The Amazon effect has raised expectations for transportation and logistics that manual processes and legacy systems simply cannot meet. New technology and partnerships across technology providers are forming the backbone of value creation within the transportation industry.
Join T.J. Schaefer, Ph.D., from project44 for a robust Chicago-based panel that will explore how this transformation is changing transportation forever.
T.J. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Head of Global Network Partner Management and Strategy
T.J. Schaefer, Ph.D. is presently Head of Global Network Partner Management and Strategy at project44. Previously, he was Assistant Vice President of Transport Management Systems at ABB Inc., an industrial company operating in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees, where he was responsible for global implementation, knowledge base, and development for transportation management systems. Previously within ABB Inc., he held leadership roles in supply chain network design and transportation management. He has over 16 years of experience in supply chain management and logistics functions across a variety of industries. He also has a Ph.D. with emphasis in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and he is a Board member for the Chicago Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
Tommy Barnes is the President of project44, where he previously sat on the advisory board before taking on his current role in 2015. Tasked with driving project44’s portfolio of freight API products through relationship development with carriers, shippers, and 3PLs, as well as forging strategic partnerships with TMS and other technology platforms, Tommy relies on his decades of industry experience and leadership.
Prior to project44, Tommy held the positions of President of LTL Services and Senior Vice President of Operations at Coyote Logistics, where he guided operational performance of one of the world’s leading third-party logistics companies. He also held the position of President of Multimodal Brokerage at Con-Way, where he was responsible for managing $2.4 billion in freight across multiple modes.
Barnes has a stellar reputation for building some of the industry’s most effective teams, and for his strategic ability to maximize performance and generate growth for his companies. A well-recognized industry leader, Tommy has given numerous keynote addresses regarding the future of logistics and supply chain transportation. Industry professionals both inside and outside of project44 look to Tommy Barnes for leadership and guidance.
project44 summary: project44 is the world’s leading Advanced Visibility Platform for shippers and third-party logistics firms. project44 connects, automates, and provides visibility into key transportation processes to accelerate insights and shorten the time it takes to turn those insights into actions. Leveraging the power of the cloud-based project44 platform, organizations can increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs, improve shipping performance, and deliver an exceptional Amazon-like experience to their customers. Connected to over 175,000 carriers worldwide and having comprehensive coverage for all ELD and telematics devices on the market, project44 supports all transportation modes and shipping types, including Parcel, Final-Mile, Less-than-Truckload, Volume Less-than-Truckload, Truckload, Rail, Intermodal, and Ocean.
Head of Product Management, Commercial Transportation
Ravi leads the product management efforts for the Commercial Transportation product line at Rand McNally encompassing fleet management and telematics, data analytics, logistics, safety cameras, and navigation to provide compelling Platform as a service solution to businesses and their end customers.
Rand McNally summary: Rand McNally is transforming personal and business travel with its revolutionary connected vehicle technology. Leveraging its fast-growing telematics and fleet management expertise, along with its award-winning commercial navigation, Rand McNally has defined a new category with the OverDryve™ Connected Car/Connected Truck platform. Rand McNally’s mission is to deliver innovative products and services that enrich life’s journey in four key segments: Consumer Electronics, Consumer Travel, Commercial Transportation, and Education. The company’s mission is carried out by a group of dedicated, energetic employees who don’t let “it can’t be done” get in their way. For more information, visit randmcnally.com.
Co-Founder of Dock411
Eric Weidl is Co-Founder of Dock411, a software and services company whose mission is to help improve transportation and logistics by bringing unique data sets and tools to the industry. Before launching Dock411, Eric spent more than thirty years developing software, services, and processes for a wide range of business and industries. Eric’s success is in part due to his unique ability to convey complex technical concepts in a relatable manner so businesses can make informed decisions. Eric is certified in the latest cloud technologies and received a M.A. from the University of Chicago for his work in computer modeling of disease spread through isolated populations.
Dock411 summary: Dock411 is facility information for the trucking, transportation, logistics, and insurance industries. We improve logistics by providing a centralized platform for collecting and communicating relevant details about shipper facilities and collecting actionable feedback from drivers. Our focus is to be the industry platform for the most reliable, independent, highest quality, up-to-date, and innovative information on docks, sheds, and shippers. Our D411 ID can be used as an industry-wide unique identifier for shipper facilities. And our upcoming D411 Facility Score is designed to be a reliable, relative rating for shipper facilities, one which can be used as an input to the growing number of algorithms driving the industry. Dock411 has been in business since 2015 and is based in Saint Charles, IL.
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