May 2024

By Mark Fiorini, President of Westgate Global Logistics

Many of us have been working in freight for decades and have experienced seemingly constant changes in technology, regulations, and standards. Some of these evolutions have improved our businesses and some have caused sleepless nights as we try to adjust to head-scratching policy changes. While it may seem like we are helpless bystanders to the tidal wave of change washing over the transportation industry, I have found a few ways to be actively involved and have my voice heard.

Advocate for Transportation:

Being an active member of Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) has been a way to advocate for my business and our industry. TIA sets the ethical standards for the 3PL industry, represents our interests before government bodies, and advocates for regulations that promote fair competition, safety, and efficiency in the transportation sector. Additionally, the organization works hard to prevent fraudulent activity that has continued to increase over the years. It is imperative that we, as members, represent our industry. If we aren’t doing it, then who will? TIA also has a PAC that raises funds to help build relationships with Members of Congress who can support our goals and initiatives. Every year, TIA members gather in Washington, D.C. at the Annual Policy Forum, where we meet with members of Congress and their staff to ask for help with ongoing issues and concerns, while offering alternative suggestions for improvement. I have participated in the Policy Forum since 2017 and always take so much out of the experience. This year’s trip is scheduled for September 16-18 and I strongly encourage TIA members to join in the effort.

Stay Informed:

I have found it critical to stay informed on what policy changes are headed our way. TIA has been a valuable resource for advanced knowledge on regulations and how they could shape our business. I highly recommend plugging into industry publications and organizations that can keep you up-to-date on news that will affect your business. Having a pulse on proposed regulations gives us the opportunity to have discussions before implementation occurs and it’s too late.

Network, Network, Network:

We are all busy and it too often seems difficult to carve out time to attend events or conferences. But the value I receive from meeting other logistics professionals is worth every bit of time I invest in it. Local Traffic Clubs and other supply chain related organizations provide a way to bring together industry leaders, while fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing. We can make more of an impact as a group than we can alone.

It is my hope that by continuing to combine efforts will contribute to a more efficient, innovative, and professional logistics landscape.