PARCEL Forum, in conjunction with DC Velocity, is pleased to unveil its 2021 Educational Learning Pods. Each Pod has been developed to deliver content specific to what you do for a living. You can follow an entire Pod or customize your own learning experience by choosing from more than 45 sessions and workshops taking place over three days. Don’t worry about breakfast, lunch or cocktails; it’s all included depending on the day(s) you’ll be attending!
With capacity constraints, the need for fast delivery times, ever-increasing rates and fees and the exploding eCommerce market, evolving your transportation options will be a must. In this Learning Pod, we explore if you should diversify—or further diversify—your transportation plan. You’ll get a chance to compare and contrast the national, regional and last-mile options to find the best carrier mix for your needs today and into the future.
NETWORK OPTIMIZATION Get it there faster. Get it there cheaper. Get it there undamaged. These are words we all live by, but where you place that inventory and where you allow those deliveries could be the difference in meeting these demands or not. In this Learning Pod, you will find out how to optimize your supply chain network through better fulfillment and return strategies, understand all legs of the transportation journey and how to calculate the true cost of your network. You will also get a look behind the curtain on some of the biggest errors made by companies when optimizing their operations.
AVERTING PROBLEMS Everyone was caught off guard last year. Looking ahead, shippers will need to be more proactive than ever. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the leading industry experts to offer top actionable ideas to prevent issues that may be on the horizon. In this Learning Pod, you will learn how to better manage carriers and their contracts, evaluate where your vulnerabilities lie, assure deliveries and understand the legal consequences of your decisions.
DC NEXT WAVE Produced by: DC Velocity Are you future-ready? During the COVID-19 pandemic, eCommerce growth surged to levels we all thought would take years to achieve. Direct-to-consumer orders require a much higher level of item picking. That has forced many companies to rethink how they design their distribution operations. It used to be that you could throw additional labor at most problems. But that is not practical in a market with a shortage of labor and increasing costs. As a result, supply chains are struggling to keep up. The solution is to automate. In this Learning Pod, learn how robotics and automation can meet your current and future challenges.
INNOVATIVE TECH The ever-quickening pace of technology innovation and automation capabilities is not slowing down a bit, but it can be hard to determine which will give you the best return—not only on investment but also in enhancing the customer experience. We all know digitizing the supply chain is table stakes, but it is how you assemble and integrate your digital toolkit that will set you apart. In this Learning Pod, you will explore what technology you should invest in and some of the latest innovations that can solve your business challenges easier and faster than ever before.
2022 RATE IMPACT Who knows what to expect for changes in the General Rate Increase or Accessorial Fees for 2022. It has been a volatile time for shippers, as many companies were blindsided by the rapidly changing carrier landscape in 2020 and 2021. Despite that, we are here to help you prepare your next year’s budgets. In this Learning Pod, industry experts—who keep close tabs on UPS, FedEx and USPS—will give their best predictions on upcoming rate and fee changes. Plus, you’ll find out what's important in negotiating your 2022 contracts and the technology tools to make it all easier.
EMERGING TRENDS This past year, the logistics industry has been bombarded by disruptive events and transformative change like never before. From skyrocketing shipping costs to the growing 3PL market (driven by eCommerce demand) to cutting-edge technology, it’s important to not fall behind the eight ball on any of these emerging trends. In this Learning Pod, you’ll get the 30,000-foot view of the smart supply chain ecosystem of the future (including AI-driven logistics platforms, blockchain and smart robots), a deep-dive look at the changing packaging requirements for the future, tips for managing the ever-growing use of 3PL relationships and how international shipping is evolving and adapting to meet the future needs of a worldwide marketplace.
NEXT-GEN RETAIL The increasing demand for eCommerce has really turned the retail market on its head. Today, it’s all about the customer! But what do logistics pros have to do with satisfying the customer? Plenty. Through technology investments, delivery options and distribution sites, you are the key players who actually make the customer experience (CX) happen, positively. In this Learning Pod, find out how you can be the critical link in accomplishing your organization’s CX goals. Learn how to build a successful omni-channel distribution network, how to control “guaranteed” delivery times and how to allow your customers to have deeper visibility into your DC. We wrap up the Pod with a panel of top retailers who will answer your most pressing questions on how to navigate these unchartered waters.
LABOR & PRODUCTIVITY Produced by: DC Velocity Where is everyone? Human capital has always been viewed as the most important asset of any supply chain organization. Even before COVID-19 hit our planet, good workers were in very short supply. The pandemic has exasperated the situation even more. Distribution operations struggle to find qualified workers to meet the surge in new orders that they are experiencing in a recovering economy. In this Learning Pod, learn how to attract and retain the workers you need and the tools available to help you get higher productivity out of the labor that you do have. Then, see how you stack up against productivity standards with the results of an industry-wide benchmarking survey.
ASK THE EXPERTS Get it straight from the source! This year, you can actually sit down, face to face, with panels of experts to ask questions and even share your knowledge. You’ll interact with a panel of your peers (who are in the trenches alongside you) on their experiences this past year and what’s in store for the future. Next up is a panel of transportation consultants who will be "grilled" by our Advisory Board and you on how to best use their services. Finally, we welcome top female CEOs in the logistics industry who will share their insights and respond to your questions on moving up the ladder or starting a small business.
Dedicated, Non-compete Conference Hours
Tuesday, September 14 10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, September 15 9:00am – 1:00pm
Thursday, September 16 8:00am – 10:20am & 1:10pm – 2:40pm