Learning Pods

14 Business-Focused Learning Pods


As the most critical connection between you and your customer, find out how together, you and the carriers can deliver packages more efficiently. Executives from the Big 4—USPS, FedEx, UPS and DHL eCommerce—will give you unique insight on what new services are in the works and how existing services can improve delivery performance, whether it be speed, 3PL, cost reduction or other strategies.

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501 – PEER-TO-PEER How Shield HealthCare Improved Delivery by Using Regional Carriers
605 – Transportation: What is Possible, What is Probable and What is Predictable?
703 – PEER-TO-PEER #WishIKnewThen: Transportation Management

DC Efficiencies


Time is money! So, optimizing your order-to-ship cycle is imperative to keeping customers happy and coming back. You’ll learn how to evaluate your DC’s efficiency and then tackle the issues that are most problematic in keeping your operation lean.

Also consider…
200 – INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP Planning for the Future of Distribution
303 – Adapting a Warehouse for Speed
606 – ARM Yourself for Success in Developing the Supply Chain of the Future

Carrier 411


We live in an “instant gratification” world. Customers, both consumers and businesses, want deliveries NOW. In many cases, how fast you can deliver goods can be the deciding factor on whether to buy or not to buy. Explore how to develop a fast transit strategy, from all perspectives—transportation, DC operations and technology.

Also suggested…
207 – How Automation Can Improve Your Order Picking Process
405 – How Petco Overcame the Challenges of Ship-from-Store Fulfillment
503 – Parcel Optimization for Small- and Mid-Sized Companies

Fulfillment Strategies


Fulfillment strategies are shifting to satisfy today’s buyers. As delivery times and costs become a critical factor in your company’s bottom line, finding the right technologies and DC locations has become pivotal. While eCommerce companies are setting the trends, all fulfillment operations are being affected by these shifts in buying behavior.

Also go to…
300 – Optimizing Your International Supply Chain
305-306 – MINI INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP How to Build a Supply Chain Based on Customer Behaviors
504 – Two Underused Services: 100weight & LTL

Transportation Planning


In your quest to drive down costs while delivering goods faster, and with the emergence of new delivery services and companies, your transportation plan is becoming more complex. Let us simplify some of those challenges. Find out how to develop a multi-carrier strategy, incorporate regionals and LTLs into your transportation mix, use cost-effective services and compete with those big trend-setting eCommerce companies.

Also of interest…
108 – ASK THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: Q&A with the Transportation Knowledge Team
301 – Inside a Major Retailer’s STRATEGIC Plan to Improve Delivery Time
705 – 5 Most Important Things to Know about Governing the Supply Chain

Data Analytics


The easy part is collecting the data. The hard part is understanding how to analyze it and put forth a plan that improves the customer experience. This Pod includes an EXCLUSIVE Live Benchmarking event!

Also recommended…
100 – MASTERING Parcel Contract Negotiations
507 – Successful Transportation Procurement: A Comprehensive Walk-Through
704 – PEER-TO-PEER #WishIKnewThen: Big Data 101

Parcel 101


If you are new to the industry or taking on new responsibilities in your company, this Pod was designed specifically for you. Seasoned professionals will share what they wish they had known when they started out. They will delve into the most important things to know in transportation, operations, data analysis and management to give you a helping hand in starting off with a solid knowledge base—beneficial to both you and your company.

Also attend…
205 – Right Sizing Automation for Your DC
402 – What It Takes to Have a Successful Fulfillment Operation
408 – Top 20 Takeaways from the Conference



Wouldn’t it be great if you could predict rate increases before they happen? You’d be considered a “genius” in your company. How about the next best thing? Highly educated forecasts by “in-the-know” experts will shed light on what’s coming in rate and accessorial changes so you can better prepare 2018 budgets for your company and know how best to negotiate contracts.

Also go to…
101 – DHL eCommerce: Now & Into the Future
102 – USPS: Now & Into the Future
103 – FedEx: Now & Into the Future
104 – UPS: Now & Into the Future

DC Automation


Investments in the right technology and infra-structure to automate your distribution center are critical to your company’s ability to drive down costs, assure accuracy and be as efficient as possible from order entry to the dock. We tackle hot-button issues which can affect the DC environment.

Also check out…
204 – Conveyor-Based Picking or Cart-Based Picking?
407 – Cartonization: Key to Reducing Unexpected DIM Costs
607 – Technology Changes So Rapidly; What’s Next

Customer Experience


What do customers have to do with your operational, technology and transportation decisions? Everything. At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping your customers happy and revenues up. Understanding their behaviors will help you create a supply chain that responds to their needs and keeps your company at the forefront of their minds when they do buy.

Also suggested…
302 – Inside Bounty Hunter Wines’ TACTICAL Plan to Improve Delivery Time
304 – Out-of-the-Box Delivery Options Make Quick Transit Possible
404 – Redefining Fulfillment in the Age of the New Consumer

Packaging Techniques


It’s a consumable with a very important ROI. Packaging can keep a customer or lose a customer. Packaging can deliver a product intact or damaged. Packaging can cost you more or cost you less in shipping charges. Find out how to avoid the negatives of packaging and capitalize on the positives.

Also attend…
203 – Making the Returns Process Efficient
307 – Free Shipping & Damaged Packages: Your Decisions Can Get & Keep a Customer
506 – How Essendant Solved Complex Pricing in a B2B Environment

Advanced Pricing


Transportation spend is more critical today than ever. Complex pricing structures in both B2C and B2B worlds have challenged the most knowledgeable transportation professionals. Step inside Drugstore.com and Essendant to find out how best to understand and collaborate with carriers.
BONUS: This Pod includes an interactive discussion by the experts.

Also recommended…
105 – How to Predict & Analyze the Impact of Carrier Rate Increases
106 – How to Predict & Analyze the Impact of Carrier Accessorial Increases
107 – How to Negotiate 2018 Carrier Contracts

Trend Watch


Staying on top of what is happening in the industry is important. However, knowing what is coming in the future is essential to staying competitive. In this Pod, we take you into the future of transportation, technology and the supply chain to help you start planning now to give your company a leg up on the competition tomorrow.

Also consider…
206 – Everyone Is Moving to the Cloud; Should You?
403 – The Labor Market & Its Impact on DC Site Selection
603-604 – Live & Interactive Shippers’ Benchmarking Survey

Capitol Hill


Change is an understatement when talking Capitol Hill and the White House today. But what has all this to do with you? As regulations change, so too will your operation. In this Pod, you will go along with a DC insider to find out just what is afoot and may affect your supply chain. You’ll also find out what are the most important regulations you need to know to help keep your company from lawsuits, fines and more.

Also of interest…
300 – Optimizing Your International Supply Chain
403 – The Labor Market & Its Impact on DC Site Selection
605 – Transportation: What is Possible, What is Probable and What is Predictable?