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NFI’s James O’Leary to Speak at Mobility21 Next-Gen Truck Summit


James O’Leary, Vice President of Fleet Services at NFI, will speak at Moving America Forward: Next Generation of Truck Freight Transport Summit taking place October 24 to October 25, 2018 at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania. The event, focused on trucking technology design, development and employment, and the evolving freight transportation market, is hosted by Mobility21, a technology and transportation research project, operating out of the PRECISE (Penn Research in Embedded Computer and Integrated Systems Engineering) Center.

The panel session on October 25, entitled “Electrification & Fueling Future Freight,” will explore future commercial transportation technology. As more trucking technologies become available, many shippers have started to shift from diesel commercial fleets to alternative power sources. O’Leary and other leading fleet operators will discuss the future challenges shippers may face, including the basic power needs of trucks and distribution systems for new fuels, as well as what the return on investment may be. O’Leary specifically will talk about what it’s like to be an end-user leading the industry to electric trucks.

“As electric and natural gas trucks enter into the market, shippers are showing more interest in implementing similar technologies to create sustainable operations,” said O’Leary. “However, with any major change comes uncertainties and challenges. Partnering with a 3PL like NFI can provide consulting and the expertise to ensure a seamless integration.”

NFI is a leading supply chain provider in North America, operating over 4,000 tractors and 9,000 trailers across its dedicated and drayage fleets. With social responsibility as a core value, the company continuously explores new ways to reduce its carbon footprint, partnering with industry leaders like Volvo and Daimler to test electric trucks. In addition to dedicated transportation and port drayage, NFI’s integrated suite of solutions spans distribution, brokerage, transportation management, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.

Find more information about the event here.


NFI is a fully integrated North American supply chain solutions provider headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. Privately held by the Brown family since its inception in 1932, NFI generates nearly $2 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 10,500 associates. NFI owns facilities globally and operates 41.5 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. Its dedicated and drayage fleet consists of over 4,000 tractors and 9,000 trailers. Its business lines include dedicated transportation, distribution, transportation management, port drayage, intermodal, brokerage, global logistics, and commercial real estate. 

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