Are you up-to-date with the latest events in freight shipping and logistics? As you know, the atmosphere for freight brokers is only getting more competitive. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, it’s not just a question of reading industry newsletters. Staying current in the world of shipping and freight also takes strong networking and communication. Conferences and expos are a chance for you to hear from the industry’s top players, and most importantly, build relationships with other freight shipping professionals.
7 of the Best Freight Shipping Events to Attend in 2015
Check out some of the country’s top freight shipping conferences and events for the rest of 2015:
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3PL Summit & Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum by EyeForTransport Chicago, IL June 16 -18
The 3PL Summit is North America’s largest and most high-level gathering of logistics executives and their manufacturer and retailer supply chain counterparts. With over 600 attendees, it brings together the leading thinkers and practitioners in logistics and supply chain to network, learn, debate challenges, discuss trends and share ideas.
Fleet Safety Conference Shaumberg, Illinois; July 13-15
Brokers, shippers, and carriers alike should always be concerned about safety. In 2015, safe practices are taking center stage as Congress considers the FMCSA’s recent strategy proposal for improving road safety. Tougher regulations, and higher insurance minimums, may be on the horizon. This is a great event for anyone in the freight shipping industry who wants to stay ahead of these challenges.
The Fleet Safety Conference will have something for everyone, no matter how large or small their business. This year’s keynote speaker will be Mike Watson, global road safety manager for Shell. The conference will focus on strategies for creating a strong safety culture within the industry, and using new data capabilities to improve safety.
FTR Transportation Conference 2015 Indianapolis, Indiana; September 15-17
Early bird registration is already open for 2015’s FTR Transportation Conference, which dubs itself “The Premier Forecasting Event of the Year.” At this conference, FTR promises to bring the same forward-thinking, data-driven approach that it does to freight forecasting and market analysis services.
The conference will feature so much information, including seminars, workshops, and speeches, that you might wish you could attend them all. Depending on your area of interest, the event will be divided into four content channels, to help you choose where to focus. The FTR Transportation Conference is a can’t-miss for anyone who’s wondering how to bring their fleet, or freight brokerage, forward into the future.
13th Annual American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit Dallas, Texas; September 29-October 1
The Annual American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit describes itself as the country’s largest such event, attracting supply chain experts from companies including General Motors, Walmart, and Lenovo, as well as industry leaders from organizations like the National Retail Federation. This is a chance to learn about what freight shipping’s biggest players are doing to shake up the industry.
This year’s Summit promises to include an impressive line-up of speakers, exclusive workshops and excellent networking opportunities, plus an award for “Supply Chain Innovator of the Year.”
2015 Surface Transportation Summit Toronto, Ontario, Canada; October 14
This fall, you may want to head north for the annual Surface Transportation Summit, to be held just outside of Toronto. Although the details are yet to be announced, keep an eye on this event, as the agenda promises an added focus on networking opportunities for freight shipping professionals in North America.
2015 ATA Management Conference and Exhibition Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; October 17-20
The American Trucking Association is the industry’s leading trade organization, and their Annual Management Conference and Exhibition bills itself as “trucking’s most prestigious show of the year.” Last year’s ATA Management Conference offered a focus on the energy market, and how shippers, brokers, and carriers could maximize profits ahead of changing efficiency standards. Although the 2015 event schedule is still in planning, this year’s conference will no doubt offer the inside perspective, and vast professional network, that the ATA is known for.
Arguably the highlight of the conference is the expo, which offers unparalleled networking opportunities for brokers, shippers and carriers, and a peek at the latest shipping innovations.
8th Annual Integer Emissions Summit & DEF Forum Chicago, Illinois; October 27-29
The end of October might seem far away, but early bird registration is already open for the Integer Emissions Summit & DEF Forum. Like last year, the event promises to offer exclusive predictions and insights for the world of shipping, focusing on emissions control, policy changes, and new technology.
In particular, this tech-centered summit also features the Diesel Exhaust Fluid Forum, which is the premier event for anyone who relies on diesel fuel in their business. This conference will help you stay one step ahead of the technology, and policies, that will shape your business in the future.
Looking forward to any of these upcoming events in the world of shipping and freight? Are there any great events out there that you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!