Save the date for Jump Start 2020
January 27-29 in Atlanta, Ga.!


Monday, 1/28
6:30 AM

6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Early Riser Coffee & Danish
7:30 AM

7:30 – 8:55 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Spouse Event: Atlanta Heroes Tour
Take part in a tour designed to celebrate just a few of the fascinating people who made Atlanta part of this country’s history. Attendees will tour the Margaret Mitchell house where she wrote the novel Gone with the Wind, tour the birth home and gravesite of humans right activist Martin Luther King Jr., and explore the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. Attendees will dine for lunch at a local favorite, South City Kitchen.
9:00 AM

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Conference Chair Remarks
9:30 AM

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

US Infrastructure – All Options are on the Table
President Trump pledged a half-trillion dollars to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure while on the 2016 campaign trail. As 2019 begins, what credible proposals are on the table? How can a newly divided government work together to advance U.S. infrastructure? Join US Congressman Drew Ferguson as he explores the hurdles to rebuilding U.S. infrastructure.
10:15 AM

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break
10:30 AM

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Supply Chain Collaboration @ Work
Successful shippers and logistics providers build strong relationships on the bedrock of innovation and collaboration. During Jump Start 2019, the 2018 Alliance Award winners take a deep dive into their award-winning collaborations and game-changing strategies.
11:30 AM

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

The 7th Annual Alliance Awards
The Alliance Award, presented by SMC³ and Logistics Management, recognizes supply chain excellence at the highest level. Designed to encourage and showcase collaboration, winners have been judged by both the issues they face and the originality of their solutions.
11:45 AM

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Networking Lunch
12:45 PM

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

OPENING KEYNOTE: Susan Etlinger, Ethical AI – How to Build Products Customers Can Trust
Supply chain stakeholders will soon interact more and more with devices via talk and text on a range of devices and locations, often determined and delivered by machine-learning algorithms. At Jump Start 2019, opening keynote speaker Susan Etlinger will look at the impact of artificial intelligence on the customer experience and lay out a set of operating principles on how to design customer-centric experiences in the age of AI.
1:45 PM

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Intermodal in the Post-ELD World
While the trucking sector contemplates the long-term impact of the ELD mandate, shipper concerns remain high as capacity further tightens and rates rise. Join the Jump Start 2019 intermodal panel as they explore the post-ELD world.
2:30 PM

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break
2:45 PM

2:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Transportation Contract Law, Part I
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 seminar led by Rob Moseley, partner at Fox Rothschild LLP.

2:45 PM

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.


Cross-border Logistics: New Traps, Pitfalls, and Critical Issues

Cross-border trade throughout North America has seen its ups and downs since NAFTA’s implementation. During Jump Start 2019, a panel of cross-border experts will examine what might lie ahead for the trade agreement, as well as proven solutions to common challenges facing cross-border movement.

The Era of Strategic 3PL Mergers and Acquisitions

A recent number of large acquisitions have significantly consolidated the top global 3PLs. A panel of knowledge experts will unearth the motivation behind this trend, highlighting the winners and losers in the brave new world of 3PL mergers and acquisitions, and asking how these acquisitions have reshaped the market.

Five Critical Aspects of Freight Profitability Analysis

Freight is not bound by accounting periods, and neither should motor carrier cost models. Designed for LTL and truckload carriers, this session explores the five critical aspects of freight profitability analysis.

After the Ink Dries – lessons learned one year into the new tax regime

The IRS has been busy issuing guidance and proposed regulations that both correct errors and further clarify application of the new tax law. This session will break down and explain all the changes. Gaining an understanding of this additional guidance will significantly aid in the 2019 tax planning process.
3:30 PM

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break
3:45 PM

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.


Strategies for a Tight Market

The deep-rooted problems underlying the current tight-capacity market will remain a part of trucking’s long-term future. With shipping costs rising and freight volumes outpacing the supply of available trucks, many companies are resetting their supply chains for what some believe is a new, more expensive era in freight transportation. This panel will discuss strategies and technologies to reduce costs, find capacity and stay competitive in this challenging business environment.

E-commerce and the Changing Freight Landscape

E-commerce has dramatically changed the freight landscape. Technology, buying behaviors, final mile challenges, and new norms in the size and shape of LTL freight has created a dynamic landscape that 3PLs and LTL carriers need to master to meet the demands of ever increasing sophisticated shipper customers. This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with this changing landscape.

Blockchain: Where’s the Optimal Value?

The supply chain applications of blockchain technology are seemingly endless because it offers a secure, transparent platform to communicate, track, document and create exchanges within the transportation arena. This session examines practical applications within the supply chain, from tracking purchase orders to linking physical freight to bar codes and digital tags.
4:30 PM

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Ignite Speed Meetings
4:30 PM

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception
Tuesday, 1/29
6:30 AM

6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Early Riser Coffee & Danish
7:30 AM

7:30 – 8:55 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
8:00 AM

8:00 a.m. – Noon

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! Look for submission instructions in your workshop confirmation email.

9:00 AM

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Thought Leader Session: A Future of Disruption – the Next Decade’s Top Predictions
Modern supply chains are entering another wave of technological progression, moving toward greater levels of sophistication in addressing multi-modal solutions, among other issues. Join ARC Advisory Group’s Steve Banker as he explores the top predictions.
9:30 AM

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spouse Event: Shopping in the ATL
Attendees will enjoy the day shopping at local shopping gems, including East Andrews Square and Phipps Plaza. Attendees will enjoy a lunch at King + Duke before heading back to the hotel.
10:00 AM

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break
10:15 AM

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.


SMC³ Rating Solutions

Processing more than 50 million pricing requests daily, SMC³ is the leader in LTL rating. During this panel, learn how technology providers, 3PLs and shippers use SMC³ solutions to streamline workflow, drive costs out of shipping and improve customer experience. Panelists will describe how products such as RateWare XL and SMC³’s pricing APIs fit in their LTL shipping strategy.

U.S. Trade & Government Outlook

U.S. regulatory and government relations expert Randy Mullett gazes back to 2018 to project what potentially lies ahead for the supply chain. He’ll discuss how rewriting NAFTA may complicate the future of cross-border trade and near-shoring investments, among other hot topics.

Driving Customer Success through Predictive Capacity Management

FourKites Founder and CEO Mathew Elenjickal will discuss how to overcome the key challenges surrounding predictive capacity management – such as siloed data, unscalable processes and the lack of real-time data – in order to arrive at a solution that is capable of predicatively matching and automating available freight for the optimization of your partner network.
11:00 AM

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Networking Break
11:15 AM

11:15 a.m. – Noon


Dynamic Decision Transportation Optimization

In this session attendees will explore the connection between freight savings and data analysis, learn how to weigh the business benefits of dedicated and private fleets, and see how applying freight optimization can lead to lower rates in both the truckload and LTL arenas.

Closing the Gaps in Your Supply Chain Visibility

Today’s supply chain managers are going beyond basic track and trace functionality, working to achieve complete, accurate and real-time visibility across their entire network. But there are a lot of opportunities for supply chain visibility gaps. Join the Jump Start 2019 visibility experts as they work to break down visibility blind spots.

Becoming a Transportation Partner of Choice

In today’s domestic transportation market, an insufficient driver pool has led to tight capacity and high prices. Experience advises that these circumstances will reverse at some point and customer demand will decrease and carrier supply will increase. How can shippers, carriers and 3PLs partner to manage current and future challenges?

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch
1:00 PM

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Creating Innovative and Practical Solutions through AI
With the world’s largest companies now showing a strong interest in what AI can do to improve the efficiency of their supply chains, this session will set out to address current applications of AI in supply chain management. A panel of experts will also look at which applications remain experimental, and which have real traction and business value.
2:00 PM

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thought Leader Session: Leveraging Today’s Technology Toolbox to Fight the Capacity Crisis
More than a year into a freight capacity crisis, there is little sign of weakening. For organizations relying on manual processes to manage loads and routes, now is the time to consider the technology needed for a tight market. Tools like bid automation, transportation management systems, digital freight matching, and other solutions can help create strategic plans to manage all economic cycles. Join Gartner’s Bart De Muynck as he explores how technology can help fight the capacity crisis.
3:00 PM

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break
3:15 PM

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Using Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics to drive Supply Chain Transformation
During this session, learn how companies will take advantage of the three As – automation, AI and analytics – to determine their place in the fast-changing supply chain world. Significant and sustainable transformation is happening now, and companies are taking advantage of these technologies to leapfrog the competition.
6:30 PM

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception
7:00 PM

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Dinner and Henry Cho LIVE!
Back by popular demand, comedian Henry Cho returns to the stage to entertain you with sidesplitting anecdotes from his childhood and personal life. A self-described “Asian with a Southern accent,” Cho’s television and film credits include appearances on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” CBS’s “The Late, Late Show” and Comedy Central. Join us for an evening of laughs as Cho kicks off the “2019 Henry Cho Comedy Tour.”
Wednesday, 1/30
6:30 AM

6:30 – Noon

Registration & Guest Services
6:30 AM

6:30 – 7:55 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
8:00 AM

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LTL 203: Carrier Pricing & Carrier Costing
Designed for both seasoned and entry level LTL professionals, LTL 203: Carrier Pricing and Carrier Costing attendees will gain vital insight into topics like exploring LTL pricing models, classification basics, understanding base rates and determining gross rates, and trends in LTL carrier costing.
8:30 AM

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Global Economic Outlook
After serving for more than two decades as SMC³’s voice of global economics, Dr. Don Ratajczak returns to Jump Start for his final appearance. Ratajczak will share his timely insights on the critical issues and trends directly impacting trade and transportation.
9:00 AM

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Spouse Event: Rise & Shine with SMC³
End the conference on a high note with a “Rise and Shine” chair massage before heading home. Relax, rejuvenate and recharge your mind and body!
9:30 AM

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break
9:45 AM

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

New Twists & Turns: From Tariffs and NAFTA to USMCA
In 2018, there’s no denying that the administration has ushered in a new era of global trade relations. Companies around the world are having to react with new approaches to manage their business. JLL’s Dr. Walter Kemmsies will lay out the latest global intel and his 2019 outlook, including a look at USMCA.
10:45 AM

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Ask the Experts
During this session, Dr. Don and Dr. Walter Kemmsies engage with the Jump Start crowd, giving attendees the whole truth about their burning economic questions. This is an opportunity to learn how the economic climate impacts logistics planning and investment.
11:30 AM

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Prize Drawings