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Mark Szakonyi

IHS Markit

Executive Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post, and USA Today. He speaks regularly at industry events and helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC’s shipper roundtables, and chairs the JOC Canada Trade Conference. He has bachelor’s degrees in political science and English from Elmhurst College and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.

SESSIONS WITH Mark Szakonyi

Thursday, 25 February

  • 03:35pm - 03:55pm / 25/feb/2021 08:35 pm - 25/feb/2021 08:55 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Shipper Perspectives: Balancing Cost Pressure and the Need for Container Shipping Agility

    With more Americans prioritizing comfort while they work from home, combined with high-profile collaborations with musicians, brands, and cultural icons, casual footwear provider Crocs is experiencing a resurgence in demand. But the unexpected rush in sandals and other footwear pushed the limits of minimum quantity commitments within the importer’s annual service contracts, challenging Crocs to lean on-forwarder partners and negotiate for carriers to get more space. Like many logistics managers at retailers, Mary McNelly, director of global logistics for Crocs, is trying to balance cost pressure and a need for more agile capacity and reliable service for 2021. In this one-on-one discussion, McNelly will share how she’s approaching 2021 in terms of service contracting to inventory management, and what she’s pressing her transportation providers to address.
  • 04:20pm - 04:35pm / 25/feb/2021 09:20 pm - 25/feb/2021 09:35 pm

    General Session

    TPM21 Daily Recap Day 1

    Join senior editors Eric Johnson and Mark Szakonyi for a live wrap-up of the day's events at TPM21

Friday, 26 February

Monday, 1 March

  • 01:30pm - 02:15pm / 01/mar/2021 06:30 pm - 01/mar/2021 07:15 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Trans-Pacific 2021: Redefining the Future

    Amid the wild and unanticipated swing from plummeting Asia imports to record volumes that pushed the annual peak season into the final days of the year, one thing on the eastbound trans-Pacific has stayed consistent: carriers’ control over capacity and the pricing power that’s resulted. Importers aren’t alone in struggling to get space for record e-commerce demand. Exporters also are finding it harder to get space as the widening spread between inbound and outbound rates spurred carriers to prioritize higher-paying imports. The questions now are less about whether carriers will exercise capacity control but to what extent and whether the import growth will lose steam gradually or rapidly. For US exporters, the difference in the spot costs of inbound and outbound shipping has never been a better predictor of the service levels. And with the Biden administration signaling a more focused approach to trade talks with China, there’s the external wildcard of a potential easing of tariffs on exporters and importers alike. Within the industry, there are also promising signs in terms of new expedited and premium services. But carriers will have to show broader improvements in reliability on the water and to a lesser degree on the ground, or risk a shipper and even regulatory backlash. Among the takeaways you can expect from this critical TPM21 session are:

    • How much capacity is trans-Pacific carriers adding and how does that match up with growth forecasts?

    • What major challenges do carriers, shippers, and forwarders face in 2021?

    • What have been the service challenges and causes, and will they recede or worsen in 2021?

    • What are the risks if carriers don’t improve service, and in what areas are they making inroads on service improvement? 

  • 04:05pm - 04:20pm / 01/mar/2021 09:05 pm - 01/mar/2021 09:20 pm

    General Session

    TPM21 Daily Recap Day 4

    Join senior editors Eric Johnson and Mark Szakonyi for a live wrap-up of the day's events at TPM21.

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 11:30am - 11:40am / 02/mar/2021 04:30 pm - 02/mar/2021 04:40 pm

    General Session

  • 03:45pm - 04:15pm / 02/mar/2021 08:45 pm - 02/mar/2021 09:15 pm

    The Rail and Trucking Outlook

    View From the Top: A Conversation With Canadian National Railway CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest

    A surge of North American imports from Asia and low ocean reliability that has dipped as low as 30 percent has challenged Canadian National Railway’s capacity and displaced empty containers. Yet, the railroad has adapted in the short term and is advancing its strategy to inject itself deeper into the consumer supply chain. Jean-Jacques Ruest, the railroad’s CEO, and president, will explain how creating “ecosystems” for international and domestic supply chains, and providing targeted investments in port gateways, inland hubs, and digitalization, is laying the groundwork to pivot toward the new level of optimization of the rail segment of the supply chain. 
  • 05:00pm - 05:15pm / 02/mar/2021 10:00 pm - 02/mar/2021 10:15 pm

    General Session

    TPM21 Daily Recap Day 5

    Join senior editors Eric Johnson and Mark Szakonyi for a live wrap-up of the day's events at TPM21.

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 11:40am - 12:10pm / 03/mar/2021 04:40 pm - 03/mar/2021 05:10 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    A Different Future for Import Container Flow

    The COVID pandemic will create lasting change in terms of how containerized goods flow into North America from source countries. Even in the event of widespread vaccination over the course of 2021, changes in consumer behavior and the distribution plans of major e-commerce providers will translate into long-term changes in ocean carrier networks and shippers’ port and coastal routings. Veteran ocean carrier executive Ron Widdows, now CEO of FlexiVan Leasing, will share his views on this topic of critical importance for shippers in planning for a different future.

  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm / 03/mar/2021 05:15 pm - 03/mar/2021 05:45 pm

    Managing Flow Through The Port Complex

    The Three Waves Impacting Supply “Change” Management

    COVID-19 has led to three waves of Supply “Change” Management that Ports America President Peter Levesque, the former CEO of Modern Terminals Ltd. in Hong Kong, will describe in a big-picture presentation at #TPM21. They are:

    • The diversification of retail sourcing away from China and to Southeast Asia, near-shoring to Mexico and elsewhere in the Caribbean and Latin America, and reshoring of personal protective equipment, pharma, and medical equipment for national security.

    • The rapid expansion of retail e-commerce in the US and how that led to a global shortage of air cargo capacity, growth in premium and fast-ship carrier services, omnichannel logistics models that include ocean and the opportunity niche ports to thrive

    • And the rapid adoption of digitization across the supply chain, including visibility and predictive analytics; and technology as a backbone of e-commerce supply chains, all of which will put pressure on ports and other supply chain participants as demand for efficiency grows.