The Next Frontier in LTL – SMC³

The Next Frontier in LTL  – SMC³

n the first-of- its-kind LTL certification program, SMC³ hopes to share its lifetime of LTL expertise with shippers, 3PLs, carriers, freight forwarders, and future supply chain leaders.

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Brian Thompson
Chief Commercial Officer

In the less-than-truckload arena, the knowledge-transfer gap is widening.

The economy is booming. Professionals throughout the transportation arena are taking advantage of the strong job market by moving into new supply chain positions. Add to this job shuffling the influx of recently graduated college students thrust into new supply chain roles and the retirement of trusted logistics leaders, and the issue becomes clear.

LTL is an incredibly complex mode of transportation, and experience in the field isn’t easily gained. When longtime employees with decades of experience in the industry leave, a hole in the collective knowledge of their organizations opens up. The same holds true for upwardly mobile logistics leaders that change jobs.


To fill this void, SMC³, the transportation industry’s leading authority for LTL data, technology and supply chain education, is developing the industry’s only LTL certification program. Upon earning this SMC³-backed distinction, students will have developed the skills and competencies demanded by the 21st century LTL industry.

The certification courses will provide a flexible learning experience in an interactive and engaging environment. SMC³’s on-demand online learning platform is a convenient option for students that wish to learn at their own pace. Experienced logistics players who simply need a brush up on a few key components can also opt for intensive, classroom-style lectures.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • The Fundamentals of LTL
  • Operations
  • Carrier Pricing & Costing
  • Transportation Laws & Regulations
  • Business Analytics

Shared knowledge creates a strong and unified supply chain, and SMC³ has more than 82 years supporting the complex niche of LTL transportation. The company transfers this deep knowledge of all aspects of the supply chain to attendees at its twice-yearly logistics conferences, Jump Start and Connections. Shippers, 3PLs, carriers and technology providers look to SMC³ to benefit from this knowledge-sharing, learning about the latest technological disruptors and how to confront emerging supply chain challenges.

With education as one of its foundational tenets, SMC³ also creates rating, transit-time and shipment execution and visibility technology solutions that benefit the entire industry. Thousands of industry trading partners rely on SMC³ technology solutions to make informed business decisions, achieve higher returns on their transportation investment, and meet ever-changing market demands.

With the certification class, SMC³ will extend its lifetime of LTL expertise past its two annual conferences and into the classroom, where students can achieve a thorough understanding of the industry from the LTL specialists at SMC³.

SMC³ has enabled stakeholders to navigate the LTL industry for decades. In the first-of-its-kind LTL certification program, SMC³ hopes to share its lifetime of LTL expertise with shippers, 3PLs, carriers, freight forwarders and future supply chain leaders looking to master their LTL knowledge and take their careers to the next level.

For more details about SMC³’s LTL certification program, coming later this year, contact [email protected].

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