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Top 10 Parcel Conferences You DON’T Want to Miss

We’re diving into the top 10 Parcel conferences – the best places to learn new trends and strategies to improve your own network in 2021!

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With the world coming to a screeching halt due to COVID-19, logistics and shipping skyrocketed into all new heights! COVID-19 brought to light all the supply chain weaknesses and made us aware of what we can do better. That being said, let me tell you just how important these Parcel conferences can be for you and your company. We all can continue to learn from one another and take new ideas and strategies, applying them to our own practices with this interactive learning. Attending these conferences can help you create successful and efficient Parcel fulfillment systems. Here is a space for everyone to come together to talk about the Parcel industry’s newest trends, and what may unfold in the coming year. There is something for everyone at these conferences. Now let’s dive into the 10 best parcel conferences to attend based on our GMT perspective over the years!

The list:

GMT’s Parcel Summit

For the past 16 years, the Parcel Summit has been GMT’s premier event for high volume shippers. At this conference, the topics of conversation are Parcel trends, strategic best practices, GMT innovation, and the results of the annual GMT Parcel Benchmark Report. Along with learning new information from other people, this conference offers excellent network opportunities that are uniquely GMT, and you will not get anywhere else! In the past, this has included social events like cocktails and dinner, rooftop entertainment at the Peabody Hotel, the Mississippi Riverboat cruise, and America’s #1 BBQ Event. In 2021, we will bring that same GMT creativity and Memphian spirit to this year’s event!

Topics covered include:

  • Parcel trends
  • Strategic best practices
  • GMT innovation
  • Results of annual GMT Parcel Benchmark Report

Learn more about GMT’s Parcel Summit and hear what past participants had to say!

RILA’s LINK

When: August 17-20, 2021 in Orlando, FL
Virtual or In-Person? In-person utilizing safety protocols, but has options for virtual participation.

The Retail Supply Chain Conference takes top executives in the retail supply chain and brings them together to learn and network. Due to COVID-19, supply chain professionals have come up with different ways of working, thinking critically with insights, and figuring out ways to do more with less that they want to share with others. Each year, the conference invites participants to join retail-focused breakouts and roundtables, while also highlighting industry executive general sessions, major industry insights, and a jam-packed Expo Experience. From this conference, you should gain fresh ideas and an excitement to implement these new ideas into your business.

Topics covered include:

  • Addresses challenges with retailer breakouts and roundtables
  • Industry executive general sessions
  • Executive insights
  • Expo experiences

Visit RILA’s Link website.

PARCEL Forum

When: September 14-16, 2021 in Washington, DC
Virtual or In-Person? In-person utilizing safety protocols.

Logistics and shipping have been at a high-speed chase ever since COVID-19 hit, and it doesn’t seem to want to slow down anytime soon! This conference is considered an essential learning and networking event for B2C/B2B shippers.

Topics covered include:

  • Helping companies ship more packages
  • Helping companies with shipping more cost effectively and more efficiently

Visit the PARCEL Forum’s website.

Home Delivery World

When: September 1-2, 2021 at Pennsylvania Convention Center 
Virtual or In-Person? In-person utilizing safety protocols.

Home Delivery World is focused on providing insightful solutions to retailers, grocers, CPGs and 3PLs running into challenges in warehousing to fulfillment. Some major companies that attend are Amazon, Target, Walmart, Nordstrom, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Home Delivery World wants to help you build connections and take in all the best content from over 250 innovators and disruptors in the home delivery atmosphere.

Topics covered include:

  • Innovative solutions for retailers
  • Challenges across the supply chain from warehousing to fulfillment
  • Fleet and route optimization

Visit Home Delivery World’s website.

Retail Delivery Connect

When: TBD
Virtual or In-Person? TBD

This conference is a very exclusive invite-only for senior executives of supply chain and logistics leaders in retail. Up to 75 executives from North America’s most successful brands attend and share their new strategies they have incorporated. Retail Delivery Connect swears you will get answers to some of your biggest challenges, build strong relationships, and an incredible experience with staying at a 5-star luxury resort. Visit their website to request your invite today!

Topics covered include:

  • Answers to your biggest challenges
  • Build strategies your business needs
  • Source solutions/services from leading providers

Visit Retail Delivery Connect’s website.

CSCMP’s Edge

When: September 19-22, 2021 at Atlanta, Georgia
Virtual or In-Person? BOTH! In-person utilizing safety protocols and virtual participation.

Why should you attend CSCMP Edge? You should attend for the unbiased content on supply chain management, application of the new strategies and concepts formed, connections, community found within the conference, and experts sharing their knowledge. Since 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals has made it a priority to aid the supply chain management community. Come learn and be inspired here by taking back new strategies and concepts introduced. Edge prides themselves on having real people sharing their experience and successes and wanting to push others to succeed as well.

CSCMP’s states, “Our mission is to lead the supply chain profession by connecting, developing and educating the world’s supply chain management and logistics professionals throughout their careers.”

Topics covered include:

  • Content on supply chain management
  • New strategies and concepts
  • Experts sharing their knowledge
  • Connections

Visit CSCMP’s Edge website.

Gartner’s Supply Chain Symposium

When: October 25-27, 2021 at Orlando, FL
Virtual or In-Person? In-person utilizing safety protocols.

Gartner’s Supply Chain Symposium focuses on transforming, redefining and innovating your supply chain strategy. At the conference there are 5 priorities that are discussed among supply chain leaders. These 5 priorities include Developing a Supply Chain Strategy for 2030, Supply Chain Leadership, Developing an Agile Supply Chain Culture, Winning in the Digital Era, and Digital Supply Chain Transformation. You don’t want to miss out on diving deep into these priorities and discovering new ideas and concepts.

Here is what Bart De Muynck, VP Analyst and Conference Chair, said about attending Gartner’s Supply Chain Symposium Conference that, “The value of attending a Gartner conference is that you learn from our extensive research, leverage Gartner’s thousands of customer interactions and network with your industry colleagues. We offer advice and strategies upon which you and your team can build a pragmatic, agile and resilient path forward. Our program covers every role, starting with the CSCO and all of the critical roles reporting into his/her office. We also provide access to the leading vendors with whom you are likely partnering. The whole community comes together at Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo.”

Topics covered include:

  • Developing a Supply Chain Strategy for 2030
  • Supply Chain Leadership
  • Agile Supply Chain Culture
  • Winning in Digital Era
  • Digital Supply Chain Transformation

Visit Gartner Supply Chain Symposium’s website.

North American Supply Chain Executive Summit

When: September 14-15, 2021 in Chicago, IL
Virtual or In-Person? Virtual

This year’s topics at the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit include supply chain risk management, overcoming workforce challenges, leadership strategies for supply chain optimization, and demand forecasting. Supply Chain Management is under constant change and evolution, especially with today’s day and age with the impact of COVID-19. The influential power that supply chain executives have over their company and the potential for so much growth to be reached is there. That’s why attending the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit is a great idea. They want to help you reach your full potential.

Topics covered include:

  • A review of 2020 and COVID-19’s impact
  • Noteworthy trends for 2021
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Overcoming workforce challenges
  • Leadership strategies for supply chain optimization

Visit the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit website.

The American Supply Chain

When: May 11-13, 2021 
Virtual or In-Person? Virtual

The American Supply Chain conference discusses profitability & risk management, cost optimization, technology, and workforce management. During this conference, these major topics will be broken down and investigated with detail on how to overcome challenges in these areas and come out on top.

Here is what Dave Malenfant, Director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation, TCU had to say about the event, “It’s great to see the supply chain summit come to life! Generis has done a fantastic job at delivering a very relevant and dynamic agenda.”

Topics covered include:

  • Profitability and risk management
  • Cost optimization
  • Technology
  • Workforce management

Visit the American Supply Chain website.

Supply Chain USA

When: October 6-7, 2021 
Virtual or In-Person? Virtual

Supply Chain USA is focused on bringing to its attendees an understanding of operational excellency, business continuity, the continued rise of E-Commerce, and digital collaboration. This conference wants to define the future strategy of supply chain industry and work for more ways of improvement through learning from others.

Topics covered include:

  • Operational excellency
  • Business continuity
  • Rise of E-Commerce
  • Digital collaboration

Visit the Supply Chain USA website.

The Benefits of Attending Parcel Conferences

By attending one or all of these conferences, you takeaway new lessons, trends, and strategies to continue improving and optimizing your own Parcel network. The supply chain and Parcel industry is an ever-changing industry. In 2020, the industry has gained awareness across the world. These conferences emphasize the importance of learning from one another and gaining new knowledge on how to keep growing in this industry. The conferences listed just want to see the future of supply chain inherently grow and for others to see just how important the industry is in their company and what it can do for them.

 

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 Written by Allison Carr


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