Aug. 9, 2012

JOC Inland Port Conference special offer

The JOC Inland Port Conference, which will take place on Sept. 5-6, at the Marriott Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook, Ill., will illustrate to shipper organizations/BCOs how utilizing rail intermodal through inland ports, as part of a North American import or export supply chain, can help achieve meaningful benefit in reducing transportation and fuel costs, reducing supply chain risk, and expanding access to capacity.

WERC members are entitled to register at a discounted rate of $650. Just use this promotional code during registration: WERC12. To register, or for more information, please visit: www.jocevents.com/ipl2012.

WERC Conference Call for Presentations
Not everyone gets selected, but we'd be happy to take your presentation proposal to the 2013 Annual Conference planning meeting. Everything you need to know is right here.

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