• Inland Distribution
  • September 30 - October 2, 2024 | The Westin Chicago River North

Shane Blair

Knight-Swift Transportation

Senior Vice President-Intermodal

Shane joined Swift Transportation in 1995 managing sales for the Central division. He held several leadership roles throughout his tenure, including Area Sales Manager, Terminal Leader, and RVP Intermodal Sales. Shane left Swift in 2003 to join the Union Pacific Railroad where he worked as General Director of Domestic Intermodal Sales, leading their asset-based sales team. He rejoined Swift in May of 2022 as Vice President Intermodal Sales until June 2023 when he was promoted to Senior Vice President Intermodal.

Shane holds a Business Administration degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  

Sessions With Shane Blair

Wednesday, 2 October

  • 09:50am - 10:20am (CST) / 02/oct/2024 02:50 pm - 02/oct/2024 03:20 pm

    Cargo Crime II: Rail

    Cargo security is also a concern for intermodal rail shippers. Exporters have complained about seal breaks between the Midwest or Mid-South and West Coast US ports. When the seal is broken, many exporters must pay to return the cargo back to origin, dispose of the materials, and pay for a new shipment to protect the health and safety of the recipient, even if nothing was taken. Seal breaks are also a problem in domestic intermodal. Sometimes cargo is stolen, other times the crooks open the door but take nothing, but either way unauthorized individuals are accessing trains. The domestic intermodal providers can provide some intelligence with devices on their containers that send an alert when the door is open while in transit. The data doesn’t tell who broke into the container, but it can disclose when and where it happened. Most ocean containers don’t have such technology. This session will assess what steps intermodal providers are taking to protect the cargo under their care and custody and deter or prevent break-ins, regardless of whether cargo is stolen or not. What are the pros and cons of the measures being implemented today? Are there other solutions shippers should consider to bolster cargo security?