VGR Hosts 2013 Global Logistics Forum

Contact: Renee Chapline
Date: May 16, 2013 
Phone: (804) 732-8971

PETERSBURG, VA – Virginia’s Gateway Region (VGR) in partnership with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and United Parcel Service (UPS) hosted the 2013 Global Logistics Forum on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  The forum was designed to provide participants with unique ideas and opportunities that will impact their business’s bottom line from the board room to the shipping dock.

The forum held at Virginia State University, was a huge success and the initial feedback from the participants has been tremendous.  “UPS was pleased with the remarkable number of participants at the Global Logistics Forum. We look forward to continuing our efforts and partnership with VGR to provide our customers with the tools, solutions and expertise to accomplish their business objectives,” said Kevin Hughes, Manager for UPS.

The first half of the event consisted of an overview of global logistics and how it impacts businesses in Virginia.  Speakers included Warren Hammer of the VEDP, Barry Johnson of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS), Eric McDonald of the U.S. Commercial Service division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Kevin Hughes of UPS.  The second half of the forum consisted of interactive working sessions lead by subject matter experts in retail, professional and consumer services, industrial manufacturing and small business. 

The Richmond-Petersburg MSA is one of the leading logistics hubs.  Its strategic Mid-Atlantic location on the East Coast enables area industries to reach the majority of the nation's population within a one-day drive.  “Virginia's Gateway Region serves as the gateway – providing access into and out of the world's largest economy, with a dynamic consumer market.  At the end of the forum participants left equipped with a wealth of information and resources to help them streamline their process and reduce costs immediately,” said Renee Chapline, Executive Director of Virginia’s Gateway Region.