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

Jim Yarbrough

Bayer Crop Science

Global Bulk Logistics Strategy Lead

Jim Yarbrough is a logistics professional with 15+ years of experience in multimodal logistics and chemical manufacturing. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with an undergraduate degree in Logistics & Transportation in 2005, Jim began his career with CSX Transportation as a Trainmaster in the Evansville, IN. In 2008 Jim began working in the agricultural chemical sector for Bayer CropScience (formerly Monsanto) in New Orleans in rail logistics and earning his MBA from the University of New Orleans. After progressing through roles in Planning, Manufacturing, and Logistics Leadership, Jim began working for Bayer’s corporate team as Rail Fleet Center of Excellence Lead in 2019. In 2022, Jim began his current role as Global Bulk Logistics Strategy Lead, responsible for Bayer’s bulk chemical logistics and based out of New Orleans.   

Sessions With Jim Yarbrough

Friday, 21 April

  • 02:45pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 21/apr/2023 07:45 pm - 21/apr/2023 08:30 pm

    A Brave New World Ahead: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

    After two years of an almost unrecognizable, pandemic-driven shipping market defined by unprecedented congestion, busted liner schedules, and a surge of spillover cargo that sopped up breakbulk and project cargo capacity in an unprecedented way, the breakbulk supply chain is now navigating much calmer seas. However, business assumptions taken for granted in the past — an ever-available pool of spot MPV tonnage, for example, or consistently reliable liner shipping — must be revisited in today’s brave new world of shipping. Shippers must rethink global sourcing; MPV/heavy-lift carriers warn of a looming capacity shortage; geopolitical and governmental policies and the global push toward sustainability are influencing decision-making in ways that simply didn’t exist a handful of years ago. This closing session, moderated by Peter Tirschwell, vice president of S&P Global Market Intelligence will explore what supply chain decision-making looks like in 2023; the top-of-mind issues for breakbulk and project cargo stakeholders; and the industry changes on the horizon.