It’s an often repeated statistic that 40 percent of our nation’s imported goods enter through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. After this cargo is unloaded from ships, it enters an incredibly complex system of logistics that employs hundreds of thousands of people in Southern California and spans a variety of industries including trucking, railroads, warehousing and technology.

On April 20, the LA Chamber will partner with the Inland Empire Economic Partnership to host the largest forum on logistics and supply chain management on the West Coast. This summit will explore the interconnectivity, challenges and opportunities of the supply chain within Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Critical issues to be discussed include technology improvements, workforce availability, education, public policy, infrastructure, leadership and management. The 2017 Summit will take place at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona. 

Keynotes speakers at the summit represent companies that are on the cutting-edge of their industries, changing the way products move from ships to your doorstep. Juan Perez, the Chief Information Officer with UPS, will speak about the work UPS is doing to improve operational efficiencies, enhance customer service and reduce environmental impact as e-commerce continues to grow. Kelvin Downes, the Regional Director of Operations for, will share his passion for achieving two fundamental objectives: creating the highest level of customer satisfaction and enhancing people through development of technical and leadership skills.

Throughout the day, a broad array of panelists from transportation agency heads, shippers and railroads, to air quality agencies will address chokepoints in the industry, threats to efficient goods movement and the necessity of infrastructure investment. We invite you to join 500 business leaders for these discussions on how to maintain Southern California’s status as the number one goods movement powerhouse in the nation.

Logistics employs our families and drives our economy. You can register HERE to be part of this future-looking conversation about the goods movement industry and the jobs it creates in Southern California.