• Inland Distribution
  • September 25- 27, 2023 | The Westin Chicago River North

Katie Drew

John Deere

Logistics Analyst

Katie Drew has spent the past 13 years in international transportation operations. She began in Chicago in the freight forwarding industry in 2010 after earning a Master’s Degree in International Law & International Relations from University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In 2018, she started in Moline, IL with Deere & Company, a Fortune 100 company, leading manufacturing around the globe in agricultural and construction & forestry equipment. Deere is a Top 100 Importer & Exporter in the USA. She has had responsibility for ocean import and export operations including drayage & chassis fleet management; global air, ocean & 3PL network designs; EDI & API setups, and relationship management. Emerging from COVID after implementing unique railroad IPI setups and extra loader vessels chartered, Katie looks to introduce non-traditional supply chain partnerships best serving Deere’s manufacturing hubs in the Midwest & Southeast, as well as global customers in the field.

Sessions With Katie Drew

Tuesday, 26 September

  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm (CST) / 26/sep/2023 07:15 pm - 26/sep/2023 07:45 pm

    Inland Think Tank: Chicago

    Inland Think Tanks provide an opportunity for attendees to participate in an informal, roundtable-like setting to discuss international intermodal, also known as IPI. It’s also an opportunity for shippers, truckers, railroads, and chassis lessors to meet in a single space to discuss hyperlocal issues — in this case, Chicago — and build new relationships. While our 30-minute think tanks have moderators, attendees should come prepared to share their experiences on IPI. The think tanks will focus on preparing now for the next rebound in ocean container volume. What lessons can be learned from the last two years that can be applied to the future? How can all stakeholders accept their role in supply chain congestion 2021 and 2022, learn from it, and adjust? And what are the realistic and unrealistic expectations for fluidity in the supply chain when volumes rebound? These think tanks will explore these questions with the participation and interaction of conference attendees.