Being in the global logistics business means our executives and senior managers need to get out of the office regularly to attend important industry and partner meetings. Most recently, we sent groups of employees to two key events:
- Premier Cargo Alliance (PCA) Annual Conference. PCA is a top freight forwarder network with members in 85 countries across five continents. This year’s conference was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from September 25-27, and Universal was the host and lead sponsor. Being in Canada this year presented an opportunity to have more of our people involved. “We had no fewer than 35 partner-to-partner meetings,” said Chris Barnard, Vice President – Projects & Market Development, one of six executives and senior managers from Universal attending the conference. “Some were with existing partners, where we discussed ways to strengthen our existing trade lanes, and some were with new partners, who will help introduce us to new markets.”
- Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) National Annual Conference. This year’s event, held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from September 29 – October 2, was attended by Michael Glionna, President and Mark Glionna, Vice President – Client Relations & Business Development. The theme was “A North American Perspective for Customs Brokers: Turning Expertise and Experience into Profit”, illustrating the steps customs brokers need to take to remain the key providers of information on trade policy and practice in an increasingly complex world.