TRUCKERS WILL TELL ALL ABOUT SHIPPING IN 2000 AT MEET \ TRAFFIC MANAGERS TO GATHER IN NAPLES

TRUCKERS WILL TELL ALL ABOUT SHIPPING IN 2000 AT MEET \ TRAFFIC MANAGERS TO GATHER IN NAPLES

The costs and challenges of consolidated trucking and logistics in the new millennium, a peek at a merged FedEx-Caliber System and the Postal Service's plan to win more freight will highlight the upcoming National Small Shipments Traffic Conference meeting.

Traffic managers attending Nasstrac's annual spring confab in Naples, Fla., on April 13-16 will hear how trucking companies plan to operate in 2000 and beyond.Nasstrac is putting particular emphasis on carrier-shipper relationships, promoting cooperative efforts with the carriers to improve consolidated and express freight services to shippers of small packages, said Joseph F.H. Cutrona, Nasstrac's executive director.

John Fain, executive vice president of sales at Overnite Transportation Co.; David Stubblefield, president of ABF Freight System Inc.; Gerald L. Detter, president and chief executive of Con-Way Transportation Services Inc.; Robert Fasso, president of US Freightways-Bestway Inc.; and Joseph Mangino Sr., chief executive of Metropolitan Trucking Inc., will host a round-table discussion of shipper-carrier logistics for the millennium.

The U.S. Postal Service will mark its return to Nasstrac for the first time in years when David Shinnebarger, the Postal Service's managing executive for marketing and strategy, unveils his plan to attract more shippers.

Attendees will be treated to details of how the new FDX Corp. will operate, as David Edmonds, the company's corporate vice president for marketing development and account services, reveals how the merged company will serve shippers.

He'll be joined by Daniel Mullally, Federal Express' managing director of express freight sales.

Also on tap is Kim Butler, manager for marketing and product development at Roadway Express Inc., who will discuss the trucking company's expanded time-definite service.

Bernard J. LaLonde, professor emeritus of transportation and logistics at Ohio State University, will discuss logistics in the new millennium, and James F. Barron, president of Interstate Dispute Resolution, will offer an alternative approach to resolving differences in transportation matters.

Nasstrac, which has evolved into a logistics education group, is introducing global distribution into its mix.

''Most companies are doing business on a global basis,'' Mr. Cutrona said. ''The Nasstrac emphasis will be on express, consolidated freight and individual shipments to foreign countries.''