A&M International to Hold International Logistics Conference/Exhibition April 22-24

If you are interested in the latest technology available in international logistics, a conference scheduled to take place at Texas A&M International University in April might interest you.

The event, titled "High Technology in International Logistics," is being organized by the Global Federation of Electronic Commerce Associations, a student organization comprised of the Electronic Commerce Associations of both A&M International and the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (Nuevo Laredo). It will feature 25 speakers from a cross section of the logistics industry who will provide information on advances in technology, logistics financing and new regulations.

Scheduled to take place April 22-24 at Bullock Hall 101, the conference is the first of its kind to take place in Laredo and is organized by these student organizations in an effort to raise students' awareness of electronic commerce.

Conference hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 22 and 23 and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on April 24. A reception is also scheduled on April 24 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Great Room of the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library.

Dr. George Kostopoulos, faculty sponsor of the A&M International Electronic Commerce Association, explained that aspects of logistics include transportation, customs, freight forwarding, warehousing and technology.

"These are exactly the things that Laredo is, a major logistics center. We want the conference to be the focal point for all related activities in Los Dos Laredos," said Kostopoulos, adding that approximately 200 people are expected to attend the event.

An exhibition featuring the services and products offered by companies and organizations in international logistics will also be part of the conference, and will provide a look at the future of the industry, Kostopoulos said.

"The conference will provide an ideal opportunity for those in logistics to become aware of the latest in software, hardware and services available," Kostopoulos said, "Naturally, new technology increases productivity and companies that implement these changes will be more competitive."

Registration fees are $100 per person for the conference and $300 for exhibitors.

For further information, please contact Nadia Plascencia, Electronic Commerce Association student president at 326-2487. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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