• April 19-21, 2023 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana
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Dennis Mottola

Global Logistics Consultant

Dennis is a self-employed Global Logistics Consultant providing services customized to meet the specific support requirements of client shippers, logistics service providers, or other related entities in their efforts to do good on behalf of others. Services focus on creating opportunities for competitive advantage, risk mitigation, and in producing positive predictable delivery outcomes by offering expertise and knowledge, work process improvement, and enhanced data awareness and management.

Dennis’ career in Supply Chain and Global Logistics leadership spans experience in both shipper logistics management and as a provider of logistics services. He has accumulated significant subject matter expertise and possesses considerable experience in applying operational excellence and servant leadership skills. He was most recently employed full-time by Bechtel Corporation where he performed a variety of roles and responsibilities over his twenty-one years with the company including: Corporate Process Owner of Logistics, Expediting, and Supplier Quality, General Manager of Bechtel Global Logistics, Oil, Gas & Chemicals Business Unit Manager of Logistics, and was instrumental in establishing and building Bechtel’s Export/Import Compliance Program. His professional career in global logistics and supply chain management includes hands-on experience in mega-project logistics, marine shipping operations, export packing services, manufacturing and trading operations, and logistics technology implementation. Dennis has expert level knowledge of Incoterms rules and is skilled at instructing on their use for optimizing commercial competitive advantage and risk allocation.

He earned a Business Logistics degree from Penn State University, in addition to completing various university management programs and professional certifications over his career. He participates in numerous Supply Chain/Logistics industry and academic organizations and thought-leadership activities. His career in global logistics was recognized in 2021 with the HLPFI Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Sessions With Dennis Mottola

Thursday, 20 April

  • 10:00am - 10:45am (CST) / 20/apr/2023 03:00 pm - 20/apr/2023 03:45 pm

    Whose Market Is It Now? Understanding Market Trends and Risk

    The ocean freight market of the last two years starkly revealed the vulnerabilities of the global supply chain. Many project shippers, accustomed to nearly on-demand container transportation services while also holding the upper-hand in the multipurpose market, suddenly found themselves struggling to secure the space and sailings needed in 2021 and 2022, regardless of price. So, whose market are we in now? Is the pendulum swinging back toward the pre-pandemic status quo, and is it safe for shippers to bet that the market will normalize, whatever that means in 2023? Shippers must assess and mitigate the risks involved as they seek to grapple with market capacity, vessel availability, cost-vs.-price dynamics, booking lead times, and all the other factors necessary to secure the right ship and right schedule at the right price. Miscalculating current and future markets and developing trends place shippers at risk of overpaying for services, paying for service levels they don't need, unnecessarily accepting unfavorable terms and conditions, or not being able to secure services when and where needed. This panel of industry professionals, led by well-respected, long-term project logistics expert Dennis Mottola, will offer their views on current and near-term multipurpose/heavy-lift market trends. It also will discuss many of the inputs required to evaluate market conditions and arrive at informed carrier-selection decisions that enable positive outcomes.