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Sustainable Supply Chains: How New Mobility Strategies and Technologies are Changing Goods Movement

University of Michigan, North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Rd. Bldg. 18, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 
Hosted by UMTRI Automotive Futures and U-M SMART. This one-day conference will provide attendees with a better understanding of the broad scope of players involved in the movement of freight globally and how the changing landscape could affect them in the future. It will include representatives from startup companies, large automotive and IT companies, and the broader New Mobility industry. It will also include state and national government representatives who discuss how these changes may inspire and enable new sustainability priorities while serving local and regional industries and economies. 
The conference will zero in on some of the tough questions related to the shifting freight landscape:  What are the trends affecting goods movement in a globalized, urbanizing world? What are the emerging business models that are improving the way goods are delivered?  How do new technologies affect the way goods are moved across supply chains?  How are local, state and federal governments creating policies to monitor and encourage innovation in the freight industry? How do the latest standards on emissions affect the freight industry? What is the role of automation and connectivity in this broader landscape? How are multi-stakeholder institutional partnerships contributing to this discussion? What advantages and challenges will consumers see in their daily lives in the near future because of goods movement innovations? 
Confirmed speakers include: 
Bruce Belzowski, Managing Director, Automotive Futures, UM Transportation Research Institute, will moderate the conference. 
Susan Zielinski, Managing Director, UM Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation (SMART), will provide an overview of the different New Mobility technologies and strategies that support sustainable goods movement. 
Sophie Punte, Executive Director, Smart Freight Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will discuss the complex global issues related to sustainable freight movement. 
Mary Wroten, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Company will talk about her work with Ford’s supply base in supporting Ford’s sustainability goals, particularly with the environment. 
Other manufacturers, suppliers, government representatives, and consultants have been invited.

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