Washington, DC, Feb. 25, 2016 -- Shippers looking for carriers that can deliver on the last-mile promise will gather at the CLDA Annual Meeting in May. The meeting will be held May 11 to 14 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, NV and will offer the industry’s best chance for shippers to meet and engage with last-mile carriers with its introduction of the CLDA Exchange.

The new CLDA Exchange will provide shippers and LTL carriers with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with last-mile providers. There will be three CLDA Exchange sessions, all with one goal: to pair up shippers with last-mile needs with carriers that can provide these unique solutions.

“The CLDA Exchange was formed to bring national shippers and final-mile carriers together to do business with each other,” says CLDA President Kirk Godby. “It’s been a goal of the CLDA since we changed our name to become more visible to the industry and to bring more business opportunities to our members. We know shippers are looking for final-mile solutions and many aren’t aware of the variety of services our members deliver. The CLDA Exchange will offer an opportunity for these final-mile shippers and carriers to talk about how they can work together to help solve the last-mile supply chain challenges.”

Conference Chair and CLDA Board Member Jason Burns echoes Godby’s comments: “We have set the stage for shippers looking for carriers and expect some of the country’s biggest shippers to take part in this conference due to its hyper focus on providing solutions to deliver on the last and toughest mile in the supply chain.”

Aside from business opportunities, the CLDA Annual Meeting will continue to deliver educational sessions focused on increasing company profit and operations. Sessions will be held over two days and will focus on:

· Class Action Threats

· Shipper - Carrier Relations

· Competing in the New Digital Delivery Age

· Opportunities with Multi-billion dollar LTL Companies

· The Future of Transportation

“No other meeting offers this kind of opportunity for shippers to connect directly to last-mile providers. These carriers have been delivering on the last-mile, same-day promise for decades,” says Burns. “We know the last-mile is a pain point for many shippers and the carriers that attend this event have the solutions to end that pain. “

To learn more about the agenda, sponsorship opportunities and registration, visit: www.theclda.com. The early bird discount rate ends on April 5.

About the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association

The Customized Logistics and Delivery Association is an advocate for the profitability and professionalism of companies that keep the global supply chain running. The association opens the doors to business success for delivery companies, logistics providers and the shippers who rely upon them. Members handle the expedited shipping needs of large and small shippers across North America. CLDA has been providing business opportunities, professional development, trend spotting and advocacy for all of those involved with time-critical and last-mile deliveries since 1987. For more information see www.theCLDA.com.