The goal of any third-party logistics (3PL) provider is to get resources shipped as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. So, how do you stay on top of the latest industry trends to ensure you’re delivering the best value for your customers?
The short answer: Attend the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) 2017 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition. This year’s TIA conference is right around the corner, April 5-8 in Las Vegas, and offers the only (and largest!) gathering of 3PLs in the country. The TIA conference brings together top industry thought leaders to discuss trends, technologies, and business improvements.
This year, the Banyan Technology team invites you to meet us at booth #909! I’m also leading a panel discussion — skip the list to #5 to learn more.
As we count down the days to the TIA Conference, our team has selected a few of the sessions we simply cannot miss. Check out our list below of the top five sessions we recommend attending this year, and see the full TIA conference agenda here.
Top 5 Sessions of TIA 2017 Capital Ideas
(listed in order of presentation date & time)
1. Improve Shipper and 3PL Communications
The relationship between a shipper and 3PL should be a well-oiled machine. However, a lack of visibility into shipping status or potential cost savings may mean the relationship isn’t working to it’s full potential.
Want to see how to gain a mutually beneficial relationship with your shipper? Learn from an expert panel during the session, “How Are Shipper’s Leveraging Their Relationships With 3PLs?” The panel will answer questions around:
- Improving efficiencies
- Cost savings
- Bettering communications
Check out this panel session on April 6 at 8 a.m.
2. The Latest in 3PL Technology
It’s no secret that technology has disrupted just about every industry. It’s improved efficiencies, quickened communications, and alleviates professionals from mundane, manual tasks.
What 3PL technologies are you utilizing to improve day-to-day tasks? Find out what others are using to increase value and better productivity during the session, “Trending Technology.”
>>> Want to see a technology that increases visibility and uncovers unnecessary shipping costs? Contact us now for a demo of Banyan Technology.
If technology is on your mind during this year’s TIA Conference, mark your agenda for this session on April 6 at 10:30 a.m.
3. Build Relationships with Top-Notch Carriers
How would you answer the question, “Do you know how to really recruit good carriers?”
It seems simple at first: of course I do, I wouldn’t be in business if I didn’t. But, what you may not realize is that if you’re searching for a relationship with a carrier that can withstand the test of time, you may need some tips.
Head to the session, “Know How to Really Recruit Good Carriers?” for tips if you’re having a tough time developing long-term relationships with carriers.
This session takes place on April 6 at 2 p.m.
4. Gut-Check Your Current Company Lineup
When was the last time you did a gut-check on your current staff? Take some time to reflect on your current staff to see if they’re really living the core beliefs of your company.
Check out, “Would You Enthusiastically Rehire Everyone in Your Company?” for a session that goes beyond plugging holes and filling needs. Attend for tips on how to assess the employees who currently work for you, and how to change your hiring practices for the future.
This session is held on April 6 at 2 p.m.
5. Rethink the LTL Challenge
The changing landscape in the less than truckload (LTL) market is causing 3PLs to think on their toes as they strive to deliver value. Learn what other forward-thinking 3PLs are doing to learn from these challenges, rather than fall behind.
During the session, “The LTL Reality Check,” you’ll hear from me, Lance Healy, chief innovation officer at Banyan Technology, on trends like:
- Omni-channel distribution
- Small package influence
- Increasing first and last mile deliver options
- Blurred lines with parcel carriers
- API vs. rate tables
- Automated volume quotes
- Eliminating annual RFPs
- And much more!
Connect with me on LinkedIn here. And, check out more during this session on April 8 at 2 p.m.
Say hello to the Banyan Team!
Like we mentioned, the Banyan team will be at TIA this year at booth #909. Stop by to see how our live connections solution improves visibility and communication, and ultimately cuts freight costs. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a free Apple Watch!
Pre-register for the Apple Watch giveaway here, and remember to stop by our booth during the TIA 2017 Capital Ideas Convention & Exhibition.