Taking place from May 12 to 15, the annual conference celebrates its 55th anniversary, with a keynote delivered by La-Z-Boy SVP Otis S. Sawyer.
BROOKLYN, MI, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --The International Furniture and Transportation Logistics Council, Inc. (IFTLC) has confirmed the full program of its annual conference, which takes place from May 12 to 15 at Lago Mar Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In addition, to celebrate the conference's 55th anniversary, Otis S. Sawyer, President of England, Inc., Senior Vice-President of La-Z-Boy's Non-Branded Upholstery, and President, La-Z-Boy Logistics, Inc., will deliver the keynote address on May 13.
"The conference serves to inform attendees of the ever-evolving world of logistics and transportation, as well as the newest developments in the industry," says Russ Matthews, Managing Director of IFTLC. "That's why we make it a point to invite pioneering speakers to talk about the latest technologies and market trends that impact our bottom line."
Immediately following the keynote on May 13, City Furniture's Director of Operations Jon Greenberg and Fleet Manager Dave Clevenger will talk about moving to natural gas, and how this decision impacted their fleet. Then, Dr. Benoit Montreuil from the Georgia Institute of Technology will tackle the physical Internet and what it means for furniture, transportation and logistics companies to be interconnected. Following the lunch break, Jeff Spotts, Director of Logistics and DC Operations at National Business Furniture, will discuss opportunities and solutions in the multi-business channel supply chain. Bruce Tompkins, Supply Chain and Logistics Executive at Tompkins International, will examine moving your supply chain beyond traditional distribution and fulfillment centers. George Pezold, Executive Director of the Transportation and Logistics Council, will take on transportation pitfalls, and how to avoid them. The day wraps up with David Harlow, Ocean Trade Lane Manager at UPS, who will address ocean contracting and operational strategies.
May 14 opens with a panel on new regulations and innovations affecting home deliveries, moderated by Peter Ross, Manager of Transportation and Delivery at Z Gallerie. This will be followed by a panel on importing and ocean freight, moderated by Jeff Sears, Director of International Logistics and General Manager at Art Van International. There are no talks in the afternoon, to leave room for any leisure activities participants may want to take part in, like golf or fishing. A river cruise is scheduled in the evening.
May 15 closes the conference with an open forum hosted by IFTLC Managing Director Russ Matthews, where participants can bring up any topic they choose.
IFTLC's mission is to act as a resource to those in transportation and logistics functions in order to help them become more engaged, knowledgeable and effective at their jobs. The organization also publishes a monthly newsletter to help members stay abreast of industry trends, latest legislation, events, and much more. The organization holds a much-anticipated annual conference where all the segments of the logistics industry (retail stores, manufacturers, e-tailers and transportation companies) meet together to share ideas and gain important knowledge on industry topics.
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