Meetings & Conferences


CSCM Breakfast Speaker Series

Friday, February 23, 2018

“The Evolving Role of 3PLs in Today’s Changing Retail Market”

7:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Alumni Hall

University of Pittsburgh, Fifth Avenue

Ryan P. Kelly

Senior Vice President, Sales, Strategy and Communications

FedEx Supply Chain

The role of third-party logistics (3PL) companies are evolving from partners focused on tactical operations to trusted consultants with a dedicated seat at the customer’s table. As major retail brands redefine how they go-to-market and the narrative that tells their brand story, they look to 3PLs to analyze, consult on and implement strategies that achieve their desired transformation.

The evolution and adaptation taking place today is not only a reflection of changing spending behaviors but a direct reflection of consumer expectations regarding how people want to shop, how much they want to spend and where they want to do it all. Overall, more than half of shoppers desire affordable shipping and expect their products to be on doorsteps within one to two days of the purchase. Pair these expectations with an increasingly present preference centered on returning items in store or at a physical location, and you’ll find that retailers are under extreme pressure. Today, national retail brands make strides to implement an optimized network – built on an omnichannel strategy – that offers faster speed-to-market times and supports a cost-effective business model.

This would be a great opportunity to gain maintenance points if you currently hold a CLTD, CSCP, or CPIM certification. And remember, parking is included with your registration.

We would also like to offer any APICS member a $10 discount on the registration – essentially they get the alumni rate. Simply select the APICS/ISM/CSCMP category when you register.

You can register for this event at:

APICS Conference 2018