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2018 EDGE Session Feature Presented by NASSTRAC: Logistics 2030 - Navigating a Disruptive Decade

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That is the basis of "Logistics 2030: Navigating a Disruptive Decade," a robust multiyear research effort aimed at guiding logistics and supply chain professionals through the uncertain times that lie ahead. Kicked off earlier this year with the first in what will be an ongoing series of focus groups, executive interviews, and surveys, "Logistics 2030" is led jointly by the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC); the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP); DC Velocity and its sister publication, CSCSMP's Supply Chain Quarterly; and Auburn University. Among its objectives are:

  • To identify critical challenges and opportunities facing the logistics field in the next 10 years, with an emphasis on workforce development, freight transportation, strategic practices, and enabling (and potentially disruptive) technologies.
  • To develop recommendations and best practices to help companies navigate these emerging challenges.
  • To raise general awareness, particularly at the state and federal levels of government, of the importance of logistics to the broader national and global economies, with a focus on regulation and infrastructure investment.

"The goal of the project in the first year is to redesign the transportation management function within the shipper community," explains NASSTRAC Executive Director Gail Rutkowski.  "This project will allow us to rip apart the transportation functions currently being performed among shippers and redefine them, as well as identify the new skills needed for shippers to 'push up' into their new responsibilities."

The future is coming at us fast.  Logistics 2030 aims to help guide the way.  Don’t miss our shipper panel “Logistics 2030 – Navigating a Disruptive Decade” in the Transportation Track at this year’s EDGE Conference.  The Panelists from the first two focus groups will share their thoughts and observations about trends that will shape freight transportation in the next ten years.