October 29 - 30, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Tuesday, October 30, 2018



8:00 AM — 1:00 PM




8:00 — 8:45 AM

 Networking Breakfast


8:45 — 8:50 AM

Welcome Remarks

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

8:50 — 9:30 AM

Can Logistics Startups Scale Up?

Much of the skepticism around the crop of startups attacking the logistics industry’s most chronic problems is whether they have the operational expertise and size to handle the business of large, enterprise level BCOs. This Day 2 kickoff address by Matt Tillmann, founder and CEO of 4-year-old technology provider Haven, will examine whether startups can scale up — and quickly enough — to meet the needs of enterprise shippers, or alternatively, whether the BCO community and industry at large are thinking about this problem in the wrong way.

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


— Panelists —
Fabrizio (Fab) Brasca
Group Vice President,
Solution Strategy,
JDA Software Group, Inc.


Matthew Tillman
CEO and Co-Founder,
Haven Inc.

9:30 — 10:30 AM

AI and Machine Learning:
A Logistics Tutorial

Everyone talks about AI and machine learning, and every software company says they offer it, but does anyone in logistics really understand what those terms mean? In reality, AI and machine learning algorithms are highly complex and require a keen mathematical mind to comprehend. The rest of us are left to consider the benefits of such technology, and the places in a logistics operation where they might be relevant to implement. What’s required is a level set for what AI and machine learning are, and real world applications of the technologies in a logistics setting. This session will examine the appropriate places to insert AI and machine learning solutions into logistics processes, and what it means to the future of managing shipments.

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


— Panelists —
Brian Glick
Founder and CEO,


Matthew Harding
Vice President,
Freight Market Intelligence Consortium (FMIC),


Alex Hoffmann
Managing Director and Co-Founder,
TNX Logistics


Anshu Prasad
Founder and CEO,

10:30 — 11:00 AM

 Networking Break


11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Who's the Buyer?

Logistics software providers and tech-oriented 3PLs are increasingly trying to involve the C-suites from BCOs in their sales process, if not selling directly to that part of the organization. That’s largely driven by the idea that supply chain is becoming core to every multinational shipper. In other words, logistics isn’t just a discrete function within a shipper’s organization, but one that touches multiple other departments, from sourcing to finance to customer service. This evolution has the potential to drive broader investment in logistics technology, as it becomes part of a more strategic integrated buying decision for BCOs.

— Panelist —
Nina Luu
Co-Founder and CEO,


Brian Reed
CEO and Managing Director,
Laguna Consulting

12:00 — 1:00 PM

 Networking Lunch


1:00 — 2:00 PM

Capital Investment:
The VC View

There’s a common thread behind the wave of logistics technology providers out there: money — hundreds of millions of dollars of it. The venture capital community has taken to the logistics industry like never before. But why, and why now? A panel of investors will discuss why the logistics industry is so attractive, why certain types of companies are particularly attractive from a seed and early stage perspective, how they view investment horizons, and what they look for in founders. And, lastly, why this is important to BCOs.

— Panelists —
Julian Counihan
Founding Partner,
Schematic Ventures


Brad Hollister
Co-Founder and CEO,


Santosh Sankar
Co-Founder and Director,
Dynamo Venture Capital


Jon Slangerup
Chairman and CEO,
American Global Logistics

2:00 — 3:00 PM

The Era of Software Partnership

Logistics software companies are as open as ever to forming alliances with complementary software providers, all in the name of creating networks that give BCOs access to supply chain partners, capabilities and data through a single platform. This is a big change from a bygone era when shippers were expected to buy single, licensed, monolithic platforms that purportedly did everything under the sun. Now, new software architecture and pricing mechanisms allow software companies to offer shippers a sort of best-of-breed approach through single, easier-to-use platforms. This session will dive into the implications of this new, partner-friendly world, including how it impacts shipper procurement decisions.

— Panelists —
Eric Klein
Co-Founder and CEO,
Crux Systems


Inna Kuznetsova
President and Chief Operating Officer,


Allen Thomas
Chief Strategy Officer,
Advent Intermodal Solutions

3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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



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