APICS Cleveland PDM

January 17, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Holiday Inn - Independence
6001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131

APICS Cleveland Chapter January 2018 PDM

Today's Trucking Regulations and the Impact They Will Have on the Industry  By: Allen Welch

New electronic logging device (ELD) regulations will reduce daily productivity of drivers, in-crease freight costs, and reduce the current commercial driver pool, as many drivers can no longer operate profitably. Discussion will include what shippers should include in their logistics planning, both strategic and tactical; the effects it will have on other parts of the supply chain, including rail, barge, ocean, warehousing and distribution centers; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Department of Transportation regulatory compliance; and the impact on freight costing and shipping capacity. This new regulation will also have an impact on production scheduling, raw material purchasing, sales, and meeting customer delivery demands.

Allan Welch

Corporate Transportation Manager

Allan Welch is the Corporate Transportation Manager for Olympic Steel Inc. where he is responsible for distribution strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, tactical development, distribution expense management, and implementation of transportation initiatives for 18 divisions including Olympic Steel Inc. private fleet operations.


·       Expert in purchasing, pricing, carrier management, vendor sourcing, warehousing and contract negotiation of transportation services in rail, truck, barge, ocean, warehouse, and intermodal transportation.

·       Developed and implemented supply chain strategic plans through process redesign and optimization to ensure strong and sustainable savings growth. Responsible for managing distribution expense of approximately $80,000,000 annually.

·       Created a network of in/outbound transportation contacts, negotiated strategic alliances with carriers to maximize our supply chain and distribution area capabilities to create a competitive advantage in the market.

·       Private fleet design, strategic planning, regulatory compliance, safety training, and division management.

·       Subject matter expert to ensure transportation regulatory compliance for imports, exports, and U.S. domestic freight.

·       Hazmat certified for IMDG (ocean), IATA (air), 49CFR 100-195(ground).

·       Managed third party logistics providers and warehouse locations to insure the highest levels of performance.


Bachelor Business Administration, Operations Management - Cleveland State University

Associate Applied Science, Transportation - University of Akron

 Professional Affiliations

·       Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Metals Service Center Institute Midwest Association of Rail Shippers

·       Association of Iron and Steel Technology – Material Handling and Transportation & Logistics Technology

·       Committees- Technical Papers Chairperson

·       Northeast Oho Trade and Economic Consortium


$30.00 APICS Member

$35.00 APICS Non-Member Guest Ticket

$10.00 APICS Student Member

$15.00 Student Non-Member Guest

$25.00 APICS Board of Directors Member


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