20th Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium: The Integral Role of Freight in the On-Demand Revolution

Friday, December 1, 2017 -
7:30am to 12:00pm
2540 North Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113
United States

About the Event

E-commerce is booming as consumers increasingly shop online for convenience, price, and availability to meet their needs. In fact, new trends and emerging technologies are driving consumer expectations wild with shortened, lower-cost, more flexible delivery options. In turn, this on-demand economy is revolutionizing the movement of freight from one end of the supply chain to the other. The challenge for the freight industry is to use technology to adapt and thrive in an extremely competitive environment.

The 2017 symposium will explore the impact of disruptive technologies on the freight industry as well as the opportunities and challenges ahead, focusing on vehicle-to-vehicle communications, autonomous vehicles, and mobile apps to improve local delivery operations and advanced routing and scheduling systems that are critical for success in our on-demand world.

In addition, one panel will showcase Duluth's new intermodal service, a partnership between Canadian National Railway (CN) and Duluth Cargo Connect. A second panel will examine the freight-related implications of a transportation system shared by commuters and commerce.


Symposium speakers and panelists will include the following:

  • Frank Douma, Director, State and Local Public Policy Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Brian Isaacson, Director of Metro Planning, Program Management & Transit, MnDOT
  • Lonny Kubas, Director of International Overseas Marketing, CN Intermodal
  • Jonathan Lamb, President, Lake Superior Warehousing
  • Brad Milbeck, Materials Manager, Lexington Industries
  • Richard Stewart, Professor & Director, Transportation and Logistics Research Center, University of Wisconsin - Superior
  • Nick Thompson, Transportation Director, Metropolitan Council
  • David W. Wangler, President, TMW Systems

For more information, download the draft program (PDF).


Who Should Attend

  • Decision makers and practitioners from shippers, carriers, and other private-sector organizations involved in logistics and transportation
  • Government officials and staff
  • Representatives from nonprofit organizations and academic institutions

More Information

For more information, please contact Shannon Engstrom at engstrom@umn.edu or 612-625-5608.


Participants who attend the entire symposium are eligible for 3.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).


This symposium is sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: