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MarketWaves18: uncovering currents shaping the freight market landscape in 2019 and beyond

Let’s face it: the freight market is changing fast. Here at FreightWaves, we’re all about shedding light on a rapidly evolving industry, producing content and hosting events that enlighten, educate, and arm you with knowledge and resources to help you understand this competitive freight market.

Following an incredibly successful Transparency18, MarketWaves18 will focus on the freight market and economic outlooks going into 2019 and beyond. From November 12-13, 2018, FreightWaves will present MarketWaves18 in Grapevine, Texas. MarketWaves18 is designed to uncover the biggest—and not yet discovered—market disruptions impacting the freight markets today, and tomorrow.

The lineup will showcase a series of exclusive WavesTalk presentations: 25 minute talks from high-powered leaders in the industry covering a range of topics from freight market volatility to the future of autonomous vehicles. WavesTalk will give these visionaries a chance to make a case for the trajectory of the freight industry in 2018, 2019 and beyond. The event will appeal to shippers, carriers, 3PLs, supply chain, warehousing and anyone that is focused on the impact of the freight markets on their business now, and in the future.  

We spoke to Craig Fuller, CEO of FreightWaves, who explained the importance of hosting the innovative event this fall. “MarketWaves18 is a new extension of FreightWaves that allows us to share our deep tribal knowledge, combined with other industry experts giving their views on the state of the industry today, in 2019 and 10 years out. This event is all about understanding market disruptions and providing our audience with the knowledge to interpret and react to them accordingly.” Fuller noted that FreightWaves is “continually developing new ways to provide timely and relevant insight and analytics into the state of the freight markets. This is yet another platform for us to engage with an audience that’s hungry for more.”

Day one is slated to feature cutting edge, short-form demos from 40 freight-tech innovators showing off the very latest in emerging technology that’s shaping the freight industry. This original demo format—a huge hit at Transparency18—is back by popular demand. Companies including Slync, Block Array, and TriumphPay are just a few that are expected to share live, 7-minute product demos on stage during MarketWaves18. And the best part? No slideshows allowed. Don’t just tell us how us how your product is posed to transform the industry—show us.

This innovative format provides a proven platform for freight tech companies to achieve the next level of success with by giving them access to new customers, strategic partnerships, expert feedback, press coverage and VC funding. Click here to learn more about our demo day participants and to apply to demo.

Day two will kick off with a powerful keynote presentation from Michael Lewis, the New York Times best-selling author of Moneyball, The Big Short, and The Blind Side, among many others. Lewis’ dedication to data makes him the perfect keynote speaker for this event. One of FreightWaves’ core missions is to bring transparency to freight markets by democratizing access to data—to give carriers, brokers, and shippers visibility so they can make better-informed business decisions. We think Lewis will do just that for attendees of MarketWaves18.

We’ll also hear from Jason Schenker, President of Prestige Economics and leading economist, author, and market futurist. Schenker will provide insight on manufacturing and risk in a time of uncertainty, focused on economic outlook and risk management within manufacturing, commodities, and freight futures.

For dynamic discussions on the future of the freight market landscape that only FreightWaves can deliver, join us in Texas this November and register for MarketWaves18 today.


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Maria Baker, Staff Writer

Maria is a staff writer who has covered everything from the environment to sign-on bonuses and women in the industry. She is a recent graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, where she majored in English literature and minored in environmental studies. Maria loves writing about freight almost as much as she loves Emily Dickinson and the self-imposed challenge of finding the best iced mocha in Chattanooga.
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