Save the date for Connections 2020 June 15-17 in Boston!

Agenda

Monday, 6/24
6:00 AM

6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Early Riser Coffee and Danish
7:30 AM

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Zero Regrets - The Apolo Ohno Story
After starting his career in 1995, eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno became the best U.S. short-track skater in less than two years. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, he passed another milestone, becoming the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history. Recognized as the global ambassador to the Winter Olympic Games, Apolo Ohno joins Connections 2019 to share the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success and the hard-won truths and strategies he has discovered along the way.
10:00 AM

10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Spouse Event: Explore Colorado Springs
Let Apolo Ohno’s keynote presentation provide the perfect spark to tour the Olympic Training Center. One of just three training centers in the country, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at how athletes prepare for the Olympics. Attendees will follow this up with a short drive to the incredible Garden of the Gods, where they will enjoy lunch at The Trading Post and a tour of the garden. To top off the afternoon, attendees will return to The Broadmoor for a once-in-a-lifetime falconry experience, where a professional falconer will introduce attendees to various birds of prey and provide up-close flight demonstrations!

*This event is limited to the first 100 spouse event registrants.

10:00 AM

10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

Conference Chair Remarks
10:20 AM

10:20 – 10:35 a.m.

Networking Break
10:35 AM

10:35 – 11:45 a.m.

Conversations with Leadership
At its core, leadership is about dynamic, meaningful conversations. Join our panel of dynamic CEOs from high profile organizations throughout logistics to get a glimpse from the top. This powerhouse panel of CEOs will provide insight into the critical and emerging challenges facing the modern supply chain. They’ll address innovative ways to increase collaboration and examine how experience has played a role in the way they lead, manage and inspire.
Noon

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Noon

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: Women Reshaping the Supply Chain
In this exclusive lunch and learn event, attendees will learn how prominent female executives have cultivated industry contacts, developed an executive presence, and built effective leadership skills en route to success. After hearing from an array of supply chain executives, attendees will leave with an understanding of what it takes to be a credible, confident leader. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot when you register for Connections.
1:00 PM

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Thought Leader Session: Building the Next Generation 3PL
Supply chains are increasingly transitioning from cost centers to competitive differentiators. So, what new strategies are 3PLs taking to innovate? Our knowledge expert will dissect the next generation 3PL, analyzing what new differentiators are in play to help widen the competitive gap.
1:45 PM

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Transportation Regulations in a Divided Congress
Numerous transportation legislative priorities are coming to the forefront in a newly divided Congress. Six months in, how are the two chambers addressing truck size and weight restrictions, shoring up the Highway Trust Fund, regulating transportation technology, and other pressing matters? Join Connections 2019’s Washington insiders as they dissect the new dynamic and agenda behind the 116th Congress.
2:45 PM

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break
3:00 PM

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Maximizing Today’s Supply Chain Technology
TMS and WMS, in-cab gadgets and AI – these new tools aren’t working as well as they should. But tweaks and upgrades cost money – big money. With much of today’s cutting edge technology quickly becoming obsolete, this session explores how to maximize existing supply chain technology to boost productivity and untapped efficiencies.
4:00 PM

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Networking Break
4:15 PM

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

BREAKOUTS:

Managing LTL in the Age of E-Commerce

E-commerce sales have grown by leaps and bounds in a very short time; U.S. online sales soared to record levels in 2018. From first mile to last mile, this session rethinks best practices for managing LTL movement in the age of e-commerce.

Visibility and Capacity Management Solutions

The visibility of resources and freight, as well as the management of capacity and demand, can be the difference between good decisions and bad ones. It can be the difference between growing or losing business. In this visibility and capacity management how-to discussion, Connections panelists explore solutions for leveraging new technology to improve optimized logistics business.

How to Align Carrier Partnerships for the Long-Haul

All relationships have their challenges, and those between carriers and shippers are no exception. Yet as with most relationships, the ability for partners to engage in open, honest dialogue goes a long way toward resolving concerns and more effectively moving freight. This how-to session assists shippers and carriers with focusing on the key elements to optimize and align partnerships for the long-haul relationship.
5:00 PM

5:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Networking Break
5:15 PM

5:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Ignite Speed Meetings
6:30 PM

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception
7:00 PM

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

“Whiskey & Wolves” Networking Event
Take in an evening of pure Colorado outdoors as you enjoy whiskey samplings from small batch local maker Distillery 291, a unique encounters with rescue wolves and an up-close Falconry experience with birds of prey.
Tuesday, 6/25
6:00 AM

6:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Early Riser Coffee and Danish
7:30 AM

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Global Economic Update
What remains in 2019 that’ll change your 2020 game plan? From manufacturing to trade, examine the biggest news and emerging trends from around the globe impacting the business of logistics and supply chain management.
9:30 AM

9:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Spouse Event: Discover Manitou Springs
Attendees will uncover the magic of Manitou Springs as they explore the Cave of the Winds, the focus of Native American legends, and the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, comprised of Anasazi ruins more than 800 years old. Afterwards, attendees will enjoy a lunch in town, followed by an opportunity to shop at unique, one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries.

*This event is limited to the first 100 spouse event registrants.

10:00 AM

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

US Financial Update
All key economic indicators point to a healthy U.S. economy to close out 2019. With experts forecasting the GDP to end the year between 2 percent and 3 percent, and unemployment projected to continue at a natural rate, where should supply chain businesses focus their investments? Join our industry expert for a complete look at the second-half of 2019 and predictions for 2020.
11:00 AM

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Networking Break
11:15 AM

11:15 – Noon

Ask the Experts
During this session, our global economics and U.S. financial experts will engage with the crowd, answering attendees’ burning questions. This is an opportunity to learn how global economic and US financial climates impact logistics and supply chain management planning and investment.
Noon

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Noon

Noon – 5:30 p.m.

2019 SMC³ Golf Classic
This year’s tournament will be held at The Broadmoor’s East Course, best known for its wide, tree-lined fairways and expansive greens, The East Course is ranked among the best golf courses in the country, and has been home to many major tournaments, including the 1959 US Amateur (Jack Nicklaus’s first major win), the 1995 US Women’s Open and the 208 US Senior Open.
6:30 PM

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception
7:00 PM

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Dinner & The Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel
We will... we will... rock you with this performance from vocalist Marc Martel, and the Ultimate Queen Celebration. The Freddie Mercury vocal doppelganger – who recently lent his vocals to the Oscar nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody – and five-person Celebration band will bring down the house with a creative, hypnotizing blend of Queen standards and other familiar songs, all to the tune of Freddie’s one-of-a-kind vocal styling.
Wednesday, 6/26
6:00 AM

6:00 a.m. - Noon

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 7:00 a.m.

Early Riser Coffee and Danish
7:00 AM

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
8:00 AM

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LTL 203: Carrier Pricing & Costing
Designed for both seasoned and entry level LTL professionals, LTL 203: Carrier Pricing and Costing attendees will gain vital insight into topics like exploring LTL pricing models, classification basics, understanding base rates and determining gross rates, and trends in LTL carrier costing.
8:30 AM

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Thought Leader Session: The Call for Infrastructure & Trade Action
Trucking and trade are synonymous. Trucks move $720 billion worth of goods annually across our borders with Canada and Mexico, while cross-border trucking supports more than 47,000 US jobs. Any significant disruption with north or south movement would have measureable, long-lasting implications. Join our thought leader as we address the immediate need for bipartisan solutions to restore US infrastructure.
9:00 AM

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Rise and Shine with SMC³
Attendees can wrap up their Connections trip with a relaxing chair massage before heading home.
9:15 AM

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Saving US Infrastructure
Sustainable funding for construction and maintenance of large-scale U.S. infrastructure projects nationwide is needed to address wasted economic productivity from traffic congestion and the potential harm older structures pose to trucking. Join the ATA’s First Vice Chairman Randy Guillot as we explore fiscally conservative solutions for fixing American infrastructure.
10:15 AM

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break
10:30 AM

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The US Infrastructure Fix – A Modern Investment Model?
There’s a full $2 trillion investment opportunity in the U.S. alone between the current rate of spend (1.3%) and a minimal replacement level (3% of GDP) from now through 2025. How do we fund priority infrastructure projects? Are new fuel and mileage taxes the answer? Given the advance in technology, what sort of infrastructure should we prioritize? Given the $17 trillion available in U.S. pension fund assets (along with $7 trillion in insurance fund assets) why are we focused on tax increases? Join our panel of experts as we explore the merits of privatizing U.S. infrastructure.
11:30 AM

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Prize Drawings