logistics challenge

Next Gen Logistics Challenge

Jacki Elwell | January 24, 2022

The dates of the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association’s Final Mile Forum to take place in Miami this year have changed to June 29 through July 1.

At this event, college students are invited to participate in the Next Gen Logistics Challenge, a competition which will award the members of the winning team with options for internships with association member companies. The new dates will allow college teams more time to prepare and present their solutions.

Onepak is a proud member of the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA), which is a non-profit trade association comprised of logistics professionals, carriers, shippers, drivers, air cargo logistics providers, 3PLs and vendors servicing today’s supply chain companies.

Onepak’s VP of Sustainability Solutions, Shawn Stockman, suggested the idea for the Logistics Challenge to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the CLDA, of which he is a member. Mr. Stockman will also serve as a judge in the Challenge.

“The Challenge is one way the CLDA is building partnerships with Universities that have specialized programs in the logistics and supply chain fields of study,” said Stockman. “Onepak and the CLDA are particularly interested in working with historically black colleges and universities as a way to improve diversity in the industry.”

Participating student teams must define a problem in the first/final mile industry, and propose how they  would apply an emerging technology to solve it.

“What we love about this Challenge is that it encourages students not only to engage with the industry to define current gaps in processes, but it empowers them to look at technologies like AI, IoT, blockchain, renewable energy, automation, reusable packaging or nearly any other technology for a possible solution,” Stockman added.

The Logistics Challenge creates opportunities for students and faculty to attend and participate in the CLDA’s annual conference that is held across the US.

Key dates:

Abstract/Entry due: Friday, March 11, 2022

Competition Day will take place virtually: Friday, April 15, 2022

Winners announced: The following week (and internships begin in June)

The top three teams will be invited to present their pitches in Miami on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Full event description (with link to entry form) can be found here.


Students and faculty from the top three teams will be offered complimentary admission and meals on the day of the event.

Team members will be able to attend all educational programs that day, visit exhibiting companies, and participate in a networking reception that evening.

Please help spread the word to any logistics or supply chain student you know!


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