Canada Logistics Conference 2019  -  Learning Sessions  -  Technology's Influence on Surface Transportation

Technology's Influence on Transportation 

The digitization effect on the consumer market

This panel discussion will explore the tangible effects technology will have on the transportation market and your business

Thursday, October 24 • 8:35 am - 10:00 am

Where is value hung in the unfolding transportation environment?

This panel discussion will explore the tangible effects technology will have on the transportation market and your business.

There is no question that technology in influencing how supply chains contribute to value creation in a business, carrier and 3PL’s. Technology within industry verticals like e-commerce retail also are having a material impact supply chains, in terms of inventory position, order cycles, and other things. In 2013, the average mileage per truckload was about 780 miles and it is now 620. The impact through the shortening of the length of haul is a function of inventory being placed in different parts of the country. The experience we have on our mobile devices in our personal experiences – like ordering something online - is now transferring into our business experience. You need intelligence to predict buyer and seller behavior when digitization and automation have displaced more manual labor processes. This invites all supply chain participants to be called to the transportation strategy conversation in an effort to help transportation improve the performance of supply chain, the business and the end customer experience.

This five person roundtable discussion will bring together a shipper, a carrier, industry analyst and two professionals from C.H. Robinson to relate their perspectives on what emerging technology means for the buying market.


Scott Shannon
VP - North American Surface Transportation, C.H. Robinson

Scott Shannon was named vice president in November 2010, having served as the general manager of C.H. Robinson’s Iowa City office since 1997.  In his role, Scott overseas multiple offices in the company’s North American network.  As a member of the C.H. Robinson executive team, Scott provides support to the entire office network through training and education, development of new services and applications to be offered to customers, shares operations and management guidance, and provides broad market analysis.  An employee at C.H. Robinson since 1997, previous positions with the company include sales at the Madison, WI office. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin.


Dave Brajkovich, Chief Technology Officer, Polaris Transportation Group

As Chief Technology Officer, Dave is accountable for maintaining a robust technical ecosystem for the Polaris Transportation Group.  Joining Polaris in 2018, Dave is leading the company’s digital strategy through enhanced technology framework expansion and initiatives such as Robotic Process Automation, AI, and Blockchain.  Dave’s educational background includes a diploma in Production Engineering, followed up by specialized university programs at York University in Toronto, Darden’s School of Business at the University of Virginia and several ITIL leadership certifications. The additional courses and experience refined his skills in IT processes, management and business leadership best practices.  Recent positions held include Executive Director roles with Sun Life Canada, Air Liquide and Dynacare Labs where his focus was on IT technology foundations and business application synergies.  Polaris is the largest privately owned cross-border LTL carrier in Canada.

Steve Raetz, Director, Research and Market Intelligence, C.H. Robinson

Steve Raetz, Dir. Research and Market Intelligence, joined C.H. Robinson in 1989 and currently focuses on areas contributing to the evolution of C.H. Robinson’s supply chain value proposition to its clients, supporting client sales and relationship strategies through transportation market insights and academic research. Previously he led CHR’s consulting team, was General Manager of Minneapolis National Accounts and served as the Southeast Regional Transportation Manager for the Quaker Oats Co. Steve also is a member of MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics advisory board(MIT-CTL), American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee (ATRI-RAC) and Vice Chair for CSCMP’s annual Edge conference.  C.H. Robinson is an global Fortune 500 provider of multimodal transportation services and third-party logistics (3PL).

Andrew Midwinter, Director, Logistics, Gesco 

As Director, Logistics and member of the Executive Team for the GESCO Group of Companies, Andrew oversees the Transportation and Warehousing operations for one of North America's leading floor and wall covering distribution companies. Since having joined GESCO in 2007, Andrew has been integral in the standardization and optimization of GESCO’s supply chain network, including the two recent acquisitions. Andrew leverages his strong technical and hands-on approach, to apply forward-thinking solutions to everyday problems. Focusing on process standardization, data identification, and analytics, which has allowed GESCO to grow and be considered the dominant force in the use of technology in the industry.

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