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PDM: Disruptive Technology and the Future of Freight

February 21, 2018
5:30 PM CST - 8:30 PM CST
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Valley Industrial Association
2000 S. Batavia Ave. Suite 110
Geneva, IL 60134
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 The use of technology by commercial drivers nationwide is transforming the nature of the transportation marketplace and creating new opportunities for cost savings and efficiency as well as introducing new restrictions for drivers and carriers.  In particular, smartphones and on board computers have the ability to transmit real time driver and vehicle information to logistics professionals that has far reaching implications for efficiency, safety and profitability. 

David MacLean, Regional Bulk Distribution Manager for Airgas, will explain the Department of Transportation’s recent mandate of electronic logging devices for commercial motor vehicles and how major national carriers and small operations alike are adapting to this significant change in the use of technology in the trucking industry.  In this talk, David MacLean will focus on the practical application of this technology “at the ground level” and share insights learned from daily use of these devices along with the wider implications of other types of innovations such as trucking apps and autonomous vehicles.  

5:30pm - Networking
6:15pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Presentation
8:15pm - Announcements
8:30pm - Adjourn

David MacLean is a young professional in operations who specializes in applying logistics best practices to challenging distribution environments.  He is an expert in hazardous materials transportation and regulatory compliance related to the commercial trucking industry.

As Regional Bulk Distribution Manager at Airgas, an Air Liquide company, he has developed processes for increasing distribution efficiency by identifying unprofitable customer sites and is currently working to implement On Board Computers in his operation.

He has previously held positions in plant management, warehousing and was one of the original candidates selected for Airgas’ leadership development program in operations. 

He holds a B.S. in Transportation Logistics and Marketing from The Ohio State University and a Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation through APICS.


$30.00 Fox River Chapter Members
$25.00 Earlybird rate before February 16

$45.00 Non-Members
$40.00 Earlybird rate before February 16

$10.00 Full-Time Students
$5.00 Earlybird rate before February 16

$30.00 APICS Member but not Fox River Chapter Member
$25.00 Earlybird rate before February 16