The National Retail Federation expects some 20,000 people in New York City this month for its annual event, a major forum for supply-chain technology and logistics providers.
Big logistics-industry conferences are moving ahead with in-person events in the coming weeks even as the Omicron variant rips through the U.S. and snarls domestic and international travel.
Over 2200 exhibitors are confirmed to exhibit in person at CES 2022. In the last two weeks, 143 additional companies have signed up to exhibit in-person.
The Journal of Commerce and parent IHS Markit Ltd. also plan to go forward with their annual TPM conference, a pivotal gathering for the trans-Pacific maritime shipping sector that went virtual during the pandemic, starting in late February in Long Beach, California.
TPM, which begins on Feb. 27, usually attracts more than 2,500 attendees, about 80% of whom come from North America with most of the remainder split about equally between Asia and Europe.
Shippers, carriers and intermediaries have traditionally used the conference to get a sense of contract prices for the coming shipping season
Organizers of big shipping and logistics events say they are taking Covid-19 safety precautions as they kick off 2022 with in-person gatherings
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