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Truck World 2014 Post Show Report

Over 400 companies strutted their latest equipment and services. The show floor was abuzz with positive feedback. Luc Plouffe, an exhibitor with liftgate manufacturer Dhollandia Canada Inc., put it this way. "This year's show greatly surpassed all my expectations."

From Thursday morning's sold-out Fleet Managers' Breakfast featuring Hayley Wickenheiser to the thousands of early-morning arrivals on Saturday lined up to pick up a free hat, organizers say the show went well with few if any glitches.

Popular additions to this year's Truck World included:

  • The business centre, where exhibitors took customers to discuss transactions in private.
  • The inaugural meeting of an important new industry group called SWIFT; a.k.a., Supporting Women in Freight Transportation. "That meeting was very reassuring and that's where we took the all-important first steps." commented Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada and one of SWIFT's founders.
  • The recruitment pavilion, where 39 carriers met and welcomed potential drivers face to face.
  • The 20-Under-40 networking event where many of the industry's up-and-comers from across the continent mingled and swapped ideas. Among them was Speedy Transport's Jared Martin: "It was a great opportunity to network with like-minded freight geeks that share the same passion for transportation and logistics. Though many of us compete, we were still able to discuss reciprocal business opportunities to fill deficit lanes."

The next Truck World is scheduled for April 14, 15, 16, 2016 at the International Centre in Toronto.
Joe Glionna




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