🀝 The Biggest Freight Conferences of 2024

Which logistics conferences will you be attending this year, and which one is your favorite?

🀝 The Biggest Freight Conferences of 2024

Good Monday morning. Today's newsletter takes a look at the key logistics conferences in 2024 and asks which you are looking forward to the most. Other stories look at how the beer industry sidesteps disruption, Coyote Logistics workforce reduction, and the trade challenges facing US ports.

πŸ€” Question of the Day: Which logistics conferences will you be attending this year, and which one is your favorite? Click here to vote.

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  • Three Freight Headlines: Beer industry thrives in crisis, Coyote cuts jobs, and US ports navigate trade turbulence.
  • The Biggest Freight Conferences of 2024
  • Around the Freight Web: Cold snap strikes the Midwest, Navy's dramatic truck launch, and Texas reports robust economic and job growth.
  • Freight Meme of the Day


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🍻 Beer Industry Defies Supply Chain Crisis. Amid global supply chain disruptions, AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, remains unaffected due to its localized sourcing and production strategy. The company, which owns brands such as Budweiser, Beck’s, and Stella Artois, benefits from its approach of using local ingredients and community-focused production. This method has insulated the beer industry from the current challenges in international supply routes, particularly those impacted by the recent tensions in the Red Sea region near the Suez Canal. AB InBev's model presents a contrast to the broader impact on various industries struggling with supply chain disruptions.

🐺 Coyote Logistics Reduces Workforce. Chicago-based Coyote Logistics, part of UPS Inc., has confirmed significant job cuts in its sales and operations departments. The layoffs, part of the company's ongoing restructuring efforts, follow a series of reductions throughout 2023. These changes include voluntary separations among senior managers and directors. Coyote Logistics aims to realign its workforce with evolving business needs, offering severance and support to those affected. This move comes as the industry sees similar trends, highlighted by Uber Freight's recent announcement of cutting up to 50 jobs.

🌊 US Ports Steer Through Complex Trade Environment. US ports are navigating tumultuous trade waters, with the West Coast bracing for an import surge driven by diversified supply chains and infrastructure readiness. However, the ports confront drayage concerns with reduced trucking capacities and the transition to electric. Meanwhile, the East Coast contends with disruptions from Red Sea tensions, causing higher shipping rates and complex supply dynamics.


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The Biggest Freight Conferences in 2024

The freight and logistics industry in 2024 is buzzing with a variety of conferences, each offering unique opportunities for professionals. From strategic discussions at the BGSA and TIA Capital Ideas Conference to innovative showcases at FreightWaves F3 and the Broker Carrier Summit, there's something for every sector interest. Large-scale events like the NRF Conference and MODEX offer a wide range of topics, while TPM and the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium delve into specific industry aspects.

For those interested in cutting-edge technology and marketing, the Future of Supply Chain and TMSA Elevate are must-attends. CSCMP Edge and Home Delivery World USA provide comprehensive insights into supply chain management and home delivery. With such a diverse array of conferences, 2024 is poised to be an exciting year for learning, networking, and growth in the freight and logistics industry.

Which of these events are you most looking forward to?

  1. NRF Conference
    • Happening Now: January 14-16, New York, NY
    • Summary: Kick-start the year with retail's biggest names at NRF 2024. This conference is a hub for strategic insights featuring Earvin β€œMagic” Johnson's keynote on building success.
    • Special Details: Anticipate powerful sessions with Drew Barrymore and Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner among others. Click here to learn more.
  1. BGSA Supply Chain Conference
    • Date: January 24-26, 2024
    • Location: The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
    • Key Features: An exclusive C-level event in the supply chain sector, offering strategic discussions, networking, and a "Shark Tank" competition for innovative startups. Click here to learn more.
  1. Manifest
    • Date & Place: February 5-7, Las Vegas, NV
    • Summary: Manifest zeroes in on the intersection of supply chain and technology, hosting an array of speakers from companies such as L.L. Bean and Apple.
    • Special Details: Manifest founder, Pam Simon, was a recent guest on the FreightCaviar Podcast. Click here to learn more.
  1. Air Cargo Conference
    • Date: February 11-13, 2024
    • Location: Louisville, KY
    • Audience: This event attracts key players in the air freight industry, including airline companies, airport authorities, freight forwarders, expediting companies, and technology companies​. Click here to learn more.
  1. TPM
    • Date & Place: March 3-6, Long Beach, CA
    • Summary: The premier trans-Pacific container shipping gathering, TPM offers rigorous content developed by specialized journalists.
    • Special Details: The 2024 keynote is Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense. Click here to learn more.
  1. MODEX
    • Date & Place: March 11-14, Atlanta, GA
    • Summary: MODEX is where the industry's latest equipment and tech solutions are showcased to an audience of 40,000 professionals.
    • Special Details: Keynote speakers include Bill Seward, President of UPS Supply Chain Solutions, and Gerd Leonhard, CEO of The Futures Agency. Click here to learn more.
  1. TIA Capital Ideas Conference
    • Date & Place: April 10-13, Phoenix, AZ
    • Summary: A pivotal gathering for all 3PL providers, TIA's conference features 45 learning labs and six education tracks.
    • Special Details: In 2023, there were over 2000 participants. We attended and loved it. Click here to learn more.
  1. Broker Carrier Summit
    • Date & Place: April 22-24, Kansas City, MO
    • Summary: This summit fosters relationships between carriers and brokers, focusing on open communication and education.
    • Special Details: Gathering of over 500 carriers and brokers. Click here to learn more.
  1. Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/XPO Conference
    • Date & Place: May 6-8, Orlando, FL
    • Summary: A major event for supply chain executives, offering advice and insights for supply chains to excel now and in the future.
    • Special Details: Network with over 3,000 peers and explore new technologies. Click here to learn more.
  1. FreightWaves: Future of Supply Chain
    • Date & Place: June 4-5, Atlanta, GA
    • Summary: This conference brings together executives to discuss FreightTech innovations and features a live demo competition.
    • Special Details: 1500+ attendees across the industry. Click here to learn more.
  1. Home Delivery World USA
    • Date: June 5-6, 2024
    • Location: Philadelphia, PA
    • Theme: Focuses on every aspect of retail logistics, from inventory management to customer experience, including autonomous technologies and delivery services. Click here to learn more.
  1. TMSA Elevate
    • Date: June 9-11, 2024
    • Location: New Orleans, LA
    • Centennial Celebration: Marks 100 years of TMSA with keynotes, best practices, and networking events, including a Jazz Brunch Cruise. Click here to learn more.
  1. FreightFest
    • Date: September 26-29, 2024
    • Location: Houston, TX
    • Description: A key event for entrepreneurs in transportation and logistics, covering topics like last-mile delivery, heavy hauling, and government contracting. Click here to learn more.
  1. CSCMP Edge
    • Date: September 29-October 2, 2024
    • Location: Nashville, TN
    • Sessions: Over 100 educational and specialty sessions, offering a diverse range of supply chain insights and strategies. Click here to learn more.
  1. TIA Technovations
    • Date: October 15-17, 2024
    • Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    • Event Details: This event is the tech hub for the 3PL industry, showcasing the latest innovations, with sessions crafted by the TIA Technology Committee. Click here to learn more.
  1. CPG Summit
    • Date: October 16-18, 2024
    • Location: Colorado Springs, CO
    • Details: The CPG Summit is an exclusive event that brings together CEOs and executives from the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. The event is noted for its high-profile content and the opportunity for top-level executives to collaborate and share insights on current and future business challenges. Click here to learn more.
    • Date: October 22-24, 2024
    • Location: Kansas City, MO
    • Last Year: The 2023 DATCON featured a special focus on freight fraud, practical cybersecurity, and AI in the supply chain. Click here to learn more.
  1. FreightWaves F3 2024
    • Date: November 19-21, 2024
    • Location: Chattanooga, TN
    • Description: Known as the Future of Freight Festival, this event gathers industry leaders to discuss freight's future and showcase emerging technology. Click here to learn more.

Which Conferences Are Most Founders in Freight Attending? Which Ones are the Most Valuable?

Which conferences are most founders in logistics attending? Which one do they think is most valuable? Complete this survey here to get the results.

Nate Shutes, Host of The Bootstrapper's Guide to Logistics, ran a survey asking Founders and Executives what their favorite logistics conferences were and which ones they are attending this year. Complete the survey for yourself and keep an eye on your inbox for a reveal of the top conferences.


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"Stay safe out there." @trucknhustle

πŸ₯Ά Brace for the Freeze. A massive cold front brings well-below-normal temperatures across the Midwest and Plains, extending its icy grip into Monday.

πŸš€ Catapult Test. The US Navy tested its jet catapult system by launching trucks off the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier, a sight to behold.

🌟 Texas Economy Thrives. Texas leads the US in population and GDP growth, with job growth surging in manufacturing and healthcare, despite real estate market slowdowns.

πŸ“¦ Warehouse Space Grows. The U.S. sees a surge in warehouse vacancy rates to 5.2%, the highest since 2020, reflecting changes in e-commerce and storage space demand.

🚚 TuSimple Trucks Auction. Following its US market exit, TuSimple auctions off ten of its autonomous big rigs, along with R&D equipment and office supplies.

βš“ Suez Canal Impact: The U.S. trucking industry faces downstream effects from Suez Canal attacks, with cargo delays potentially reducing full truckload opportunities.

πŸ“‰ Class 8 Sales Dip. Despite a yearly increase in Class 8 truck sales, December marks the fifth consecutive month of declining sales.


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