SMC³ HYBRID Series - 2022

SMC³ 201 HYBRID: Fundamentals of Less-than-Truckload (201-HYB-2022)

Fundamentals of less-than-truckload (LTL) is the first course in SMC³'s five course LTL Online Education series. It was designed and written by LTL professionals for seasoned LTL professionals looking for a refresher and for new LTL professionals just starting their career in the industry.

This course takes you through the development of general transportation and how the need for less than truckload transportation developed. Learn how the markets and players today evolved from railroad and horse and carriage delivery to the local, regional, and national LTL transportation networks developed. Discover the “why” behind tariffs and the role contracting plays in moving freight. Finally, learn about the different operational roles involved in moving LTL freight through a carrier’s network, and issues the industry is facing.

Hybrid Session Dates and Topics:
Feb 17 | “Building Your Career in LTL” - 2pm ET (1 hour)
Feb 24 | “LTL - The Process and How Money is Made & Lost” - 2pm ET (1 hour)
Mar 03 | “Communicating Effectively with your LTL Carrier” - 2pm ET (1 hour)
Mar 10 | “Understanding Final Mile & Reverse Logistics”- 2pm ET (1 hour)

Past speakers include:
Brian Thompson, Chief Commercial Officer, SMC³
Barry Blakely, VP of Operations, Averitt Express Lines
Kevin Housley, Carrier Relations Manager LTL, JB Hunt
Clete Cordero, Director of Pricing, Southeastern Freight Lines
Webb Estes, VP Process Improvement, Estes Express Line
General Stephen Rutner, US Army Reserve
Greg West, Vice President, C.H. Robinson
Jason Burns, President, QCS Logistics
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  • Live Session 2/17/22: Building Your Career in LTL
  • Live Session 2/24/22: LTL The Process and How Money is Made & Lost
  • Live Session 3/3/2022: Communicating Effectively with Your LTL Carrier
  • Live Session 3/10/22: Understanding Final Mile and Reverse Logistics
  • Module 1: Less-than-Truckload Transportation Market
  • Module 2: Development of Three Highway Services
  • Module 3: National vs Regional LTL
  • Module 4: How LTL Carriers Make Money
  • Module 5: Major Players in the LTL Marketplace
  • Module 6: The Role of Tariffs and Contracting
  • Module 7: Key Roles in Operation
  • Module 8: Issues Facing the Industry
  • 201 Final Exam
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever