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Food Shippers of America has always strived to deliver an extraordinary learning and networking experience at each of our annual conference events. We were hoping for the same at our 66th Annual Conference in Palm Desert scheduled for February 28 through March 2, 2021. 

Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation, and in consideration of the health and wellbeing of all conference attendees, we have made the decision to cancel the 2021 event. We spent many hours evaluating alternatives including postponing the conference to a later date, conducting a virtual event, finding other potential locations as well as a combination of these options. Unfortunately, venue availability and timing made postponing the event not practical, and we felt a virtual event would not offer the robust networking opportunity we all look forward to at the annual conference. We are certainly disappointed as we had an exciting agenda prepared and will miss not being able to spend time together learning, connecting and doing business.  

 
 
   

Food Shippers of America is excited to announce that although we will not be meeting in person in 2021, our $22,500 in scholarships will still be awarded to deserving applicants. There will be a one-month extension to the original application deadline of December 15, 2020. The new deadline will be January 15, 2021. This extension will allow for even greater participation. The 2021 scholarships will be awarded in March 2021 and the winners will be listed in the Spring issue of Food Shippers bi-annual magazine.

 
 
   

Our Winter 2020 issue of Food Shippers of America magazine is also available in digital format. This issue features articles from industry leaders on topics ranging from the changes the ongoing global pandemic is having on the food and beverage supply chain, including warehouse capacity, e-commerce and order fulfillment, and how driver capacity and employment continues to be impacted. In addition, FreightWaves analyst Kevin Hill will give us insight into the Spot Rate Market. Please click here for immediate access. 

Previous issues of Food Shippers of America may be found in our association website archives, or by clicking here.

 

Food Shippers of America is looking for FSA Members to profile in upcoming issues of the bi-annual Food Shippers of America magazine.

Tell us what your New Normal looks like. Perhaps how your company jump-started its own recovery in the wake of the pandemic or the best practices your team has developed to ensure continued resilience and adaptability moving forward. We offer a unique opportunity for FSA Members to share with our readers their company's goals and successes, visions and innovations. 

If you would like your FSA Member profile to appear in our print and digital publications, please contact Food Shippers at media_advisor@foodshippersofamerica.org.

 

Thank you to all our members for your continued support!

 

Food Shippers of America has implemented the following change to its membership dues structure effective July 1, 2020.

Membership in the Food Shippers of America trade association is limited to individuals engaged in the business of shipping or receiving food and related productions in the Food and Beverage industry where an individual is someone who conducts business on behalf of a company who has, or maintains, physical ownership of these products within the supply chain.

 
   
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Bob Costello, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of the American Trucking Association, will present current economic data and its effects throughout the Supply Chain during a Food Shippers of America webinar at 11 a.m. EST on March 2, 2021.

Information on how to register for this event will be included in the January FSA eNewsletter.

 
 
   

Dear Food Shippers of America: 

As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to extend our heartfelt appreciation for your extraordinarily generous gift to Meals on Wheels America this year. Your organization’s donation could not have come at a better time.

 
 
   

#EPASmartWay partners are going above and beyond in these challenging times, delivering a record number of packages across the country. This holiday season, you can count on them to deliver both the joy and a more sustainable future. #sustainability #fuelsavings epa.gov/smartway

 
 
   

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is making its monthly magazine, 3PL Perspectives, available to all FSA members and suppliers. Please click here for a view of TIA's December issue. 

For more information about any articles appearing in 3PL Perspectives, contact Chris Burroughs at burroughs@tianet.org

 
   
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