Friday, September 13, 2013

Dates Set for International Freight Conference

The International Urban Freight Conference, formerly known as the National Urban Freight Conference, is scheduled for Oct. 8-10, 2013 at The Westin Long Beach Hotel in downtown Long Beach, California.

The event, known as I-NUF, brings together researchers and practitioners from throughout the world to share emerging, multi-disciplinary research on all aspects of freight in metropolitan areas. Panels, presentations and speakers from throughout the United States and 16 countries are scheduled to be part of this year’s fifth annual event.

Session topics include: environmental impacts and responses; the economics of urban trucking; port operations; emerging trends in consumption, production, and spatial organization; security and vulnerability; and best practices.

Also part of the schedule: optional site visits to a Ralphs Grocery Distribution Center and the Alameda Corridor.

The keynote speaker for the Wed., Oct. 9 luncheon is Chuck Holland, Vice President of Engineering at UPS, who will offer perspectives on emerging trends in local package delivery including the impacts of e-commerce and home shopping on the urban freight business.

Scheduled to be featured in a spotlight luncheon interview on Tues., Oct. 8 is Jake Racker, Regional Logistics Director at Kroger Co., who’ll discuss recent changes in distribution for the grocery industry especially in the area of automation.

The event is organized by METRANS Transportation Center, a joint partnership between the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.

Registration and conference information is available at, or by calling (562) 985-2876.