Shapiro, a leader in global transportation and regulatory compliance, celebrated its 101st year of serving the logistics community with customers, vendors, employees by hosting a Summer Supply Chain Seminar. Panels of industry experts covered topics covering some of the facing logistics and Customs brokerage today. Freight panel discussions covered Vessel Sharing Agreements (VSA), SOLAS verified gross mass mandate, Panama Canal impact, and the larger economic impact on the market. Covered in the Cost of Regulatory Non-Compliance, panelists discussed Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), CBP’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise, and changes to Anti-dumping (AD) and Countervailing (CV) duties. Shapiro’s Domestic Evolution debate covered Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Scoring, Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), the changing labor environment, and never-ending chassis challenges. An added Discovering the Next Frontier panel was also included to address a rising market segment of eCommerce importing entrepreneurs that utilize digital marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, and Walmart to fulfill orders to their clients. The segment featured key panelists from currency experts, to marketplace diversification, to the role of automated technology in eCommerce supply chains.

Angela Czajkowski, Shapiro’s Director of Supply Chain and moderator of the debate, noted “I find tremendous value in panels like ours as they enable us to cover a broad range of topics in a limited time frame. Rather than 3 hours on one meaty subject, we give the room a chance to hear a bit about a variety of hot topics directly from the experts. We’ve received wonderful support from various individuals and organizations who have participated in the panels, each bringing unique insight and perspective. I’m really pleased with the outcome year after year; I’m already thinking up sessions for the 2017 event.”

Following the seminar, the Company shuttled employees and attendees to the Propeller Club’s annual Crab Feast at Conrad Ruth’s Villa in Middle River, MD. The event, which attracts thousands, is arguably the most popular industry gathering of the year. The feast is a fundraiser for the Propeller Club, enabling the group to make significant contributions to various nonprofit maritime organizations.

Shapiro would like to thank everyone who joined them and reached out during this remarkable time in the Company’s history and future. For more information about Shapiro, please visit our website or contact us!