Conference Sessions

  • Key:
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Session
  • B2B Meetings
  • Other Activities

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Welcome & Industry Narrative: Transportation Imperative

Association leaders from FMI and GMA share an industry-wide perspective on the impact of transportation issues and solutions projects at all points along the supply chain and the collaborative relationships that will carry us forward.


1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

The U.S. Transportation Situation

Hear a macro view of the landscape of our federal transportation environment, including FMCSA efforts that offer the potential to create more jobs in the commercial motor vehicle industry while maintaining the highest level of safety.


1:50 PM - 2:30 PM

Treat Your Transportation Spend as an Asset and Build a Better Bottom Line

Too many shippers try to control the uncontrollable when managing their transportation costs. Within the uncertainties of today’s transportation environment, this session will help you unlock the value of investing in your transportation area as an asset, managing from the inside out, and controlling the things you truly can control to drive savings directly to your bottom line.

  • Mike Regan - Co-Founder and Chief of Relationship Development, TranzAct Technologies, Inc.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

The Consumer Impact of Transportation Challenges

Hear how consumer demographics and buying patterns are connected to trends in transportation, including capacity challenges and where we are headed with technology.  Given the qualitative implications on consumers (e.g. on shelf availability, potential price increase), hear the implications on retailers and manufactures (e.g. publicly stated impact on cost, qualitative impact on what it takes to compete. 


3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Solution Session: Dwell Time

Solution sessions are opportunities for summit attendees to participate in building answers to transportation challenges. This session will focus on dwell time. We will present findings from pilot projects conducted by the TPA, provide time for participants to discuss the findings in small groups and consider how the insights and recommendations can be applied in their settings to reduce and improve dwell time.

Session Sponsored by: Q Products & Services

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM


4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Toward an Industry Standard Definition of OTIF

Consumers are demanding more—more variety, more buying channels, more personalization—increasing supply chain complexity and raising the importance of common performance definition. This session will propose a common definition of OTIF based on a TPA survey of major retailers and manufacturers.

  • Shruti Lal - Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Alan Davies - Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Freight Visibility: The Story around the Data

As we grapple with our challenges, what can we learn from the transportation markets overseas? European markets, for example, are arguably more complex than ours. Are there innovations, technologies, and collaborative practices that we can learn from?
  • Dean Croke - Chief Insight Officer, FreightWaves

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Networking Reception

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast & Networking

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Recap and highlights of Day 1 presentations and solution sessions and an overview of the challenges and forecasts to be explored in Day 2.

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

The View from the Driver’s Seat

Hear the perspectives of those in the literal driver’s seat in our industry. A chief economist from the trucking industry will moderate a panel discussion and audience Q&A with a panel of long-haul truckers who face first-hand the challenges of driver shortages, electronic enforcement of drive-time rules, disconnected expectations between trading partners, challenging road and weather conditions and many more of the myriad complexities of today’s consumer goods supply chain.

  • Bob Costello - Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations, American Trucking Associations
  • Tim Chelette - Professional Truck Driver, Big G Express
  • Steve Fields - Line-Haul Driver, YRC
  • Theldorine “Dee” Sova - Professional Truck Driver, Prime Inc.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Driver Shortage Response

One of today’s most persistent pain points is the shortage of drivers. In our last session we heard from some of these drivers about the issues they face every day. This solution session will focus on things retailers/wholesalers, fleet companies, and manufacturers are doing now to minimize and mitigate the driver shortage. This session will include a presentation of current and potential solutions.  

Session Sponsored by: Penske

  • Tom Scollard - Vice President, Dedicated Contract Carriage, Penske Logistics
  • Joe Metzger - Senior Vice President, KNA Supply Chain, Kellogg Company

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Solution Session: Backhaul Collaboration

What is the potential of backhaul collaboration and what will it take to make it a reality? This solution session will share the results of a TPA pilot study that strives to answer these questions and develop best practices and a scalable solution that uses data analytics to improve lane matching and shipping volumes. Participants will review the results and best practices and have the opportunity to provide feedback on how they can be implemented in their companies.

Session Sponsored by: Prospero


  • Grant Arnold - Supply Chain Solutions Manager, CHEP
  • Gary Kinneer - Director of Managed Transportation, Weis Markets, Inc.
  • Sean O'Keefe - Director of Supply Chain Engineering, Merchants Distributors
  • Christopher Smith - Executive Director, Corporate Distribution, Associated Wholesale Grocers
  • Jason Wicklund - Transportation Manager, Land O Lakes, Inc.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

How Do You Measure Up? 2019 Supply Chain Benchmarking

Preliminary results of surveys of food retailers and distributors and grocery manufacturers will be presented. Learn how supply chain leaders are performing on cost, inventory and service levels. Gain an overview of current trends and the most pressing concerns in the industry with a special focus on transportation measures.




11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Luncheon

Enjoy lunch with your peers and exhibiting business partners while sharing ideas for improving your business and the industry.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Driving Improved Supply Chain Performance Through Transparency and Collaboration

We often hear that supply chain challenges can only be met through greater transparency and collaboration between trading partners. But what does that really mean in practice? In this session, we’ll share the results of a two-pronged project focused on both quantifying the impact of transparency and identifying current and potential approaches to transparency, barriers to adoption and technology to support improved transparency. We’ll review the results of three improvement initiatives: retail S&OP, monthly to weekly split and CPFR. We’ll share high level details of the transparency aspects implemented between trading partners and measure their impact

Session Sponsored by: BluJay Solutions
  • Alan Davies - Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Jodi Lee - Senior Customer Supply Chain Leader, Procter & Gamble
  • Paul Thompson - Domestic Logistics Director, Inbound Logistics, Meijer, Inc.
  • Tom McCall - Vice President of Logistics, Meijer, Inc.
  • Glenn Lawse - Vice President, Supply Chain North America, Ferrero NA, Inc.

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The Future of Transportation and Technology: What the Hottest Startups in Trucking Have in Mind

A panel of disruptors and innovators from the trucking startup community will share their solutions to solve today and tomorrow’s transportation challenges. Participants will get a peek into where these innovators are heading and can challenge them to help solve with their own transportation puzzles

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Debating the Future of Autonomous Trucking: Will it be Here in Five Years or Fifty?

Is it right around the corner, as some would have us think or will it take longer to hurdle the technological, regulatory, and cultural challenges? This session will explore the realities of autonomous trucking, including the recent Anheuser-Busch “Otto” Test and perspectives on ways the U.S. government both promotes and inhibits autonomous trucking innovations

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Wrap-Up & Adjourn