• Powell Slaughter

Logistics Symposium panel to discuss managing the national supply chain

HIGH POINT – The operating environment for furniture’s stateside supply chain has evolved rapidly in the past couple of years as Internet retailers and brick-and-mortar stores in the e-commerce game extend their reach among consumers, whose expectations for fast delivery keep growing.

To examine the implications of these changes, on June 7-8 Furniture Today/AHFA Logistics Symposium at High Point University will include a panel discussion among specialized furniture and intermodal carriers, “Shrinking the Supply Chain: Best Practices and Breakthrough Innovations.”

Panelists include specialized furniture carrier Watkins Shepard Trucking CEO Ray Kuntz; home delivery specialists Ron Borgman, president of Lodeso, and Orion Air Ride General Manager Mark Fierek; intermodal transport company JB Hunt’s Vice President of Sales Jason Bohannon; and Freddie Davis, CEO of importing specialist Global Shippers Assn.

The group will offer their take on how they’re reacting to an ever-faster environment for their services and how to smooth the transition from point-to-point along the supply chain. Topics should include the impact of electronic log regulations for truck carriers on the nationwide distribution network and how specialized carriers can compete with general commodity carriers regarding delivery speed.

Other subjects up for discussion include the current state of consumer expectations for delivery and where that’s headed; the impact on the distribution channel of manufacturers, brick-and-mortar stores and pure-play e-commerce retailers all selling via the Internet; and the role manufacturers can play when it comes to smoothing out the supply chain.

Powell SlaughterPowell Slaughter | Senior Editor

I'm Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope my articles will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.

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