CLDA Conference Focuses on Shipper-Carrier Best Practices
Marking its 30th anniversary as a leading association representing those who keep the wheels of commerce rolling in North America, the Customized Logistics & Delivery Association annual meeting brought together 400 members of the industry for three days of networking, educational sessions and focus groups. The logistics industry association meeting was held May 3-5 in Orlando, Fl., and focused on shipper-carrier best practices and creating new business opportunities for CLDA members.
CLDA Annual Meeting & Expo Chair Chuck Moyer said conference planners’ aim was to provide participants the opportunity to walk away with new business contacts, state-of-the-art technology updates, business best practices and information necessary to remain competitive and meet the ever-changing needs of shippers.
QCS Logistics Vice President Jason Burns, a CLDA Board Member since 2011, was conference co chair again this year. This year’s conference introduced a dual track schedule, expanding the educational sessions and allowing attendees to customize their experience with sessions focused on their particular job function, issues and interests. “We really work to provide opportunities to help educate our members and make them more appealing to the shippers so we can continue to grow,” Burns said.
The conference was designed to develop a dialogue between shippers and logistics companies to ensure third party logistics providers have the tools and insights to establish strategic partnerships with shippers, Burns said. Returning to the 2017 conference was the CLDA Exchange, a marketplace of more than 20 large shippers. In addition, Shipper/Carrier Focus Groups paired shippers and experienced carriers for discussions on the needs and requirements of supply chain businesses operating in various vertical markets, such as medical transportation, refrigerated delivery, home delivery, auto parts and retail. “These sessions were really instructive,” Burns said. “We put together shippers and carriers to highlight best practices from both perspectives on how to serve that particular vertical.”
Keynote speaker and global transportation and shipping consultant Satish Jindel discussed how retail trends and the demands of B2C e-commerce are reshaping distribution patterns and challenging brick and mortar stores, online retailers and transportation service providers alike. Jindel focused on how less-than-truckload carriers are looking for how to tap into the e-commerce revenue stream, Amazon’s growing private fleet, and the challenge of traditional parcel carriers to provide last-mile services profitably.
The CLDA Fall Forum and Lobby Day is scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Washington, D.C., while the 2018 CLDA Annual Meeting & Expo takes place at the Hyatt Hotel in New Orleans, La.
Legislative Updates Topic of CLDA Advocacy Luncheon
The conference also provided an update on legislative issues the association is focused on during an Advocacy Lunch with Charlie Black of Washington, D.C.-based governmental relations firm Prime Policy Group.
Independent Contractor Clarity
A main focus of the CLDA’s legislative efforts is to protect the right to use independent contractors for businesses that depend upon them to meet fluctuating customer demand. Focusing on the impact of the latest rulings on businesses that use independent contractors and what actions companies can take to protect themselves from IC misclassification risks provides companies relying on independent contractors more clarity to stay in compliance.
Laws passed in Arkansas, North Carolina, and Indiana to regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber include provisions that require drivers for these companies to be classified as independent contractors. Pending legislation in two other states—Ohio and Florida—contain similar clauses. Florida lawmakers are expected to pass a measure that classifies drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft as independent contractors rather than employees. The bill, approved by the legislature last month, creates statewide protections for both consumers and drivers and has the potential to limit the number of lawsuits against companies in which drivers sue over workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment benefits.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin Electronic Logging Device Rule
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last year approved a rule aimed at instituting data-driven regulations that balance motor carrier (truck and bus companies) safety with efficiency. Transportation service providers have until the end of the year to comply with the regulations, which will require the carrier to install an onboard electronic logging device (ELD) to track driver Hours of Service (HOS) and Record of Duty Status (RDS). Electronic logging devices automatically record driving time by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information.
With a few exceptions, commercial motor vehicle drivers who are required to keep paper logs recording their hours of service will need to either use an ELD or a device meeting older requirements for automatic on-board recording devices. The rule permits the use of smart phones and other wireless devices for recording driving hours so long as they satisfy technical specifications approved by the agency. The electronic logging device mandate takes effect Dec. 17, 2017.