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Shippers

You make critical decisions about your freight every day and your role is complicated by shifting industry standards. Stay ahead of the curve at Jump Start 2015 with impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities. It’s the perfect forum for keeping up-to-date on best practices used by global supply chain leaders.

Carriers

Your shipper customers and LSP partners depend on you for reliable service and thorough understanding of their needs. Get prepared to exceed their expectations at Jump Start 2015. Impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities make it the ideal platform for keeping up-to-date on the trends that shape the needs of your customers.

Logistics Providers

Shippers are looking to you for a wider range of services and with higher expectations than ever before. Discover how your service offerings are perceived at Jump Start 2015. Impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities make it the perfect platform for keeping up-to-date on the trends that are driving change throughout the supply chain.

Technology Providers

Your expertise is providing solutions for better, stronger, faster supply chain management. Jump Start 2015 will help you fully understand your customer’s goals with impactful general sessions, targeted breakouts and strategic networking opportunities. And – it’s the perfect platform for keeping up-to-date on the trends that drive innovation in the supply chain.

Agenda

Monday 01/19 Tuesday 01/20 Wednesday 01/21
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Academy Workshops: Part One
LTL Freight Transportation

LTL Freight Transportation: Part One

MONDAY 01/19  |  8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

One of The Academy’s most successful workshops is coming to Jump Start 2015! This special conference version of our workshop is designed in two parts to allow you to enjoy one of our other breakout sessions as well. Join our panel of subject matter experts as they take you on a journey of discovery through the fundamentals of LTL operations, shipment profiles and LTL costing, LTL pricing structures, the basics of freight classification and purchasing best practices. You’ll also gain insight on a shipment’s movement – from pick-up to delivery – through an LTL network, presented in-class by Averitt Express.

Fundamentals of LTL Operations
Get an in-depth view of LTL carrier operations including logistical and technological tools and methods, overviews of line haul, local terminal and break bulk operations and new service offerings in the LTL sector.

Shipment Profiles & LTL Costing
Analyze various shipment profiles to determine how their components impact carrier cost, learn how these profiles influence carrier pricing and examine the cost differences between national and regional carriers.

Transportation Contract Law

Transportation Contract Law: Part One

MONDAY 01/19  |  8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The Contract’s 3-Part Process
Types of Contracts & Their Provisions

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. This special conference version of Transportation Contract Law is presented in two parts to allow you to enjoy breakout sessions and networking opportunities during Jump Start 2015. 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.

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

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database: Part One

MONDAY 01/19  |  8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Basics of Database Management & the National Traffic Database

As a special conference offering for Jump Start 2015 attendees, this powerful workshop will familiarize you with the core components of Microsoft Access to help maximize an effective business intelligence strategy. Designed for anyone seeking data insight, this workshop will provide an overview of the necessary aspects of Microsoft Access required to understand the basic concepts and terminology needed to mine data and produce effective reports. You’ll learn how to use Access to your advantage, gaining a better understanding of the relevant aspects of Access needed to make optimal use your data.

Workshop Instructor:
Adam Cain, Manager of Database Design & Architecture | SMC³

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch for Workshop Attendees
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Applying Big Data to the Modern Supply Chain

Applying Big Data to the Modern Supply Chain

MONDAY 01/19  |  12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Data-driven decision making is critical to the future success of the global supply chain. Shippers understand the strategic value of big data and increasingly expect their 3PL partners to provide cost-saving solutions based upon insights gained from big data collection and analysis. As a result, more and more supply chain professionals are utilizing big data to implement new ways for turning data into relevant, actionable items to improve operational efficiencies, grow revenue and improve customer experiences. Join our panel of experts as we explore the advantages of empowering supply chain professionals to make better decisions through big data.

Moderator:
Chris Brooks, Executive Editor | The Journal of Commerce

Speaker:
Greg Smith, Enterprise Consultant | Tech Mahindra

Modern Strategies for Rebranding

Modern Strategies for Rebranding

MONDAY 01/19  |  12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

A logistics company’s business success or failure is directly related to its ability to deliver on its brand promise within all channels of the organization. Too often, an organization enters into a rebranding exercise without truly understanding how it will impact the internal culture and what needs to be done to optimize the investment. Join one of the transportation industry’s leading teams of advertising thought leaders as they take an in-depth look at the pitfalls associated with rebranding or external branding alone. You’ll learn about first-customers, employee-customer-employee feedback loops, how to improve your approach and slow down the rebrand “machine” for greater business success.

Moderator:
Eric Berrios, Director of Strategic Planning | Realm Advertising

Speaker:
Chuck Allen, Director of Change Communication | Realm Advertising

Young Professionals: Navigating a Strategic Career Path

Young Professionals: Navigating a Strategic Career Path

MONDAY 01/19  |  12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

In today’s competitive career environment, it’s critical to obtain skillsets and best practices that will set you apart from others. Whether early in your profession or straight from the classroom, this roundtable will address the points critical to strategic professional growth. You’ll discover the importance of embracing a team environment while also building individual skills attractive to company executives. You’ll explore the opportunities that arise from changes in leadership, including how to prepare for a transition in leadership, and how to remain agile and succeed with change. Join our roundtable of logistics professionals as they provide their perspectives on the career path to success.

Speakers:
Karl Manrodt, Ph.D., Professor of Logistics | Georgia Southern University
Joshua Dolan, VP of Logistics | Dick’s Sporting Goods
Chad Barrow, President & CEO | Coastal Logistics Group, Inc.
Mike Grayson, Senior VP of Operations | Worldwide Express
Joseph Tillman, Founder & CEO | TSquared Logistics

2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Balancing the Pros and Cons of Cloud Integration

Balancing the Pros and Cons of Cloud Integration

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

These days, it seems like more and more companies are shifting to the cloud. More servers are moving to the cloud, and more of our industry’s sensitive data is being stored in the cloud. More applications and services are hosted in a cloud environment. Although some users predict a formal exodus of the server in coming years, savvy supply chain managers warn to “proceed with caution.” A move to the cloud isn’t without complications, time and investment. So, is cloud integration right for your company? What’s the value proposition for “cloud computing?” Stay on top of the state of the cloud with this fast-paced discussion on the pros and cons of moving to the cloud.

Moderator:
Mark Solomon, Senior Editor | DC Velocity

Speaker:
Marc Mitchell, VP of LTL Technologies | McLeod Software

Behind the Scenes with SMC³

Behind the Scenes with SMC³

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Join SMC³ for a “behind the scenes” look at SMC³ products and service offerings. You’ll have unprecedented access to the technology professionals who envision, develop and implement the powerful tools created by SMC³. Join discussions on CarrerConnect XL, Bid$ense, product integration and more. This is your opportunity to see product demonstrations and address your product and implementation questions directly to the experts who have all the answers.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Academy Workshops: Part Two
LTL Freight Transportation

LTL Freight Transportation: Part Two

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

One of The Academy’s most successful workshops is coming to Jump Start 2015! This special conference version of our workshop is designed in two parts to allow you to enjoy one of our other breakout sessions as well. Join our panel of subject matter experts as they take you on a journey of discovery through the fundamentals of LTL operations, shipment profiles and LTL costing, LTL pricing structures, the basics of freight classification and purchasing best practices. You’ll also gain insight on a shipment’s movement – from pick-up to delivery – through an LTL network, presented in-class by Averitt Express.

Terminal Overview
Follow a shipment through an LTL network from beginning to end and learn how technology is used to transport shipments efficiently.

The Basics of Freight Classification
Navigate the origins of the National Motor Freight Classification, learn what it is, how it was developed and understand how NMFC provisions are developed and published. You’ll also get a feel for how to read, understand and apply the NMFC.

Fundamentals of LTL Pricing & Procurement
Learn how shippers and carriers use pricing benchmarks, base rates, minimums and discounts. Explore data gathering, analysis, pricing, discounting and learn how leading shippers and 3PLs are working with LTL carriers to successfully purchase transportation and conduct freight bids.

Transportation Contract Law

Transportation Contract Law: Part Two

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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. As an added value, attendees are encouraged to submit sample contracts in advance to Danny Tomlinson, SMC³, at dtomlinson@smc3.com by Friday, December 19, 2014 for review by Rob Moseley and possible use during in-class discussion.

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

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)

An Introduction to the National Traffic Database: Part Two

MONDAY 01/19  |  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

A Detailed Look at the National Traffic Database

The SMC³ National Traffic Database (NTD) provides a comprehensive look at North America’s LTL transportation market; NTD members supply individual shipment data – including weight, revenue, mileage and pieces – and receive aggregated monthly, quarterly and annual reports to compare their operations to the marketplace. This half-day workshop will provide the knowledge and understanding you need to make the most of the National Traffic Database.

This workshop will unlock the power of the NTD, familiarizing you with standard data generated for NTD members. You’ll learn how to get the most out of NTD by interpreting and analyzing this data. Even though you must be a SMC³ carrier member to attend, you do not have to be a NTD participant to attend this session!

*All antitrust considerations will be accommodated.
*It is recommended that you bring a device with Access 2007 or newer.

Workshop Instructors:
Daniel M. Acker, Sr. Vice President, Research and Economic Analysis | SMC³
Adam Cain, Manager of Database Design & Architecture | SMC³

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. SMC³ Board of Directors Meeting
3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Ignite Speed Meetings
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Networking Reception
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote: Alan Parisse

Welcome and Keynote: Alan Parisse

TUESDAY 01/20  |  7:45 – 9:00 a.m.

In today’s turbulent business environment, you need to hear from someone with diverse experience, hard won expertise and practical solutions. Author and futurist Alan Parisse will inform you on how to reframe your thinking, organize for the future and take action.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
2015 Trucking Outlook

2015 Trucking Outlook

TUESDAY 01/20  |  9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Early indications by industry forecasters predict that 2015 will see the U.S. economy, as well as the freight markets, continue to grow in a positive direction with even some modest gains possible over 2014. With 2015 fuel prices anticipated to remain steady despite growing geopolitical challenges in the Middle East, a healthy outlook for freight volume and new-truck orders on the books, the U.S. trucking industry continues on its slow path to recovery. Will truckload rates remain flat? Will less-than-truckload price growth reach 3 percent? Does rising volume and the capacity crunch spell bigger challenges? Where are the hot points for capital investment? And, what’s the ‘big’ message for shippers? Join one of trucking’s leading thought leaders as we take a look at the road ahead in 2015.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
The New Horizon of Density-Based Pricing

The New Horizon of Density-Based Pricing

TUESDAY 01/20  |  10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Is the possibility of LTL’s industry-altering move to density-based pricing a foregone conclusion? Can an industry of little change gradually abandon a nearly century-old reliance on classification-based pricing? If so, what does the future hold for the landscape of LTL transportation? Join one of the LTL industry’s most outspoken thought leaders as we take a ‘futurist’ approach to addressing the obstacles, opportunities and the essential steps required on the long and winding road to implementing density-based pricing.

10:45 a.m. – Noon
Level-Setting the Implications: Classification vs. Density-Based Pricing

Level-Setting the Implications:
Classification vs. Density-Based Pricing

TUESDAY 01/20  |  10:45 – Noon

With momentum mounting for a shift in greater use of density-based pricing among U.S. LTL carriers, are the majority of carriers poised to make this revolutionary transition? Should density-based pricing become the new standard in LTL pricing, and who stands to benefit? This panel will address these questions, also taking a deeper look into how classification and density-based pricing might co-exist and for how long.

Moderator:
William Cassidy, Senior Editor | The Journal of Commerce

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don

Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don

TUESDAY 01/20  |  1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

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. Ratacjzak takes us around the globe in 45 minutes.

Speaker:
Don Ratajczak, Ph.D, Consulting Economist | Georgia State University

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
3rd Annual Alliance Awards Presentation

3rd Annual Alliance Awards Presentation

TUESDAY 01/20  |  1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

SMC³ and World Trade 100 are proud to co-host the 3rd Annual Alliance Awards ceremony at Jump Start 2015. The Alliance recognizes excellence in supply chain performance resulting from the close cooperation and collaboration of supply chain partners. Winners will be announced in December and awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Tuesday, January 20th. Following the award presentation, Perry Trunick, Editor-in-Chief at World Trade 100 will head a panel of 2014 Alliance recipients. Find out how the recipient companies are driving supply chain excellence in this fast-paced, informational session.

Speakers:
Perry Trunick, Editor-in-Chief | World Trade 100
Danny Slaton, Executive Vice President | SMC³

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Supply Chain Partnerships @ Work: Alliance Winners Weigh In

Supply Chain Partnerships @ Work: Alliance Winners Weigh In

TUESDAY 01/20  |  2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Supply chain relations between shippers and their service providers are growing increasingly important as companies look to separate themselves from the competition. Through these dynamic partnerships, supply chain innovators are strategically positioned to more effectively respond to rapidly changing market conditions and evolving customer needs. Join the 2014 recipients of The Alliance Award for an open discussion on strategies that will strengthen your supply chain relations.

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
U.S. Financial Outlook & The Supply Chain

U.S. Financial Outlook & The Supply Chain

TUESDAY 01/20  |  3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

This year witnessed a number of influences that stressed the domestic U.S. capacity environment: severe winter weather compounded the 2013 modifications to drivers’ hours of service requirements, resulting in capacity shortages across the rail and truck network. These shortages were exacerbated by the sharp recovery in volume trends in early 2Q, which taken in total led to pressures far greater than expected transportation budgets. Was 2014 simply a year of anomalous events or was it the beginning of what is a new era of capacity management among carriers and freight rate increases to shippers? We’ll take a look back an eventful 2014 and provide our outlook for 2015 and beyond.

Speaker:
Ben Hartford, CFA, Senior Research Analyst | Robert W. Baird & Co.

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Global Sourcing Update

Global Sourcing Update

TUESDAY 01/20  |  4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

For nearly the past three decades China has been considered sourcing’s go-to country for the lowest pricing and acceptable quality. As countries outside China such as Vietnam, India and Mexico play an increasingly larger role in global sourcing, what will these changing dynamics in global sourcing mean to the U.S. transportation industry? Join internationally renowned economist Walter Kemmsies as we explore off-shoring and near-shoring trends impacting U.S. transportation in 2015.

Presenter:
Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist | Moffatt & Nichol

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Ask the Experts Q&A

Ask the Experts Q&A

TUESDAY 01/20  |  4:45 – 5:30 p.m.

During our popular “Ask the Experts” session, you’ll submit the challenging questions to our guest speakers on global economics, U.S. finance and global sourcing. You provide the questions, they’ll provide the answers.

Speakers:
Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist | Moffatt & Nichol
Dr. Don Ratacjzak, Consulting Economist | Georgia State University
Ben Hartford, Senior Equity Research Analyst | Robert W. Baird & Company

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 9:00 a.m.
In the Pipeline: Maximizing Supply Chain Efficiency Through Technology

In the Pipeline: Maximizing Supply Chain Efficiency
Through Technology

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  7:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Heightened expectations and a greater demand for cost reductions and cargo fluidity keep a lot of us up at night. With the focus today on collaboration, the most successful collaborative efforts between supply chain partners are engineered to maximize efficiencies by embracing a combination of technology and actional market intelligence that’s more often derived through big data analytics. Where are we headed as a collective industry? How can technology get us there? Join one the supply chain’s innovators in TMS development as we address how to maximize greater efficiency through technology solutions.

Speaker:
Monica Wooden, CEO | MercuryGate International

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
The LTL Appetite for “Asset Light”

The LTL Appetite for “Asset Light”

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Declining volume and low rates continue to place increased pressure on the ‘asset-heavy’ realm of LTL transportation. In a move to further reduce capital expenditures as well as utilize capital savings to drive long-term growth, an increasing number of LTL carriers are going to an “asset light” approach. Throughout the U.S., they are identifying strategic alliances with other asset-based carriers, owner operators and brokers to supplement or even replace their own assets. From reducing fleet inventory to terminal sharing agreements, carriers are taking the necessary steps to generate the much needed cash to expand their networks, provide greater lane coverage and share proprietary knowledge in the areas of operations, technology and “big data.” Join our thought leader in LTL as we explore the trends and measurable advantages of becoming ‘asset-light.”

Speaker:
Jett McCandless, President | SHIFT Freight

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Up & Down the Hill: Transportation Regulation

Up & Down the Hill: Transportation Regulation

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

There’s a consensus among supply chain professionals that their biggest issues continue to center upon the rising cost of doing business, finding and retaining compliant labor and federal regulations that are simply too severe. As we begin 2015, let’s focus on some of the more important regulatory items being thrown about in our nation’s capital. Join our roundtable of regulatory watchdogs as we tackle the top 3 regulatory and compliance topics facing the U.S. supply chain in this no-holds-barred discussion.

Moderator:
Randy Mullet, VP, Government Relations & Public Affairs | Con-way Inc.

Speakers:
John Bagileo, Attorney & Principal | The Law Office of John R. Bagileo
Nancy O’Liddy, Director of Government Affairs | Transportation Intermediaries Association

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Next Step in Truck-Rail Collaboration

The Next Step in Truck-Rail Collaboration

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Even though the trucking and rail industries historically have always competed for freight, ‘intermodal’ has made the one-time adversaries vital partners in the modern supply chain. As more and more volume shifts to intermodal, billions in capital are being invested in rail infrastructure expansion and improvements, new technology and greater service reliability. As shippers grow increasingly comfortable with allowing railroads to handle long-haul moves, the U.S. trucking industry is both supporting and exploring even greater intermodal collaboration with railroads to better address shipper needs, as well as their own capacity, regulatory challenges and bottom-line expectations. Join our panel of intermodal professionals as they explore the driving factors behind this trend and what’s ahead for expanded truck-rail collaboration.

Moderator:
Page Siplon, Executive Director | Georgia Center for Innovation in Logistics

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Closing & Grand Prize Drawing
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
BONUS: “It’s a Wrap” Roundtable Discussion

“It’s a Wrap” Roundtable Discussion

WEDNESDAY 01/21  |  1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Stick around following the closing ceremony for the Jump Start 2015 post-conference round table. Join the industry’s biggest editorial names, as well as a number of industry leaders, as they capture the key takeaways from our 3-day supply chain event.

Agenda

Monday 01/19
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Academy Workshops: Part One
  • LTL Freight Transportation
  • Transportation Contract Law
  • An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch for Workshop Attendees
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Applying Big Data to the Modern Supply Chain
  • Modern Strategies for Rebranding
  • Young Professionals: Navigating a Strategic Career Path
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Balancing the Pros and Cons of Cloud Integration
  • Behind the Scenes with SMC³
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Academy Workshops: Part Two
  • LTL Freight Transportation
  • Transportation Contract Law
  • An Introduction to the National Traffic Database (SMC³ Carrier Members Only)
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. SMC³ Board of Directors Meeting
3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Ignite Speed Meetings
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Networking Reception
Tuesday 01/20
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote: Alan Parisse
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. 2015 Trucking Outlook
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. The New Horizon of Density-Based Pricing
10:45 a.m. – Noon Level-Setting the Implications: Classification vs. Density-Based Pricing
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Economics Around the Globe with Dr. Don
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Alliance Awards Presentation
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Supply Chain Partnerships @ Work: Alliance Winners Weigh In
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. U.S. Financial Outlook & The Supply Chain
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Global Sourcing Update
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Ask the Experts Q&A
6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment
Wednesday 01/21
6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 9:00 a.m. In the Pipeline: Maximizing Supply Chain Efficiency Through Technology
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. The LTL Appetite for “Asset Light”
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Up & Down the Hill: Transportation Regulation
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Next Step in Truck-Rail Collaboration
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Closing & Grand Prize Drawing
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. BONUS: “It’s a Wrap” Roundtable Discussion

Sponsorships

SMC³ offers unrivaled opportunities for carriers, logistics service providers and technology professionals
to connect with the supply chain’s most informed decision-makers through a wide range of sponsorship packages.



Speakers

Learn from the supply chain leaders of today who are driving tomorrow’s success. We’ve gathered the industry’s preeminent professionals to probe the innovations, challenges and latest technology shaping today’s transportation climate. Surround yourself with industry experts and see what it means to lead the supply chain.

Previous Speakers From:

  • ABF Freight
  • ATA
  • Auburn University
  • BlueGrace Logistics
  • CH Robinson
  • CISLA
  • Con-way Inc.
  • CSCMP
  • Dal-Tile
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • FMCSA
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Global Cold Chain Alliance
  • Home Depot
  • Interface Inc.
  • JB Hunt
  • Journal of Commerce
  • MercuryGate
  • Mettler-Toledo
  • NASSTRAC
  • Office Depot
  • Old Dominion
  • Oracle
  • Tech Mahindra
  • U.S. Dept of Agriculture
  • U.S. Dept of Commerce
  • U.S. Dept of Transportation
  • UPS Freight
  • PepBoys
  • SAP
  • Sargento Foods
  • Schneider National
  • University of Tennessee
  • Welch Foods
  • WT100
  • YRC Worldwide
  • MercuryGate
  • Mettler-Toledo
  • NASSTRAC
  • Office Depot
  • Old Dominion
  • Oracle
  • Tech Mahindra
  • U.S. Dept of Agriculture
  • U.S. Dept of Commerce
  • U.S. Dept of Transportation
  • UPS Freight
  • PepBoys
  • SAP
  • Sargento Foods
  • Schneider National
  • University of Tennessee
  • Welch Foods
  • WT100
  • YRC Worldwide

MEDIA SPONSORS:

How Does It Work?

Ignite consists of a series of “speed meetings” between a conference attendee and the contributing organization of their choice. Meetings are seven minutes long, with a three-minute transition between appointments. Company profiles and meeting requests are matched electronically and schedules will be generated based on preferences and availability. Attendees will be asked to fill out a short attendee profile and select their top five-to-ten contributors... it’s that simple!

Ignite consists of a series of “speed meetings” between a conference attendee and the contributing organization of their choice. Meetings are seven minutes long, with three-minute transitions between appointments. Company profiles and meeting requests are matched electronically. Attendees will be asked to fill out a short attendee profile and select their top five-to-ten contributors... it’s that simple!


Two Ways to Benefit from Ignite!

As a Conference Attendee:

Ignite speed meetings are designed to help you super-charge your conference networking opportunities! You’ll have the unique opportunity to engage the carrier representatives, third party logistics providers and technology leaders of your choice. Your Ignite meeting schedule will be emailed two weeks prior to the event – so please plan accordingly. As a courtesy, if you are unable to attend any of your Ignite meetings, please notify us so we can release your scheduled time slots. Participation in Ignite speed meetings is contingent upon completion of your attendee profile during online registration in advance of the conference. We will not be able to accommodate onsite requests.

Ignite speed meetings are designed to help you super-charge your conference networking opportunities! You’ll have the unique opportunity to engage the carrier representatives, third party logistics providers and technology leaders of your choice. Your Ignite meeting schedule will be emailed two weeks prior to the event – so please plan accordingly.

As a Contributing Organization:

Are you ready to grow your business? Put the power of Jump Start’s broad industry appeal to work for you. As a contributing organization, you’ll receive a designated table at the event for two company representatives, your company name listed on the Jump Start 2015 Ignite web page, your company logo on all Ignite event signage and in the Jump Start 2015 conference guide and badge recognition for your representatives. Best of all – Ignite is FREE with your Premier, Signature, Preferred or General conference sponsorship. All others must be registered for Jump Start 2015 and have paid the $1,000 Ignite fee by December 31, 2014.

As a contributing organization, you’ll receive a designated table at the event for two company representatives, your company name on the Jump Start 2015 Ignite web page, your company logo on all Ignite event signage and in the Jump Start 2015 conference guide and badge recognition for your representatives. Best of all – Ignite is FREE with your Premier, Signature, Preferred or General conference sponsorship. All others must be registered for Jump Start 2015 and have paid the $1,000 Ignite fee by December 31, 2014.


Secure Your Space at Ignite Today!

Secure Your Space
at Ignite Today!

Contact: Melissa York | myork@smc3.com | 770.486.5829

Contact:
Melissa York
myork@smc3.com
770.486.5829

Past Contributors Include:

“Ignite speed meetings have created invaluable
relationships for Frontline Freight.”
Ben Fauver, Director of Sales & Marketing | Frontline Freight

3rd Annual Alliance Awards

Presented by SMC³

SMC³ is proud to host the 3rd Annual Alliance Awards presentation at Jump Start 2015. The Alliance recognizes excellence in supply chain performance resulting from the close cooperation and collaboration of supply chain partners. Winners will be announced in December and awards will be presented in five distinct categories at a special ceremony on Tuesday, January 20. Join us for this brief, informative awards presentation to learn how companies are driving supply chain excellence throughout our industry.

Categories:

  • Domestic Freight – Single Mode
  • Domestic Freight – Multimodal
  • International Freight
  • Warehousing
  • Sustainability

Winners to be announced soon!


FIND OUT HOW!

Past Winners Include:

Venue

Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta GA 30309
404.745.5000
1065 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta GA 30309
404.745.5000

Stay right in the heart of Atlanta at this year’s conference venue,The Loews Atlanta Hotel. A sublime combination of Southern charm and city sophistication, the Loews is nestled in the heart of Midtown – the ideal setting for your first (or fifth) Jump Start conference. Come to Jump Start 2015 poised for different perspectives – all from one amazing view.

Mention SMC³ or Jump Start 2015 to secure our special room rate of $184 per night (single/double). This rate is only available through December 29, 2014 and is subject to availability.


Easy Atlanta Travel

Just 20 minutes from the Atlanta airport, Loews offers convenient and accessible Atlanta travel!

By Train

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train system has connections between the airport and Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and the Perimeter for easy Atlanta travel. The closest station to the hotel is the Midtown stop just two blocks away. The fare is $2.50 each way, and passengers must purchase the Breeze Card from station vending machines to ride. Multi-trip passes are also available.

By Taxi

Taxi rides are charged at a flat rate of $5 for one passenger and $1 each additional passenger; otherwise, fares are meter-based. The fare between the airport an the hotel is a flat rate of $32, plus $2 for each additional passenger.

Pricing

Advance – Ends Nov. 25 Regular – After Nov. 25
SMC³ Members $395 $475
SMC³ Associate Members $575 $685
General Registration $675 $785
Groups of 3 or More *Contact SMC³ Registrar
Guest Program $195 $195
Advance – Ends Nov. 25
SMC³ Members $395
SMC³ Associates $575
General Registration $675
Guest Program $195
Groups of 3 or More: Contact SMC³ Registrar

Regular – After Nov. 25
SMC³ Members $475
SMC³ Associates $685
General Registration $785
Guest Program $195
Groups of 3 or More: Contact SMC³ Registrar

Questions?

SMC³ Registrar: Amy Stankosky
800.845.8090 x5802
astankosky@smc3.com

SMC³ Cancellation Policy

The conference registration, less a $105 fee, is refundable only if cancellation is submitted in writing to
Amy Stankosky on or before December 29, 2014. No refund will be issued if a cancellation is received
after December 29.

The conference registration, less a $105 fee, is refundable only if cancellation is submitted in writing to Amy Stankosky on or before December 29, 2014. No refund will be issued if a cancellation is received after December 29.


The value received from attending is immeasurable. Whether it be networking opportunities,
business development, best practice insights, industry trends or educational opportunities,
the value is there in mass amounts.”