It’s an amazing thing: After a year of meetings, conference calls, multiple draft panel ideas and draft agendas; after dozens (hundreds?) of speaker recruitment calls around the world; new ideas, old ideas, rejected ideas and a pretty solid group of keepers; through industry ups and downs and an election; and after myriad distractions, errors and omissions, starts and stops, cancellations and last-minute changes, the 13th annual TPM Conference has come and gone, and planning for TPM 2014 is beginning.
Well done Barry, Peter and all who put on the TPM. Disappointing that BCO's are not more in attendance, yes. But why? Someone should look at that in real depth. A couple of years ago a BCO panel drew the larget break out group crowd ever - do it again, and again. Besides that, takeaways? Maersk is wrong 12% of the time when they send out a bill??? Wow. Sears seemed either surprised or disappointed that their freight wasn't on the ship of the carrier they signed a contract with. I wonder if they would have choices if Alliances didn't exist? And a major carrier at the single most important terminal in their global operation went from 22 moves an hour to 26, seemingly a nice gain, but partially explains why their costs are so out of wack and their margins have been some of the lowest in the industry despite their lofty perception. Some things to think about.
Folks, thanks for the comments. Indeed pulling together the TPM program isn't getting easier, which is why in the past few years quite naturally the process has started earlier and earlier. Although we held a program offsite last August to lay out the program, the reality is there had been a lot of give and take starting in May or June as to what topics we should be focusing on. The program team welcomes any and all feedback, input, suggestions, for the 2014 program so please feel free to reach out.
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