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CLDA’s Final Mile Forum & Expo

June 23 to 25, 2021, in person at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

June 2, 2021

Members of the supply chain will learn how to beat the odds and get back to business at the CLDA’s Final Mile Forum & Expo June 23 to 25. It will take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and will feature 10 educational sessions, more than 12 hours of networking events and new services and solutions from the 30+ exhibitors in the CLDA Exchange Hall.  The meeting is expected to be the logistics industry’s first national conference to be held in-person following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Setting the tone for the meeting will be a keynote presentation by rock and roll thought leader, Sandy Gennaro. Gennaro who will share the lessons he learned as a drummer to the stars and apply that wisdom to the world of logistics.  He’ll share strategies for honing leadership skills, managing change and retaining and motivating team members.

CLDA Advocacy Fund donors will hear from U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), a veteran of the logistics industry. Sen. Braun will address Advocacy Fund donors on issues of importance to the logistics industry and share his current priorities and matters of concern for those in the supply chain.

Educational sessions will include:

Thursday, June 24

Women in Logistics – Presented by Wendy Greenland, Openforce; Debbie Jacquin, Dealer Tire; Michelle Truman, SOS Global Express.  Moderated by Unna Edmonds, Am-Tran. The session will include a discussion of the challenges facing female professionals and the positive and negative impacts of being a successful woman in the logistics industry.

Is Our Future Insured? – Presented by Peter Berg, True North; Bryan Ice, Risk Strategies; Blake LeBrew, Gallagher and moderated by Brian Jungeburg, Risk Strategies.  The session will feature a discussion of the ever-changing insurance world and its impact final mile carriers, including rising insurance costs, the factors that contribute to these increases and what to expect in the years to come.

COVID 19 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Presented by Debbie Jacquin, Dealer Tire; Barry Nierengarten, Affordable Couriers and Ryan Rusnak, Coyote (a UPS company) and moderated by Tom Jowers, ADL Delivery.  In this session, participants will discuss the effects of COVID-19, with a focus on the financial impact to the industry and the future implications of the new delivery landscape.

Last-Mile Delivery: Shipper Expectations & Final-Mile Challenges – Drawing from a survey of over 1,000 retailers and providers, this session will cover ways that last-mile delivery providers can satisfy shippers.  Participants will learn how to stay competitive and make sure their 2021 initiatives are focused on meeting those expectations. They will learn about initiatives in logistics to scale delivery, reduce costs, better manage resources and increase sustainability to improved performance in 2021 and beyond.

Fireside Chat: Moving the Target – CLDA President Steve Howard will host a discussion with long-time industry veteran and visionary, Rob Howard, CEO of Kindred Motorworks. They will discuss the changes in the industry and continued impact on the supply chain landscape.

Friday, June 25

Airline Logistics: Can You Land the Business? – During this session participants will gain a working knowledge of freight forwarding and learn about best practices to pinpoint services that fit with their models.

Sustainable Customized Logistics – Presented by Jack Pyros, Momentum; Shawn Stockman, OnePak; Marc Ziade, Zoomo and moderated by Patrick Scardilli, Key Software Systems.  This session will cover the benefits of adapting sustainable green strategies; why it is crucial to prioritize greener fleets now and how technology enables sustainable logistics. From fleet electrification to recycled reverse logistics, this panel discussion will spotlight exciting new ways participants can engage in sustainable, green technologies.

Learning From 2020 and Performing In 2021: It’s Not Your Parents’ Final Mile – Presented by Jim Tompkins, Founder and Chairman, Tompkins International.

This presentation will highlight the opportunities, challenges, and requirements for having final-mile success in the 2021 peak season and beyond.

There will also be two roundtables where participants get the opportunity to discuss industry issues on a more personal level.  The Shipper Roundtables on Thursday bring together shippers, carriers, forwarders and brokers from around the country, including logistics program representatives to look for ways to do business together.  The Carrier Roundtables will take place on Friday.  Here like-minded individuals will discuss business strategies and share best practices.

Registration will stay open up to, and including, the first day of the conference.  Walk-up registration is available.  CLDA members receive a discount of more than 35 percent on their registration. To learn more about the event, visit