November 06 - 08, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

All Sessions will take place on the 2nd Floor of the Memphis Cook Convention Center (MCCC) 

 

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

REGISTRATION

LOCATION: Prefunction Foyer

 

SPONSORED BY:

IMC


 

7:30 - 8:25 AM

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

LOCATION: Prefunction Foyer

 

 


 

8:30 - 9:00 AM

WELCOME REMARKS

LOCATION: Ballroom B

 

— SESSION CHAIRS — Chris Brooks Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, IHS Maritime & Trade

William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

— GUEST SPEAKERS — Michael Murphy Chief Development Officer, CenterPoint Properties

Phil Trenary President and CEO, Memphis Chamber of Commerce

Brian F. Cassino Director of Business Development, CMI, and President, Memphis World Trade Club


 

9:00 - 9:45 AM

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

LOCATION: Ballroom B Since founding FedEx in 1971, Fred Smith has consistently reinvented the company in ways that have made it one of the most innovative and successful companies of the past 50 years. Whether it was the opening of its Memphis hub in 1981, expansion into Asia in 1984 or the 1998 acquisition of Caliber System that paved the way to LTL giant FedEx Freight, the company has influenced global supply chains in untold ways. Its latest efforts — an ambitious restructuring plan that aims to boost profitability by $1.6 billion a year by 2016, its pending acquisition of European logistics giant TNT Express and its influential move to dimensional pricing — aim to extend the company’s reach while increasing efficiency. Today, FedEx sends packages to more than 200 countries and operates a fleet of more than 650 airplanes and 90,000 trucks and other vehicles. Helped by the e-commerce boom, FedEx revenues reached a record $46 billion last year. One of the world’s brightest and highly regarded business leaders, Memphis native Smith will offer his insights about the state of transportation in this highly anticipated keynote address.

 

— INTRODUCED BY — Peter Tirschwell Senior Director Content, IHS Maritime & Trade

— FEATURED SPEAKER — Frederick W. Smith Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Corporation


 

9:45 - 10:45 AM

 

MARKET OUTLOOK: ASSESSING THE TRUCKING AND RAIL FUNDAMENTALS

LOCATION: Ballroom B Short-term fluctuations in the U.S. economy may keep markets volatile, but there’s little question that tight transportation capacity and critical labor shortages will keep upward pressure on freight rates. But with freight growth appearing to be leveling off and a slew of truck regulatory issues in the mix, questions are growing about the direction the market will take. What will happen with truck pricing in the coming year, and what’s in store for intermodal rates and service in 2016 and beyond? Will improved rail service offer relief from capacity constraints on the highway, or will problems improving network fluidity on the rails make intermodal a tougher alternative for shippers to choose? How will energy prices and safety requirements for transportation of crude oil by rail, affect overall transport rates and the capacity balance in North America? What should shippers expect from trucking contracts and spot markets? In this interactive session, a roundtable of economists and expert analysts will answer these questions and more about the changing shape of the transportation landscape.

 

— SESSION CHAIR — William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

— PANELISTS — Charles W. (Chuck) Clowdis Jr. Managing Director - Transportation, IHS Economics & Country Risk

Kenny Vieth President and Senior Analyst, ACT Research

Mark Montague Industry Pricing Analyst, DAT Solutions


 

10:45 - 11:15 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

LOCATION: Prefunction Foyer

 

SPONSORED BY:

Laufer


 

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

SHIPPER PERSPECTIVES: A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH BENEFICIAL CARGO OWNERS

LOCATION: Ballroom B In 2014, U.S. shippers struggled to cope with often significant increases in transportation costs as they careened from the polar vortex to booming second- and third-quarter demand to the gridlock and congestion caused by the West Coast port labor dispute in the fourth quarter. This year started off slightly more balanced and less chaotic, but the warning signs in the market outlook are clear. This panel will look at how shippers view the evolving transportation market, what they see as the most important trends to watch and anticipate, and how they’re preparing their logistics operations and their CEOs for what could be a bumpy ride in 2016 and 2017. How do they plan to control or constrain transportation costs, if that’s possible? Are they looking at new sourcing and distribution strategies? What are they doing to ensure they have the freight capacity they need? How are economic trends affecting the service they receive from their suppliers, and are they working more closely with carriers to keep costs down? Logistics executives from a variety of businesses, manufacturers and retailers, will discuss these questions and their outlook for a fast-changing marketplace.

 

SPONSORED BY:

Port of Long Beach

— INTRODUCED BY — DR. NOEL HACEGABA CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, PORT OF LONG BEACH

— SESSION CHAIR— Peter Tirschwell Senior Director Content, IHS Maritime & Trade

— PANELISTS Candace Holowicki Director of Global Transportation and Logistics, TriMas Corp.

James P. Markey V.P. of Logistics, TBC Corporation

Donna Lemm Vice President of Global Sales, Mallory Alexander International Logistics

Bradley Parkhurst Transportation Sourcing Leader, Van, Intermodal, LTL, Owens Corning


 

12:15 - 12:45 PM

TED-STYLE TALK: How the Internet of Things Will Reshape Supply Chains

LOCATION: Ballroom B Shippers and carriers facing increasingly complex and difficult supply chain challenges are turning to technology for solutions, and technology is rapidly creating a network of connected machines and devices that share information. This is the Internet of Things, and it encompasses an array of “smart objects” — everything from intelligent home thermostats to industrial machinery — that can exchange information. The more tightly focused “Internet of Transportation Things” could radically change how supply chains function, presenting shippers with opportunities to dramatically enhance visibility and control of supply chains in motion. Trucks, trailers, containers and other assets could form an IoT network to capture critical, real-time information about shipments. Ashish Chona, senior vice president of IoT Software Solutions for global asset-tracking and monitoring company Orbcomm, will explore how the Internet of Transportation Things will reshape distribution strategies and create opportunities to solve shipping problems in this visionary talk.

 

— INTRODUCED BY — William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

— FEATURED SPEAKER — Ashish Chona Senior Vice President of IoT Software Solutions, ORBCOMM


 

12:45 - 2:00 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

LOCATION: Ballroom A

 

SPONSORED BY:

KC Southern


 

2:00 - 3:00 PM

CONGESTION, LABOR, EFFICIENCY: HOW ARE DISTRIBUTION STRATEGIES CHANGING?

LOCATION: Ballroom B After spending untold millions of dollars to speed freight through or around congested West Coast ports in late 2014 and early this year, many shippers said, “Never again.” This panel will look at how the legacy of the West Coast port crisis continues to reshape shipper plans for inland distribution. Following the Shipper Perspectives session, this panel will dig deeper into emerging strategies for dealing with port congestion, labor unrest and inefficiencies in the distribution network from dock to customer door. Will shippers be able to build more diverse, balanced import and distribution strategies using multiple entry points on more than one coast, or will they eventually fall back into older channels reliant on a few “megaports” such as the Los Angeles-Long Beach complex? Are they looking at sourcing closer to the U.S., moving more freight through Mexico or Canada? What are the warehousing and distribution challenges they face as the seek alternative routes to customers? This panel will discuss these topics and more as we seek to better understand the options ahead.

 

— SESSION CHAIR — Bill Mongelluzzo Senior Editor, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

— PANELISTS — John Edwards Director of Client Services for Schneider’s Transloading and Distribution Division

Glenn Berger Vice President of Global Transportation, Restoration Hardware

John DiBernardo Vice President, SSA Marine

Chris Logan Sr. Director Trade Development, Beneficial Cargo Owner Sales, Georgia Ports Authority


 

3:00 - 3:30 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

LOCATION: Prefunction Foyer

 

SPONSORED BY:

SunTrust


 

3:30 - 4:30 PM

CASE STUDY: The Evolution of Carrier Rates and Pricing

LOCATION: Ballroom B The Evolution of Carrier Rates and Pricing: Once locked into density- and class-based pricing, shippers moving today have more pricing options than ever to manage their freight. Live collaborative connections between shippers and carriers, for example, are changing the industry. The days when manual spreadsheets, rating table subscriptions, RFPs, routing guides, phone calls and emails were enough to effectively manage the transportation component are long gone. Through effective collaboration, shippers and carriers are able to work together as partners and create a beneficial, long-term and profitable relationship. When you have complete visibility over the rates and shipping options, you can accomplish more in less time, manage risk and increase profitability while making better-informed decisions. This Case Study will examine how some of that collaboration works.

 

— SESSION CHAIR — William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC IHS Maritime & Trade

— PANELISTS — Lance Healy CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, BANYAN TECHNOLOGY INC.

Steve Leggett Jr. Senior Commodities and Logistics Manager, Gradall Industries


 

4:30 - 5:15 PM

ONE-ON-ONE: AN OPEN DIALOGUE ON THE STATE OF SHIPPER-CARRIER RELATIONSHIPS

LOCATION: Ballroom B These are the times that put supply-chain partnerships to the test: port congestion, shipping delays, service problems, rising transportation costs, equipment and driver shortages, and an influx of data from every direction. More than ever, shippers and their logistics and carrier partners need clear lines of communication. They need an enterprise-wide perspective and commitment to common goals. In this unique session, one of the largest U.S. truckload carriers and a major retail customer will discuss how to build and maintain a relationship that can stand the stress of rapid change.

 

— SESSION CHAIR — William B. Cassidy Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

— PANELISTS — Derek J. Leathers President and Chief Operating Officer, Werner Enterprises

Susan Pellechio Vice President of Transportation and Supplier Collaboration, Staples


 

5:15 - 7:15 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

LOCATION: Prefunction Foyer

 

 


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