October 29 - 30, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Monday, October 29, 2018



7:30 AM — 5:00 PM




7:30 — 8:30 AM

 Networking Breakfast


8:30 — 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks

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


Eric Johnson
Senior Editor, Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

8:45 — 9:30 AM

Keynote Address


9:30 — 10:00 AM

Blockchain 101:
An Analysis of What It Is and Isnt

If you don’t know what blockchain is, you’re not alone. Most logistics practitioners are too busy moving freight to take the time required to understand this mercurial technology that — if the buzz is any indication — soon will take the industry by storm. This session will provide attendees with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, analyzing its potential benefits and the factors that might inhibit its adoption.


10:00 — 10:30 AM

 Networking Break


10:30 — 11:30 AM

Global TMS and Visibility:
The Table Stakes for International Shippers

A decade ago, the ability to plan, procure, execute and track container shipments was often on the wishlist for beneficial cargo owners. Now it’s an integral part of almost every big shipper’s toolbox. While shippers grapple with an onslaught of buzzworthy tech terms, the reality is that the blocking and tackling of international logistics today is still incredibly difficult to manage, and most companies have turned to self-managed systems or their 3PLs to manage these integral processes. But where do we go from here? How are software providers, logistics service providers, and BCOs themselves innovating to keep up? This session will delve into these questions and more.

— Panelists —
Jett McCandless
Co-Founder and CEO,

11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

The Fate of the Forwarder in the Digital World

Everyone wants to know if the forwarder is going to be doomed by technology. But there are hundreds of thousands of forwarders around the world, and a small fraction of freight is transacted completely digitally today. So the real question is, what will the forwarding community look like once the industry has embraced a more digital, automated future. And what does that mean to BCOs?

— Panelists —
Angela Czajkowski
Supply Chain, Shapiro


Zvi Schreiber


Fauad Shariff
Co-Founder and CEO,

12:30 — 1:30 PM

 Networking Lunch


 1:30 — 2:15 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions




Blockchain's Impact:
Shipment Documentation





Global Trade Management:
Effectively Managing Logistics and Trade Compliance


 2:15 — 3:00 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions




Blockchain's Impact:
Supply Chain Finance





Automating the Freight Procurement Process


3:00 — 3:30 PM

 Networking Break


3:30 — 4:15 PM

Analyzing the Risks to Liner Shipping

On June 27, 2017, the shipping world received a rude shock of how vulnerable it is to weaknesses in cybersecurity when Maersk fell victim to the so-called NotPetra ransomware attack that crippled its network. It took months for Maersk to recover, and millions of dollars. The attack, of which Maersk was one of thousands of victims, caused the shutdown of several Maersk-owned marine terminals, booking functionality and back-end systems, and required the world’s largest container carrier to temporarily revert to the days of manual operations. It possibly cost the carrier 400,000 TEU worth of business, according to analyst Lars Jensen, and the cost to its bottom line, as the company revealed in November, was $250 million to 300 million. The attack also brought to life the latest and possibly least predictable risk to container supply chains. A shipper can pull cargo from a financially weak carrier and avoid ports vulnerable to longshore labor action, but how can shippers protect their supply chains from the risk of cyberattack when they’re perpetrated by shadowy, possibly state-sponsored actors who evolve their methods faster than defenses can keep up with them? In this session, we'll take a close look at this question, bringing in cybersecurity experts to help us better understand the nature of the risk, the likelihood and severity of possible future attacks, and most importantly what shippers can do to mitigate the risk.


4:15 — 5:00 PM

Day 1 Closing Address


5:00 — 6:30 PM

 Networking Reception




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