HIGH POINT, N.C. – The American Home Furnishings Alliance will hold its annual Global Supply Chain Management Conference July 22-23 at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

AHFA has held an annual conference to address current transportation, logistics and supply chain challenges for more than 40 years. All retail, manufacturing and supplier companies interested in discussing and jointly seeking solutions to current logistics challenges in the home furnishings supply chain are urged to attend. Companies do not need to be AHFA members to participate.

This year's conference, "Facing the Storm: Bracing for Coming Challenges," will focus heavily on important compliance issues impacting the future of both global and domestic operations.

Addressing import and export compliance matters will be John Dellinger, corporate broker for Globe Express Services. Dellinger has more than 25 years experience in customs brokerage and compliance. He has served on the boards of the International Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers Association and the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America at both local and national levels.

The agenda also includes an update on domestic compliance issues, including hours of service rules, the 2010 Compliance Safety Accountability program and the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rules governing notification of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

In addition to these two important sessions, the annual conference will provide attendees with an insightful overview of global logistics and supply chain issues. The presenter is David Bennett, vice president of global logistics sales for Schneider Logistics International. Schneider provides comprehensive logistics services to small, medium and large shippers across the globe. From 1992 to 1998, Bennett held a key sales role at Globe Express Services before expanding his industry experience as regional vice president of sales, Pacific Coast, for K-Line America. Prior to joining Schneider Logistics, Bennett returned to GES and served as vice president of sales and development.

AHFA also has invited a representative of a leading online retailer, Lou Ferris of Bari Furniture, to identify the top logistics issues for today's e-commerce companies, while a panel of traditional retailers will discuss key challenges for their operations.

Finally, a panel of ocean carriers is expected to offer insights on weathering the storm of volatile freight pricing and other issues rocking the import logistics boat.
The Supply Chain Management Conference is supported by the Specialized Furniture Carriers, a network of the leading furniture carriers, which will hold its annual meeting in advance of the annual educational conference. The 3 to 6 p.m. Specialized Furniture Carriers meeting on July 20 is open to any interested attendee.

In addition, AHFA's Transportation and Logistics Board will hold a meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 21. This meeting also is open to any interested conference attendees.

The $395 conference registration fee covers a 5:30 p.m. opening reception July 21, light breakfast July 22 and 23, and lunch on July 22. Education sessions will run from 8:15 a.m. through 4 p.m. on July 22 and from 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. on July 23.

A special registration of $345 is offered for those attending the conference for the first time.

An optional golf outing is planned for 8:30 a.m. July 21 at Arcadian Shores Golf Course. Cart and green fees, plus a box lunch, are $72 per person.

Pre-registration is required.

Those interested in attending the Global Supply Chain Management Conference are urged to make hotel reservations as soon as possible by contacting the hotel directly at 843/449-0006. Reduced rates for conference attendees range from $215 to $269 a night. Contact the hotel prior to June 20 and mention the AHFA meeting to take advantage of the group rates.

SOURCE: American Home Furnishings Alliance

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