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GTZcon 2017 Freight Agent Conference Highlights – Captivating Keynote, Compelling Lineup of Industry Speakers and Record Attendance

Earlier this week, GlobalTranz hosted its 2017 GTZcon Freight Agent Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. A record turnout of nearly 300 freight agents, carriers, shippers, technology partners and investors participated in the event – making it GlobalTranz’ largest event ever.

An expanded agenda and a plethora of well-respected industry speakers were key drivers for the record turnout. Here are few highlights:

Keynote Speaker, Erik Wahl, at GlobalTranz 2017 Freight Agent Conference

After a state of the union presentation by Chairman and CEO Bob Farrell to kick things off, the main keynote speaker, Erik Wahl, an internationally recognized artist, author and TED speaker, captivated the audience with his ability to combine art with inspiring thoughts on innovation and risk-taking. Two of the paintings Erik created during his presentation were auctioned off during the evening event and raised nearly $10,000 for charity!

Perspectives on the logistics industry were delivered by two outside speakers. The first of which was presented by John Larkin, CFA, managing director and head of transportation capital markets research at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., who shared a wealth of industry data and indicators on how the logistics industry is evolving. The following day, Thom Albrecht, president of Sword & Sea Transport Advisors, presented his bullish views on freight industry growth, including many fascinating statistics on e-commerce growth and its evolving impact on logistics.

A deep dive into data and technology issues was delivered via a panel discussion featuring executives from DAT, MacroPoint, SMC3 and, all key partners of GlobalTranz who engaged in an energetic debate on the value of data in improving freight management and how electronic logging devices (ELD) will impact the industry.

Data Technology Panel at GlobalTranz 2017 Freight Agent Conference

Several of GlobalTranz’ LTL carrier partners participated in a panel discussion, featuring executives from Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Saia LTL Freight, XPO Logistics and YRC Worldwide. The result was an energetic debate on everything from pricing to ELD to capacity constraints.

LTL Carrier Panel at GlobalTranz 2017 Freight Agent Conference

No discussion on freight management would be complete without hearing from the shippers themselves, and executives from LG Electronics and Rexnord offered their views of how shippers are addressing logistics challenges and how they weigh price vs. service in selecting 3PL partners.

After a teaser press announcement made earlier this month, attendees were excited to see the grand unveiling of the GTZrave™ technology platform, delivered by GlobalTranz CTO Greg Carter, who shared how GlobalTranz is leading the market in process automation and enabling dynamic collaboration between shippers, carriers and freight agents via next-generation technology solutions.

The conference concluded with a freight agent panel discussion, moderated by Jim Weatherly who joined GlobalTranz following the acquisition of Global Freight Source in January. Five of GlobalTranz’ top freight agents participated in a discussion of what it takes to grow a successful freight agency.

GTZcon 2017 was made possible by terrific carrier and technology partners who sponsored the event and actively participated in a partner showcase. Thank you to our:

  • Diamond Sponsors – Roadrunner Freight,
  • Platinum Sponsors – Frontline Freight, UPS, YRC
  • Gold Sponsors – Dependable Highway Express, Estes, Saia LTL Freight
  • Silver Sponsors – AAA Cooper, Clear Lane Freight Systems, Last Mile Home, Pitt Ohio
  • Benefactor Sponsors – Dayton Freight, MME, Polaris Transportation, SHIFT Freight, Southeastern Freight Lines, Ward Trucking, XPO Logistics

In the end, attendees all seemed to agree – the GlobalTranz 2017 Freight Agent Conference achieved its objectives of delivering industry insights, generating ideas to help GlobalTranz’ agents grow their businesses, and providing a forum to forge and cultivate relationships.

Stay tuned to the GlobalTranz blog next week for more conference highlights – including the winners of the Carrier and Freight Agent Awards program!