultuous 2020 manufacturers, retailers and logistics firms prepare for the new world reality. It's not back to business as usual.
Zack Strickland sits with Anthony Smith, FreightWaves Economist to discuss key economic data like housing and construction numbers, correlating these data points to insights from SONAR to provide potential leading indicators on the freight market.
Matt and John will talk about sustainability in the global protein supply chain. We will dive into Tyson Foods' vision of sustainability in the protein supply chain, including how carriers and suppliers can collaborate to achieve this vision.
The global transport system is short of containers. Carriers are racing to get available boxes back to China for lucrative headhaul trades. This is leaving U.S. exporters of food and containerized agricultural products short of the boxes they need.
Here’s all you need to know about Jonathan Kingsman: even after he left S&P Global Platts, the conference about the global sugar trade that he started before his company was bought was still called the Kingsman Sugar Conference. Kingsman has watched the grain trade for many years from the company he started that was also named after him, and he continues to do so now as the head of Commodity Conservations. He’ll speak about the international supply chain for soft commodities like sugar and grains as part of the Global Chain Supply Summit.
President Joe Biden unveiled a $1.3 trillion, 10/year infrastructure plan last year that will be the blueprint for an infrastructure package that the freight transportation industry is hoping Congress will pass later this year. This fireside chat will explore the investment opportunity Biden’s blueprint holds for last-mile freight delivery and the potential for making this sector of the supply chain safer and more efficient.
The transportation industry is vulnerable to a myriad of risk including those that are impacted directly or indirectly by the ever-changing supply chain, in this case food and agriculture. These changes can be driven by legislation, trade, criminality, pandemics, and the list goes on. This discussion will take us through the complexities of the food and agriculture supply chain, how we got here, and what are some of the potential solutions on the horizon, including Blockchain.
On today’s episode, Dooner and The Dude are LIVE from Global Supply Chain Week’s Retail and CPG day. From sourcing through consumption, food and CPG supply chains were pivotal to keeping the world sane in 2020 but 2021 has already proven to be a formidable foe.
Plus, consumer goods group lobbies for federal ‘air traffic control’ for trucks; Instacart robots and delivery expansion with Walgreens; Square posts strong Q4, full-year earnings; purchases $170M in bitcoin.
They’re joined by special guests Greg Forbis, Sr. VP Strategy and Business Development, RJW Logistics; Mark Peterson, SVP, Business Development, Trinity Logistics; Alan Adler, Detroit Bureau Chief, FreightWaves
Understanding trends and thinking about how they create challenges and opportunities is the key to strategic thinking. This session will provide insights about SCM trends we should be watching in order to think more strategically.
Too much precious food gets thrown away, and the costs are high across-the-board. How can the supply chain use the latest technology to optimize the value of their crops, and ensure that harvests are profitable and plentiful?
Sourcing logistics tools and assets is tough for small and mid-sized companies. After all, the owners and operators of traditional warehousing options want long leases, large footprints, and personal guarantees. From leadership trends to customer perspectives, hear from two companies navigating the CPG and Retail warehousing challenges of 2021: Breinfuel, a CPG brand that’s growing and reinventing the world of natural energy drinks, and Warehouse Exchange, a digital marketplace that’s disrupting logistics by connecting tenants and space in a fresh way. In addition to providing a customer’s perspective on why flexible, on-demand warehouse space is so crucial for saving small and mid-size businesses in the CPG space, they'll also explore cost-effective solutions for everyday companies who need to keep their inventory stocked and ship products to customers in a timely manner.
What should digital transformation really mean to leader’s in today’s business world, full of disruptions and shifts in priorities? This Fireside Chat will discuss the top things to prepare for and the key steps to take in order to attain successful Digital Value Chain journeys, from regional supply chain improvements to global digital transformation programs. Hear from Gary Berger President, Berger Business Consulting and Ex-VP of Global Digital Transformation, PepsiCo, Fab Brasca, Group Vice President, Global Solutions, Blue Yonder, and Patrick Jones, Director of Supply Chain Execution, Transformation Advisory, Blue Yonder, as they discuss the hurdles and essential elements of successful transformations.”
With consumer demand at an all-time high and supply scarce, shippers need more dynamic, cost-effective tools and methods to carry out their transportation strategy. Digital freight offerings like rating APIs and integration platforms offer automated, plug-and-play logistical solutions that streamline processes enabling shippers to operate a higher level of efficiency at a fraction of the cost. Hear from Redwood Chief Product Officer Mike Reed and Chief Innovation Officer Eric Rempel as they shed light on the digital freight platforms and tools that will transform how shippers plan and execute their routing guide strategy in 2021.
Get a look at all SONAR can do to aid Food and CPG supply chain leaders get a leading indicator on potential transportation network disruption using SONAR tender data.Additionally, learn how SONAR connects various indices and correlates against one another. See how SONAR indices like the Personal Consumer Expenditures index provide granular detail to consumer habits in conjunction with the Outbound Tender Rejection and USDA Produce Truckload Spot Rates index to see the potential impact on food distribution.
The need for batteries for electric vehicles is enormous. Romero Power sees its role as the “nexus of electrification,” a position bolstered by CEO Lionel Selwood’s hedging of components needed to complete the packs and provide uninterrupted supply to customers.
A conversation with Lionel Selwood, CEO of Romeo Power Technology. Romeo recently completed a business combination with RMG Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, that made it a public company with $545 million in contracts for heavy-duty truck battery packs and investment from Republic Services and Tier 1 supplier BorgWarner.
The best approach to making fuel cells for on-highway trucks in the U.S. is to find partners who do things better than you do. Craig Knight has adopted that approach for Hyzon Motors, a spinoff of Singapore-based Fuel Cell Technologies. Hyzon concentrates on fuel cell stacks. Others can manufacture the trucks and find hydrogen fuel to run them.
On today’s episode, Kevin and guest co-host Anthony Smith are LIVE from FreightWaves’ Global Supply Week!
We’re sitting down virtually with Teclo Garcia, Economic Development Director at the City of Laredo to learn how to sell a company to locate in your city in as little as 10 minutes.
Plus, listener feedback, advice, and community building!
Managing the movement of truck parts to dealerships from distribution centers and prioritizing the greatest need during the pandemic provided lessons that Richard Simons sees being incorporated into operations at the nation’s largest seller of new trucks.
Sam Abuelsamid combines his background as an engineer and automotive journalist in his role advising clients on energy, alternative propulsion and production issues. He follows supply chain issues, including the current semiconductor shortage plaguing automakers.
Choosing modes is often difficult. Especially when cross-border land shipping is involved. It is all about costs based on time and service.
Mark Duchesne brought divergent manufacturing experiences to Nikola Corp., having helped build a plant for Toyota in China and helping make startup car building decisions at Tesla Inc. He is applying the best of both to Nikola as it builds its electric truck plant in the Arizona desert.
Learn how automotive supply chains are getting improved lane-analysis to aid in conducting RFPs and getting better insights to improve transportation procurement planning by leveraging over $20 Billion in freight invoice data based on what shippers actually pay carriers, not self-reported data. SONAR SCI's Lane Acuity brings certainty in uncertain markets with complete datasets of historical, peer, and market data.Learn how SONAR provides not only lane-by-lane analysis but the ability to look into key automotive lanes in the Midwest and at the Mexico and Canada border.
Along with the pandemic came a drop in oil prices that rank up there with some of the most severe. Since the U.S. oil patch has long been heavily dependent on debt to keep operating, it meant that there was going to be a significant squeeze on companies operating there, as well as the firms that service them. One type of company that fits in that category are the trucking companies that work the oil patch, hauling oil, equipment, fracking sand and any one of the other hundreds of products needed. In this fireside chat, John Esparza, the president of the Texas Trucking Association, and Bob McDowell, owner of a company that services the oil patch, talks about survival tactics during these tough times.
The past two years have been low points for domestic oil and gas producers. Will 2021 brings back signs of life or will it be another year to forget?
Tim Sensenig operates both a transportation management system with visibility all the way back to the manufacturer even if that producer is in China, and also what he describes as an asset-light 4PL company in TMSForce. How does a company like his differentiate itself from competitors?
This Fireside Chat between Allen Trevett CEO of Allyn International and Lauren Mayher, Global Account Manager of Allyn International discuss in depth what a Logistics Control Tower is, when it can be helpful, and benefits of this solution. The nervous system in your body controls everything you do. 4PL Control Tower solution is the nervous system of your global supply chain.
On today’s episode, Dooner and The Dude are talking about if renewable natural gas is the fuel of the future, Texas power woes, and the importance of partnerships in chemical logistics.
Plus, TA sold huge amounts of diesel in Q4 2020, Nikola loses half as much as expected as Powersports unit dropped, Houston wins an award, shippers sticker shocked during ocean contract season, and how an owl is doing after getting hit by a semi truck.
They’re joined by special guests Collin McLelland, Co-Founder, DigitalWildcatters; Jennifer Braun, VP, KC Operations, Trinity Logistics
The SONAR team goes over how manufacturers and retailers are applying SONAR SCI and intermodal capabilities to transport chemicals and energy across larger distances to meet consumer demands, including pipeline, rail, and OTR impacts.
In this fireside chat with two leaders -- one from geospatial science and conservation, and the other from complex process transformations -- the conversation will center on the global distribution ecosystem as a living nervous system, and how it is failing to meet the growing market demands while challenging our planet’s well-being. They’ll discuss how location intelligence will enable the system to break through thousands of friction points, driving efficiencies and reducing negative impacts across our planet.
On today’s episode, Dooner and The Dude are coming to you live from Global Supply Chain Week’s maritime sessions. They’re talking about the Maritime Transportation System Emergency Relief Act, containergeddeon in Los Angeles, and risk management.
Plus, ocean carriers take heat for profiting ‘so handsomely’ while service plunged, owners of Westfield Transport indicted for falsifying driving logs, this week in trucking markets, McPlant goes Beyond and more.
They’re joined by special guests Lauren Beagen, Maritime Industry expert and Adjunct Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law; Trey Griggs, VP of Lean Sales, Lean Solutions; Daniel Stanton, Mr. Supply Chain
As the U.K. leaves the European Union, there are a number of questions to be answered. As the processes of trade flow changes between the two, there are a number of unanswered questions. Changes in customs will require talent along with new opportunities to create software and technology to assist and automate the navigation of a surge in red tape and paperwork.
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