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Talking Freight Seminars

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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 on the National Highway Institute Web site. Please note that Non-USDOT employees must have an FHWA external collaboration account to register. If you do not have an account please visit https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/FBA/Register.aspx to request one. Once you have an account you can register through the registration links below. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at Chip.Millard@dot.gov.

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
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Freight Deliveries and the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of focus on the freight transportation aspects of supply chain operations by public sector transportation professionals. Much of this research has examined freight movements in urban areas, with freight deliveries being a particular focus area. Freight deliveries, particularly in urban areas, can create challenges both for freight carriers, who need a place to park their vehicles in locations that often lack adequate or appropriate truck parking, and for other transportation system users (car drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, and other freight carriers), who in some cases are negatively impeded by the freight delivery activities. Additionally, the growth of e-commerce has dramatically increased the volume of commercial retail deliveries to non-commercial retail locations, and in some cases the lack of storage areas at these delivery locations create their own set of challenges. This final portion of the freight transportation supply chain, sometimes called the last 50 feet of the supply chain, is short in length but critical in impact for freight deliveries; inefficient freight deliveries can create dramatic, adverse impacts for freight carriers that need to make multiple freight deliveries every day. Many researchers, including those at the Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington, are studying freight delivery issues in an effort to understand how those deliveries can be improved and made more efficient while not negatively impacting other transportation system users.

This webinar will discuss some of the research conducted by the University of Washington's Urban Freight Lab and their coordination efforts with the City of Seattle and the U.S. Postal Service to improve the efficiency of freight deliveries, especially in higher congestion urban locations.

Overview of Reasons for Studying the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain
This presentation will examine the motivations for studying the last 50 feet of the supply chain, and the role of infrastructure in delivery operations.

SPEAKER:

  • Anne Goodchild, University of Washington, Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center, Urban Freight Lab

Examination of Research Done by the Urban Freight Lab on the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain
This presentation will discuss how research about the last 50 feet of the supply chain prioritized measurable goals, examined systems analytics, and pilot tested promising strategies to provide greater understanding about the topic issues.

SPEAKER:

  • Barb Ivanov, University of Washington, Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center, Urban Freight Lab

City Perspective on the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain
This presentation will talk about the City of Seattle's perspectives on the impacts the last 50 feet of the supply chain can have on urban transportation, including both freight and passenger transportation movements.

SPEAKER:

  • Chris Eaves, Seattle Department of Transportation

Freight Carrier Perspective on the Last 50 Feet of the Supply Chain
This presentation will review freight carrier perspectives regarding the last 50 feet of the supply chain, including challenges with delivery vehicle parking and transporting goods from the vehicle to the delivery location.

SPEAKER:

Mike Mirides, United States Postal Service

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 www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/index.cfm.

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
202-366-4415
Chip.Millard@dot.gov

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