November 06 - 08, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

 

 

 
7:30 AM — 5:30 PM
 

REGISTRATION

Location: Garden Court B

 

 
 

 
7:30 — 8:30 AM
 

WELCOME BREAKFAST

Location: Garden Court B

 

 
 

 

 


 
8:30 — 8:45 AM
 

WELCOME REMARKS

Location: Habersham Ballroom

 
William B. Cassidy
Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation,
JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

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

 


 
8:45 — 9:30 AM
 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Location: Habersham Ballroom

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

 


 
9:30 — 10:45 AM
 

THE ROAD AHEAD:
NAVIGATING AN UNCERTAIN DISTRIBUTION LANDSCAPE

Location: Habersham Ballroom

In this long, often slow and sometimes turbulent economic recovery, uncertainty has become the new certainty. The failure of so many forecasts — the great truck capacity crunch of 2015, 2016 or 2017, for example — reflects an era in which the norms of business, technology and the US economy are under stress and changing rapidly. The US emerged from a two-year soft patch in domestic freight demand and pricing this year, but what should shippers and service providers expect 2018 bring? This panel of experts, supported by a wealth of data, will delve into the trends driving the US economy, freight demand, industrial distribution, trucking, and intermodal rail as 2017 nears its end.

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

 

— PANELISTS —
Lee Klaskow
Senior Analyst,
Transportation and Logistics,
Bloomberg Intelligence

 

David Egan
Head of Industrial Research, Americas,
CBRE

 

Matthew Harding
Vice President,
Freight Market Intelligence Consortium,
Chainalytics

 

Lawrence J. Gross
Partner and Senior Consultant,
FTR Associates,
and President,
Gross Transportation Consulting

 


 
10:45 — 11:15 AM
 

NETWORKING BREAK

Location: Garden Court B

 
 

 
11:15 AM — 12:00 PM
 

VIEW FROM THE TOP:
A CONVERSATION WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS

Location: Habersham Ballroom

Rapid advances in technology, online purchasing and an economy that routinely defies expectations are transforming the transportation and logistics landscape. How do today’s logistics leaders, top shipping executives at retailers and manufacturers, third-party logistics providers, industrial real estate developers and trucking and intermodal executives read the trends? This roundtable discussion will provide context to the market indicators laid out in the preceding panel of analysts, while gauging the mindset and outlook of industry stakeholders as 2018 approaches. What do they expect in domestic transportation pricing, in warehousing and trucking capacity, in inventories and trade, and from Washington, DC? What are the trends and concerns keeping them on their toes all day and awake at night? And what are the logistics problems for which they are most eagerly pursuing solutions?

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Mark Szakonyi
Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC.com,
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

 

— PANELISTS —
Michael Murphy
Chief Development Officer,
CenterPoint Properties

 


 
12:00 — 12:45 PM
 

VIEW FROM THE TOP: THE SHIPPER PERSPECTIVE

Location: Habersham Ballroom

 
 

 
12:45 — 1:45 PM
 

NETWORKING LUNCH

Location: Garden Court B

 
 

 

 1:45 — 2:45 PM
 

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 
 
         
 

 

 

PRICING STRATEGIES: TRANSPORTATION BIDDING

Location: Habersham Ballroom

Worried about year-end truck capacity and the potential for higher truck and intermodal rates, shippers in the first half of this year began to rethink how and when to put their transportation business up for bid. Comprehensive bids are becoming more common, experts in this field say, and shippers are turning to third parties for help. Shippers and 3PLs are using bidding strategically and tactically. The goal isn’t just to reduce costs by driving rates down, but also to cut shipper expenditures by optimizing entire freight networks. This panel will analyze how shipper strategies around RFPs are changing and how they can benefit.

 
— SESSION CHAIR —
Tommy Barnes
President,
Project44

 

— PANELISTS —
Brian Broadhurst
Vice President,
Transportation Solutions,
Spend Management Experts

 

Ben Cubitt
Senior Vice President,
Engineering and Strategic Carrier Management,
Transplace

 

   

 
 

 

 

THINK TANK I

SPACE IS LIMITED AND BY RESERVATION ONLY

Location: Garden Court B: Table 1

Think tanks at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference offer a deep-dive, shipper-focused perspective and roundtable discussion about potential solutions to specific challenges in the North American supply chain.

 
 

 

   

 
 

 

 

THINK TANK II

SPACE IS LIMITED AND BY RESERVATION ONLY

Location: Garden Court B: Table 2

Think tanks at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference offer a deep-dive, shipper-focused perspective and roundtable discussion about potential solutions to specific challenges in the North American supply chain.

 
 

 

   

 
 

 

 

THINK TANK III

SPACE IS LIMITED AND BY RESERVATION ONLY

Location: Garden Court B: Table 3

Think tanks at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference offer a deep-dive, shipper-focused perspective and roundtable discussion about potential solutions to specific challenges in the North American supply chain.

 
 

 

 


 
2:45 — 3:15 PM
 

NETWORKING BREAK

Location: Habersham Ballroom

   

 

 3:15 — 4:15 PM
 

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

   
         
 

 

 

PRICING INNOVATION: THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

Location: Habersham Ballroom

As technology opens new possibilities for real-time, dynamic management of supply chains, shippers and carriers are rethinking how they determine freight rates. Tired of pricing methods that seem stuck in the 1980s? Feel that you don’t have control over how rates are set? This is a good time to think about alternatives. From dimensional LTL pricing to truckload rate futures, shippers have or shortly will have more options to determine and adjust rates than they’ve had in decades. This panel will discuss some of the latest innovations in pricing that could benefit shippers, 3PLs and trucking operators.

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

 

— PANELISTS —
Craig Fuller
Managing Director and CEO,
TransFX

 

Lancy Healy
Chief Innovation Officer,
Banyan Technologies

 

Mark Montague
Industry Pricing Analyst,
DAT Solutions
   

 
 

 

 

THINK TANK I

SPACE IS LIMITED AND BY RESERVATION ONLY

Location: Garden Court B: Table 1

Think tanks at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference offer a deep-dive, shipper-focused perspective and roundtable discussion about potential solutions to specific challenges in the North American supply chain.

 
 

 

   

 
 

 

 

THINK TANK II

SPACE IS LIMITED AND BY RESERVATION ONLY

Location: Garden Court B: Table 2

Think tanks at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference offer a deep-dive, shipper-focused perspective and roundtable discussion about potential solutions to specific challenges in the North American supply chain.

 
 

 

   

 
 

 

 

THINK TANK III

SPACE IS LIMITED AND BY RESERVATION ONLY

Location: Garden Court B: Table 3

Think tanks at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference offer a deep-dive, shipper-focused perspective and roundtable discussion about potential solutions to specific challenges in the North American supply chain.

 
 

 

 


 
4:15 — 5:00 PM
 

PLANNING FOR 2018:
THE SHIPPER-BROKER PERSPECTIVE

Location: Habersham Ballroom

The economy improved in 2017, but will it gain momentum or slip backward in 2018? Will over-the-road capacity tighten and transportation rates climb? Which modes will be most affected? How are shipping strategies changing? The second joint Shipper Outlook Survey released by The Journal of Commerce, NASSTRAC, the Transportation Intermediaries Association, and Truckstop.com takes the pulse of the domestic transportation market, asking shippers and brokers about their expectations for the year ahead. This panel will reveal and analyze the results, based on the views of those at the nerve center of the North American transportation market.

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

 

— PANELISTS —
Roxanne Bullard
Director of Research,
Truckstop.com

 

Gail Rutkowski
Executive Director,
NASSTRAC,
and President,
Wabash Worldwide Logistics

 

Jeff Mason
Chief of Staff,
Transportation Intermediaries Association

 

 


 
5:00 — 6:30 PM
 

NETWORKING RECEPTION

Location: Habersham Ballroom

   

 

 

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