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Connections 2015 Unites Supply Chain Leaders to Discuss Industry Issues

San Diego – SMC³ successfully wrapped up its Connections 2015 conference in San Diego Wednesday after three days of impactful sessions led by transportation executives, analysts and thought leaders.

A record number of carriers, shippers and logistics service providers attended the conference, which offered attendees more than 20 hours of transportation content and 15 hours of dedicated networking opportunities.

Josh Dolan, Target’s senior director of international transportation, served as the conference’s honorary chairman.“SMC³ is a fantastic organization – one that I’ve been involved with for a number of years. Predominately known for their expertise in the LTL space and the pricing and technology space, SMC³ has increasingly become synonymous with educational content and development in our industry,” said Dolan, who has been a member of the SMC³ Educational Advisory committee for the past five years. He continued, “We all know that a smarter industry is a better industry. In that vein, SMC³ is helping to pave the way for all of us.”

Panelists included Noel Hacegaba, chief commercial officer for the Port of Long Beach, who spoke about regulatory challenges and cargo fluidity; Rob Estes, president and CEO of Estes Express Lines; and David Ross, the managing director of Stifel’s transportation research practice, who gave attendees an update on the economy.

Connections 2015 also included discussion of density pricing, the evolving trade relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and advancements in mobile technology. Political analyst Amy Walter and master storyteller Steve Gilliland each gave keynote speeches. On behalf of The Academy, the conference included day-long sessions on transportation contract law and LTL freight transportation.

“Connections 2015 was our most impactful summer conference yet!” stated SMC³ CEO Jack Middleton. “Conference participants are drawn to the high-powered content put together by the top executives in the industry, as well as the vast amount of networking opportunities. Together with our winter conference, Jump Start, SMC³ provides participants with events at the forefront of the industry.”

At Connections, SMC³ officially introduced Logistics Management as its new strategic media partner for The Alliance award. For more information about the unique partnership and to submit an entry, visit The company also announced the 2016 Logistics Technology Summit, which will run in conjunction with Jump Start 2016. SMC³’s newest conference product will provide content relevant to senior and middle-level management engaged in the development, sale, selection, procurement and real-world use of logistics technology for the movement, storage and tracking of both domestic and global cargo via land, ocean, or air.

About SMC³

SMC³ is the leading provider of data, technology and education as an integrated solution to the freight transportation community. SMC³ delivers its core competency – LTL pricing expertise – through collaborative pricing technology that supports end-to-end, ongoing predictability in shipper/3PL-carrier relationships. Best known for its CzarLite®, Bid$ense® and RateWare® solutions, the company serves more than 5,000 customers throughout North America, including shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight-payment companies. The company also partners with leading transportation software developers for complete interoperability. For more information about SMC³, visit

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