It's time to transform and future-proof your fleet

Updated Jul 27, 2021

Time is running out to register for CCJ's Symposium, which returns to an in-person event next month. 

"Time to Transform: Future-proofing your fleet operations for the road ahead" will be held August 9-11, in Birmingham, Alabama, and will connect fleets across the country in person, enabling them to gain valuable insights from industry leaders and prepare for the transformation of their operations, equipment and workforce. 

Carriers can register here

The agenda can be found here, and our speaker line up, here. Speakers are added almost daily, so please check regularly for updates. 

Among the topics that will be covered are:

The journey from commercial carrier to full-service transportation provider
Contracted freight is the bread and butter of any carrier operation. But what sets you apart from your competitors? Learn how to explore new opportunities and offer turnkey solutions to your customers as a full-service transportation provider.

Hear from Tim Almack, partner at Katz, Sapper & Miller; Jim Ward, president of D.M. Bowman, Inc., and current chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association; Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, BR Williams

How to use technology to manage risk and improve efficiency
Is your fleet prepared for a future of nuclear verdicts and rising insurance premiums? An expert in transportation risk management and a panel of fleet safety executives will outline today's reality and the future implications carriers need to prepare for.

Hear from Rob Moseley, founding partner at Moseley Marcinak Law Group; Eric Nelson, vice president of safety & recruiting, Smith Transport; Michael Lasko, manager of safety & quality, Boyle Transportation; Chris Haney, director of H.S.S.E. & HR, Payne Trucking

The post-pandemic fleet: Changes to embrace - and discard
The last year caused rapid changes in business operations, from driver communication and training to digitized workflows and remote work for front-office employees. What technologies and business changes are here to stay and what should fleets embrace going forward?

Hear from Matt Duncan, vice president of driver recruiting, Covenant Logistics; Mauricio Paredes, vice president of business technology, P&S Transportation

Finding the right gear: Do you need a new equipment spec'ing plan?
Urbanization trends, rising energy prices, short lengths of haul and a push for green energy all create the need for carriers to look at their equipment spec'ing through a new lens. What considerations are most important to future-proof your fleet? 

Hear from Mike Roeth, executive director, North America Council for Freight Efficiency 

[Related: Benore Logistic brings electric trucking to the southeast]

Finding profitability in renewable and alternative energy sources
Are electric, fuel cell or other alternative power trucks ready for the streets and highways in North America? Learn what works from a panel of fleet executives who have experience using alternative fuels and powertrains as well as what the limitations and future prospects are for alternative power.

Hear from Mike Roeth, executive director, North America Council for Freight Efficiency; Darren Epps, senior director of advanced vehicle technology, Ryder; Keith Wilson, president & CEO of Titan Freight Systems, Inc.; Mike McDonald, director of maintenance, Benore Logistics Systems

[Related: Starting the revolution: Fleets filling 2022 build slots for electric trucks]

Who will fuel the future?
As rapidly as truck makers are working to create viable alternative power options, these vehicles will only be as successful as the infrastructure available to refuel and recharge them on the road. Learn how power companies and travel stop centers are infrastructure support and charing and fueling options.

Hear from John Thomas, senior vice president of alternative energy, TravelCenters of America; Cedric Daniels, electric transportation manager, Alabama Power Company; Rachel Moses, commercial business head, Electrify America

What do Drivers Want?
A paycheck is just one consideration in what attracts a driver to a particular company and driving job. Learn the factors most important to drivers as they consider your company and tips to help set your fleet apart from the competition.

[Related: What do drivers want?]

The future of pay
From guaranteed minimums to annual salaries, carriers are coming up with new ways to approach the pay conversion with their drivers beyond the traditional by-the-mile pay model. Hear the latest driver pay statistics based on original CCJ research and discover the plans and packages most desired by today's drivers.

Hear from Rachel Lovell, vice president of people operations, Milan Supply Chain Solutions; Sergey Bort, vice president of marketing & strategic business development, GP Transco; Leah Shaver, president and CEO the National Transportation Institute

The California Conundrum
Barring a favorable ruling in The U.S. Supreme Court, California's AB 5 law will be a game-changer for trucking operations using independent contractors in the Golden State. Learn how to navigate the employment waters and limit customer disruption, even if you don't do business in California. 

Hear from Greg Feary, president and managing partner at Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary; Shawn Yadon, CEO, California Trucking Association

Trucking Economy Update
As the economy continues its meteoric rebound from the depths of the pandemic, what are the near and long-term prospects for trucking, and what threats could derail a healthy freight environment?

Hear from Eric Starks, chairman & CEO, FTR Transportation Intelligence

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