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The North American Freight Forum provides an unprecedented opportunity for freight transportation professionals and other stakeholders to envision and develop a new era of efficient supply chains and sustainable infrastructure.


Why is the Freight Forum needed?
Our supply chains are unorganized. The truth is, neither marketplace dynamics nor vested interest lobbying lead to smart supply chains. For North America’s future prosperity, they must be reconceived with a long-term vision.

The problem is not a lack of intelligence—there are many intelligent individuals in industry, government, and the community. What we have been lacking are the effective forums and methods for gathering that intelligence into smart policy, programs, and marketplace improvements.

How will the Freight Forum work?

A facilitated, inquiry-based dialogue called IntelliConference brings stakeholders together, online, asynchronously. Protecting the integrity of the group dialogue process is an integral IntelliConference design feature. No vested interest perspective can dominate the interactions. All participants have an equal voice, which can only be enhanced by the logic and efficacy of one’s contribution to the dialogue.

What issues will be discussed?

As funding permits, The North American Freight Forum will consider lending its guidance and collaborative platform to any among the range of issues that currently inhibit a new era of efficiency and sustainability in the movement of land freight on the North American continent.

The following issue areas have been identified in concert with our industry and governmental colleagues. These Freight Forum IntelliConferences are now in draft/outline stage. They are not yet scheduled. Stakeholders are invited. Send us an email indicating your area of interest.

  1. Rail / Trucking Coordination
  2. Rail Regulatory Excellence
  3. Trucking Regulatory Excellence
  4. Port Container Logistics
  5. Future Modes of Power
  6. Supply Chain Infrastructure Planning
  7. Growing Freight Rail

How Does A Freight Forum IntelliConference Tackle Complex Issues?

As an inquiry-based process, it all starts with asking the right questions. For example:

“Reinventing Port Container Logistics”


Among those whose businesses depend on container movement, there is growing frustration with the lack of oversight or coordination. As stated by Randy Carpenter of Cargo Flow Solutions:  “The alarms are sounding loud and clear. It’s time to discuss and address the growing chaos and systemic inefficiencies associated with the transportation of containerized cargo within the United States.”

But where would such a massive coordination effort be designed and executed? This is the type of issue — a complex set of “wicked problems” —  that the North American Freight Forum is built to address.

SEE THE “Reinventing Port Logistics” Inquiry Set <link>

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