To provide shipper buyers of North American transportation and logistics services — including retailers, manufacturers, consumer product firms, energy and agribusiness companies — with a comprehensive understanding of the major challenges they and their partners face moving freight within North America. Those partners include ports — whether on the coasts, at borders or inland — as well as trucking, intermodal, distribution, and third-party logistics suppliers. We will provide opportunities for all parties to engage as we search for supply chain solutions.
THEME: COPING WITH A CAPACITY CRUNCH
After years of doom and gloom predictions of a major trucking capacity crunch, 2018 hit, and those predictions quickly became reality. This is a year unlike any shippers have seen in more than a decade, and no forecaster early in 2018 foresees near-term relief. Tight truckload capacity, higher freight volumes, double-digit trucking rate increases and faster, e-commerce-driven delivery demands from customers have shippers scrambling to avoid budget-breaking rate hikes from their transportation providers and significant penalties and fees from unhappy customers, especially big-box retailers. It's a tight-wire balancing act exacerbated by the intrusion of the electronic logging device mandate, which is sucking time out of supply chains and changing the ground under shippers. "We're no longer going to be able to hit the easy button," one logistics director said in February. "It's not just trucking that's changing, but a lot of things. We have to look at the complete network and ask what change means to us."
That's exactly what we'll do at the 2018 JOC Inland Distribution Conference: focus on changes rippling from port gates to transload docks, inland warehouses, truck terminals, and intermodal rail ramps, and right on to the end customer. We'll ask what those changes and challenges mean to shippers and their logistics and transportation partners. We'll engage attendees through panel discussions, roundtable think tanks, and a unique technology jam, while helping to identify collaborative solutions to issues that can make or break supply chains. "The world has absolutely changed, and It's changed faster than anyone anticipated," as one shipper told the JOC. "We have to adapt," and seek long-term answers to transportation and logistics problems emerging today.
How are you thinking about your supply chain for the next two or three years? Where are the opportunities to constrain costs and improve service? Will the modes you've used for years be able to support your supply chain and your customers in the future? Is real collaboration possible? How will technology shape things to come? Join us and map your route not just to supply chain survival, but success.
TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:
With accelerating demand straining capacity of all sorts, how do the trucking, intermodal, and container shipping markets look as the 2018 peak shipping season hits full stride in North America.
Shipper and CEO Perspective
Major US shippers, alongside logistics industry leaders, share their priorities and concerns while discussing collaborative solutions to critical transportation and distribution problems.
Making Inland Connections
Analyzing the primary, secondary, and fastest-growing markets, the best options to reach key inland points, and managing the transfer of freight enroute to end customers.
Why and where it works, and determining best options in intermodal and trucking choices.
Building an understanding of costs and management of pricing across modes and shipper supply chains.
Technology and Visibility
Best practices in providing visibility and efficiency into shipper supply chains through API, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and other cutting-edge solutions.
Adapting to the e-commerce age, and the impact on container shipping, ports, trucking, intermodal, 3PLs, and other stakeholders.
Shipper Case Studies and Think Tanks
Deep dives into the best practices and solutions that shippers and other transportation interests are employing to resolve today’s supply chain challenges.