February 26 - March 01, 2017
Long Beach, CA

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVE:

To create value for beneficial cargo owners, (aka BCOs, including retailers, manufacturers, consumer product firms and energy agribusiness organizations) through an intensive three-day program addressing key operational, pricing, and strategic challenges shippers face when leveraging end-to-end container shipping services in support of their supply chains.


CONFERENCE DAYS:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017


THEME: A NEW DAY DAWNS

Following an historic year of carrier M&A, failures and restructuring against a backdrop of a continuing slowdown in global trade, TPM 2017 will arguably be the most important TPM in its 17-year history. The event, to take place Feb. 26-March 1 in Long Beach, Calif. is the world’s largest conference focusing exclusively on global ocean container transportation, logistics, ports and inland connections.

The operational impact of the unprecedented level of carrier mergers, acquisitions, failures and restructurings in 2016 may still be limited, but that won’t be the case for long. The sweeping changes set the table for an alliance restructuring in the first half of 2017 and a much more consolidated industry that shippers will face in the years to come. There’s no question that following the combinations of CMA CGM and APL, Cosco and China Shipping, Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Co., the acquisition of Hamburg Sud by Maersk, and the coming merger of the three largest Japanese carriers, not to mention the anticipated breakup of Maersk Group, shippers will face a different industry in 2017 and beyond. The impact for BCOs will occur on many levels. Will fewer, larger carriers bring greater discipline on capacity deployment and pricing? Could it mean more investment in technology and basics such as customer service? Could it mean faster transit times for key trans-Pacific port pairs? Which carriers should shippers now aim to contract with, and how many? How best to spread cargo among the remaining alliances? How can shippers protect themselves in the event of another carrier collapse? How should BCOs manage the day-to-day challenge of debilitating customer service issues? What is the most effective way for shippers to communicate all of these changes to internal stakeholders? As this is happening, the industry is plowing forward in new ways. Silicon Valley – sensing inefficiency on a global scale - is taking an ever greater interest in container shipping with tens of millions in investment in startups. But what potentially disruptive models will emerge? Other new ventures such as the New York Shipping Exchange aim to create a new and potentially more sustainable basis for shipper-carrier contracting, but is the industry finally ready for a new paradigm in basic business relationships?

These are just some of the many issues to be explored at what will certainly be a must-attend 2017 TPM.


CONFERENCE TRACKS:

  • A Changing Asia
  • Digital Innovation
  • The U.S. Exporter’s Challenges And Solutions
  • Intermodal at a Crossroads
  • Longshore Labor: a Lasting Peace?
  • Port Productivity: Is This Progress?
  • Port Infrastructure: Built To Last?
  • A New Direction for Drayage
  • Analyzing The Cold Chain
  • Multimodal Shipping: The Breakbulk-container Nexus
  • Industry Workshops
  • Shipper Case Studies
  • Ted-style Talks

TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:

  • Economic and Market Trends
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances
  • Digital Innovation
  • U.S. Exporters' Challenges and Solutions
  • Intermodal at a Crossroads
  • Longshore Labor: A Lasting Peace?
  • Getting Cargo Through Marine Terminals
  • The Evolving North American Drayage Market
  • Analyzing the Cold Chain
  • Industry Workshops
  • Shipper Case Studies
  • The New Panama Canal