Dates: February 17th
The railroad industry, and the broader supply chain industry, is fully embracing digitization. The coronavirus pandemic has sped up the adoption of technology throughout the supply chain, and companies are seeing how additional logistics technology solutions can help them weather rising customer expectations due to the Amazon effect. Increasing digitization could have help railroads properly capitalize on the spike in import volume seen in the second half of 2020, a situation where better visibility and transportation planning would have been a huge help.
Intermodal players also are in need of continual focus on digitization to remain in competition with digital-forward trucking carriers.
With its innovative supply chain technology solutions, Blume Global drives the purpose-driven supply chain, one that benefits all supply chain stakeholders, from the largest global retailers to the smallest owner-operator drayage trucking companies. In the railroad industry, Blume’s commitment to removing empty miles and creating a more sustainable supply chain supports railroad ESG initiatives focusing on environmental and social impacts of the industry. Blume is focused on generating greater efficiencies for railroads while also taking more trucks off the road. Blume creates, sustains, and supports a purposeful supply chain ecosystem with the responsibility to make every movement of goods matter.
The past year has proved that seismic logistics disruptions can happen at any moment without much warning. In this session, Blume Global’s Glenn Jones speaks with Kristy Knichel, CEO and president of Knichel Logistics, about how railroads and IMCs can prepare themselves for future challenges by digitizing and automating their processes. Implementing supply chain technology solutions allows supply chain stakeholders to react quickly and efficiently to increased customer demand and expectations, ward off competitive threats, increase shipment visibility and generally create a more efficient system through automation.
February 17th at 12:00 to 12:20 PM EST
Global VP Products & Marketing
CEO/President, Knichel Logistics
Glenn Jones is the global vice president of product strategy and marketing for Blume Global. He has a proven track record of growing businesses by building and leading R&D and product marketing organizations to define, develop, position, and sell highly innovative and high-value enterprise solutions delivered in the cloud. He was formerly the COO of Sweetbridge, the CTO of Steelwedge Software, and also held leadership positions at other supply chain software companies including Elementum, E2Open, and i2 Technologies.
Kristy Knichel, a lifelong Pittsburgh native, is a second-generation logistics executive. Since taking over as president of her company, Knichel Logistics, in 2007, Kristy has been the driving force behind their yearly growth and reputation as one of the top service providers within the IMC community. Kristy’s proudest accomplishments are winning the inaugural Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award from the Women in Trucking Association and her appointment as the Intermodal Logistics Conference Chair on the TIA Board of Directors. Today Kristy’s focus is on expanding Knichel Logistics’ footprint via strategic development and continuing to offer her team members the opportunity for growth and self-improvement. Kristy currently resides in Grove City, Pennsylvania with her husband Jason and her son Brayden. She is an avid Steelers fan and enjoys spending time with family and friends on camping trips.