Barrett Distribution Reviews Top 7 Warehouse Logistics Events

As a warehousing and logistics company specializing in warehousing solutions, warehouse distribution management, public warehouses and distribution fulfillment services, Barrett Distribution strives to stay abreast of the latest developments in the industry.  

Exposure to new ideas and the latest trends is important to maintain a competitive edge in the warehousing world.   

After careful consideration over a variety of factors, Barrett Distribution has taken the time to hand-select their top seven favorite industry conferences.   The final selections of their top seven warehouse and logistics events were chosen below.  The events selected represent unique aspects of the warehousing logistics industry.

The seven events below are both rewarding and valuable for professionals working in the warehousing and transportation fields.  People using logistics services in their own businesses outside of the industry will also find these events educational and effective from a networking standpoint.


International Warehouse Logistics Association:  The International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) represents the growing third party logistics sector which is currently expanding due to the rise in internet commerce. The IWLA regularly has webinars on everything from management systems to employment law. They are hosting the Texas Warehouse Association 2012 Spring Meeting on April 18th in Fort Worth, Texas, where the topics of discussion are being planned around methods of generating profit in your business, as well as an interesting talk on company websites and the use of social networking.


Food Shippers of America:  For anyone involved in the food shipping industry, the Food Shippers of America Transportation and Logistics Conference is a great opportunity to find out everything that is happening with the logistics of transporting food right now. A relaxed weekend conference with an emphasis on meeting others in the industry, the Transportation and Logistics Conference was held in Orlando, Florida, in late February; but the organizers are already taking bookings for the essential 58th annual conference to be held in 2013.


Warehousing Education and Research Council:  The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is a professional association for logistics professionals. WERC regularly hosts webinars on a variety of subjects relevant to the supply chain industry but also conducts tours of facilities across the country. These tours are an excellent opportunity to see how others are handling their warehousing and shipping procedures, and a great way to find solutions to problems in your business. WERC regularly hold events with the emphasis specifically on networking within the logistics industry – your network is your net worth.


Operations Summit: Coming up on 2nd to 3rd May 2012 is the Operations Summit Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, with workshops on all aspects of direct-to-customer sales and order fulfillment business. The conference is focused on networking with plans for a series of several lightning talks. These discussions will focus on every aspect of direct-to-customer businesses from the supply chain to understanding ROI for your operations. A round table discussion involving the latest thinking on industry practices will be discussed. For smaller businesses, there are seminars dealing specifically with how to go about negotiating a better deal on your shipping costs and smart ways to cut warehousing costs.


3PL Summit : The 10th Annual North American 3PL Summit is being held on 18th to 20th June in Chicago to discuss the changes in industry trends. Over 500 of the leading decision makers from across the supply chain and logistics industries are expected to be in attendance, making this conference an excellent networking opportunity. The agenda guarantees 16+ hours of dedicated networking for those looking to build professional relationships within the industry. With speakers from companies that handle the logistics for some of the world’s largest companies, this summit is guaranteed to be informative. With the expansion of online retail and the growth in drop shipping companies that warehouse goods, handle the packaging and then the delivery of goods on behalf of their clients, this conference deals with a sector of the logistics industry that will be increasingly lucrative in the coming years. Learning about the upcoming trends will give you a unique advantage over your competitors.


National Conference on Operations and Fulfillment: The National Conference on Operations and Fulfillment was conducted last April and is due to be held again soon. Specifically targeting catalog, online and multichannel retailers, the conference brought together the leaders in this growing industry to discuss every aspect of this rapidly evolving business. Designed for smaller to midsized businesses, the conference brought together an even mix of manufacturers and transport professionals with the retailers themselves, to examine issues from top level management and material handling to customer loyalty, in a comprehensive three day conference.


Logistics & Supply Chain Forum: On 3rd to 5th June 2012, the Logistics & Supply Chain Forum will be hosted in Miami, Florida, and from 11th to 13th November in Arizona. This conference was conceived as a forum for logistics and supply chain professionals to discuss the new technologies coming available and how to best employ them for maximum efficiency. The focus is on looking at logistics from new perspectives and looking at new methods of operation as the industry evolves to meet the demands of the present day. A range of seminars are planned that deal with embracing the changes in the industry to make your business operations more cost effective.

To maintain a competitive edge in any business it is important to stay abreast of the latest developments and to form a network of professional contacts.  Innovative logistics technology and cutting edge equipment enters the market every month and the easiest way to stay in touch with new developments is to attend seminars and conferences. 

Attending these events, seminars and conferences is an inexpensive way to educate your staff and find new solutions to the difficulties that come with operating a warehousing and logistics business. Even if your core activities aren’t involved in the supply chain industry, learning how to ship your stock to customers more efficiently will help you maintain the edge that you need to stay ahead of your competitors. 

It is our hope that the warehousing and supply chain industry conferences reviewed above will help you evolve the way you do business, and help you connect with key professionals in the industry.

If you are seeking a partner in the area of speciality fulfillment, inquire with our knowledgeable staff today.  Find out more about our Warehouse Management System and how our cutting edge 3rd party logistics blue print process can help your company succeed in 2012 and beyond.