12th Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium

Friday, December 5, 2008 - 11:00am
United States

Energy Uncertainties: Supply Chain Impacts in the Upper Midwest

Skyrocketing energy costs are squeezing every sector of the economy like never before, triggering a chain reaction of price increases and a rethinking of total-cost concepts for freight and goods distribution. Possible elements affected include location decisions (manufacturing, supply positioning, and warehousing), inventory carrying and turning, and delivery-mode choice. In addition, there is discussion about energy strategies that reduce greenhouse gases. This year's symposium will examine energy uncertainties affecting supply chains in the Upper Midwest. Representatives from the business community, academia, and the public sector will discuss the impact of energy issues on the supply chain as well as options for meeting energy needs and possible public policy alternatives to address energy-related challenges. Craig Simon, president of supply chain services with FedEx, will make the keynote presentation.




  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies
  • Meg Duncan, President, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Bill Goins, Member, Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee

Keynote Presentation: Next Generation Globalization

  • Speaker: Craig Simon, President of Supply Chain Services, FedEx

Panel: Energy Impacts on the Supply Chain

Moderator: Dave Christianson, Member, Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee, and Manager, Freight Planning and Development, Mn/DOT


  • Aaron Jorgensen, Senior Director, Supply Chain Logistics Integration, Medtronic
  • Michael J. Tripp, Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics, Christopher and Banks
  • Ron Dvorak, Account Manager, xpedx

Panel: Future Energy Scenarios and Public Policy Alternatives

Moderator: Tim Henkel, Director, Modal Planning and Program Management Division, Mn/DOT


  • Saif Benjafaar, Director, Center for Supply Chain Research, University of Minnesota
  • C. Ford Runge, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • Dan Murray, Vice President of Research, American Transportation Research Institute

Wrap-up and Adjourn

  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies


Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: