Second Annual DAT User Conference Addresses Trucking’s Opportunities and Threats

PORTLAND, Ore. — DAT Solutions will hold its second annual user conference on October 23 to 25 in Portland, OR, addressing the opportunities and threats currently facing the trucking industry. The conference features keynotes from John Seidl, DOT Consultant and 20-year FMCSA enforcement officer on the impacts of the ELD Mandate; GlobalTranz’s Greg Carter and LoadSmart’s Diego Urrutia on Automating the Brokerage; and Fedex’s Ken Adamo on the Principles and Practice of Rate Forecasting and Analytics.

In addition, DAT industry pricing analyst Mark Montague leads a session on “Retail, Etail, and You,” detailing the rapid shift from traditional retail to e-commerce and how that is reshaping supply chains, regional capacity, and more.

The DAT User Conference also features hands-on courses taught by brokers and senior DAT personnel on radically improving office and individual efficiency to increase the number of loads moved daily while decreasing the number of touches each load requires.

“Our customers asked us to bring together leaders who will take a hard look at our industry, which is experiencing the fastest rate of change since deregulation,” said Eileen Hart, DAT Vice President, Marketing. “The effect that the ELD mandate will have on capacity and rates is on everyone’s minds, particularly in a year when brokers have been experiencing serious margin compression. Our training classes, especially the computer labs, are designed to complement the industry issues.”

DAT operates the largest on-demand truckload freight marketplace in North America, where over two million interactions occur daily. The DAT network also amasses accurate, timely spot and contract rates, based on $33 billion of carrier payments, and critical information used to vet potential business partners.

Representatives from over 200 companies are expected to take advantage of networking and learning opportunities at the conference.

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