Facing key issues

It was Physics Nobel laureate Nils Bohr who said: “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.” Foreseeing is so tough because there are so many unknowns and uncertainties about what might happen. Some things are so unexpected, no one is prepared for them.

To help those involved in the distribution of temperature-controlled commodities prepare for tomorrow, the Truckload Carriers Association's 24th Annual Refrigerated Division Meeting focused on trends and developments impacting the industry, and offered insight into how to be primed to deal with the various scenarios and their ramifications.

Among the matters discussed at the meeting, held in mid-July in Copper Mountain, Colorado, were:

  • New technologies to more effectively manage the logistics process.

  • Product advances for better control and monitoring of refrigeration units.

  • Ever-changing rules and regulations impacting food distribution operations.

  • Transportation security and safety.

  • Competition from overseas suppliers.

  • Information management.

  • The shrinking truck liability insurance market.

Panelists and presenters shared their practical knowledge and experience, and offered diverse advice and approaches to help companies develop future capabilities for continued growth and success. Also put forward were recommendations and strategies for leveraging change in programmatic decisions, human resource management, and operational technologies.

Complete coverage of the meeting is presented here.

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