The Courier Times
If you've been in the transportation industry for any length of time, it's almost certain that you've been inundated with offers to join any number of organizations that exist to help your business. It's been my experience that most of them can be a great resource depending upon what you're looking to gain from them. With so many choices, you need to recognize that most of these organizations tend to specialize in specific areas such as continuing education, legislation, industry lobbying efforts or even directly assisting you to grow your business. Some go a step further and specialize in very niche areas of transportation such as pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs or hazardous materials. Usually, these organizations are kept on course by a board of directors that are made up of elected general members. These folks typically are not paid but instead, invest their own hard-earned cash and time to make their organizations the best they can be. The board usually hires either an executive director or a third-party company to handle the day-to-day requirements of their members. Typically, these are the only people that are paid by the organization.
If you don't currently belong to an industry group, I would urge you to join one that fits your business. It may take a little research to find the one for you but its well worth the time and effort. The cost of joining is relatively small while the benefits can be enormous. The following are five examples of the largest and most well known organizations:
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is a not-for-profit professional business organization consisting of individuals throughout the world who have interests and/or responsibilities in supply chain management and the related functions that make up the logistics profession. Its purpose is to enhance the development of the supply chain profession through logistics professionals by providing them with educational opportunities and relevant information through a variety of programs, services, and activities.
Mission Statement: To represent the interest of the air courier and express delivery industry by communicating positions to legislative and regulatory officials; to provide a forum for the exchange of information about trends and developments within the industry; and to promote the use of air courier and express services. (formerly the Air Courier Conference of America)
Express Carriers Association (ECA)
Mission Statement: The mission of the ECA is to develop business between carriers, shippers and vendors of products and services to the transportation industry. We will assist carriers and shippers in taking advantage of the new technology and transportation solutions. We will build awareness of regional and specialized carriers, as a viable supply chain alternative. We will build awareness of our vendors' products and services, and support partnerships among all members.
Messenger Courier Association of the Americas (MCAA)
Mission Statement: The MCAA's mission is to promote and advance the common interests of those engaged in the messenger courier industry throughout the United States and abroad.
NASSTRAC, Inc., otherwise known as the National Strategic Shippers Transportation Council, has been providing education and advocacy for shippers and carriers since 1952.
Established in 1998, eyefortransport has become the world's leading provider of Logistics and Transportation information and services. We currently provide a number of services and products to this industry which include:
- Leading industry news source
- Executive level conferences
- Custom market research & competitive intelligence
- Marketing & lead generation program
- Industry Reports