• April 24-26, 2024 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana

Eric Johnson

Journal of Commerce by S&P Global

Senior Editor, Logistics Technology

Eric Johnson is the Journal of Commerce's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology’s impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, D.C., area.

Sessions With Eric Johnson

Thursday, 20 April

  • 11:15am - 11:45am (CST) / 20/apr/2023 04:15 pm - 20/apr/2023 04:45 pm

    Energy Insecurity: Recalibrating for Energy Generation in a Brave New World

    Just as a long-term pivot toward decarbonizing global energy systems began to take hold, a new concern entered the picture: ensuring energy security in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Economic sanctions and an unwillingness to support or be vulnerable to Russia have the West, particularly Europe, scrambling to diversify their sources of oil and gas, reduce their vulnerability to supply shocks, and build new infrastructure. At the same time, pandemic-delayed energy projects are returning to life. How will these very different forces affect energy investment, the drive to decarbonize, the engineering, procurement, and construction companies who build the related projects, and the project logistics service providers who move cargo for them? This session will examine the interrelated forces acting on the post-pandemic energy supply chain.

Friday, 21 April

  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm (CST) / 21/apr/2023 06:30 pm - 21/apr/2023 07:00 pm

    Taming the Data: Using Artificial Intelligence to Streamline Project Cargo Logistics

    Technology providers in the shipping space are using artificial intelligence to hoover up and make sense of the cacophony of data that flow in daily to carrier and logistics service providers’ offices from sources such as pricing requests, sailing schedules, statements of facts, and other data streams. Capturing and organizing such data can help shippers, forwarders, and carriers better manage emails, day-to-day operations, port calls, fixtures, and demurrage risk, and generally make inefficient processes, both commercial and operational, faster and simpler. Global shipping is chronically behind when it comes to developing these types of capabilities, and they are even harder to find in the breakbulk and project cargo community, especially for smaller service providers that don't operate at a scale that allows for developing their own in-house capabilities. In this session, Eric Johnson, Journal of Commerce senior editor for technology, will discuss the promise and pitfalls of several tech platforms with the entrepreneurs developing new or building out existing capabilities in the breakbulk and project cargo shipping space.