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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form. After submitting your registration you will receive an email with the login information for the seminar. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
Thursday, December 19, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Highlighted I-NUF Conference Presentations, Part 2: Assessing the Impacts of E-Commerce Since it was introduced in the mid-1990s shortly after the internet became widely available, e-commerce has grown rapidly as both businesses and consumers found significant value in being able to purchase goods and services remotely via the World Wide Web rather than by traveling to businesses or other product or service sellers to physically view and buy items. E-commerce's growth has had a significant impact on the transportation system, as it has shifted the product purchase and pickup locations from retail store "hubs" to business or residential end user "spokes". This change has dramatically increased the number of freight deliveries made by freight carriers, while at the same time significantly decreasing the size of each individual delivery shipment. Freight transportation logistics have become significantly more complex, and the increased number of deliveries directly to businesses and homes has created a growing number of challenges for both companies that produce, sell, or transport the products bought via e-commerce, and the communities that are experiencing increased transportation congestion and delivery vehicle parking challenges. Both businesses directly engaged in e-commerce activities and the municipalities where e-commerce deliveries occur are taking steps to address these challenges and avoid being overwhelmed by the continued growth of e-commerce shipments.

This webinar will feature presentations focused on business and community impacts of e-commerce that were presented at the recent 2019 International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF), which focuses on presenting research in the urban freight transportation field. Sponsored by the METRANS Transportation Center in southern California and held every other year, the conference is one of the leading urban freight transportation-focused conferences in the world. The presentations will provide different perspectives on e-commerce related issues and provide both companies and municipal officials ideas about how to address those issues.

"The Distribution Networks of E-Commerce: Emergence of a Geography of City Logistics"
This presentation will discuss how e-commerce related product demands are impacting distribution network logistics within communities, particularly urban areas where both the volume of deliveries and the amount of overall transportation congestion are higher.


  • Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Hofstra University

"E-Commerce Impacts on Regional Travel and Energy Use: Household Shopping and Parcel Delivery Tradeoffs"
This presentation will examine how continuing increases in the percentage of residential e-commerce shipments, particularly for household goods and other small package deliveries, creates positive and negative tradeoffs from a transportation and energy use perspective relative to "conventional" brick and mortar store purchases.


  • Monique Stinson, Argonne National Laboratory

"How Do Smart Growth Cities Take on the Rocket Increase of E-Commerce? Assessing Effective Strategies for California Cities"
This presentation will review what some municipalities in California are doing to deal with increased e-commerce shipments and the resulting transportation network and parking challenges associated with the higher number of freight deliveries to businesses and residences.


  • Nico Boyd, Fehr and Peers

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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