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Technology's Influence on Surface 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).

Rob Wiebe, Chief Administrative Officer, Loblaw Companies Limited

In 2017, Rob was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw), responsible for Supply Chain, Information Technology, Central Store Operations and Merchandising, Enterprise Business Process Management and the Enterprise Procurement Group. Loblaw is Canada's leading food and pharmacy retailer and one of Canada’s largest employers, providing Canadians with grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, financial services, and wireless mobile products and services. Rob joined Loblaw in 1984 as a part-time order assembler at the Winnipeg Distribution Centre. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for Canadian Inbound Logistics, and by 2007 was asked to lead Loblaw’s National Transport Operations. In 2010, he assumed overall responsibility for Loblaw Supply Chain and was promoted to Executive Vice President for Supply Chain and Enterprise Business Processes in 2016. Rob is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Commerce. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Having grown up in Manitoba and currently residing in Alberta, he takes great pride in his Western roots.

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