October 29 - 30, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Monday, October 29, 2018

 All sessions will take place on Conference Center Level 3

 

 
7:00 AM — 5:00 PM
 

Registration

Location: Premier Pre-Function C

 
 

 


 
7:30 — 8:30 AM
 

 Networking Breakfast

Location: Premier Pre-Function C

 
 

 
8:30 — 8:45 AM
 

Welcome Remarks

Location: Room 311

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

 
8:45 — 9:15 AM
 

The JOC’s Roadmap for How Technology Will Reshape Logistics

Location: Room 311

The technologies that will change the future of logistics have, by and large, already deeply impacted a range of other commercial industries, including finance, advertising, insurance, and even manufacturing. But how will blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things, and other concepts reshape how logistics is conducted? It’s a big question, dependent on a multitude of variables: the cost of the technologies, industry reluctance to change, and a perception that some of these concepts aren’t ready for prime time. So what can the logistics industry learn from the adoption of these technologies in other industries? What might that adoption curve look like?

 
— Introduction by —
Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Featured Speaker —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 
9:15 — 10:00 AM
 

Blockchain 101:
An Analysis of What It Is and Isn't

Location: Room 311

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.

 
— Session Chair —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Featured Speaker —
Randy Lawson
Senior Principal Analyst,
Technology, Media and Telecom,
IHS Markit

 
10:00 — 10:30 AM
 

 Networking Break

Location: Pre-Function C

 
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10:30 — 11:30 AM
 

Global TMS and Visibility:
The Table Stakes for International Shippers

Location: Room 311

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.

 
— Session Chair —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Panelists —
Guy Courtin
Vice President,
Industry and Solution Strategy,
Fashion and Retail,
Infor

 

Jason Kerner
Vice President,
Solutions Engineering,
project44

 

Jack Oney
CEO,
Oney Consulting

 

Mike Powell
Chief Technology Officer,
SEKO Logistics

 
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
 

The Fate of the Forwarder in the Digital World

Location: Room 311

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?

 
— Session Chair —
Cathy Roberson
Founder and Head Analyst,
Logistics Trends & Insights

 

— Panelists —
Angela Czajkowski
Director,
Supply Chain, Shapiro

 

Wiebe Helder
Founder & CEO,
Cargobase

 

Zvi Schreiber
CEO,
Freightos

 

Fauad Shariff
Co-Founder and CEO,
CoLoadX

 
12:30 — 1:30 PM
 

 Networking Lunch

Location: Premier Room 310

 
 

 1:30 — 2:15 PM
 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 
 
         
 

 

 

Blockchain's Impact:
Shipment Documentation

Location: Room 311

A host of purported use cases for blockchain technology exist in logistics, but one of the ideas to quickly gain commercial traction is putting the creation and submission of bills of lading on a blockchain. Shipping lines, including Maersk Line and APL, have been building applications to tackle this use case as part of larger consortiums that include shippers, ports, and blockchain development providers. Those solutions are currently in a phase somewhere between “beta” and “ready for primetime” in terms of their commercial viability. This use case session will examine another provider’s attempt to use blockchain technology to move paper-based bills of lading to an electronic environment through a blockchain solution. The targeted advantages of such an approach are reduced costs of physically moving paper documentation around the world, while increasing data accuracy. Global freight forwarder and non-vessel-operating common carrier BDP International will talk about what this solution means to their business and that of their shipper customers alongside the solution provider CargoX.

 
— Session Chair —
Peter Tirschwell
Senior Director, Content,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Panelists —
Andrew McLoone
Director,
Operations,
BDP International

 

Patrick Vlačič
Legal Advisor,
CargoX
   

 
 

 

 

Global Trade Management:
Effectively Managing Logistics and Trade Compliance

Location: Room 306-307

Logistics practitioners often don’t think of trade compliance until there’s a problem to solve — a penalty from a customs authority, unexpected tariffs, changes to free trade agreements, and the like. It tends to be a reactive approach to an intimately related function within the broader goods movement process. Along those lines, global trade management software is often thought of as a tool to handle only trade compliance. But GTM solutions have evolved to become broader platforms that encompass everything from duty management and FTA optimization to logistics functions such as global transportation visibility and management of detention and demurrage. What’s more, GTM solutions have started to encompass such areas as sourcing, supplier management and trade finance. The underlying idea is that a shipment can be tracked and executed throughout its lifecycle, from order to cash, on a single platform. But how realistic is this for big BCOs, and do large importers and exporters actually view this the same way as the solutions providers in the space do? This session will include perspective from a shipper, a technology provider, and a consultant.

 
— Session Chair —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Panelists —
Ty Bordner
Senior Vice President,
Marketing and Business Development,
Amber Road

 

Eugene Galdi
Vice President,
Global Logistics,
TE Connectivity

 

Julie Gibbs
Director,
BPE Global

 2:15 — 3:00 PM
 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 
 
         
 

 

 

The Benefits of Real-Time Visibility and Predictive Analytics

Location: Room 311

If you’re a shipper, how much do you value real-time supply chain visibility? How can predictive analytics impact logistics decision-making at the shipper and carrier level, especially as it relates to tracking goods in transit, equipment availability, and productivity in a way that can reduce costs and improve customer service? In this roundtable discussion, Blume Global will join lighting company Signify (the former Philips Lighting) to explore the role real-time visibility technology can play in making operations more efficient and effective, and ultimately transform shippers’ supply chain networks. Among the areas to be covered will be how better visibility and technology can ease immense pressure around trucks, drivers, chassis, and warehouse space; how to balance shipping and receiving; and how to boost productivity.

 
— Session Chair —
William Cassidy
Senior Editor,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Panelists —
Todd Hammel
Head of America’s Supply Chain,
Signify

 

Pervinder Johar
CEO,
Blume Global
   

 
 

 

 

Customer Engagement in the Software Age

Location: Room 306-307

Logistics technology providers are on the front lines of using software to engage more directly with customers. That could mean giving freight forwarders and shipping lines new tools to transact or build relationships with shippers, or giving shippers new ways to engage with suppliers at origin and manage transportation and logistics vendors. Behind these developments are software architectures that are flexible, easier to deploy, and cheaper to build and use. Two startup providers will discuss the way the modern software toolbox is empowering new ways to think about logistics engagements up and down the supply chain.

 
— Session Chair —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Panelists —
Rob Garrison
CEO,
Mercado Labs

 

Graham Parker
Co-Founder and CEO,
Kontainers

 
3:00 — 3:30 PM
 

 Networking Break

Location: Premier Pre-Function C

   

 
3:30 — 4:15 PM
 

Is the Timing Right for Blockchain Adoption?

Location: Room 311

The hype around blockchain technology might have outpaced actual products in the market and the market’s readiness for adoption of such systems. This session will explore when the global logistics market might be ready for blockchain, where it’s best applied and what it will take to drive critical mass. Included in those considerations is the identification of processes that aren’t suitable for blockchain and market niches where adoption is less likely to occur, so solutions providers can focus their energies on products that will move the needle. Panelists will share their experiences of developing potentially transformative solutions, including blockchain, to the market, and why those efforts succeeded or not. The discussion also will drill into whether so-called permissioned or permissionless blockchains will eventually be the norm in logistics, and the value of permissioned blockchains.

 
— Session Chair —
Peter Tirschwell
Senior Director, Content,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Panelists —
Katia Kozak
Director,
Client Services,
ODYN

 

John Monarch
CEO,
ShipChain

 

Colin Taylor
Founder and Principal,
Cleaca Consulting

 
4:15 — 5:00 PM
 

One-on-One:
A Fireside Chat With James Swanston, CEO of Voyage Control

Location: Room 311

This session will provide a thought-provoking discussion with the CEO of a technology provider aiming to bring better efficiency and visibility to container ports. James Swanston will talk about not only his work in applying technology to container freight movement, but also his experiences getting other industries, including the construction and events businesses, to adapt culturally and technologically to new ways of thinking, and how he applied those lessons to the logistics industry. Swanston also will discuss his military background and how it's made him think about ways to better plan container movement through process and technology.

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

 

— Featured Speaker —
James Swanston
Director,
CEO, Voyage Control

 
5:00 — 6:30 PM
 

 Networking Reception

Location: Premier Pre-Function C

 
 

 

 

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