Transplace Hosts 11th Shipper Symposium,Features U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dr. Yossi Sheffi, Former CNBC Chief Eco

Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced the speakers and topics for its 11th annual Shipper Symposium. The event will bring together Transplace customers, industry experts, practitioners, analysts and academics in Dallas, May 7-9.

The event reflects Transplace’s commitment to address the latest trends and issues faced by shippers, and helping them identify strategies for improving transparency and efficiency within their operations. Supply chain visionaries and academic leaders will address economic and industry issue such as rising fuel costs, capacity constraints and regulatory changes that affect the transportation of goods across the globe. Featured speakers include:

· U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

· Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, Dr. Yossi Sheffi

· Former CNBC Chief Economist, Marci Rossell, PhD

· Del Monte Foods Chief Operating Officer, Nils Lommerin

“For over a decade, the Shipper Symposium has enabled our customers to share best practices and gain powerful insights from industry leaders,” said Transplace President George Abernathy. “Our goal with this conference is to bring the most relevant, impactful information to our customers and partners to help them prosper in today’s market by improving processes and delivering continuous results.”


Key Highlights

Kay Bailey Hutchison served as Senator of Texas from 1993 to 2012, and is the first—and only—woman elected to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Senator Hutchison has been a passionate and commanding force in American politics, and by the time she retired, she was the Senate’s highest-ranking Republican female and had been the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator. Senator Hutchison was most recently the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. She has been Chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Sub-Committee and served on the Defense Appropriations Sub-Committee.

Dr. Yossi Sheffi is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he serves as director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management, and has consulted with governments and leading manufacturing, retail and transportation enterprises all over the world and as well as founded severalsuccessful companies. Dr. Sheffi will discuss the phenomenon of logistics clusters, which he covered in his book “Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth.”

Marci Rossell, PhD is a groundbreaking financial journalist and former chief economist for CNBC who electrifies audiences nationwide, speaking on the nexus of economics, politics, culture, and the media. Known for her animated style, Rossell takes complex economic issues and makes them relevant to people’s lives, families, and careers. Having served as corporate economist and investment spokesperson for OppenheimerFunds, as well as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, she brings a world of experience – from Main Street to Wall Street –when discussing the US economy, international events, and movements in capital markets.

Del Monte Chief Operating Officer, Nils Lommerin will discuss “Enriching Lives for 115 Years: How Del Monte Foods Keeps Growing” and will highlight how Del Monte continues to remain a leading consumer packaged goods company. Mr. Lommerin has been with Del Monte for 10 years and has also held several executive and human resources positions at Oxford Health Plans, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc.

Dal-Tile Director of Transportation Sonney Jones and Transplace Mexico Country Director Ben Enriquez will present their 2012 CSCMP Supply Chain Innovation Award™ winning case study on Dal-Tile’s efforts to consolidate its high-density freight with low-density freight from Whirlpool Corporation, Convermex and Werner Co. to reduce transportation resources, cost and environmental impact.

Registration and further details regarding the agenda and speakers for the 2013 Transplace Shipper Symposium can be found at


About Transplace

Transplace is a non-asset, North America-based third party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers, retailers, chemical and consumer packaged goods companies the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. From complete logistics management outsourcing to SaaS transportation management system (TMS) and supply chain network planning and design to high-quality brokerage services, Transplace has proven the ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to customers. The company is recognized among the elite global 3PLs by a customer base that includes many of the largest shippers in the world. To learn more about Transplace, please visit


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