ATLANTA — When your event only comes around once every two years, you have to make the most of it.
The North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) is such an event, and this is one of its “on” years. NACV is a business-to-business exhibition focused on fleet decisionmakers and key influencers in the commercial vehicle industry. The 2019 edition will take place October 28-31 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The event gives leading truck and trailer manufacturers and commercial vehicle parts and components suppliers a setting to demonstrate their latest product offerings to a large swath of their customer base. The show is also an opportunity to accumulate knowledge, as it features a full slate of seminars and workshops.
NACV organizers recently announced that they have expanded the event’s education sessions. And, during the run of the trade show, all of the new NACV Show Solutions Theaters’ educational offerings are free for registered attendees. These on-floor sessions will feature top industry thought leaders who will discuss the challenges and opportunities confronting today’s fleet professionals. Registered attendees can also register for a variety of fee-based workshops and conferences on and off the show floor, including the half-day American Trucking Associations Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 29; Ask the Expert workshops on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and ATRI Operational Benchmarking workshop on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The new Alternative Fuels Solutions Theater will focus on top industry issues and advancements concerning electric vehicles, alternative fuels and fuel efficiency Oct. 30. Kicking off the day, experts will discuss “Best Use Case for Natural Gas.” A panel discussion will then focus on “Freight Efficiency” followed by a panel discussion, sponsored by Orange EV, titled “Use of Electric Vehicles.” The last session will feature a Cummins leadership presentation, “Best Use Case for Hydrogen Fuel Types.”
In the center’s Solutions Theater, Deborah Lockridge, editor-in-chief of Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT), and John Seidl, vice president of risk services at Reliance Partners, will discuss how to effectively transition to ELDs from AOBRDs. David Cullen, executive editor of HDT, will share insights from fleets that have found how hiring fewer drivers – the right drivers – can help keep more of them. Jack Roberts, senior editor of HDT, will offer a fast-paced, entertaining look at the industry’s rapidly advancing technological changes, including intelligent drivetrains, advanced safety and driver assist systems, autonomous vehicle technology, electric trucks and more.
Also in the Solutions Theater, a panel of OEM and solution provider experts will discuss how they get the service job done, what data fleets should be tracking and what questions fleets should ask their potential service partners. Also, a panel of top data-centric OEM and solution provider experts will discuss how to utilize service-related data to improve the service process.
The Solutions Theater sponsored by Today’s Motor Vehicle magazine will feature three education sessions. Session 1 will cover the Internet of Things, highlighting how connectivity and communications are impacting fleet management, location tracking and vehicle scheduling for various fleet sizes and configurations. Session 2 will spotlight Class 8 Automation, focusing on the new technologies that are taking over many functions once handled by drivers. Session 3 will be about last-mile delivery and the wide array of technologies available to manage routing and scheduling, as well as new systems to guarantee on-time service.
Other educational sessions, including Ask the Expert workshops, the ATA Symposium at NACV Show and the ATRI Operational Benchmarking Workshop are available to NACV Show 2019 registered attendees for an additional fee.
The Ask the Expert workshops will cover topics such as Federal Regulations – Understanding the BASICS, Implementing Predictive Analytics, Best Use of Electric Vehicles: Simple Steps to Successfully Deploy 100% Electric, Class 8 Trucks and more. The half-day ATA Symposium will dive into detail on today’s current issues, such as finding strategies for good used equipment or preventing and managing cybersecurity issues. The ATRI Operational Benchmarking Workshop will share high-level industry benchmarking information specifically designed for fleets.
Those planning on attending the show and are interested in participating in the Ask the Expert workshops are encouraged to register for their preferred workshops immediately. The workshops, designed for fleet decisionmakers, and are open to a total of 20 attendees per workshop.
To register to attend the NACV Show 2019 or to sign up for any of the show’s workshops, click here.