February 19, 2016 (Arlington, Va.) – Following on the heels of last week’s media storm around intelligence from Bloomberg that Amazon is building a shipping and logistics arm that could rock the shipping industry, PostalVision 2020’s upcoming event will feature a data-driven presentation by Cooper Smith, Senior Research Analyst for Business Insider Intelligence (BII), “The Everything Shipper: Amazon and the New Age of Delivery.”
According to Bloomberg, Amazon’s project, internally called “Dragon Boat,” would launch a new global supply chain business by Amazon as early as this year, and would compete directly with businesses such as FedEx and UPS. In keeping with its long history of closely tracking developments in the shipping, logistics, and postal ecosystem, PostalVision 2020’s upcoming event will feature discussions and responses from members of the global supply chain, who will be gathered for the event on March 15-16, 2016 at The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City (just outside Washington DC).
Cooper’s upcoming presentation at PostalVision 2020/6.0 will focus on what Amazon is doing in this new age of retail and delivery, and how it will disrupt legacy shippers. Cooper also will touch on other vertical activity in this space, including moves by giant retailers such as Walmart and Alibaba. It’s an exciting time to be in the shipping industry, and PostalVision’s March event will feature the latest news and industry expertise around these recent developments, as well as other critical topics to the global postal/logistics ecosystem.
“We’re particularly pleased to have Cooper coming back to present at our event again this year, not only because of his recognized industry expertise and insight, but also because of our recently forged media partnership with Business Insider Intelligence,” said John Callan, managing director of Ursa Major Associates and Founder of the PostalVision 2020 Initiative. “Business Insider is a leader in providing eCommerce industry news and analysis,” said Callan, “and BII is its premium research service, trusted by thousands in this industry to provide critical insight and research.”
Senior Research Analyst
Business Insider (BI) Intelligence
Cooper is a senior research analyst with BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s industry research service. He manages BI Intelligence’s e-commerce practice, analyzing consumer trends, emerging technologies, and disruptive companies in the retail sector. Previously, he led the firm’s digital media coverage. His research has been featured on CNBC and CNN, as well as in The Washington Post, Wired Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Slate, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, SFGate, and the Financial Post, among other publications. Prior to Business Insider, Cooper was a digital media consultant to the Federal Reserve and Witherspoon Media Group. He studied computer science at Harvard University.
The over-arching theme of this year’s PostalVision 2020 event is the B2Me consumer empowerment phenomenon and the changes it is driving in the ecosystem. The event will feature nearly 50 speakers representing all facets of the global postal ecosystem, including:
- Global Industry Leaders, including executives from a variety of foreign posts, the head of the USPS’ global business group, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) product strategy manager, and leading international solutions providers, who will discuss cross-border challenges and opportunities, and how the “B2Me” phenomenon and ecommerce are driving changes throughout the global supply chain and postal ecosystem.
- Ecosystem Leadersfrom the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Senate, U.S. Dept. of State, USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO), and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will participate in discussions around future USPS strategies in responding to the B2Me consumer trends.
- Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Start-Upswill be showcased at the event to share the latest ideas and inventions being developed in response to the B2Me trends. Participants include ShipBob, Workhorse/Horsefly, Starship Technologies, Fetchr, Snaile, ParcelHome, SwapBox, Doorman and Grand Canal. From new delivery/consumer apps to drones to robots – we’ve got it covered!
DON’T WAIT — if you are planning to attend this critical event, now is the time to register for the lowest package price we will offer between now and the event!
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