LTL, Capitol Hill Top Agenda at NASSTRAC

LTL, Capitol Hill Top Agenda at NASSTRAC

Challenges facing shippers and motor carriers in an uncertain economy and on Capitol Hill will top the agenda Monday at the NASSTRAC Logistics Conference and Expo, held in Orlando, Fla., April 29-May 1.

A panel of chief executives from Estes Express, UPS Freight, FedEx Freight and ABF Freight System kicks off the conference Monday with a discussion of the state of the less-than-truckload freight market.

Last year was a banner year for many LTL carriers. The LTL companies on The Journal of Commerce's list of Top 50 Trucking Companies increased revenue 13.4 percent on average from 2010, narrowing their gap with faster growing truckload carriers.

The overcapacity that slowed the LTL recovery in 2010 dwindled last year, as the availability of drivers and dock workers became more important than terminal doors for many companies. But rising costs and uncertainty cloud the LTL forecast for 2012.

An update on regulatory and legislative issues affecting transportation, including new truck driver hours of service regulations, the Compliance, Safety and Accountability or CSA initiative and truck size and weight limits, will follow the LTL CEO panel.

On Tuesday, the presidents of Werner Enterprises and U.S. Xpress will share their perspective on challenges facing truckload carriers and shippers in 2012, including truckload capacity, truck drivers and rising operational and equipment costs.

Shippers will also detail the transformation of their supply chains since the recession, led by Bill Hutchison, vice president of global logistics and fulfillment at Dell Computer and Gregg Sayers, director of supply chain transportation at Stein Mart.

Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com. Follow him on Twitter @wbcassidy_joc.