Logistics Events: Top 12 Virtual Events to Attend

Jason VanoverFreight Market Blog

Staying up to date with the latest trends, technology and innovations is important within any industry, but it is particularly true of the logistics and shipping industry. Here are some great virtual logistics events that can help you stay up to date,  engaged, and actively learning during each quarter.

Q1 logistics conferences

With the start of the new year, it’s time to start thinking about the National Retail Federation (NRF) logistics events too, but that’s not all there is to do. Here are the three must-attend virtual logistics events you need to register for today.

National Retail Federation (NRF) | JAN. 12–14, 19 and 21–22, 2021

The event often gets the nickname of Retail’s Big Show as it is a primary cornerstone of the NRF Retail Week event. The conference brings together over 38,000 retailers, vendors and industry experts. It embodies a significant opportunity to network at what one of the larger events that are held annually in the retail industry. 

3PL Summit | MAR. 10

FreightWaves’ event for those involved in third-party logistics and related shipping markets is always well attended. Topics of focus vary year-to-year in an effort to keep up with current trends and changes within the logistics and shipping industry. This logistics event is well attended and highly anticipated.

Elevate Annual Users Conference | To Be Announced

The Elevate Conference is headed by a leading group of HighJump users, logistics industry experts and big name partners and customers. Areas of focus during the conference include warehouse management systems, automation processes, third-party logistics and direct store delivery, among others.

Q2 logistics conferences

As Easter approaches, it’s time to start relaxing a bit. But it’s always a great time to start thinking about the next series of virtual events that you can enjoy from the comfort of wherever you happen to be.

SCOPE Supply Chain Summit | MAR. 2-4

This event is always well attended and is powered by a “100% peer-driven” curriculum that focuses on the industry. Seminars, talks, workshops, and Q&A sessions focus on logistics and supply chain innovations. Most conferences cover multiple key themes related to the industry for attendees to experience.

Supply Chain Logistics Management Executive Seminar | MAY 2

This logistics event is a 6-day, intensive program boasting a legacy stretching back more than 50 years. The seminar is geared toward high-level personnel, senior managers, logistics managers and executives. Key areas of focus include customer service, logistics, warehousing, management and supply chains.

FreightWaves LIVE @Home | MAY 2021

Although not necessarily a Q2 conference, this virtual conference will showcase the technologies and services that are key to surviving the current industry environment. Companies use data and automation to boost profits, improve ROI, improve customer satisfaction, and more. The event will teach you how to accomplish these goals and more.

Q3 logistics conferences

It’s back-to-school time again, and there are more conferences and virtual logistics events that will help build your strategic value. Check out these three for sure.

IANA Intermodal Expo | SEPT. 12-15

For veterans of the industry, as well as those new to the intermodal industry, this event is known as the place “where experience and education meet.” Featuring over 125 exhibitors and talks from more than 60 industry experts, the event is one you will want to ensure to attend to stay ahead of the competition.

Customer Experience Trends, Challenges & Innovations| SEPT. 14-16

This logistics event focuses on the customer experience. It is an intimate assembly of experts focused on providing a unique opportunity for all attendees. With plenty of opportunities to collaborate and network with leading experts, the event is a great opportunity for those engaged in the warehousing and logistics community. 

Global Trade Tech | To Be Announced

This FreightWaves event includes talks, demos, keynote presentations, vendors and much more. The mix helps attendees stay up to date with all the latest trends and factors that will influence the global freight tech and shipping industry the coming years. FreightWaves Global Trade Tech will have everything attendees need.

Q4 logistics conferences

As the industry gears up for peak season 2021, the priority becomes readiness. So here are three other virtual logistics events to add to your calendar before you get too busy.

RoboBusiness | To Be Announced

The timing of this conference varies each year. A great conference event, produced by Robotics Business Review, it’s designed to bring together a collection of senior- and mid-level speakers, vendors, and guests in one accessible place. Attendees include executives, CEOs, robotic design engineers, supply chain managers, and more. 

Dangerous Goods Symposium | To Be Announced

This is a highly specialized logistics event delivering opportunities to network with and learn from professionals. And industry experts love what they have to say in the realm of dangerous goods freight.  Attendees include government regulators, trainers and other dangerous goods professionals. Attendees will learn how to follow state and federal guidelines and much more. The symposium will likely be held online in 2021 due to uncertainty following multiple attempts to reschedule.

FreightTech Venture | To Be Announced

More than 25 leaders within the industry will be taking the virtual stage to discuss the latest trends, innovations, technology, advancements, regulations, and case studies. Guest speakers include industry leaders and business managers who have invaluable insights to offer.

Pick your favorites, register and don’t forget about their common factor – technology in logistics

Attending logistics conferences and similar events can be a great way to stay up-to-date with trends and network with others in the industry. One great place to get started is by requesting a SONAR demo of your own to get everything off to a great start.