Connections 2018
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Monday, 6/25
6:00 AM

6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Jerry West
9:45 AM

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Conference Chair remarks
10:00 AM

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break
10:15 AM

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Thought leader session: Reverse Logistics in the Fast-Changing Retail World
FedEx Supply Chain (Genco) is a company with expert knowledge of the reverse-logistics supply chain. During this session, FedEx leadership will address the factors that fueled the industry-wide growth of reverse logistics; panelists will discuss everything from the use of LTL carriers to move returned merchandize to technology’s role in shaping the future of reverse logistics, driven by rapid changes in the retail sector.
11:00 AM

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The ELD Impact
According to the American Trucking Associations, the ELD mandate has impacted more than 3 million truck drivers. The FMCSA forecasts ELDs will save carriers approximately $1.6 billion annually as a result of less paperwork. Our panelists will discuss where the mandate has had the greatest impact six months after its implementation.
12:15 PM

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch
1:15 PM

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Thought leader session: Data Security Best Practices in Supply Chain Visibility
The data aggregation process in supply chain visibility is inherently vulnerable to threats, so visibility systems must provide clearly delineated data ownership and data stewardship with appropriate levels of sharing and responsibility. Join TMW’s Timothy Leonard as he outlines data security best practices and how to be best in class at the source data, data transfer and data repository levels.
2:00 PM

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Strategic Analytics: Maximizing Data and Information Value
Predictive analytics is a careful analysis of all available information to predict future events. Prescriptive analytics brings more to the mix by making it possible to adjust rules criteria based on changing circumstances. This session will demonstrate how that strategic meld of data and information is increasingly critical in a highly competitive logistics environment.
3:00 PM

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break
3:15 PM

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

The Practical Guide to the Blockchain
Blockchain is one of the biggest buzzwords in supply chain technology. This session will discuss blockchain’s potential to transform how companies do business and the steps they should take when considering blockchain implementation. Connections industry experts will cover blockchain fundamentals, updates and practical applications across several areas of the supply chain.
4:30 PM

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Networking Break
4:45 PM

4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Ignite Speed Meetings
6:30 PM

6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
7:00 PM

7:00 p.m.

Dinner & Entertainment: “Country Roads”
Tuesday, 6/26
6:00 AM

6:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday Keynote: John Wiehoff, CH Robinson
Few companies excel at straddling the North American domestic truck and global ocean freight markets like C.H. Robinson Worldwide. With tightening capacity and evolving technology, the opportunities and disruptors facing the global supply chain are plentiful. C.H. Robinson’s Chairman and CEO John Wiehoff will discuss everything from network transformation to his take on navigating the remainder of 2018.
9:30 AM

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break
9:45 AM

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

BREAKOUTS:

IoT, IAM and Securing the Supply Chain

A constantly evolving enabler of business innovation, the Internet of Things (IoT) provides unparalleled amounts of meaningful data. But, this access comes with the potential for security compromises that make Identity and Access Management (IAM) a critical tool to create secure data links between you and your partners at every critical point along the supply chain. Join our knowledge expert as we examine emerging IAM technologies and ways to improve supply chain collaboration and transparency.

Tackling the Challenges of Off-Shore Movement

Whether Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, these regions are among North America’s most consumptive economies requiring most manufactured goods to be moved through the US mainland and replenished every day. From harsh weather conditions to remote areas served by substandard infrastructure, carriers serving these regions are faced with handling shipments drastically different than continental US carriers. Join our off-shore experts as they dissect the challenges and opportunities of moving freight via off-shore transportation.

Mobile Apps for LTL Profit & Delivery

Paper in logistics is becoming a thing of the past. With the focus on automation, carriers and their customers are quickly turning to advancements in mobile devices and applications to better manage visibility within the supply chain. Leaders from McLeod Software will explore the newest advancements in mobile app technology for LTL P&D.
10:45 AM

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break
11:00 AM

11:00 a.m. – Noon

BREAKOUTS:

Simplifying the Bid Process through Automation

Even in this age of ubiquitous technology and digital connections, most RFPs are still done on spreadsheets and over the phone. The only way to ensure the best LTL rates is through total bid automation. Join our panelists as they walk you through the process of replacing phones and spreadsheets with digital communications and advanced analytics.

Shipping Less Air

Given the rise of dimensional-based fee structures in today’s transportation market, shippers are facing new challenges in their supply chains. Companies are tackling these challenges through advanced analytics, working with customers to reduce their overall shipping expenses. DHL Supply Chain officials will share how space-utilization tools work toward the goal of shipping less air.

The Key Essentials of Intelligent Operations

The management of complex, time-sensitive shipping operations depends upon a network of committed employees and the tools to enable coordination with carrier partners. Learn how the Valassis Communications team is able to balance the management of carriers through its use of transportation management system technology on a weekly basis for the delivery of the Retail Me Not Everyday advertising circular to 99+% of households in the country. Join our knowledge experts as Connections 2018 explores the key essentials required for the management of complex supply chains.
Noon

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch
1:00 PM

1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

2018 SMC³ Golf Classic
6:30 PM

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
7:00 PM

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Dinner & Lou Gramm of Foreigner LIVE!
Wednesday, 6/27
6:00 AM

6:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
8:00 AM

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Global Economic Update
Driven by increased investment among the world’s more developed economies and increased manufacturing output in Asia, developing economies saw a surge in growth during 2017, the broadest synchronized global growth upsurge since 2010. Will the good times continue? What critical factors are impacting the way the world does business? What does this mean for your company? Dr. Donald Ratajczak returns to Connections for a timely look at the world’s economy.
8:45 AM

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

US Financial Update
Healthy GDP growth at the end of 2017 rounded out a strong year. Moving into 2018, the U.S. economy continued its year-long rally as job growth and consumer confidence were again on the rise. Hear from our economic thought leader as he breaks down capacity, labor, fuel and the key indicators impacting domestic logistics and the supply chain.
9:30 AM

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break
9:45 AM

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Ask the Experts
At Connections, attendees will hear two of the finest economic and financial minds in the country talk about the complex challenges and unparalleled opportunities ahead. You’ve listened; you’ve learned, and now it’s your turn to interact, engage and share ideas.
10:15 AM

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Town Hall: Unraveling the Capacity Knot
Listen to the experts and join your peers in taking advantage of an outstanding opportunity to express your opinions, exchange ideas and insights, and share your thoughts on capacity and other issues currently impacting the LTL sector.
11:30 AM

11:30 a.m.

Grand Prize Drawings