In its fourth year, the 2006 Parcel Shipping & Distribution Forum was better than ever
The dreary rain and dismal weather that plagued
The Forum began on Monday, September 11th, and attendees chose to participate in one of two pre-conference tutorials that were sponsored by Federal Express. After the morning sessions and luncheon, attendees had the opportunity to tour either CDW Corporation (a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and educational facilities) or the FedEx ground hub in
Tuesdays and Wednesdays general sessions received rave reviews. This years Forum saw many familiar faces as presenters, but the sessions they presented were anything but common, and attendees loved it. New sessions were the norm this year and covered a wide range of topics. Those attendees who have supervisory responsibilities over their employees gravitated to Mark
Meanwhile, with ever-changing rates and regulations, shippers often feel at a loss when it comes to determining their transportation rates and budgets. So its no surprise that
DHL also made a big splash with its $5,000 in free shipping giveaway. Any attendee at the show was able to fill out a card that was entered into the drawing. The cards had a question of the day that attendees were encouraged to answer, although they were not required to answer in order to be eligible for the giveaway. Many chose to answer the question What do you see as the big surprise of 2007? and their answers ranged from humorous to creative to thought-provoking. Someone ventured that PARCEL Editor Dan ORourke would shave his beard (a prospect he immediately shot down), while
A New Look
We were proud to re-launch Parcel Shipping & Distribution, which is now known simply as PARCEL. In addition to a new, updated look and a dynamic, interactive website, we also introduced PARCELs sister publication, B2Cexpress. As its name implies, its targeted to business-to-consumer shippers, and if the interest demonstrated at the show is any indication, this book will be around for a long time to come.
We Couldnt Have Done It Without You
And, as always, a very special thanks to our sponsors and partners. Once again, Morgan Stanley sponsored the Carrier Roundtable Luncheon, which featured executives from USPS, DHL, FedEx and UPS discussing such hot topics as the newly announced UPS Dimensional Weight Program and the USPS 2007 Rate Case. The United States Postal Service sponsored an outstanding opening-night reception, where attendees were treated to incredible cuisine and a piano performance while networking with new and old friends. We also want to thank our corporate partners USPS, Pitney Bowes and DHL for supporting our mission and the industry.
As they say, Alls well that ends well. The delayed flights and rainy weather were no match for the enthusiastic shipping and logistics professionals who made their way to this years Forum, and they were thrilled at the myriad of information they were able to take back to their respective organizations.
Next years Forum is already in the works and will be held