Attending conferences is a great way for supply chain leaders to network and learn about the latest industry tips and tricks. They are also a great place to connect with potential customers!
To make the most of your conference visit, it’s important to plan ahead, set goals, and be strategic in your approach. With careful preparation, you can maximize your time at the conference, connect with potential customers, and gain the knowledge and inspiration needed to take your business to the next level.
The Top Supply Chain and Trucking Conferences
Not all conferences are created equal! Here are some of the biggest and best supply chain conferences for you to consider:
1. CSCMP Edge
CSCMP Edge is one of the most popular supply chain conferences in the world, with a focus on logistics, transportation, and supply chain management, the conference features keynote speakers, educational sessions, and networking opportunities galore.
CSCMP Edge 2023 is hosted at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The conference lasts for 3.5 days with over 2,700 supply chain professionals in attendance. There are 100+ sessions to attend. You can register for CSCMP Edge 2023 here.
This new conference is gaining huge momentum. Providing the newest and greatest in supply chain innovation and transformation. You will see electric semi trucks along side autonomous robots on the showroom floor. It’s a must attend and it’s usually in Vegas!
Manifest gives you a first hand look at the people and technologies changing supply chain and logistics. The next conference is February 5th-7th, 2024 at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas with over 4,500 attendees. You can register for Manifest here.
3. TIA Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition
This conference is organized by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) and is one of the biggest events in the transportation industry that is specific to 3PLs and brokers. It brings together industry experts, service providers, and vendors to discuss the latest trends and issues.
TIA 2024 is happening in Phoenix, Arizona at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa from April 10th-13th. You can register for the 2024 TIA Capital Ideas Conference here.
4. ATA Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC)
This is another HUGE event for the trucking industry hosted by American Trucking Association. While it’s focused on trucking technology and maintenance, you’ll hear sessions spanning a wide range of trucking topics, and have great networking opportunities.
5. FreightWaves’ F3: Future of Freight Festival
This media driven conference focuses on the intersection of freight and technology. The conference brings together executives, investors, and innovators from the industry to discuss emerging trends and opportunities pushing the freight industry forward.
F3 gives you the opportunity to experience live rapid fire demos of emerging technologies. The conference also includes an exhibit hall showcasing the latest technology and services from leading providers in the industry.
The next F3: Future of Freight Festival is in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 7th-9th 2023. You register to attend by clicking the register button on the F3 event page linked above.
6. National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Annual Conference
This conference is focused on private fleet operations and management. Attendees can learn about the latest technologies for fleet optimization and safety, as well as network with other private fleet professionals.
7. Women In Trucking Association (WIT) Accelerate! Conference & Expo
This event is focused on advancing the careers of women in the trucking industry and covers topics such as leadership, diversity, and technology. It provides a great opportunity for trucking companies to learn about the latest trends and best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry, as well as networking with other industry professionals.
8. TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition
The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual conference is one of the largest events in the trucking industry, featuring educational sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities related to trucking technology and maintenance. This conference is a perfect opportunity to learn more about maximizing your fleet’s performance and efficiency.
TMC has put out a save the date for the 2024 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition for March 4th-7th, 2024, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
9. Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS)
This is the largest annual trucking industry event in the world featuring exhibits, educational sessions, and networking opportunities for trucking professionals. MATS allows you to get up close and personal with new equipment and technology for your fleet. Find out if products work for you by getting hands-on demonstrations.
The dates for the 2024 conference have not been announced yet. Visit the Mid-America Trucking Show website to get updates.
10. Fleet Forward Conference
This conference is focused on the future of commercial fleet management and features sessions on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles, as well as the latest trends and strategies for fleet optimization. It is the only mobility event that is specifically for carriers.
Here’s a quote from Fleet Forward, “attendees will have multiple opportunities to drive electric vehicles, mingle with product experts, and experience new technologies behind the wheel in a large outdoor interactive space.”
11. Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Convention
This event is focused on the truckload carrier segment of the trucking industry and covers a wide range of topics related to operations, safety, and technology. Attendees can participate in educational sessions, exhibits, and networking events with other truckload carrier professionals.
TCA’s 2024 Annual Convention will be at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee from March 23rd-26th. Check their website for more details as the date gets closer.
12. Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Annual Conference
This event is focused on promoting commercial motor vehicle safety and security. It provides an opportunity for government officials, enforcement, and industry professionals to discuss best practices and emerging technologies related to safety compliance and enforcement.
13. American Trucking Show
This event is focused on the trucking industry and covers a wide range of topics including fleet management, logistics, and emerging technologies. It is a great opportunity for small to midsize trucking companies to network with other industry professionals and learn about the latest trends and solutions.
The next American Trucking Show takes place September 2023 in Fresno, California.
14. Journal of Commerce (JOC) Inland Distribution Conference
This media sponsored conference hosted by the Journal of Commerce brings top notch industry insights. The conference is made for shippers and transportation providers moving goods throughout the United States. JOC tends to have an international focus, and this conference is aimed at bringing together international and domestic supply chains.
Small Specialized Events
Many of these associations have several other smaller events throughout the year, for example, TCA has a TCA Refrigerated Conference that is great for reefer fleets. Check out their website to learn more about separate smaller event opportunities.
Get Connected with State Trucking Associations
Another great thing to consider is state trucking associations. There are many state trucking associations across the United States that represent the interests of trucking companies and drivers in their respective states. Here are a few large ones:
- California Trucking Association
- Texas Trucking Association
- Florida Trucking Association
- New York State Motor Truck Association
- Illinois Trucking Association
- Georgia Motor Trucking Association
These state trucking associations play an important role in advocating for the trucking industry at the state level, providing resources and services to their members, and promoting safety and best practices in the industry, not to mention awesome opportunities to meet industry people locally!
Attending these conferences can be an excellent way to stay up-to-date on the latest news in supply chain and trucking. Additionally, attendees have the opportunity to find new customers, network with peers, and make valuable connections across the transportation industry.
The Alvys team regularly attends conferences each year. If you’re attending and see our booth, please stop by and say hello. We look forward to meeting you.
For tips on preparing for conferences, check out this survival guide.
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