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GT Podcast – Episode 126 – Port of Virginia, Leading the Way for East Coast Ports

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GT Podcast – Episode 126 – Port of Virginia, Leading the Way for East Coast Ports

In this episode of Logistically Speaking, we will learn about The Challenges our East Coast Ports are facing and how one port is facing those challenges with record-setting numbers. What is the biggest takeaway from the challenges the pandemic has presented? And, is it true that there’s a port that offers easy access to over 75% of our nation’s population.

For more information on the Port of Virginia, visit https://www.portofvirginia.com/

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Are You In Fear Of Failure? How A Shift In Mindset Can Change That

As a teenager, Steven Spielberg longed to attend one of the prestigious film schools at UCLA or USC, where he hoped to create the foundation for a future career as a movie director.

Unfortunately for Spielberg, these top-flight universities saw only poor high school grades and no potential, so they rejected him – multiple times. As a backup plan, he enrolled at California State University at Long Beach, but eventually dropped out.

That’s quite a bit of failure in a short time. Of course, things worked out for Spielberg, whose story can serve as inspiration for others who fail, which is pretty much everyone, says Dr. Akintoye Akindele, the Forbes Books co-author with Olakunle Soriyan of A Love Affair with Failure: When Hitting Bottom Becomes a Launchpad to Success.

Failure is the birthplace of success,” Akindele says. “If there is anything we should be learning, it is how to fail, and how to fail as often as needed.”

Or, as the Rev. T.D. Jakes wrote in the foreword to Akindele and Soriyan’s book, “Failures and fallouts, setbacks and detours are par for the course.”

Par for the course or not, people tend to fear failure, and often let that fear stifle their ambitions, Akindele and Soriyan say.

“Tough, turbulent moments make us want to take a step back permanently,” Soriyan says. “They are hard to deal with because they contradict our expectations and make us doubt ourselves and question our prospects.”

That’s why people should change their mindset about failure, Akindele and Soriyan say. Here are four ways of looking at failure to help do that:

  • Accept that failure is common. As life progresses, most people will lose more times than they think they can bear, Akindele says. A coveted job offer won’t materialize. Partners will walk away. A product won’t sell as well as envisioned.  “You will find yourself questioning everything you have believed, even yourself,” he says. “You will make mistakes. All of these things matter, and none of it does – not as much as how you react when everything crumbles, not as much as what you learn when it does and how you use it.” Akindele and Soriyan point out in their book that Bill Gates’ first startup, a company called Traf-O-Data, flopped. But one of Gates’ partners termed the doomed venture a “favorite mistake because it confirmed to me that every failure contains the seeds of your next success.”

  • Embrace the opportunity for self discovery. Difficulties teach people about themselves, Soriyan says. “Hardships are portals of self discovery,” he says. “You are the most important element in your journey; not your parents, not your partners or investors. You. It matters who you are. It matters why you want to succeed. To understand your motivations, limitations, and strengths is to be truly resilient. “

  • Remember that failure is not permanent. It’s easy for someone to view failure as an impenetrable wall blocking them from their goals. But it’s actually more like a detour that momentarily forces you off your desired route. “The difficult periods on the road to your destination are not markers signifying the end,” Akindele says. “They might give you a bit of pause and make you reevaluate your position, but if you hold steady, you will make it through.” He offers as an example Abraham Lincoln, whose early political career was “defined by relentless failing and difficulty.”

  • Realize that perseverance really does make a difference. Everyone knows the importance of perseverance, at least in theory. But knowing it and doing it are two different things. “Don’t let the challenges of the present moment deter you,” Soriyan says. “Keep going and keep going strong.” This doesn’t mean to plow ahead alone, ignoring your fatigue. “Reach out for help where you need to,” he says. “Sit down and rest for a while if you need to. Take stock. Reassess. Learn about yourself. Understand your mistakes. But get up again and keep going.”

Finally, it’s important to remember that, although people would like it to be otherwise, life was not designed for uninterrupted stretches of ease, Akindele says.

“You will have a lot more ordinary and bad days than good ones,” he says. “You will have days where you are scrapping and fighting to survive, and days when nothing good or bad happens – just plain, simple, regular days. So when the glory days come, enjoy them.”

About Dr. Akintoye Akindele 

Dr. Akintoye Akindele, co-author of A Love Affair with Failure: When Hitting Bottom Becomes a Launchpad to Success, is the Chairman and CEO of Platform Capital Group. As an investor, best-selling author, and philanthropist, he is committed to enhancing Africa’s role in the global economy. In addition to his many roles in business, Dr. Akindele is a lecturer and faculty member of the University of Lagos Business School. He holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the International School of Management in Paris. Dr. Akindele lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

About Olakunle Soriyan

Olakunle Soriyan, co-author of A Love Affair with Failure: When Hitting Bottom Becomes a Launchpad to Success, is the Chief Knowledge Officer and Lead Strategist at Kenneth Soriyan Research and Ideas LLC. He is also CEO of Africa House, a platform linking investors with entrepreneurs and innovators of African descent. Soriyan’s skills have served various arms of governments and many organizations in different parts of the world including Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Total and Shell. He lives in Plano, Texas

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 8 – Snyder: The Unknown Secret for Business in West Texas

In this episode of Community Connection, join GSLI’s Eric Kleinsorge as he speaks with Doug Dowler to learn why Snyder, TX is such an unknown secret to business, find out if it’s true we can find a white buffalo around the courthouse, and how this small town delivers a highly educated and affordable workforce.

For more information on the Development Corportion of Snyder, TX visit https://growsnyder.com/

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RECOGNITION = RETENTION

 

Employers Can Thwart the Great Resignation Through Recogition & Career Growth Opportunities

One thing Dan Johnston and Michele Bailey agree on is lack of career growth is among the reasons so many people have left/are
leaving the workforce.

Johnston is the founder and CEO of WorkStep, a San Francisco maker of workforce retention software. WorkStep recently collected the insights of 16,000 employees at some of the top companies in the U.S.

“The top reason for turnover is career growth,” concluded the survey, which further defined the problem as “the inability to create a roadmap to climb the ladder and connect with managers for support.”

Other top drivers for quitting include unclear job expectations, lack of safety and limited peer coaching and feedback from leadership.

Surprisingly, perhaps, is pay ranked as the No. 7 reason people self-terminate—even though increasing salaries is the top strategy employers rely on to attract new workers.

The fact that lack of career growth topped the WorkStep survey would not surprise Bailey, the ForbesBooks author of The Currency of Gratitude: Turning Small Gestures into Powerful Business Results. Ticking off ways employers can retain workers, she includes: “encourage professional development.”

Forward-thinking, growth-oriented companies hire talented people with the capability of taking on bigger responsibilities, she notes.

“Professional development provides the opportunity for steps up in their career path,” Bailey says. “Employees who do not see a clear path are at risk of leaving.”

The founder and CEO of The Blazing Group, a brand and culture agency born of Bailey’s “strategy-first approach” to business and desire to enhance employee wellness in pursuit of business goals, she also created My Big Idea, a mentoring program designed to propel individuals toward their personal and professional goals.

Other things employers should do to keep good workers is build culture by acknowledging the whole person. While “work-life balance” has gotten a lot of attention during the pandemic, Bailey says good leadership ensures that balance is in place by going the extra mile to know employees, and to listen to their concerns, whether personal or professional.

“The reality is that all of us bring our personal selves to work and our work selves home with us,” she says. “When something is going well or poorly in either space, it tends to seep into our attitudes and
behavior in the other. When you address the overall wellness of your people as part of your business mandate, you have people well-aligned and rowing in the same direction.”

Creating an army of brand ambassadors can empower employees, who will feel as if their voices are being heard—and will thus perform their best work, something Bailey backs up with statistics from Gallup and Salesforce.

“Many businesses tout themselves as collaborative workplaces with great cultures; however, worker frustration suggests that the reality is otherwise,” she says. “A good culture is a place where they’re
freed to flourish, energized and proud to represent the brand to clients.”

Bailey further suggests that rewarding and recognizing jobs well done should be part of any business plan.

“Showing gratitude to your workforce is imperative to having a successful business,” she says. “Eventually people want you to
show them the money–and you must if you truly value them–but frequent shows of gratitude in any form should be consistent
and timely.”

Bailey will get no argument on that point from David Friedman, the author of Culture by Design: How to Build a High Performing Culture Even in the New Remote Work Environment. The founder and CEO of CultureWise, a turnkey operating system for small to midsize businesses to create and sustain a high-performing culture,
Friedman formerly presided over RSI, an award-winning employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm that was named one of
the best places to work in the Philadelphia region seven times.

Having taught more than 6,000 CEOs about work culture and led more than 500 workshops on the subject, Friedman believes, “Recognition is the best way to boost employee engagement, productivity and profit while significantly strengthening your
culture.”

He adds, “It may seem intuitive that employees who are thanked and recognized for their work are happier and, as a result, perform better. But unfortunately, managers may be busy with other tasks or have an attitude of ‘If you don’t hear anything, assume you’re doing a good job.’ That approach loses good people who were very valuable. 

That’s something U.S. businesses cannot afford to continue considering the record numbers of workers who are leaving their jobs, something Friedman notes has been blamed on a lack of appreciation from employers.

Appreciation is an especially important factor to a large segment of the workforce— millennials and Gen Z. In a poll taken shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began, 79% of millennial and Gen Z respondents said an increase in recognition and rewards would
make them more loyal to their employer.

With companies losing talented people and struggling to fill open positions, leaders need to know how to make employee recognition and appreciation a more consistent part of their work culture, Friedman contends.

He also cites benefits to company leaders praising teams as well as individuals, pointing to the Gallup survey that shows giving kudos
to teams can encourage collaboration, inspire trust, clarify organizational goals, improve quality and reinforce a team’s sense of
purpose.

“Praise for a job well done should flow across all levels of the organization–peer to peer, manager to their direct report, and
direct report to their manager,” Friedman says. “Remember your remote workers–they may already be feeling disconnected from the
workplace, so remind them that you notice and appreciate their contributions.”

Yes, but appreciation must be authentic and individualized, according to Friedman, who notes that employees are savvy and
can see through an “everyone gets a trophy” mentality.

“Saying ‘great job’ is nice, but it’s much more meaningful if you detail the specifics of the person’s actions and how they helped
advance the company’s objectives,” he says.
“And if their efforts merit more than a compliment, or such efforts are a trend for them, then leaders need to figure out a fair tangible reward. Promotions with pay raises and increased responsibilities go the next step to show consistent high performers that they
are truly valued.”

Recognition should also be tailored to the recipient, he maintains. Some people enjoy being the center of attention, so a formal public recognition is ideal for them, Friedman says, while others avoid the spotlight and prefer a one-on-one acknowledgement. For a team
acknowledgment, a company-wide or departmental meeting might be a fitting forum.

“That’s a great way to show the link between the team’s accomplishments, company objectives and the importance of
working well together,” Friedman says.

It may pose a problem reaching remote workers, but he recommends leaders show their appreciation in person, noting, “the inperson touch has a lot more impact, especially when it comes from an executive with whom the employee has very little exposure.”

Friedman finds creating and maintaining a positive culture pays dividends when it comes to retaining workers.

“Culture change starts with identifying the specific behaviors that drive success in your company,” he says. “One of them should be
showing meaningful appreciation. That means regularly recognizing people doing things right, rather than frequently pointing out
when they do things wrong.

“Recognition leads to happy employees, better retention, and better business results. When your people know they are appreciated, really valued, it will make a huge difference in your day-to-day culture and in your growth as a company.”

 

Editor’s note: Since this story published, WorkStep released Q1 2022 turnover data that shows:

  • Lack of career growth remains the main factor driving workers out of their current positions (three quarters in a row)
  • Pay dropped in importance from #2 (Q4 2021) to #10 in Q1 2022
  • 77% of frontline supply chain workers are considering a job change in the next three months
  • 70% of frontline supply chain workers feel as if their voices aren’t being heard
  • 41% of respondents say management never asks for feedback

WorkStep’s linked research takes a deeper look at the frontline workforce’s sentiment toward their current roles.

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Money Bags: GLOBAL TRADE’S TOP BANKS FOR 2022

To determine the Top Banks for Global Trade 2022, we devised a points system based on the 2021 rankings of The Banker, which has
engaged in “global bank benchmarking since 1970,” Statrys, which was launched in 2018 with the goal of becoming the most accessible and feature-rich payment option for small and medium-sized enterprises, and a third, knowledgeable yet undisclosed source.

If you are wondering why our list includes so many Chinese banks, we’ll let The Banker and its ranking of 1,000 banks worldwide explain.

“There is little evidence of China— the country first hit by COVID-19—suffering any long-term economic damage as a result of the pandemic,” the site reports. “Its banks have actually managed to consolidate their position even further, with ICBC, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China
holding the top four positions for the fourth year in a row.”

Bank of America, which occupies Global Trade’s top slot as the points leader, and our runner-up JPMorgan Chase, which has been ranked as the top bank in the world by sources we did not rely on this year, can also thank The Banker for reaching as high as they did.

“For the most part, the major U.S. banks have held fast to their positions from the previous year,” The Banker states. “JPMorgan Chase remains in fifth position and is still the highest ranked U.S. bank in the Top 1,000 with $234.8 billion in Tier 1 capital, a 9.5%
year-on-year increase. Bank of America also remains in sixth position.”

Here are Global Trade’s top 10 banks of 2022.

1. Bank of America
Founded: 1998
Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina

From a naming perspective, Bank of America was founded in San Francisco in 1904, but it took its present form when NationsBank of Charlotte acquired it in 1998. BofA is now the second largest banking institution in the U.S., after JPMorgan Chase, and the eighth
largest bank in the world. Commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking are its primary financial services.

2. JPMorgan Chase
Founded: 2000
Headquarters: New York City

As of Sept. 30, 2021, JPMorgan Chase was the largest bank in the U.S., the largest bank in the world by market capitalization and the globe’s fifth largest in terms of total assets ($3.758 trillion).

While it’s not topping this list, JPMorgan Chase was No. 1 on Global Finance’s World’s Best Bank 2021 while also ranking as the World’s Best Investment Bank and the World’s Best Private Bank.

The institution has a reputation for being a commanding global presence in raising capital, processing payments, and committing to sustainability.

3. HSBC
Founded: 1836
Headquarters: London

The British multinational banking and financial services organization boasts of an international network that comprises around 7,500 offices in more than 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa.

4. (tie) ICBC, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China
Founded: 1984 (ICBC), 1954 (CCB) and 1951 (AgBank)
Headquarters for all three: Beijing

Industrial and Commercial Bank, which is owned by the Chinese government, was ranked as the largest bank in the world in 2017 and 2018. Besides heading The Banker’s Top 1,000 World Banks rankings each year from 2012 to 2019, ICBC was number one on Forbes’ list of the world’s biggest public companies of 2000.

Founded as the People’s Construction Bank of China, the name changed to China Construction Bank in 1996. In 2015, CCB was
the second largest bank in the world by market capitalization and the sixth largest company in the world. AgBank, as the hip kids call it, has 320 million retail customers, 2.7 million corporate clients and nearly 24,000 branches throughout mainland China and the world.

7. (tie) Citibank, Bank of China
Founded: 1998 (Citi) and 1912 (BofC)
Headquarters: New York City (Citi) and Beijing (BofC)

Citigroup, the third largest banking and financial services institution in the U.S., owns Citicorp, which is the holding company for Citibank. Yes, that’s a lot of Citi details, but it’s appropriate when the whole shebang has often been cited as being too big to fail. Citigroup has
more than 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries.

In February 2021, Jane Fraser became CEO and the first woman to hold such a position at America’s “Big Four” banks (Citi, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo). The second oldest bank still in existence in China, BofC became the second largest lender in its home country and the ninth biggest bank in the world by market capitalization on Dec. 31, 2019.

By the end of 2020, it was the fourth largest bank in the world by total assets, preceded by the big three China banks occupying No. 4 on our list.

9. BNP Paribas
Founded: 1848 (as BNP)
and 1872 (as Paribas)
Headquarters: Paris

The French international banking group, which became BNP Paribas in the year 2000, leads Europe in terms of business and profitability and was the seventh largest international banking group as of October 2021. It has a presence in 65 countries.

10. Santander Bank
Founded: 1902
Headquarters: Boston

Founded in 1902 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, as Sovereign Bank, it
is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish Santander Group. But Santander Bank is based in Boston and principally serves the northeastern United States. 

Special Guest - Brian Clark - North Carolina Ports

GT Podcast – Episode 125 – North Carolina Ports – A Smaller Port With Big Innovations And Improvements

In this episode of Logistically Speaking, we tap into the knowledge of Brian Clark, Executive Director of North Carolina Ports.   Learn more about the upgrade in their port and how that further increases the advantages a smaller port like North Carolina Ports has to offer.  We will also dive into what’s ahead in 2022 for supply chain issues everyone is faced with today.

For more information on North Carolina Ports visit https://ncports.com/

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Dubai Customs Confirms Seizure of 1.5 Tons of Prohibited Captagon

Dubai Customs confirmed a successful start to 2022 with the thwarting of the country’s largest haul of crushed captagon, known as an illegal stimulant, earlier this week according to a recent release.

A whopping 1.5 tons of the substance was discovered by duel efforts by the Customs Operations Room at the Sea Customs Center Management and the customs port control project, Siyaj. This successful inspection and protective outcome further positions Dubai Customs and its affiliated partners as leaders in protecting consumers and markets from illegal and potentially harmful materials, substances, and products.

“Safety and protecting our society is a strategic priority,” said H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. “This balance between protection, safety and security from one side and facilitating trade and tourism activity is not compromised. Dubai Customs’ people are very professional and always on the lookout for any illegitimate and suspicious activity without disrupting shipment clearance operations. This operation is an example of what we do to secure our borders. Dubai is, and will always remain, a safe place for investment and trade following the wise directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in fulfillment of the emirate’s bold plans and projects.”

Counterfeit and illegal products and substances are an added layer of potential disruption along the supply chain, particularly for customs clearance and affiliated operations. Dubai Customs proves once again the importance of reliable partnerships as a key driver throughout the process. Thwarting the clearing of such substances is not new for Dubai Customs, though. In 2019, an estimated 10.715 million pills in a matter of months.

“Dubai Customs never ceases to develop and improve their inspection systems. We have plans set to monitor, follow and intercept high-risk shipments, supported by our highly trained inspectors and sophisticated systems and devices.”

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A HOT 2021 FOR TRUCKING BRINGS A BLAZING 2022 FOR TRUCKING ALLIANCES AND ACQUISITIONS

Record earnings and cash flow in 2021 allowed carriers to add drivers, new and improved trucks and other equipment to keep up with an ever-demanding supply chain. But many trucking industry players did not stop there, forming alliances and purchasing competitors to position themselves for even greater rewards in 2022 and beyond.

On Jan. 5 of this year, GEODIS, a global transport and logistics giant, and Nashville, Tennessee-based CoreTrust, a leading commercial group purchasing organization and division of HealthTrust, announced a strategic alliance that will expand CoreTrust Logistics’ truckload freight offering to include a comprehensive full truckload (FTL) managed transportation solution. By tapping into the GEODIS network of more than 1,000 asset-based carriers, as well as its world-class managed transportation capabilities, CoreTrust members can enjoy better rates and end-to-end FTL shipment management, the companies contend.

Well known supply chain challenges—like finding a place to store goods, let alone drive them—have inflated prices for shippers, something that will be eased by the alliance, swears CoreTrust Assistant VP David Pollard. “Truckload rates have increased 25 to 30 percent, yet our members are confirming cost avoidance and significant savings with this comprehensive solution,” he said. “Even in this inflationary market, this alliance is driving achievable and quantifiable value across full truckload transportation for CoreTrust members.”        

Which explains why other concerns are hooking up with one another. Phoenix, Arizona-based Knight-Swift Transportation, which is one of North America’s largest and most diversified freight movers, made big moves in the less-than-truckload (LTL) space by buying AAA Transportation for a reported $1.35 billion in July and RAC MME Holdings for another $150 million in December. 

Knight-Swift’s goal of establishing a nationwide LTL network is helped greatly by acquiring AAA Transportation, whose roots date back to 1951 when an Alabama log hauler purchased a struggling truck line. AAA went on to blanket the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest, while Chicago-based RAC MME—the parent company of Midwest Motor Express and Midnite Express—has the upper Midwest and Northwest covered.  

RAC stands for Red Arts Capital, which partnered with Prudential Capital Partners, Brightwood Capital Advisors and several family offices in 2019 to acquire MME from the Roswick and Greenstein families, who founded the company in North Dakota in 1918. “With MME, we found the ideal opportunity to invest in an excellent business with an extensive network, including most metropolitan areas across its network geographic footprint,” explained Nicholas Antoine, co-founder and a managing partner at Red Arts Capital. “We are proud of our contributions to the company’s over 100 years of growth and service to the region, and believe that Knight-Swift provides MME the ideal home for its next phase of growth.”

In September, ArcBest acquired Chicago-based truckload broker MoLo Solutions for $235 million plus the potential for future earnout payments. Getting four-year-old MoLo, which expected 2021 revenue of around $600 million, propelled Fort Smith, Arkansas-based ArcBest to a Top 15 U.S. truckload broker with access to more than 70,000 carriers.

“ArcBest’s timely investment further accelerates growth by increasing the scale of our asset-light business, and MoLo’s proven ability to cultivate significant shipment growth with large shippers will be highly complementary and synergistic,” said Judy R. McReynolds, ArcBest chairman, president and CEO. “This acquisition capitalizes on our terrific business momentum and positions us to enhance value for all of our stakeholders, including our customers, employees, communities and ArcBest shareholders.” 

MoLo CEO Andrew Silver, who landed at ArcBest as part of the deal, said the partnership also “further advances the opportunity we have to achieve our vision. MoLo has been able to reach $600 million in annual revenues with only 500 shippers; in doing this deal, we can now tap into ArcBest’s 30,000 existing shippers and offer them the same level of service we’ve been providing our existing customers. In addition to that, we can now offer our customers a breadth of services we couldn’t before, including owned assets, increased drop trailer capabilities, LTL, expedited, outsourced transportation management, and more.”

Summertime deals were in the offing for 65-year-old Werner Enterprises, which acquired an 80% stake in Pennsylvania-based TL carrier ECM Transport Group for $142 million and final-mile carrier Nehds Logistics of Monroe, Connecticut, for $64 million.

“The addition of ECM’s skilled drivers, nondriver associates and terminal network strengthens our portfolio by adding short-haul expertise in a segment in which consumer demand and supply chain needs are growing,” said Derek Leathers, Omaha, Nebraska-based Werner’s chairman, president and CEO. He was similar in his praise of Nehds: “The addition of the Nehds operations, management team, talented staff and strong customer relationships to the Werner family represents a significant step forward in our Final Mile delivery program.” 

RLS Logistics is a leading cold chain 3PL, but it also offers managed transportation services and an LTL brokerage unit. With locations in Utah, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and its home state New Jersey, RLS spent 2021 adding partners in California, Massachusetts, Texas and another in the Keystone State.

However, you had to hop the northern border for the biggest deal of the year by LTL network size: Canadian trucking and logistics provider TFI International acquiring UPS Freight for $800 million in January 2021. Heading to the negotiating table with 38 terminals, the Montreal-based company walked away with 197 more facilities across North America—as well as about $3 billion in revenue.

Once the deal officially closed, TFI CEO Alain Bédard told analysts that 75% of his operations would be in the U.S., plans were afoot to aggressively bring down costs—and that the acquisition was unlikely to be the only collaboration with Atlanta-based UPS. More to come in 2022?

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Let the Show Begin: Conferences that Should be on your Radar in 2022.

With 2021 officially behind us, the supply chain and logistics industries look ahead to gauge the year’s conference opportunities to network, connect, and learn what’s in the works for industry players both near and far. From distribution and warehousing to shippers and maritime logistics, the following list provides something for everyone.

In this edition of our Datebook feature, we start with the end of January through the last day in March – allowing plenty of time for one to fill their trade show and networking calendar before the arrival of the next season. Grab your planner and check out these upcoming trade shows. You might even see us at a few of these.

Washington International Trade Conference

Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

wita.org

Leaders in international trade from across the U.S. and around the world come together to explore the trade landscape and look toward the future of trade. All virtual except for the luncheon on day two.

Convenience Distribution Marketplace

Feb. 7-9

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, Tampa, Florida

cdaweb.net

It’s the only national conference and trade show exclusively for U.S. wholesale distributors of convenience products.

Reverse Logistics Conference & Expo 

Feb. 7-9
The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada

rla.org

Improving brand reputation and customer satisfaction while increasing asset recovery is the secret sauce for 700 attending returns and reverse logistics professionals.

Supply Chain Visibility Conference

Feb. 9-11

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, Florida

hida.org

Health Industry Distributors Association manufacturers, distributors, group purchasing organizations and providers discuss ways to work together better to ensure product availability, improve forecasting and support patient care. 

LINK2022: The Retail Supply Chain Conference

Feb. 20-23

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas

rila.org

The Retail Industry Leaders Association gathers top executives in the retail supply chain to network and learn from each other. 

Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport Conference

Feb. 23-24

The Westin, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Industry leaders will offer their opinions on the river system, the economy and regulatory, logistical and transportation challenges at this 40th-anniversary conference.

TPM22

Feb. 27-March 2

Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California

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For the first time since 2019, Trans-Pacific Maritime reconvenes this must-attend conference for the global container shipping and logistics community. 

Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference

March 1-3

Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, California

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The 36th annual conference includes discussions on OEM, the supply chain landscape, Industry 4.0 and digitalization, the aviation ecosystem, mergers and acquisitions and more. Held concurrently at the same location on the first day (March 1) is the Aerospace Raw Materials & Manufacturers Supply Chain Conference that focuses on the military and commercial aircraft supply chain.

Distribution Management Conference & Expo

March 6-9

JW Marriott, Austin, Texas

hda.org

Healthcare Distribution Alliance’s largest supply chain education event is attended by 600 manufacturers, distributors, consultants and third parties who keep the pharmaceutical distribution industry moving. 

Air Cargo Americas

March 8-10

Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami, Florida

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Top executives from all sectors of the aviation and logistics industries exchange views and experiences to enhance the growth of the cargo industry in the Western Hemisphere. 

StocExpo 2022

March 8-10
Ahoyweg 10, Rotterdam, Netherlands

stocexpo.com

The largest and longest-running international bulk liquid storage event draws thought leaders from across the world.

Work Truck Week

March 8-11

Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

worktruckweek.com

North America’s largest work truck event is held concurrently with the Green Truck Summit, a conferenced dedicated to “the green revolution.” 

SWARS Annual Meeting

March 16-17

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, The Woodlands, Texas

swrailshippers.com

Southwest Association of Rail Shippers presents this open forum for railroads and shippers to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest. 

TCA Annual Convention 

March 19-22

Wynn Las Vegas Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

truckload.org

Receive the latest updates about the Truckload Carriers Association, which represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and intermodal container carriers operating throughout North America. 

Transportation and Logistics Council Conference

March 21-23

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida

tlcouncil.org

The goal of the 48th annual conference is to facilitate mutual understanding between shippers of brokers. 

On Course for the Future – the 2 + 2 on Innovation in Logistics

March 22-25

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California

aircargoforum.org

Transport Logistics Americas Forum and The International Air Cargo Association Executive Summit come together with programs and networking. 

Mid-America Trucking Show

March 24-26

Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky

truckingshow.com

The largest annual trade show dedicated to the heavy-duty trucking industry offers face-to-face interaction between industry representatives and trucking pros.

MHI MODEX 2022

March 28-31 

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia

modexshow.com

It’s the largest international supply chain expo held in North or South America. Solution providers demonstrate their equipment, systems and services to manufacturing, supply chain and transportation professionals.

CMA Shipping Conference

March 29-31

Hilton Stamford, Stamford, Connecticut

informaconnect.com

The expo hall will showcase leading technology, maritime equipment, fuel and lubricant, safety and sustainability suppliers, ship repair, navigation and communication, software solutions, energy, salvage and more.

Mexico’s Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit

March 31

El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, El Paso, Texas

mexicosupplychainsummit.com

Leading OEMs in Mexico and potential suppliers discuss the latest developments in manufacturing and supply chain dynamics south of the U.S. border.

magnate worldwide

GT Podcast – Episode 124 – Masterpiece International – Treating Every Shipment Like a Masterpiece

In this episode, Marie Bovey, Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales ILS for Masterpiece International shares with us her knowledge and tips on what to do to navigate through these challenging times for logistics. We talk about how the services of their Masterpiece International brand can help companies move products in an efficient and timely manner.

 

 

Check out more of our GT Podcast – Logistically Speaking Series here!