Cherry Hill, N.J. (PRWEB) April 12, 2016
NFI, a leading supply chain solutions provider, hosted its inaugural Lehigh Valley Logistics Symposium on April 7th. The event drew more than 70 logistics professionals and experts from across the Lehigh Valley region, collaborating and discussing opportunity for growth in the area.
The symposium kicked off with an expert panel discussing trends in the Lehigh Valley such as collaboration, road congestion, labor force, and real estate. The panel included Nestle Water North America Director of Logistics Brian Boermeester, Deloitte Supply Chain Strategy and Operations Consultant Thomas Boykin, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley, Ocean Spray Supply Chain Manager Dave Weidler, and Lehigh University Associate Professor of Management Zach Zacharia, Ph.D.
“The symposium is about knowledge sharing and collaboration,” said NFI Vice Chairman Ike Brown. “Our customers asked us to find ways to leverage our understanding and footprint in logistics hubs, transferring it to them to achieve operational excellence in the markets. The symposium posed the best opportunity to achieve this.”
The Lehigh Valley has seen an incredible growth in the past few years for its appealing qualities to distributors, manufacturers, and 3PLs. Over the past five years, NFI’s Lehigh Valley business has more than doubled with 50 customers, 1.6 million square feet of warehousing, 246 tractors, and 675 trailers. The region provides an ideal geographic location, and strong labor based workforce in addition to the opportunities for tax credits, government subsidized loans, and low utility costs.
A key discussion regarding the opportunities for collaboration in the Lehigh Valley took place, enlightening the audience on the opportunity to save costs through the logistics hub that exists in the Lehigh Valley region.
“Collaboration is not just sharing,” said Panelist Zach Zacharia, Ph.D. “It requires mutual commitment, intense planning, and shared benefits.”
About NFI -- NFI is a fully integrated supply chain solutions provider headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ. Privately held by the Brown family since its inception in 1932, NFI generates more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 8,000 associates. NFI owns facilities globally and operates 27.5 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. Its company-owned fleet consists of over 2,300 tractors and 8,800 trailers, operated by more than 2,600 company drivers and 250 owner operators. Its business lines include dedicated transportation, warehousing, intermodal, brokerage, transportation management, global, and real estate services. For more information about NFI, visit http://www.nfiindustries.com or call 1-877-NFI-3777.