Conference theme is ‘Leveraging the Last Mile’
This week, some 400 representatives and company decision-makers will participate in the premiere event of the logistics and delivery industry, the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association’s (CLDA) annual convention. This year’s CLDA Annual Meeting & Exposition, which takes place May 11 to 14 at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., will have every facet of the customized logistics and delivery industry represented and opportunities for education, networking and business development.
QCS Logistics Partner and Director of Business Development Jason Burns is a CLDA board member and convention chair responsible for heading up the show’s coordination. James L. Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide Inc., will be keynote speaker kicking off the industry’s largest gathering of customized logistics delivery providers and shippers with his presentation “Final Mile – The Role of LTL.”
The theme of the 2016 conference is "Leveraging the Last Mile," which was chosen based on feedback from conference attendees who appreciated the introduction of the Shipper’s Panels during the 2015 conference. The panels allowed carriers to establish new business relationships with first and last mile logistics firms looking for solutions to the last-mile delivery demands of e-commerce.
This year the CLDA is advancing this effort with the launch of the new CLDA Exchange, three one-hour exchange sessions where members will have an opportunity to introduce his/her company and share their service capabilities with prospective clients that will hopefully lead to new business partnerships for carriers and shippers. In addition to the CLDA Exchange, the exposition will introduceCarriers Row, featuring regional last mile providers who are interested in developing partnerships with other agents to support their customers’ needs across the country. Amazon, FedEx Ground, DHL eCommerce, AAA Cooper Transportation, Roadrunner Transportation Systems and Dealer Tire are only a few of the 20+ LTL carriers and shippers participating in Carriers Row and the conference.
This year’s agenda also consists of Focus Group roundtables, panels on current industry topics and a luncheon for CLDA Advocacy Donor members.
Crediting the CLDA Board of Directors and Executive Staff and CLDA President Kirk Godby for their dedication to the same day logistics industry, Burns said a team of individuals worked together to thoughtfully prepare the conference with the vision to help members grow in their expertise and business connections.
“The CLDA Board and executive staff truly wanted to provide value to attendees at the show, whether shippers, last mile providers, vendors or sponsors,” Burns said. “The CLDA is committed to being the industry’s trusted source for education, networking and government affairs, and this event is one of the best opportunities to learn about the latest legislation, training issues and future trends in our industry.”
“I would like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to help to make this a successful event,” Burns said. “Most importantly, we are thankful to all of our event sponsors and vendors for their commitment to our association and the Same Day Logistics industry.
About the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA)
Founded in 1987, the CLDA is a non-profit trade association that advances the interests of the customized logistics and delivery industry through advocacy, networking and education. As an industry thought leader and representative for over 400 member companies, the CLDA is committed to providing the resources and education for first and last mile carriers to stay educated about industry trends and opportunities.