Barbara Hall

Bunzl International Services

Director, International Operations

Barb leads the Operational function in North America and Asia for international imports for Bunzl. Her areas of leadership for North America consist of:

• Import Customer Service

• Import Administration

• Import Transportation

• Import Pricing

• Asia based Supply Chain Operations supporting both Bunzl North America and Bunzl Australia

• Warehouse facilities in Ningbo, China and Penang, Malaysia

Barb joined Bunzl in 2008 as an International Transportation Manager in the Import Department. Over the past 14 years, she has built a strong supply chain and logistics team on both sides of the water supporting Bunzl North America.

Prior to Bunzl, Barb supported Phoenix International for two years as a Warehouse Manager for imported cargo furthering her knowledge with International Supply Chain for in-bound, out-bound, and reverse logistics. She spent 15 years with Koss Audio and Video managing all aspects of their international supply chain to Koss’s US based warehouses and outbound shipments to all big box retailers.

Sessions With Barbara Hall

Tuesday, 27 September

  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm (PST) / 27/sep/2022 06:45 pm - 27/sep/2022 07:15 pm

    Intermodal I: Transloading vs. IPI

    Gridlock in the inland distribution network in 2021 caused ocean carriers to pull back on international intermodal, also known as inland point intermodal, or IPI. The market hasn’t fully recovered yet as IPI volume was down 15 percent year over year in the first quarter of this year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America. Shippers are transloading international loads into 53-foot containers or trailers to avoid the markups ocean carriers are charging for IPI, the headaches finding a driver and an available chassis to pick up loads, and punitive rail demurrage penalties often from factors outside the control of the importer. Where IPI has rebounded in 2022 — the West Coast to the Midwest — trucking companies are reporting many of the same problems as last year: higher truck turn times, not enough chassis, and rail demurrage penalties. This session will explore whether railroads, chassis providers, and other supply chain stakeholders have been able to handle IPI volume any better this year, and whether persistent struggles in handling the inland flow of ocean containers may lead to a permanent shift as intermodal providers such as Hub Group, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Schneider National, STG Logistics, and Swift Intermodal invest in their transloading services.