17th Annual Freight & Logistics Symposium The Gravity of Logistics: Building an Economy Conducive to Growing Business

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 1:45pm
United States

About the Event

The gravity of logistics is defined by the seamless and uninhibited flow of goods toward demand from manufacturers and markets. Mobility, a basic building block for growing the economy, depends on infrastructure that can support and sustain economic growth.

At this year’s Freight and Logistics Symposium, public, private, and academic professionals discussed strategies to maintain the existing transportation infrastructure in Minnesota and the region. They also discussed private and public sector perspectives on successes and challenges to the current supply chain.

In the keynote presentation, Rosalyn Wilson highlighted the 24th annual State of Logistics Report, published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Wilson is a senior business analyst at Delcan Corporation and the author of this year’s report. The annual report is widely used by supply chain management professionals as the premier benchmark for logistics activity in the United States.



24th annual "State of Logistics" Report

  • Rosalyn Wilson, Senior Business Analyst, Delcan Corporation

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Successes of the Supply Chain in the Public and Private Sector

Moderator: Jon Huseby, Minnesota Department of Transportation 
  • Frank Douma, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

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  • Meg Duncan, Koch Logistics

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  • Tim Thoma, Northern Tools and Equipment

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Supply Chain Challenges—Implications for the Transportation System

Moderator: Jason Craig, C.H. Robinson 
  • Chip Smith, CEO, Bay and Bay Transportation
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  • Randy Brown, Vice President of Transportation and Logistics, Cargill
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  • Louis Jambois, President, St. Paul Port Authority
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The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: