• Inland Distribution
  • September 30 - October 2, 2024 | The Westin Chicago River North

Liz Ward

ZEBOX

Head of America

Liz Ward is VP of ZEBOX America, an international supply chain accelerator focused on connecting large corporations to innovative startups to solve the most pervasive problems impacting global supply chains. Prior, Liz held several leadership positions at tech enabled freight brokerages such as Transfix and Convoy. Before venture, she was an executive and minority owner at Ward Transport & Logistics, a Top 25 LTL carrier in the U.S.; and was a founding member of Price-Tran LLC, an asset-based trucking company revolutionizing the way freight is priced. Liz launched her career at Booz Allen — where she consulted with domestic and foreign intelligence and law enforcement agencies to disrupt and dismantle illicit supply chains, most notably the global heroin trade. She graduated with honors from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Supply Chain Management and is an active advisor and investor to startups.

Sessions With Liz Ward

Wednesday, 2 October

  • 09:50am - 10:20am (CST) / 02/oct/2024 02:50 pm - 02/oct/2024 03:20 pm

    InlandTech IV: Brokerage Technology as a Bulwark Against Vicious Market Cycles

    There is perceived wisdom that tough markets weed out the weakest actors, and this is certainly true in the world of freight brokers. Down markets depress rates and eventually compress margins, and so brokers that come in during an up cycle but without the fundamentals to weather a down cycle get flushed out of the system. But that hasn’t necessarily happened in the post-pandemic comedown. There are various variables to explain this, but one is that technology can help brokers weather the downturns more effectively. In this session, a freight broker, a broker TMS provider and a broker-focused pricing technology vendor will discuss how technology is making businesses more efficient and durable, and what that means to shippers reliant on those brokers.