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Omnitracs Outlook 2018 Breakouts Are Here

Tara Cellinese
Senior Marketing Communications Manager

Omnitracs Outlook 2018 promises to be another informative and exciting event for the transportation community. We’re excited to share the breakout content and key themes, including the “Amazon effect” on wholesale delivery and the last mile, ELD operations after the deadline, and the Canadian mandate.

Top industry leaders will join us in 2018 to share their expertise. Among them are Bob Costello, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of the American Trucking Associations (ATA); Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women in Trucking; and Joe DeLorenzo, Director in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 

Fleet productivity in a post-ELD Mandate environment
By Outlook 2018, the first ELD Mandate deadline will have passed — so carriers will have nothing left on the to-do list, right? Wrong. Post-ELD Mandate, many fleets will be shifting focus to optimizing productivity in order to remain competitive. The sessions in the Productivity track are filled with tips on how to operate the most efficient fleet possible. 

Attendees will be able to sit in on a state of autonomous trucking panel, hear how to stay organized with cross-border operations, and learn how to build a successful driver retention program.

The changing face of delivery
Thanks to major forces like Amazon, it’s the end of wholesale delivery as we’ve known it. The “Amazon effect” will be a prominent theme of Omnitracs Outlook 2018 and we’ll explore just how much the online giant is disrupting not just warehousing and logistics, but transportation and delivery, too. 

Attendees who use routing and dispatching solutions are in for a treat with a wealth of sessions led by customers, including a multi-national Direct Store Delivery (DSD) company and a leading healthcare distributor.  

We’ll give a glimpse into what to expect with the Roadnet Anywhere platform, a consultant’s view on influencing delivery costs and route optimization, a panel on short haul and ELD compliance, and much more.

Cross-border compliance and post-AOBRD 
The ELD Mandate dominated the last Omnitracs Outlook user conference. In 2018, a spotlight on the rule will still exist — but this time about understanding the Canadian mandate, cross-border controls, and what to do by that second ELD deadline in 2019. 

ELD experts will guide attendees through the key priorities post-AOBRD deadline — with a focus on how to remain competitive in an industry where everyone has an ELD. Sessions in the Compliance track will cover ways to get ahead of ELD operational challenges and Omnitracs ELD product updates. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask compliance experts about current, proposed, and upcoming regulations. 

Leveraging “Big Data” and predictive analytics 
Still, “Big Data” is often regarded as some sort of esoteric phenomenon about massive amounts of numbers and “stuff.” Whether you realize it or not, fleets are already deeply immersed in the world of Big Data. Fleets generate thousands of data points at any given moment and the key is to strategically use that information to realize major benefits.  

Sessions in the Data & Analytics track will help you make sense of your fleet’s data so that you can use it to improve safety and customer service, control costs, and retain drivers. Data analysts will show you how to use predictive analytics to improve your fleet operation. 

Topics include ways critical event data can help identify problem areas along routes and how concepts such as blockchain technology and improved data security relate to the key performance metrics of your fleet. 

Hands-on training and how an app’s made
How would you like to see an application built before your own eyes? Attendees can experience just that with the exciting Omnitracs User Experience (UX) design lab. In this must-see training session, the Omnitracs UX team will demonstrate the process of designing a new application and build a simple prototype live. 

Other sessions in the Training track will give users of Omnitracs solutions a hands-on training experience. Whether it’s a training course on Hours of Service best practices, a tour of Roadnet mobile and business intelligence solutions, or best practices for ELDs, there is something for every user. 

Keeping your organization secure — physically and fiscally 
In 2017, there has been no way to miss cybersecurity splashed across headlines over and over again. From data breaches to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi security to ransomware cyber attacks, security has been a major concern for both consumers and businesses. 

Outlook attendees will be armed with knowledge on how to protect data and track assets with presentations from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and more. 

Safety topics in this track include ways to defend your fleet against litigation with video and how to coach and reward safe driving behavior. Women in Trucking will present data on the positive behaviors of female drivers and how to retain and recruit them.

To view the list of breakout sessions, go here.

Omnitracs Outlook 2018 takes place February 25 – 28 in Nashville, TN. Early Bird priced registration is available through November 17, 2017, with day pass options available. To learn more about the conference, visit