March 17, 2020
Logistics Weekly

Did You Know on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic? TIA has created a reference guide for our members to share with their customers to limit and prevent the likelihood of being exposed to this virus. Shippers, receivers, and truck drivers that are in personal contact (as they facilitate the movement of freight) need to be aware of – and take – necessary steps in order to minimize and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As an industry, we are in this together and, as such, we all need to look out for one another. If you are a shipper or receiver, consider providing truck drivers with a bottle of hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes to keep them healthy (and keep our nation’s freight moving).

The Centers for Disease & Prevention (CDC) also recommends following 6 key steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which TIA has summarized in a downloadable PDF.


Dear Members & Friends -

First, the Mayor of Austin called late Friday afternoon to let me know that the TIA Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition would not be allowed to be held April 1-4. During this call, I thanked the Mayor for the best (worst) news I’d ever received.

The city’s order triggered the force majeure provisions in our contracts and insurance. TIA’s Meetings Department is currently working with our key exhibitors and the JW Marriott Austin to work through alternatives. We will let you know how we plan to proceed later today.

The second item is that TIA Staff will follow the federal government’s direction and allow liberal telework. All our direct phone numbers are forwarded to our cell phones, so we can be reached directly during normal business hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST. Staff is also equipped with laptops or Surface tablets, and TIA maintains a robust VPN, so maintaining connectivity will not be an issue. We will continue to serve you as you serve your customers.

Finally, to me, this is what it must have felt like in Britain in September of 1939 knowing that they were going to war with Germany. And, since I am a 1940’s music junky, I’ll close these updates with a tune from that era.



Robert A. Voltmann, CAE
President & CEO
Transportation Intermediaries Association

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Industry News and Advocacy

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Please take a few minutes to review the list of TIA Member Candidates for the month of March. If you have any information on why a Candidate should not be accepted into membership, please contact TIA immediately. Opposition or inquiries must be submitted in writing. A copy of the inquiry will be sent to the Candidate.

If you have any questions or objections please contact by e-mail at or call 703.299.5700.

I’ve been a sales compensation consultant for 22 years. During that time, I have experienced the boom and subsequent quick bust, September 11, the worst economic recession in a generation, and all manner of natural disasters that have impacted earnings under incentive compensation plans. There has been nothing like COVID-19, however, and many of the rules that we have all learned to play by simply will not work for this situation. - Prosperio Group Managing Principal, Beth Carroll

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We are facing new challenges in our lives daily with each new development. Many of you are figuring out how to quickly shift your workforce to remote working. Some of you are dealing with unprecedented freight volumes (or complete shutdowns) and all are coming to grips with changes in HOS announced last week.

All of this means your compensation plans (if too variable or not variable enough) are about to go haywire.

This FREE webinar will present some ideas of how to manage staff morale and motivation during this unprecedented time, keep your comp costs under control, and ensure you have a functional workforce when it’s over ... and it WILL be over.

Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Presented By: Beth Carroll | Prosperio Group

Register Now!

QUESTIONS? Contact the TIA Education Department at or 703.299.5700.

Register now for the Certified Transportation Broker (CTB) course that began Jan. 6, 2020. The online exam will be administered next Saturday - March 28, 2020. The CTB program is the most widely recognized designation among 3PLs and sets you apart from your industry peers. Learn More and Register Here.

"As an HR professional working in the logistics industry, I have gained some understanding of the transportation and logistics world from my co-workers and being involved in the business. However, I never had the framework from the ground up—this course grew my knowledge immensely and gave me that foundation. It has increased my confidence to engage in conversations and it has earned me additional respect from my fellow logistics team members. I am very happy that I am now certified!" – Erica Wertanen, CTB - Automated Logistics Systems

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Tucker, Education Manager, at

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