• April 23-25, 2025 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Bill Oliver

Georgia-Pacific Packaging and Cellulose Division

Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations

Bill Oliver works for Georgia-Pacific and is responsible for leading the Global Supply Chain Operations organization for the Packaging and Cellulose Division. After earning a degree in Operations Management from Auburn University, Bill joined Georgia-Pacific in 1994 and held various operations positions for GP’s Consumer Products Division. In 2008, he was asked to lead GP’s Private Label Tissue business. He moved to the Packaging Division in 2012 to serve as the North American Sales Director for the Cellulose business. He held this position until his move to lead the Global Supply Chain Operations group in September of 2018. He is a native of Atlanta Georgia and he and his family currently live in the Atlanta area.  

Sessions With Bill Oliver

Thursday, 25 April

  • 11:15am - 11:45am (CST) / 25/apr/2024 04:15 pm - 25/apr/2024 04:45 pm

    Breakbulk Academy: Breakbulk, Box, Bulk, or Air -- Choosing the Best Mode

    Working out which mode of transportation offers cargo owners the best, most efficient deal with the least risk on any given trade route can be a major pain point for breakbulk shippers. With current rates for containers back having retreated to pre-COVID levels, one might assume that containerized transportation will always be the first choice. However, breakbulk shippers have many factors to contend with, including cargo that must move on widely varying trade routes in widely varying amounts, schedule-sensitive cargo, and dealing with natural and geopolitical complications that are out of their control. Diversification of transportation modes to spread costs and risk is a lesson many learned, or re-learned, during the COVID market. What drives the decision to ship breakbulk or containerized? How does the logistics team ensure that their colleagues understand these complicated supply chain considerations and costs? And how do they plan and manage risk in an increasingly uncertain world? This session will explore the key choices and factors breakbulk shippers face when deciding which mode of transportation to use.