Mon | Jan 23

  • 6:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. KEYNOTE: Dayton Moore, General Manager of the Kansas City Royals
    Before Dayton Moore’s first season as general manager of the Kansas City Royals, the team had three consecutive 100-loss seasons. Moore, who formerly served as the Atlanta Braves’ assistant general, eventually saw the Royals to back-to-back World Series appearances, culminating in a 2015 World Series championship. Moore talks about his experiences in the front offices of two of baseball’s most storied teams and how the skills he learned can be applied to corporate America.
  • 9:05 a.m. Conference Chair Presentation
  • 9:20 a.m. Networking Break
  • 9:30 a.m. Guest Event: Château Élan Wine Tasting and Cooking Class
    Château Élan Winery & Resort offers luxurious amenities paired with southern charm. Guests will be transported from the Lowe’s to a 16th century French château situated on 3,500 acres located just a short distance outside Atlanta. Once there, visitors will tour the winery, taste the wine and indulge in a culinary experience of a lifetime.
  • 9:35 a.m. Thought Leader Session: The Captain’s Seat with David Congdon and Kevin Burch
    David Congdon, who ascended to the top role at Old Dominion Freight Line in January 2008, has helped the company emerge successfully from the downturn. As he’s confronted various trucking challenges, Congdon has gained valuable insights into the trucking industry. During his presentation, Congdon and Burch, chairman of the American Trucking Association and president of Jet Express will speak to current industry trends and address the road ahead in 2017.
  • 10:15 a.m. Thought Leader Session: The Changing Role of Intermodal in Railroad’s Portfolio
    North American railroads continue to pour a lot of hard-earned money and sweat into new infrastructure, technology and labor to meet intermodal’s high expectations. Join CSX president Clarence Gooden and discuss how Class 1 railroads are responding to changing market and product mixes – both commercially and operationally.
  • 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
  • 11:20 a.m. The Retailer’s Need for Speed
    As more consumers elect for ‘click-to-buy’ shopping, retailers are forced to demand faster, better service. From visibility to last mile, what are the newest and biggest challenges facing virtual retailers? Join our panel of leading retail experts from AWESOME as we lay out the retailer’s needs to grow the omni-channel experience.
  • Noon Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Global Economic Update with Dr. Don
    A long-standing tradition and highlight, ‘Around the Globe with Dr. Don’ is a session that doesn’t disappoint. Join Dr. Don Ratajczak, one of the most-respected economic forecasters of our time, as he shares his insights on the critical issues and trends directly impacting trade and transportation. From global economic challenges to manufacturing and housing starts, Dr. Ratajczak takes us around the globe in 45 minutes.
  • 1:45 p.m. U.S. Financial Update with Ben Hartford
    In 2016, the U.S. saw a rising improving job market, a lower debt burden and falling oil prices, which combined to improve transportation’s outlook. China’s ongoing deceleration revealed a slowdown in foreign market growth, and this, in turn, hampered greater growth in the U.S. economy. How do these global economic challenges truly impact U.S. transportation? R.W. Baird’s Ben Hartford takes a look back at an eventful 2016 and looks ahead to 2017.
  • 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
  • 2:45 p.m. Ask the Experts
  • 3:15 p.m. Opening Day Networking Reception
    As SMC³ opens Jump Start 2017, bask in the glory of America’s greatest pastime with a baseball-themed networking event. Monday’s reception will be full of fun surprises and special guests.

Tue | Jan 24

  • 6:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. Academy Workshop: Transportation Contract Law, Part I
    Improve your preparation, execution and management of transportation-related contracts with this one-day conference version of our popular Academy workshop led by Rob Moseley, head of the transportation industry group at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the essential elements governing transportation contract law, review different types of contracts, and explore the contract process and contract litigation. Can’t get away for all of Jump Start? You can also elect to attend simply this exclusive Academy workshop!*

    What will you learn?
    • The Contract’s 3-Part Process
    • Types of Contracts & Their Provisions
    • The Real World: Examples of Transportation Contract Litigation
    • Damages & Claims: Real-World Case Studies

    You can submit samples contracts for advance review by Rob Moseley for and these may be used as case studies during the workshop. Case studies must be received no later than Friday, December 18, 2015.

    Please submit your contracts to Danny Tomlinson  |  SMC³  |

    Workshop Instructor:
    Rob Moseley, Chairman, Transportation Industry Group  |  Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

    *Additional fees apply.
  • 8:00 a.m. Logistics Technology Summit: Embedded Analytics & Automatic Decisions
    Most transportation management systems provide companies with business intelligence in the form of KPIs. Join MercuryGate to explore the impact and strategic benefits of embedding the business intelligence businesses collect into the operational processes of transportation management systems to make routine decision-making automatic.
  • 9:05 a.m. Logistics Technology Summit: Inking Big-time Deals in TMS
    In 2016, a flurry of unprecedented deals involving private-equity investment firms and TMS providers dominated headlines and boardroom discussions. What’s driving the investment? Will the momentum carry over into 2017? Join a leading financial expert as we explore how this is reshaping the marketplace.
  • 9:45 a.m. Networking Break
  • 10:00 a.m. Guest Event: Shop Atlanta Experience
    Shopping malls, boutiques, upscale fashion areas and outlet shopping centers – the options for shopping in Atlanta are endless. Join us for some retail therapy!
  • 10:05 a.m. Logistics Technology Summit: Up to Speed – The Automatic Vehicle & Logistics
    We’ve all heard about the Internet of Things and how mobile is driving an onslaught of big data for better decision making. We’re also seeing an explosion of advancements in Vehicle-to-Vehicle technologies that will one day allow for truck caravans or even driverless vehicles. Experts in automated vehicle development will explore advancements in new driving technologies.
  • 10:45 a.m. Logistics Technology Summit: On the Move: Advancements in Intermodal Technology
    Since 1980, Class I railroads have earmarked more than $600 billion for capital expenditures and maintenance – that’s 40 cents out our every revenue dollar. One of the main reasons for this level of investment is to make intermodal a better choice for shippers. Join our industry expert as we explore new and emerging technological advancements for achieving greater intermodal efficiencies.
  • 11:30 a.m. Networking Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. Academy Workshop: Transportation Contract Law, Part II
    Damages & Claims: Real-World Case Studies
    Examine benchmark cases on motor carrier contract provisions and evaluate how the courts apply the law to today’s transportation contracts. Workshop participants may submit contracts and/or problem clauses for a “blind” review by our subject matter expert!
  • 12:30 p.m. BREAKOUTS:
    • Elevating Supply Chain Design
      Many global businesses still consider supply chain design a sporadic event, but this results in protracted project timeframes and short-sighted results. Savvy companies are bringing supply chain design in-house for continuous improvement and innovation. Join Llamasoft’s Jeff Metersky as he explores elevating supply chain design from an ad-hoc project to a core business process.
    • Cloud-based Software – Why Logistics Should Be All In
      From increased data and integrated communication to real-time analytics, cloud-based solutions are the supply chain’s biggest game changing opportunity. An expert in cloud-based software will discuss the current state of advanced supply chain technology and what’s possible today (and tomorrow) through cloud-based solution.
    • 3D Printing: Reshaping 3PLs
      Several components of the supply chain are being disrupted by 3D printing, not the least of which is commercial logistics. Join Dan Grigoras, director of business development for 3D Hubs, the world’s leading online 3D printing platform, as he analyzes how the technology got to where it is today and the broader implications on the supply chain.
    • The Last Mile: Utilizing Verticals for Advanced Success
      The portion of transit from the delivery center to the customer’s door continues to garner attention. The final-mile equation is now a perennial hot topic, and carriers, 3Pls, and final-mile servicers want to know how to increase optimization. A speaker from CLDA will examine the final-mile process and how lessons from verticals like “white glove” delivery may help in e-commerce and home delivery.
    • Staging Your Business for Buyers: How to Stage
      Just as with remodeling and staging a home, there are short-term and long-term decisions a company can make to increase the likelihood of a sale. Staging a business is something that can take years, but every owner should be doing it on some level. Join experts from Arnall Golden Gregory as they share common mistakes and cost-saving tips.
    • With all these changes, so what for my business?
      It seems new laws and new financial burdens are hitting carriers from every direction, and there’s no sign of Washington letting up. Join U.S. regulatory and governmental relations expert Randy Mullett to discuss the impact of recent rulings from the 3PL and carrier perspective.
  • 1:15 p.m. Networking Break
  • 1:25 p.m. BREAKOUTS:
    • #trendingnow: Automated DWS Solutions
      A greater demand for operation efficiency, speed and insight reverberates through the supply chain. What do industry insiders need to know to stay ahead of the curve? For both experienced users and first-time buyers, this session will provide critical insight on the current and emerging technologies redefining the value of automated dimension-weigh-scan (DWS) solutions.
    • Data Management & Cybersecurity Best Practices
      Transportation companies rely on data analytics to enhance operations. Considerable amounts of data regarding operations, customers and other third parties are amassed daily. Data management issues affect businesses of all sizes and across all industries. Join a data management and cybersecurity expert from Smith Moore Leatherwood and review how companies can protect valuable data and what to do in the event of a data breach.
    • Enterprise Parcel Planning & Execution in a TMS
      Transportation management systems help reduce freight spend and manage various transportation modes. But it can be hard to find a solution for parcel shipments due to the limitations of some systems. Join our TMS expert and see how the “right” best of breed TMS can be used for high-volume parcel execution.
    • In Comparison: Classification vs. Density-based Costing
      As density costing continues to gain ground in the LTL world, some see the classification system as on its way out. With a number of U.S. transportation professionals predicting a shift to greater use of density-based costing, NMFC expert Don Newell will highlight the key differences in methodology between density-based and classification costing.
    • Routing Optimization Solutions
      Route optimization tools help reduce transportation costs, fleet size, manpower and dispatch problems. With so many options, but not a lot of clarity, how do carriers begin the process of evaluating all the choices? An expert in routing optimization solutions will explore best practices for product selection.
    • Staging Your Business for Buyers: How to Sell
      Just as with remodeling and staging a home, there are short-term and long-term decisions a company can make to increase the likelihood of a sale. Staging a business is something that can take years, but every owner should be doing it on some level. Join experts from Arnall Golden Gregory as they share common mistakes and cost-saving tips.
  • 2:10 p.m. Networking Break
  • 2:20 p.m. BREAKOUTS:
    • The API Revolution
      With every advance in technology comes a change in how shippers, 3PLs, carriers and other industry players talk to one another. Application Programing Interface communication has been used by some industry trade groups for nearly a decade, but recent market pressures have brought new focus to API messaging as a replacement for EDI dispatches. In this session, industry experts will discuss API advances and why large shippers still rely on EDI.
    • Freight Costs: Dealing with Empties
      Carriers serving areas with large differences between inbound and outbound freight need costing tools that properly account for this imbalance. Bill Shults of TCG will explore carrier challenges for developing accurate costs, including identifying the difference between “real” empty capacity and “effective” empties.
    • Navigating Broker Liability Issues
      In recent years, claims against brokers in catastrophic accident cases have risen. These negligence claims involve unique legal issues and defenses that can be raised. Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney Fred Marcinak has handled some of the most serious and noteworthy broker liability cases in the country, including the first known case to raise federal preemption as a defense to these claims.
    • Optimizing the IoT through Predictive Analytics
      The supply chain industry generates and transmits enormous volumes of data. These data points are changing almost every aspect of how the supply chain operates. Service providers that optimize the overflowing amount of data produced by the Internet of Things will become industry leaders.
    • Safety Fitness Determination – What You Should Know
      Implementing a dynamic, data-driven ratings system has been an FMCSA priority since the launch of the CSA in late 2010. In early 2016, the agency instituted a proposed rule seeking to eliminate the present three-tiered rating system with a single rating of “unfit.” A panel of legal experts will challenge the validity and explore the impact and liability of “safety fitness determination.”
  • 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
  • 3:30 p.m. Ignite Speed Meetings
  • 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Belinda Carlisle LIVE!
    Pop rock artist and former lead vocalist for one of the most successful American bands of the 80s, The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle has maintained a successful solo career with over 8 million albums sold worldwide, a New York Times Best Seller, and the co-founder of the Animal People Alliance. With chart-topping hits like “Mad About You,” “I Get Weak” and “Summer Rain,” Carlisle has topped the charts in countries around the world, and is set to release her 8th studio album later this year. Revel in the nostalgia with Belinda Carlisle LIVE!

Wed | Jan 25

  • 6:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. The Economic Case for Revitalizing America’s Growth through Infrastructure
    Aging U.S. infrastructure combined with antiquated policies is placing the U.S. on a course toward losing influence both economically and politically. But with a few key changes, the economic story could shift. Join this thought leader as he makes the case for revitalizing U.S. infrastructure.
  • 8:45 a.m. Supply Chain Collaboration @ Work
    The relationship between shippers and service providers is a mutually beneficial collaboration. These partnerships allow stakeholders to rapidly respond to changing market conditions and customer needs. Join the 2016 recipients of The Alliance Award for a discussion on strengthening supply chain relationships.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Rise & Shine with SMC³
    Come one, come all and enjoy breakfast and conversation on this final day of Jump Start 2017. Guests will also be treated to a presentation by June Cline, “the Southern, Sassy & Savvy Harley-Riding Humorist.”
  • 9:20 a.m. The 5th Annual Alliance Awards
    The Alliance Awards, co-hosted by SMC³ and Logistics Management, recognize excellence in supply chain performance resulting from close cooperation among supply chain partners. The awards identify shippers and service providers that collaborate to overcome critical supply chain challenges. Winners craft innovative solutions to extraordinary issues.
  • 9:35 a.m. Networking Break
  • 9:50 a.m. Planning for Disaster Recovery
    From floods to power outages, disasters can shatter a company’s supply chain network. Planning ahead to safeguard vulnerable supply chains against potentially catastrophic events ensures business fluidity. Our industry expert will discuss ensuring creating supply chain disaster plans that will save time, money, customer relationships, and even the lives of those involved in the process.
  • 10:30 a.m. ACE Preparedness
    The CBP has been working to modernize business processes through the implementation of the Automated Commercial Environment/International Trade Data System. As the single electronic access point for international trade, ACE promises to consolidate, automate and modernize border processing. This session will explore the initiative from the technology perspectives of the 3PL, the shipper and the software service providers.
  • 11:15 a.m. Closing Ceremony & Prize Drawings

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