Networking, Transportation Education at the Core of SMC³ Logistics Technology Conference

Connections 2019 offers thought-provoking supply chain content that benefits every transportation and logistics professional.

Continuing education is a key component in supply chain success. The needs of supply chain customers are ever-changing; by attending educational conferences, industry stakeholders can learn from their peers about the latest advancements in logistics technology solutions, staying ahead of trends and preparing themselves for challenges ahead.

At the yearly Connections SMC³ logistics education conference, this knowledge exchange occurs both in the myriad daily panels and in scheduled networking sessions.

Connections 2019 will be held June 24—26 at the exquisite Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs.

Is Connections 2019 a Good Fit for All Participants in the Supply Chain?

For our conferences, we’ve hit upon the optimal mix of panel discussions, keynote speeches and networking events—a blend of thought-provoking supply chain content that truly benefits every transportation and logistics professional. Connections 2019 is no exception.

During Connections 2019, industry leaders will share their insight and perspective on supply chain issues during the day, while logistics stakeholders can network on the golf course and late into the evening at one of the myriad networking events. During the more than 20 hours of focused networking events, attendees can connect with more than 300 decision-makers representing the largest carriers, shippers, 3PLs, and technology providers. Connections participants have sent in feedback over the years telling us that Connections provides the ideal environment for substantive dialogue and valuable networking.

For an even greater educational immersion into the world of less-than-truckload, we’re offering the SMC³ LTL Certification course LTL 203: Carrier Pricing and Costing on the final day of Connections 2019. The class will give both seasoned and entry-level transportation professionals new ways to look at the transportation pricing dynamic between shippers and carriers.

What Important Industry Topics Will You Cover at Connections this Year?

Our job at SMC³ starts with talking to customers, learning about trends in the marketplace from their perspective in order to create innovative solutions that solve industry challenges. These customer interactions also drive the content we present at our conferences. We also receive input from an education advisory committee populated with noted transportation journalists, analysts, and business leaders.

This year, we’ll be exploring topics ranging from the next-generation 3PL, the evolving transportation regulation market, and managing LTL in the age of e-commerce to examining how U.S. supply chain trends have shaped the global and domestic economies. These topics will be presented by speakers like Ibrahiim Bayaan, chief economist at FreightWaves; Cathy Roberson, founder and head analyst at Logistics Trends and Insights LLC; Ray Martinez, FMCSA Administrator; and Rob Estes, president and CEO of Estes Express Lines.

We will also welcome back to the SMC³ stage former U.S. Secretary of Transportation James Burnley and Tom Madine, CEO of Worldwide Express. Other featured speakers include Bob Biesterfeld, CEO of C.H. Robinson; Darren Hawkins, President & CEO of YRC Worldwide; and MercuryGate International’s President and CEO Joe Juliano.

Additional speakers are being added every day. For the latest information about Connections 2019, visit