October 22 - 24, 2018
Oak Brook, IL

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

 

 

 
7:30 AM — 5:30 PM
 

Registration

 
 

 


 
7:30 — 8:30 AM
 

 Welcome Breakfast

 
 

 
8:30 — 8:45 AM
 

Welcome Remarks

 
Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

William Cassidy
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 
8:45 — 9:30 AM
 

Keynote Address

 
 

 
9:30 — 10:45 AM
 

North American Freight Outlook: When Will the Market Turn?

The “great truck capacity crunch” forecast for so many years finally arrived in 2017, snarling supply chains across North America and sending ripples of disruption overseas as importers struggled to get freight from US ports inland at a reasonable cost. Truck transit times were lengthened by as much as a day or more this spring as electronic logging led many truck drivers to more carefully monitor time behind the wheel. Supply chains are expected to be stretched thin as the pre-holiday peak this fall builds toward its crescendo, with enormous pressure applied at inland markets to get freight through the middle-mile and make last-mile deliveries. Shippers need answers to questions of port selection, modal choice, capacity, inland routing, and price. In the past year, shippers have had to work much harder to find and even create freight capacity and pay much more to move freight. Will 2019 be different? Will the market turn? This panel of experts, supported by a wealth of data, will delve into what’s driving the US economy, freight demand, trucking and intermodal, and pricing as we look to 2019.

 
— Session Chair —
William Cassidy
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Panelists —
Chris Christopher
Executive Director, Economics
IHS Markit

 

Lawrence J. Gross
President,
Gross Transportation Consulting

 

Daniel Hackett
Partner,
Hacket Associates

 

Lee Klaskow
Senior Analyst,
Transportation & Logistics,
Bloomberg Intelligence

 
10:45 — 11:15 AM
 

 Networking Break

 
 

 
11:15 AM — 12:15 PM
 

View From the Top:
A Discussion With Industry Leaders

There's never been greater need for cooperation and outright collaboration across the inland distribution supply chain, from the shippers to port operators, third-party logistics companies, freight brokers and forwarders, warehousing and distribution firms, and trucking and intermodal carriers. Only by breaking down walls that separate these groups can we even attempt to solve the capacity and cost crises we face. This roundtable discussion will provide context to the market indicators laid out by the preceding panel of analysts, while gauging the mindset and outlook of industry stakeholders as 2018 draws to what looks to be a frenzied close, and as 2019 approaches. What do they expect in imports and exports, domestic transportation volumes and pricing, in warehousing and trucking capacity, in inventories and trade, and, with mid-term elections approaching, from Washington, D.C.? What keeps them on their toes all day and awake at night? Finally, what are the logistics problems for which they are most eagerly pursuing solutions, and how can they find those solutions together?

 
— Panelist —
James Sembrot
Senior Director,
Logistics Strategy,
Anheuser-Busch InBev

 
12:15 — 1:30 PM
 

 Networking Lunch

 
 

 
1:30 — 2:30 PM
 

Inland Markets:
An Overview of Chicago and Beyond

Surging North American freight demand collided with capacity imbalances and regulatory constraints in 2018, reshaping transportation markets. Intermodal drayage and trucking resources came under enormous pressure, especially in Chicago, but in many other leading markets, too, forcing shippers to redraw distribution maps and scramble to find new routes and solutions to meet the delivery demands of their own customers. This panel, the first of its kind at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference, will dig into the leading causes of congestion, rising costs and rates and capacity shortages plaguing the most important US inland hubs, starting with the largest of all, Chicago. But every individual hub is part of a bigger network that starts at the seaport and ends with a last-mile delivery. How does disruption at one node in this network affect the others? How is electronic logging and stricter trucking hours-of-service enforcement affecting transit times in specific lanes, and what does that mean to freight fluidity? Where do we need more intermodal yards and drayage resources? And what real-estate decisions do shippers face as they try to correct capacity imbalances and move warehouses and distribution centers closer to their customers? This panel of experts will lay out the broad themes and issues facing evolving inland distribution markets before we take a deeper dive into solutions for individual markets in a series of Think Tanks.

 
 Sponsored By

sponsor

 

— Session Chair —
Ari Ashe
Associate Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Panelist —
Jason Hilsenbeck
President and Founder,
Drayage.com and Loadmatch Inc.

 
2:30 — 3:00 PM
 

 Networking Break

   

 3:00 — 4:00 PM
 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 
 
         
 

 

 

Trucking in the ELD Era

Just a few years ago, trucking was said to be on its way to becoming a commodity in North America. You don’t hear that talk about commoditization any more. Truck pricing soared in 2018, with contract and spot rates rising. Buoyed by higher revenue, profits and tax savings, trucking companies reinvested in their fleets. But the shortage of truck drivers, among large carriers, at least, has kept a cap on capacity. Electronic logging also took a bite out of capacity as drivers cut back on the time they spend behind the wheel and transit times grew longer, with next-day freight shading into two-day freight. Trucking companies increasingly are investing resources in more specialized services such as dedicated trucking, which provide a higher return than transactional, over-the-road services. They’re asking for even bigger rate increases to pay drivers, and putting pressure on customers who fall short of being so-called shippers of choice. Freight is shifting among truckload, LTL, and ground parcel carriers as e-commerce grows and delivery demands become harder to meet. New technologies such as autonomous trucks and electric vehicles offer glimpses of new business models and efficiencies that are tantalizing, but still not within easy reach. This panel will look at the biggest issues confronting truckers and shippers as they navigate higher costs, modal choices, rate hikes, labor issues, clashes over detention practices, end-customer service demands, and more. Will the trucking market turn in 2019, or are we entering a new era of innovation and collaboration for this industry?

 
— Session Chair —
William Cassidy
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Panelists —
Chris Callahan
Chief Commercial Officer,
Werner Enterprises

 

Andrew Lynch
President,
Zipline Logistics

 

Mike Regan
Chief Relationship Officer,
TranzAct Technologies
   

 
 

 

 

Think Tank I:
Inland Markets — Chicago

Space is Limited and by Reservation Only

 
 
   

 
 

 

 

Think Tank II:
Inland Markets — Atlanta

Space is Limited and by Reservation Only

 
 
   

 
 

 

 

Think Tank III:
Inland Markets — Lehigh Valley and Harrisburg, Pa.

Space is Limited and by Reservation Only

 
 

 4:00 — 5:00 PM
 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 
 
         
 

 

 

Drayage and Intermodal Rail:
Relieving the Choke Points

 
 
   

 
 

 

 

Think Tank I:
Inland Markets — Chicago

Space is Limited and by Reservation Only

 
 
   

 
 

 

 

Think Tank II:
Inland Markets — Memphis

Space is Limited and by Reservation Only

 
 
   

 
 

 

 

Think Tank III:
Dallas-Fort Worth

Space is Limited and by Reservation Only

 
 

 
5:00 — 5:30 PM
 

Inland Markets:
A Roundtable Discussion With Our Think Tank Leaders

 
 

 
5:30 — 7:00 PM
 

 Networking Reception

 
 Sponsored By

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