Tandem Logistics attends Food Shippers Conference
By: Phil Sneed
For the past 61 years, food shippers from across the country have attended the yearly Food Shippers Conference, organized by the Food Shippers of America.
The primary mission of this organization is to help promote standards and further the education about supply chain management, transportation and food safety. The FSA prides itself about letting members meet face-to-face to discuss important topics throughout the transportation industry.
Membership is diverse and includes some of the industry's top shippers of food, innovate motor providers, food service installations and company executives.
Tandem Logistics is a member of the FSA. Last month, representatives from the company, including president Phil Sneed, attended the 61st Annual Transportation and Logistics Conference. It was held at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs hotel in Palm Desert, California, from Feb. 28 to March 1, 2016.
The conference started off on a high note, as attendees were able to talk with other industry professionals during a lunch buffet, before embarking on a day filled with activities. Events ranged from couples tennis to the second annual Sisters Within the Supply Chain Afternoon Tea.
The FSA started this female-only meet and greet to recognize the growing number of women in the transportation industry.
During the second day, the conference was filled with numerous sessions looking at important topics within the industry. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly spoke to attendees about the importance of planning and certain traits every leader should have. The third session, hosted by Lynne Lancaster, examined the changing workplace of baby boomers, recent graduates and traditionalists.
Later in the day, the fifth session, hosted by Erica Orange and Jared Weiner, looked at macro social, economic and technological factors to help spot emerging trends in 2016 and beyond, some of which have the potential to revolutionize the industry. At the end of the day, comedian impressionist Jeff Tracta put on a show for everyone to enjoy.
Highlights of third day
On the final day, a panel moderated by GPorter Group CEO Jack Porter examined ways equipment manufacturers, service vendors and carriers are working together to decrease downtime. Doing so will then have a positive impact on service levels and equipment utilization.
The day, and the event, ended with FSA president and director of transportation, Diane Van Wagner, providing the closing remarks.
Representatives from Tandem Logistics enjoyed every minute at the conference and can't wait until next year to head to Orlando, Florida.