Monday • June 26
  • 6:00 am – 3:30 pmRegistration & Guest Services Open
  • 6:30 amNetworking Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Keynote: The Digital Transformation Deadline with Mike Walsh
    Your customers are changing. Your competitors are circling. Your employees are evolving. Simply put, your deadline for digital transformation is imminent. Will you be ready to meet it? Digital transformation demands that leaders re-imagine the way they do business from the perspective of a new, connected generation. Customer obsession is the key, and that requires an entirely new mindset, a culture of collaboration and a willingness to encourage dangerous ideas. So, how do you re-define your value in a digital age? In futurist and author Mike Walsh’s view, without a plan for digital transformation, your company is living on borrowed time.
  • 8:00 am Academy Workshop: Transportation Contract Law
    Part 1: ‘The Contract’s 3-Part Process & Types of Contracts & Their Provisions’
    Improve your preparation, execution and management of transportation-related contracts with this one-day conference version of our popular Academy seminar led by Rob Moseley, head of the transportation industry group at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP.
  • 9:05 amConference Chair Presentation
  • 9:20 amNetworking Break
  • 9:35 am Bending the Innovation Curve
    Throughout the modern era, the greatest leaps in the supply chain have come when innovators have opted to do things a little differently – investing in new technologies, forging non-traditional relationships, and leveraging expertise to create groundbreaking solutions. Looking beyond the horizon, this session will examine recent technologies such as cloud based tools and APIs that are important in shaping digital partnerships as well as the new methodologies that have pushed the curve to dramatically respond to the needs of the marketplace quickly.
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Guest Event: Island Living Tour
    Spend the morning enjoying a tour of Palm Beach, discovering the town’s colorful history, world-class architecture and famous (and infamous) residents. The tour will conclude at Belle and Maxwell tearoom on Antiques Row for a delicious lunch. Guests will have optional time to explore Antiques Row following lunch.
  • 10:50 amNetworking Break
  • 11:05 am Amazonian Implications
    Here’s a hard truth: brick-and-mortar retailers that don’t take Amazon’s disruptive presence seriously are going to see their sales continue to shrink. One of the keys to Amazon’s success? Free shipping. This session digs into free shipping’s impact on consumer behavior and how Amazon recovers shipping costs. Analyst Satish Jindel will also discuss the growth of private-label goods and changes coming to the brick-and-mortar stores that will impact distribution.
  • 12:15 pmNetworking Lunch
  • 1:15 pm Academy Workshop: Transportation Contract Law
    Part 2: ‘Damages & Claims: Real-World Case Studies’
    Examine benchmark cases on motor carrier contract provisions and evaluate how the courts apply the law to today’s transportation contracts. Workshop participants may submit contracts and/or problem clauses for a “blind” review by our subject matter expert! Look for submission instructions in your workshop confirmation email.
  • 1:15 pmBreakouts:

    Monetarily Distressed – Strategies for Maximizing Recovery
    In today’s world of political and economic uncertainty, dealing with a financially distressed business is a likely reality. This exposes companies to a plethora of risks, and non-payment is just the tip of the iceberg – bankruptcy or other insolvency proceedings raise the stakes even higher. Michael Holbein, Arnall Golden Gregory’s commercial litigator and bankruptcy attorney, has the experience and foresight to help companies steer clear of these potential disasters. Learn to identify the warning signs and create innovative solutions.

    Managing the Last Mile
    As the number of consumers requesting deliver-to-home services increases, the last-mile arena is getting more complicated to manage. From customers expecting delivery at a moment’s notice to retailers begging carriers for increased communication, companies are looking for all the help they can get to manage this growing transportation sector. A speaker from the CLDA will detail critical strategies for managing the last-mile sector from both the carrier and retailer’s perspectives.

    Checking it Twice
    Accuracy on LTL bills of lading is extremely important, but with more shippers outsourcing traffic functions, how has this impacted the accuracy of these integral supply chain documents? For decades, LTL carriers have invested in Weight and Research programs to double check the accuracy of these bills. It’s past time to take a close look at W&R, from the perspective of both the carriers and the shippers. Are these programs really working, and what is the impact of the W&R program on the parties involved? In this session, find out about the current state of LTL W&R from a National Motor Freight Classification expert.

    Benchmarking – A modern rating solution?
    Benchmark rates have historically been one of the most obvious examples of “Collaborative Supply Chain Intelligence,” but do shippers, carriers, and 3PLs still find them useful? In this breakout, learn to identify the advantages of benchmarking solutions by better understanding how they are calculated and explore how these tools remain relevant in the new transportation age.
  • 2:15 pmNetworking Break
  • 3:00 pmIgnite Speed Meetings
  • 6:30 pmNetworking Reception
  • 7:00 pmDinner & Entertainment
Tuesday • June 27
  • 6:00 am – 5:15 pmRegistration & Guest Services Open
  • 6:30 amNetworking Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Thought Leader Session: Sabato’s Crystal Ball
    Larry J. Sabato, a professor at the University of Virginia and director of the school’s Center for Politics, is a political authority. While the presidential election has been decided, the political process still plays an important role in the formulation of supply chain strategy. In his Crystal Ball discussion, Sabato will reflect on the election’s impact on Congress and provide insight into the midterms, a short two years away. Sabato will look closely at the data and discuss how different demographic groups shaped the race for the White House and how they will continue to impact American elections.
  • 9:00 amNetworking Break
  • 9:15 am Thought Leader Session: Globe-tripping with Dr. Don
    2016 was a year for the ages in global politics and its impact on trade and transportation, but as we turn the corner and head into the middle of 2017, what are the critical issues? What are the trends impacting trade? Who better to answer these questions than one of the world’s most renowned economic forecasters of our time, Dr. Don Ratajczak. Join us as we dive deep into discussion where Dr. Don will guide you around the globe in 60 minutes, giving an economic perspective that provides supply chain professionals with the insight to make informed decisions and better investments.
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Guest Event: Catch Some Rays
    Lay by the pool or soak up the rays in our exclusive bungalows, fully stocked with snacks and beverages.
  • 10:00 – 11:30 am Guest Event: Breakers History Tour
    Enjoy this informative tour of the historic Breakers
    *Guests must register in advance.
  • 10:15 am Thought Leader Session: U.S. Economic Spotlight
    As a continuation of Dr. Don’s road trip around the world, Stifel’s David Ross turns his sights to the U.S., providing an exacting look at the current state of the economy. Six months into the Trump Administration, Ross looks at the numbers to predict America’s short-term economic future. During the talk, he’ll cover job growth and the equity markets – even monetary policy – all with an eye to the ever-shifting supply chain industry.
  • 11:15 am Ask the Experts
    After presentations by David Ross and Don Ratajczak, it’s time to put the experts in the hot seat. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to engage directly with two of today’s greatest minds in economics and finance on items that interest you, your pocketbook, and your business.
  • NoonNetworking Lunch
  • 1:00 – 6:00 pm2017 Annual Golf Classic
  • 6:30 pmNetworking Reception
  • 7:00 pmDinner & Sinbad LIVE!
Wednesday • June 28
  • 6:00 – 11:00 amRegistration & Guest Services Open
  • 6:30 amNetworking Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Thought Leader Session: Branding: Creating Thrilling Customer Experiences
    With every employee-customer interaction, there’s an opportunity to build – or lose – brand equity. To ensure an outstanding brand, the company’s internal brand team members need to be fully prepared to carry out the organization’s brand game plan. To set a company up for success, this brand experience should align with employee talents, incorporate customer insights, and include integrated strategies. Connections 2017’s branding session will examine these topics and more.
  • 9:00 am Guest Event: Rise & Shine with SMC³
    Partake in this time-honored guest tradition, and enjoy breakfast and good conversation on this final day of Connections 2017. Guests will be treated to “The Essence of Scent” presented by a Mounts Botanical Garden horticulturist. Learn how a raw flower is transformed into a fragrant elixir and smell the flowers which are the essence of such perfumes like Chanel No. 5, Joy and others!
  • 8:45 am Thought Leader Session: Point-Counterpoint – The U.S. Regulatory Environment
    With so much uncertainty in Washington, supply chain companies need a better understanding of the financial and operational ramifications of the decisions being handed down in our nation’s capital. Two of transportation’s most renowned regulatory experts, Larry Minor, associate administrator for policy at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and transportation attorney John Bagileo will discuss both sides of safety fitness determination and highly automated commercial vehicles.
  • 9:45 amNetworking Break
  • 10:00 am Point-Counterpoint – Free vs. Paid Delivery
    It’s been said that because of the impact of Amazon, online shoppers will abandon potential purchases if a retailer doesn’t offer free shipping. Even Marc Lore, the president and CEO of Walmart’s domestic e-commerce division, admitted in February that free shipping, as well as two-day delivery, has become the industry standard. But many retailers still expect that the days of free shipping will come at the hands of FedEx and UPS. With the shipper’s perspectives, this session will explore if free shipping is a permanent change or will be replaced with paid shipping, and if so, when and how.
  • 10:50 am Better Visibility, Superior Performance
    New cloud-based technology means that carrier visibility tools are no longer simply about monitoring shipments. The smartest carriers now use this information to optimize transportation procurement and to create highly informed choices regarding execution. With new regulations – like the electronic logging device mandate – come even more data. In this session, industry experts will explore how carriers can use this new data to maintain high levels of customer service.
  • 11:40 amGrand Prize Drawings

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