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  • 11:00am - 11:15am

    Welcome Remarks

    • Speakers:
    ["Welcome Remarks", "Eric Johnson", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:15am - 11:45am

    View From the Top: A Conversation With CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade

    CMA CGM under Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saade is a company defined by innovation and risk-taking. From its acquisition of CEVA Logistics to...




    Session Sponsored By
    • Speakers:
    ["View From the Top: A Conversation With CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade", "Peter Tirschwell", "Rodolphe Saadé", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm

    The State of Online Ocean Freight Quoting

    Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd both reported sequentially increasing uptake of digital quoting tools in 2020, while a number of other container...




    • Speakers:
    ["The State of Online Ocean Freight Quoting", "Eric Johnson", "Vivian Chiang", "Laura Finbow", "Liezel du Toit", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm

    Using a Data-based Approach to Freight Procurement and Allocation

    The data exists for shippers, carriers and intermediaries to be more precise in determining when they need and have space on container ship...




    • Speakers:
    ["Using a Data-based Approach to Freight Procurement and Allocation", "Eric Johnson", "Patrik Berglund", "Pieter Kinds", "Jonas Krumland", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 12:45pm - 01:15pm

    Forwarding Technology on the Front Burner

    Forwarders are on the front lines of the barrage of technology being aimed at container shipping, a situation that presents a threat and an...




    • Speakers:
    ["Forwarding Technology on the Front Burner", "Eric Johnson", "Julian Alvarez", "Erin O'Leary", "Martyn Verhaegen", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 01:15pm - 01:45pm

    Break


    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm

    The Neutrality Question in Logistics Technology

    Do shippers want the technology platforms they use to manage ocean freight and other activities to be neutral or attached to 3PLs that can ...




    • Speakers:
    ["The Neutrality Question in Logistics Technology", "Eric Johnson", "Carl Lauron", "Hagar Rips", "Shaizad Shroff", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm

    Global Logistics' Data Dilemma

    Everyone says the value of data is as high as it's ever been, but the global logistics industry has a particularly hefty challenge in that ...

    Session Sponsored By:
    • Speakers:
    ["Global Logistics' Data Dilemma", "Eric Johnson", "James Kwan", "Grant Sernick", "Chris Kirchner", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:45pm - 03:05pm

    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 c...

    • Speakers:
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Balancing Cost Pressure and the Need for Container Shipping Agility", "Mark Szakonyi", "Mary McNelly", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 03:05pm - 03:25pm

    Shipper Perspectives: Making a Commitment to Decarbonization

    A decade ago, freight transportation sustainability initiatives started to take shape at global multinational shippers. But the impact of t...

    • Speakers:
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Making a Commitment to Decarbonization", "Eric Johnson", "Adam Hall", "Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories"]
  • 03:25pm - 03:45pm

    Shipper Perspectives: Turning High Expectations Into High-Level Service

    Shippers with high expectations of their container line partners probably found 2020 to be disappointing. Blanked sailings, sky-high rates,...

    • Speakers:
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Turning High Expectations Into High-Level Service", "Eric Johnson", "Abir Thakurta", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 11:55am - 12:00pm

    Welcome Remarks

    • Speakers:
    ["Welcome Remarks", "Eric Johnson", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    The Role Technology Plays in Defining Shipping’s Decarbonization Future

    Sustainability has long been a difficult-to-define metric in the world of international logistics, and so it’s generally a variable that fa...




    • Speakers:
    ["The Role Technology Plays in Defining Shipping’s Decarbonization Future", "Eric Johnson", "Jessica Balsam", "Pierre Garreau, Ph.D.", "Lisa Salit", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm

    Global TMS as the Gateway to Other Services

    TMS is no modern innovation — indeed, the concept of a global TMS linking supply chain and logistics partners and based on the power of the ...

    • Speakers:
    ["Global TMS as the Gateway to Other Services", "Eric Johnson", "Joe Caprara", "Austin McCombs", "Pawan Joshi", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 01:00pm - 01:30pm

    Ports as Data Hubs That Serve Cargo Owners Effectively

    Port authorities and terminal operators are endeavoring like never before to become enablers of cargo flow through data initiatives that se...

    • Speakers:
    ["Ports as Data Hubs That Serve Cargo Owners Effectively", "Eric Johnson", "Donald Baan", "Nick Chubb", "Managing Flow Through The Port Complex"]
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm

    Trending Up or Trending Down: Is VC Interest in Logistics Due to Wane?

    In discussions with early-stage founders and investors in the logistics technology landscape, the reality is starting to creep in. There is...

    • Speakers:
    ["Trending Up or Trending Down: Is VC Interest in Logistics Due to Wane?", "Eric Johnson", "Julian Counihan", "Santosh Sankar", "Flavia de la Fuente", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm

    How Process Automation Will Change the Global Logistics Workforce

    Automation can be a scary word for an industry that has historically relied on people to make it run, from data entry and container trackin...

    • Speakers:
    ["How Process Automation Will Change the Global Logistics Workforce", "Eric Johnson", "Angela Czajkowski", "Ruben Huber", "Alan Holland", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 03:00pm - 03:20pm

    Shipper Perspectives: South and Southeast Asia Sourcing Strategies — Tackling the Challenges

    The decline in US imports from China that started in 2018 accelerated in the first half of 2020 as the US-China trade war and COVID-19 took...

    • Speakers:
    ["Shipper Perspectives: South and Southeast Asia Sourcing Strategies — Tackling the Challenges", "Bill Mongelluzzo", "Daniel Krassenstein", "Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories", "Main Program"]
  • 03:20pm - 03:40pm

    Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil

    Exporters faced a litany of disruptive issues in 2020, as demand for imports and a wide gap in freight rates on the inbound vs. outbound le...

    • Speakers:
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil", "Bill Mongelluzzo", "April Zobel", "Featured Programming"]
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    Welcome Remarks and TPM Welcome Video

    ["Welcome Remarks and TPM Welcome Video", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm

    The Global Economic Outlook From IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh

    As the tumultuous year of 2020 came to a close, IHS Markit Senior Economic Advisor Nariman Behrevash was in no mood to celebrate despite th...


    Session Sponsored By:

    • Speakers:
    ["The Global Economic Outlook From IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh", "Nariman Behravesh", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 01:00pm - 01:45pm

    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 ...


    Session Sponsored By:

    • Speakers:
    ["Trans-Pacific 2021: Redefining the Future", "Mark Szakonyi", "Neil Glynn", "Rahul Kapoor", "Thorsten Meinke", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm

    2021: Another Unpredictable Year Begins

    As 2021 began, huge uncertainty remained as to how the year will play out, not dissimilar to last spring when no one, not even leading econo...


    Session Sponsored By:

    • Speakers:
    ["2021: Another Unpredictable Year Begins", "Peter Tirschwell", "Rolf Habben Jansen", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 02:45pm - 03:15pm

    Marine Operations and Supply Side Challenges: The Carrier View From ONE’s Jeremy Nixon

    The marine container network faced exceptional challenges in 2020, and recovering will last well into 2021. From a carrier perspective, the...




    Session Sponsored By:

    • Speakers:
    ["Marine Operations and Supply Side Challenges: The Carrier View From ONE’s Jeremy Nixon", "Jeremy Nixon", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 03:15pm - 03:45pm

    Responding Better When Disruption Strikes — As It Inevitably Will

    Taking stock of where we are after the 2020 pandemic year, supply chains have faced many disruptions over the past decade, whether financia...


    Session Sponsored By:

    • Speakers:
    ["Responding Better When Disruption Strikes — As It Inevitably Will", "Peter Tirschwell", "Vincent Clerc", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 11:30am - 11:40am

    Welcome Remarks

    • Speakers:
    ["Welcome Remarks", "Stuart Strachan", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:40am - 12:10pm

    Geopolitical Tension and the Impact on Containerized Trade

    Amid the many challenges container shipping faced in 2020, it is staring at yet another that could dwarf all of the others: geopolitical ri...




    • Speakers:
    ["Geopolitical Tension and the Impact on Containerized Trade", "Daniel Yergin", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:10pm - 12:55pm

    The Route to Zero-Emission Shipping: A Shipper-Carrier Dialogue

    Shippers and container lines will put the hard questions to each other, taking the discussion around container shipping decarbonization bey...


    Session Sponsored By

    • Speakers:
    ["The Route to Zero-Emission Shipping: A Shipper-Carrier Dialogue", "Kevin Saville", "John Butler", "Bud Darr", "Ingrid A. Irigoyen", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:55pm - 01:30pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm

    Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships




    • Speakers:
    ["Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships", "Greg Knowler", "Dominique von Orelli", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm

    The Truckload View of 2021

    Knight-Swift Transportation operates the top irregular, one-way long-haul truckload fleet in the US, and also has logistics and intermodal b...

    • Speakers:
    ["The Truckload View of 2021", "David A. Jackson", "Ari Ashe", "The Rail and Trucking Outlook", "Main Program"]
  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm

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

    • Speakers:
    ["View From the Top: A Conversation With Canadian National Railway CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest", "Mark Szakonyi", "Jean-Jacques Ruest", "The Rail and Trucking Outlook"]
  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm

    Building a Culture of Diversity in the Workplace

    Brandy D. Christian, president, and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has a deep understanding of ...





    Session Sponsored By
    • Speakers:
    ["Building a Culture of Diversity in the Workplace", "Janet Nodar", "Brandy Christian", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:30am - 11:40am

    Welcome Remarks

    • Speakers:
    ["Welcome Remarks", "Peter Tirschwell", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:40am - 12:10pm

    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...




    • Speakers:
    ["A Different Future for Import Container Flow", "Peter Tirschwell", "Ronald D. Widdows", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm

    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 Terminal...

    • Speakers:
    ["The Three Waves Impacting Supply “Change” Management", "Peter Tirschwell", "Peter Levesque", "Managing Flow Through The Port Complex"]
  • 12:50pm - 01:20pm

    Enabling the Data-Driven Supply Chain of the Future

    AWS cloud technology has been one of the key components supporting the growth of Amazon.com's fulfillment network and has also been the wor...

    • Speakers:
    ["Enabling the Data-Driven Supply Chain of the Future", "Eric Johnson", "Michele Sancricca", "Featured Programming"]
  • 01:25pm - 01:55pm

    The World According to Lars: A Deep Dive From Lars Jensen Into What 2020 Means in the Long Term

    As one of container shipping’s premier analysts and thought leaders, former Maersk executive, SeaIntelligence Consulting founder, and author...

    • Speakers:
    ["The World According to Lars: A Deep Dive From Lars Jensen Into What 2020 Means in the Long Term", "Peter Tirschwell", "Lars Jensen", "Featured Programming"]
  • 01:55pm - 01:55pm

    Closing Remarks

    ["Closing Remarks", "Featured Programming"]

Thursday, February 25

  • 11:00am - 11:15am

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Eric Johnson", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:15am - 11:45am

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    View From the Top: A Conversation With CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade

    CMA CGM under Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saade is a company defined by innovation and risk-taking. From its acquisition of CEVA Logistics to its investment in LNG ships and its development of carbon-reducing and premium container services, CMA CGM is carving its own path and shattering the image of container shipping as a monolithic, backward-thinking industry. In this exclusive one-on-one interview at TPM21, we will ask Rodolphe for his views on a wide range of topics, including the lasting impact of COVID-19 and his outlook for 2021.



    Session Sponsored By
    ["View From the Top: A Conversation With CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade", "Peter Tirschwell", "Rodolphe Saadé", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    The State of Online Ocean Freight Quoting

    Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd both reported sequentially increasing uptake of digital quoting tools in 2020, while a number of other container lines and many of the top 25 global forwarders now have such capability. Add smaller NVOs and freight rate marketplaces into the mix and shippers have an eye-watering number of options from which to secure an instant rate. Is this the way the market will eventually go? Will instant quoting replace spot rates? How important are these transactional tools to the digital ambitions of container lines and large forwarders?




    ["The State of Online Ocean Freight Quoting", "Eric Johnson", "Vivian Chiang", "Laura Finbow", "Liezel du Toit", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Using a Data-based Approach to Freight Procurement and Allocation

    The data exists for shippers, carriers and intermediaries to be more precise in determining when they need and have space on container ships. In essence, data could lead the industry away from destructive behavior that benefits neither the provider nor consumer of ocean capacity. This session will examine how rate benchmarking and tendering tools might help shippers better map out their allocations if aligned with a strong demand forecasting process. All of these are critical in any year, but particularly so in a year of upheaval like 2020 and uncertainty like 2021.



    ["Using a Data-based Approach to Freight Procurement and Allocation", "Eric Johnson", "Patrik Berglund", "Pieter Kinds", "Jonas Krumland", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 12:45pm - 01:15pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Forwarding Technology on the Front Burner

    Forwarders are on the front lines of the barrage of technology being aimed at container shipping, a situation that presents a threat and an opportunity for intermediaries of all sizes. The question is, should a forwarder prioritize back-end operations or its customer interface for technology investment? And what hurdles are there once that decision is made. Standing still isn’t an option, but moving in the wrong direction can put a forwarder off course. This session will explore how providers and customers in this fast-moving market should game-plan over the coming year.



    ["Forwarding Technology on the Front Burner", "Eric Johnson", "Julian Alvarez", "Erin O'Leary", "Martyn Verhaegen", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 01:15pm - 01:45pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    The Neutrality Question in Logistics Technology

    Do shippers want the technology platforms they use to manage ocean freight and other activities to be neutral or attached to 3PLs that can provide integrated services? The answer isn’t a binary one across the global container shipping industry. Some shippers are inclined to manage things internally, while others are happy to hand off critical elements of their containerized supply chains to 3PLs. This session will examine the extent to which neutral platforms will win out over those developed or adopted by 3PLs.



    ["The Neutrality Question in Logistics Technology", "Eric Johnson", "Carl Lauron", "Hagar Rips", "Shaizad Shroff", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Global Logistics' Data Dilemma

    Everyone says the value of data is as high as it's ever been, but the global logistics industry has a particularly hefty challenge in that data is produced, submitted, and consumed by a huge number of parties, few of which have native integrations with one another. Additionally, nearly every organization is sitting on a vast trove of data — some already digitized, some not — that is waiting to be leveraged. So the challenge isn’t so much access to data, but rather to have a strategy in place to clean it, contextualize, and use it. The challenges are huge, but not insurmountable, and the opportunities are even larger. This session will focus on steps to be taken to organize data and what the benefits of that organization can mean in managing containerized supply chains.
    Session Sponsored By:
    ["Global Logistics' Data Dilemma", "Eric Johnson", "James Kwan", "Grant Sernick", "Chris Kirchner", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:45pm - 03:05pm

    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.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Balancing Cost Pressure and the Need for Container Shipping Agility", "Mark Szakonyi", "Mary McNelly", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 03:05pm - 03:25pm

    Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories

    Shipper Perspectives: Making a Commitment to Decarbonization

    A decade ago, freight transportation sustainability initiatives started to take shape at global multinational shippers. But the impact of those initiatives tended to be moderated by the realities that shippers continued to prioritize rates and service over greener options. Shippers also faced a lack of products to truly measure the environmental impact of their supply chains, not to mention the direct and indirect service providers upon which they relied. But a lot has changed. Some shippers are laser-focued on carbon neutrality and they are bolstered by a burgeoning array of tools from software providers and 3PLs to help them measure those impacts. This session with the head of transportation at the world’s largest beauty care company will focus on what shippers can do to truly change the nature of logistics sustainability.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Making a Commitment to Decarbonization", "Eric Johnson", "Adam Hall", "Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories"]
  • 03:25pm - 03:45pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Shipper Perspectives: Turning High Expectations Into High-Level Service

    Shippers with high expectations of their container line partners probably found 2020 to be disappointing. Blanked sailings, sky-high rates, poor schedule reliability, a lack of available equipment, congested port gateways: All those dynamics led to an environment where shippers couldn’t fully leverage increased demand for their products in the second half of 2020. It brings up the legitimate question of whether container lines were holding up their end of the service bargain in helping their customers to be successful. How can those container lines evolve to be better partners to shippers, in terms of traditional service and in terms of technology? This session will delve into how can shippers — in this case, a large US furniture retailer — prepare to hold container lines accountable, even in extreme conditions like the industry faced in 2020.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Turning High Expectations Into High-Level Service", "Eric Johnson", "Abir Thakurta", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]

Friday, February 26

  • 11:55am - 12:00pm

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Eric Johnson", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    The Role Technology Plays in Defining Shipping’s Decarbonization Future

    Sustainability has long been a difficult-to-define metric in the world of international logistics, and so it’s generally a variable that factors into procurement and freight management decisions far below rates and service levels. But over the past year, a bevy of forwarders and technology providers has developed products and calculators that seek to help make these considerations less abstract, more concrete, and thus more actionable.



    ["The Role Technology Plays in Defining Shipping’s Decarbonization Future", "Eric Johnson", "Jessica Balsam", "Pierre Garreau, Ph.D.", "Lisa Salit", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Global TMS as the Gateway to Other Services

    TMS is no modern innovation — indeed, the concept of a global TMS linking supply chain and logistics partners and based on the power of the internet is entering its third decade. But a new breed of systems is emerging with a more open mindset, one where the TMS isn’t a turnkey and static fix but rather a vehicle to incorporate a range of ancillary products and services, predominantly through application programming interface. This session will examine what the next decade of TMS innovation is likely to look like.

    ["Global TMS as the Gateway to Other Services", "Eric Johnson", "Joe Caprara", "Austin McCombs", "Pawan Joshi", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 01:00pm - 01:30pm

    Managing Flow Through The Port Complex

    Ports as Data Hubs That Serve Cargo Owners Effectively

    Port authorities and terminal operators are endeavoring like never before to become enablers of cargo flow through data initiatives that seek to overcome the traditional roadblocks in containerized supply chains. These initiatives can take many forms, from container availability platforms to modern versions of port community systems and genuine SaaS systems that are sold to other ports. This session will examine the value of these initiatives on an individual basis and how realistic it might be to enable cargo owners and their logistics providers to tap into data across multiple ports.
    ["Ports as Data Hubs That Serve Cargo Owners Effectively", "Eric Johnson", "Donald Baan", "Nick Chubb", "Managing Flow Through The Port Complex"]
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Trending Up or Trending Down: Is VC Interest in Logistics Due to Wane?

    In discussions with early-stage founders and investors in the logistics technology landscape, the reality is starting to creep in. There is seemingly no end to investor enthusiasm for the industry, but there's also the practical issue that very few startups have a clear path to a dominant position in the global logistics industry, which remains fragmented and regionalized. This session will focus on how domain experts in the supply chain venture capital space see the next phase of investment into the global logistics industry. 
    ["Trending Up or Trending Down: Is VC Interest in Logistics Due to Wane?", "Eric Johnson", "Julian Counihan", "Santosh Sankar", "Flavia de la Fuente", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    How Process Automation Will Change the Global Logistics Workforce

    Automation can be a scary word for an industry that has historically relied on people to make it run, from data entry and container tracking to managing operational challenges and customer service. But the technology wave hitting global logistics will indelibly change what the workforce looks like in the coming years. This session will examine what those changes look like, the benefits of a shift toward process automation, and the challenges of reassigning people to new roles.
    ["How Process Automation Will Change the Global Logistics Workforce", "Eric Johnson", "Angela Czajkowski", "Ruben Huber", "Alan Holland", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 03:00pm - 03:20pm

    Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories

    Shipper Perspectives: South and Southeast Asia Sourcing Strategies — Tackling the Challenges

    The decline in US imports from China that started in 2018 accelerated in the first half of 2020 as the US-China trade war and COVID-19 took a toll on trade between the two countries. The main beneficiaries of China’s loss of market share of US imports have been countries in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, and, to a lesser extent, India. But as shippers who shifted their sourcing have discovered, matching China’s sophisticated labor force, world-class inland and port infrastructure, and shear might aren’t easy to replicate. The result has been supply chain challenges ranging from equipment shortages, transshipment issues, and COVID-related labor disruption — and a rapid recovery in China-sourced imports in the second half of 2020. Daniel Krassenstein, global supply chain director for packaging manufacturer Procon Pacific, has experienced these challenges firsthand while overseeing a sourcing shift from China to South and Southeast Asia over the past several years. In this one-on-one discussion, Daniel will analyze the opportunities and pitfalls companies face in deciding whether to shift or at least diversify their sourcing away from China.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: South and Southeast Asia Sourcing Strategies — Tackling the Challenges", "Bill Mongelluzzo", "Daniel Krassenstein", "Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories", "Main Program"]
  • 03:20pm - 03:40pm

    Featured Programming

    Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil

    Exporters faced a litany of disruptive issues in 2020, as demand for imports and a wide gap in freight rates on the inbound vs. outbound leg created equipment shortages in the interior and a fight for capacity. Even when agricultural and other exporters in the US interior could find their way to the West Coast, congestion and tight capacity meant cargo often didn’t make the ship on which it was booked. Situations like these call for creative, and in some cases, unprecedented, solutions to ensure outbound shipments reached their destination. For the Anderson Cos. that meant changing routing to the East or Gulf Coast on the fly when it was evident that a carrier couldn’t commit to a booking made through Los Angeles-Long Beach. In this session, April Zobel, export traffic manager at The Andersons, will sit down with JOC senior editor Bill Mongelluzzo to discuss the unique challenges exporters faced in 2020, the creative solutions April and her team worked to ensure fluidity, and how the landscape has changed, perhaps forever.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil", "Bill Mongelluzzo", "April Zobel", "Featured Programming"]

Monday, March 1

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    Featured Programming

    ["Welcome Remarks and TPM Welcome Video", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm

    Featured Programming

    The Global Economic Outlook From IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh

    As the tumultuous year of 2020 came to a close, IHS Markit Senior Economic Advisor Nariman Behrevash was in no mood to celebrate despite the recent positive results in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. The second wave of COVID-19 surging in North America and Europe means “the downside risks to the near-term forecast have risen,” he wrote in late November. “Even before the recent surge in infections, IHS Markit economists were predicting growth would fade in the closing months of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. That fade is morphing into something worse. Once again, the near-term global economic outlook has worsened, and the most likely policy mix looks to be suboptimal.” Behravesh, who has spoken at every TPM since 2015, is consistently rated by attendees as among the most popular speakers on the agenda. He directs the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit and is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the US, Europe, Japan, China, and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of more than 400 professionals, located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa who cover economic, financial, and political developments in more than 200 countries. Behravesh and his team have received numerous awards, among them the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award and top forecasters by Consensus Economics in 2013.

    Session Sponsored By:

    ["The Global Economic Outlook From IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh", "Nariman Behravesh", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 01:00pm - 01:45pm

    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? 


    Session Sponsored By:

    ["Trans-Pacific 2021: Redefining the Future", "Mark Szakonyi", "Neil Glynn", "Rahul Kapoor", "Thorsten Meinke", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    2021: Another Unpredictable Year Begins

    As 2021 began, huge uncertainty remained as to how the year will play out, not dissimilar to last spring when no one, not even leading economists, predicted the surge in volumes of household goods and PPE that by the end of 2020 had led to significant disruption throughout the supply chain. As 2021 began, with vaccine rollouts underway in multiple countries, events were starting to unfold quickly, yet that only added to the uncertainties. It’s unclear, for example, what economic impact the current second-wave lockdowns will have, how quickly vaccines will become available on a wide scale, how soon business travel will recover, and what the impact will be on container volumes and industry’s ability to restore normal equipment flows. In his TPM21 appearance, Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen will discuss his current thinking on the state of the market as of late February and what that tells us about how the year may play out. 


    Session Sponsored By:

    ["2021: Another Unpredictable Year Begins", "Peter Tirschwell", "Rolf Habben Jansen", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 02:45pm - 03:15pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Marine Operations and Supply Side Challenges: The Carrier View From ONE’s Jeremy Nixon

    The marine container network faced exceptional challenges in 2020, and recovering will last well into 2021. From a carrier perspective, there was no downtime in the second half of 2020 to recover as operations, berth occupancy, and terminal utilization in Asia and North America reached record levels. The introduction of extra loaders exacerbated the situation. Weather, including elevated wave heights and numerous storm systems created further delays, as did COVID-related diversions to crew change locations and COVID testing of crews. Ocean Network Express CEO Jeremy Nixon will explain why carriers expect the industry's marine network to face continuing challenges in the first quarter of 2021, and potentially beyond. 



    Session Sponsored By:

    ["Marine Operations and Supply Side Challenges: The Carrier View From ONE’s Jeremy Nixon", "Jeremy Nixon", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 03:15pm - 03:45pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Responding Better When Disruption Strikes — As It Inevitably Will

    Taking stock of where we are after the 2020 pandemic year, supply chains have faced many disruptions over the past decade, whether financial crisis, trade wars, longshore labor disruption, bankruptcy, and now a pandemic, says Maersk Executive Vice President Vincent Clerc. The question no longer is whether disruption will happen, but when. And when it strikes, it’s a scramble every time to find solutions. But knowing that shocks to the system will continue, we can control the way we respond to them. The traditional approaches to the procurement of services will no longer enable global supply chains to achieve a better outcome. We need to change the dialogue and be able to differentiate solutions and outcomes. In his TPM21 presentation and Q&A to follow, Vincent will discuss what needs to change and how he has seen customers adopt a different approach and experience the value and resilience that has created.

    Session Sponsored By:

    ["Responding Better When Disruption Strikes — As It Inevitably Will", "Peter Tirschwell", "Vincent Clerc", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]

Tuesday, March 2

  • 11:30am - 11:40am

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Stuart Strachan", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:40am - 12:10pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Geopolitical Tension and the Impact on Containerized Trade

    Amid the many challenges container shipping faced in 2020, it is staring at yet another that could dwarf all of the others: geopolitical risk. As world-renowned energy expert Dan Yergin wrote in “The New Map” published in September, while container shipping greased the wheels of globalization in an era of global consensus on trade, that consensus has now disappeared. In its place are rising geopolitical tensions and the specter of “decoupling.” In this timely TPM appearance shortly after the presidential transition, Yergin, who is the vice chairman of IHS Markit, will discuss the risks for container shipping. As he wrote, “Momentum towards a more collaborative world order that rested on an increasingly connected global economy … is now going in reverse.” 



    ["Geopolitical Tension and the Impact on Containerized Trade", "Daniel Yergin", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:10pm - 12:55pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    The Route to Zero-Emission Shipping: A Shipper-Carrier Dialogue

    Shippers and container lines will put the hard questions to each other, taking the discussion around container shipping decarbonization beyond the theoretical and toward tangible operational actions. In this novel format, shipper and container line executives will question each other on what they’re doing to meet increasingly stringent mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This will illuminate how cost-sensitive carriers and shippers can achieve incremental environmental victories, bringing them closer to what will ultimately be a fossil fuel-free future.

    Session Sponsored By

    ["The Route to Zero-Emission Shipping: A Shipper-Carrier Dialogue", "Kevin Saville", "John Butler", "Bud Darr", "Ingrid A. Irigoyen", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:55pm - 01:30pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships




    ["Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships", "Greg Knowler", "Dominique von Orelli", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm

    The Rail and Trucking Outlook

    The Truckload View of 2021

    Knight-Swift Transportation operates the top irregular, one-way long-haul truckload fleet in the US, and also has logistics and intermodal business lines. In this session, Knight Swift CEO Dave Jackson will discuss what shippers should expect for the rest of 2021 in terms of trucking rates, capacity, and service; the ways carriers, shippers, and receivers can work more efficiently together; and how shippers should go about being the first to get capacity in a tight market. He will also address what, if any, effect the COVID-19 vaccine distribution may have on the truckload network.

    ["The Truckload View of 2021", "David A. Jackson", "Ari Ashe", "The Rail and Trucking Outlook", "Main Program"]
  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm

    The Rail and Trucking Outlook

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

    ["View From the Top: A Conversation With Canadian National Railway CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest", "Mark Szakonyi", "Jean-Jacques Ruest", "The Rail and Trucking Outlook"]
  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm

    Featured Programming

    Building a Culture of Diversity in the Workplace

    Brandy D. Christian, president, and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has a deep understanding of why and how a true commitment to diversity empowers the maritime industry and all businesses. Under her leadership, the Port of New Orleans has integrated diversity as a core value, beginning with the 2018 approval of the organization’s Master Plan. Payoffs include deeper engagement with employees and port partners, stronger innovation capabilities, and a capacity for avoiding groupthink and inflexibility. Before joining Port NOLA in 2015, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, ultimately serving as vice president of strategy and business development. She serves on multiple councils and advisory boards, including the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. 




    Session Sponsored By
    ["Building a Culture of Diversity in the Workplace", "Janet Nodar", "Brandy Christian", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]

Wednesday, March 3

  • 11:30am - 11:40am

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Peter Tirschwell", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:40am - 12:10pm

    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.




    ["A Different Future for Import Container Flow", "Peter Tirschwell", "Ronald D. Widdows", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm

    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.

    ["The Three Waves Impacting Supply “Change” Management", "Peter Tirschwell", "Peter Levesque", "Managing Flow Through The Port Complex"]
  • 12:50pm - 01:20pm

    Featured Programming

    Enabling the Data-Driven Supply Chain of the Future

    AWS cloud technology has been one of the key components supporting the growth of Amazon.com's fulfillment network and has also been the world’s most broadly adopted cloud platform. Today, AWS helps leading industrial customers transform their business, from accelerating design to optimizing operations, to reinventing supply chains, through a set of cloud services and solutions, an extensive partner network, and the highest standards for privacy and data security. In this session, Michele Sancricca, AWS's global head of technology for transportation and logistics, will explain how cloud technology can enable retailers, manufacturers, and logistics businesses to make their global supply chain more resilient and data-driven.
    ["Enabling the Data-Driven Supply Chain of the Future", "Eric Johnson", "Michele Sancricca", "Featured Programming"]
  • 01:25pm - 01:55pm

    Featured Programming

    The World According to Lars: A Deep Dive From Lars Jensen Into What 2020 Means in the Long Term

    As one of container shipping’s premier analysts and thought leaders, former Maersk executive, SeaIntelligence Consulting founder, and author Lars Jensen is renown for his analysis of current trends and prescience. As the container shipping industry continues to work through the impacts of COVID-fueled disruption, Jensen is looking longer term, and the potential upheaval of the very market structure that shippers, carriers, NVOs/3PLs, and other stakeholders have operated under for decades. The bottleneck problems plaguing the industry since last summer should be seen, metaphorically speaking, as a major brush fire, but underneath the fire the ground itself is shifting. We have a confluence of a beginning strong cyclical upswing, a shift in market power resulting from consolidation, a digitization process that is no longer "just" pilot-testing new ideas, a shift in sourcing patterns, as well as the prospect of much more expensive environmental changes that will make the concern over IMO 2020 low-sulfur costs appear tiny in comparison. In his third “closing argument” at TPM, Jensen will dive into the tactical factors that defined 2020 and make a case that the longer-term future will bring more of the same — but for very different reasons.

    ["The World According to Lars: A Deep Dive From Lars Jensen Into What 2020 Means in the Long Term", "Peter Tirschwell", "Lars Jensen", "Featured Programming"]
  • 01:55pm - 01:55pm

    Featured Programming

    ["Closing Remarks", "Featured Programming"]

Thursday, February 25

  • 11:00am - 11:15am

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Eric Johnson", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:15am - 11:45am

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    View From the Top: A Conversation With CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade

    CMA CGM under Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saade is a company defined by innovation and risk-taking. From its acquisition of CEVA Logistics to its investment in LNG ships and its development of carbon-reducing and premium container services, CMA CGM is carving its own path and shattering the image of container shipping as a monolithic, backward-thinking industry. In this exclusive one-on-one interview at TPM21, we will ask Rodolphe for his views on a wide range of topics, including the lasting impact of COVID-19 and his outlook for 2021.



    Session Sponsored By
    ["View From the Top: A Conversation With CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade", "Peter Tirschwell", "Rodolphe Saadé", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    The State of Online Ocean Freight Quoting

    Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd both reported sequentially increasing uptake of digital quoting tools in 2020, while a number of other container lines and many of the top 25 global forwarders now have such capability. Add smaller NVOs and freight rate marketplaces into the mix and shippers have an eye-watering number of options from which to secure an instant rate. Is this the way the market will eventually go? Will instant quoting replace spot rates? How important are these transactional tools to the digital ambitions of container lines and large forwarders?




    ["The State of Online Ocean Freight Quoting", "Eric Johnson", "Vivian Chiang", "Laura Finbow", "Liezel du Toit", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Using a Data-based Approach to Freight Procurement and Allocation

    The data exists for shippers, carriers and intermediaries to be more precise in determining when they need and have space on container ships. In essence, data could lead the industry away from destructive behavior that benefits neither the provider nor consumer of ocean capacity. This session will examine how rate benchmarking and tendering tools might help shippers better map out their allocations if aligned with a strong demand forecasting process. All of these are critical in any year, but particularly so in a year of upheaval like 2020 and uncertainty like 2021.



    ["Using a Data-based Approach to Freight Procurement and Allocation", "Eric Johnson", "Patrik Berglund", "Pieter Kinds", "Jonas Krumland", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 12:45pm - 01:15pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Forwarding Technology on the Front Burner

    Forwarders are on the front lines of the barrage of technology being aimed at container shipping, a situation that presents a threat and an opportunity for intermediaries of all sizes. The question is, should a forwarder prioritize back-end operations or its customer interface for technology investment? And what hurdles are there once that decision is made. Standing still isn’t an option, but moving in the wrong direction can put a forwarder off course. This session will explore how providers and customers in this fast-moving market should game-plan over the coming year.



    ["Forwarding Technology on the Front Burner", "Eric Johnson", "Julian Alvarez", "Erin O'Leary", "Martyn Verhaegen", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 01:15pm - 01:45pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    The Neutrality Question in Logistics Technology

    Do shippers want the technology platforms they use to manage ocean freight and other activities to be neutral or attached to 3PLs that can provide integrated services? The answer isn’t a binary one across the global container shipping industry. Some shippers are inclined to manage things internally, while others are happy to hand off critical elements of their containerized supply chains to 3PLs. This session will examine the extent to which neutral platforms will win out over those developed or adopted by 3PLs.



    ["The Neutrality Question in Logistics Technology", "Eric Johnson", "Carl Lauron", "Hagar Rips", "Shaizad Shroff", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Global Logistics' Data Dilemma

    Everyone says the value of data is as high as it's ever been, but the global logistics industry has a particularly hefty challenge in that data is produced, submitted, and consumed by a huge number of parties, few of which have native integrations with one another. Additionally, nearly every organization is sitting on a vast trove of data — some already digitized, some not — that is waiting to be leveraged. So the challenge isn’t so much access to data, but rather to have a strategy in place to clean it, contextualize, and use it. The challenges are huge, but not insurmountable, and the opportunities are even larger. This session will focus on steps to be taken to organize data and what the benefits of that organization can mean in managing containerized supply chains.
    Session Sponsored By:
    ["Global Logistics' Data Dilemma", "Eric Johnson", "James Kwan", "Grant Sernick", "Chris Kirchner", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:45pm - 03:05pm

    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.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Balancing Cost Pressure and the Need for Container Shipping Agility", "Mark Szakonyi", "Mary McNelly", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 03:05pm - 03:25pm

    Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories

    Shipper Perspectives: Making a Commitment to Decarbonization

    A decade ago, freight transportation sustainability initiatives started to take shape at global multinational shippers. But the impact of those initiatives tended to be moderated by the realities that shippers continued to prioritize rates and service over greener options. Shippers also faced a lack of products to truly measure the environmental impact of their supply chains, not to mention the direct and indirect service providers upon which they relied. But a lot has changed. Some shippers are laser-focued on carbon neutrality and they are bolstered by a burgeoning array of tools from software providers and 3PLs to help them measure those impacts. This session with the head of transportation at the world’s largest beauty care company will focus on what shippers can do to truly change the nature of logistics sustainability.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Making a Commitment to Decarbonization", "Eric Johnson", "Adam Hall", "Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories"]
  • 03:25pm - 03:45pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Shipper Perspectives: Turning High Expectations Into High-Level Service

    Shippers with high expectations of their container line partners probably found 2020 to be disappointing. Blanked sailings, sky-high rates, poor schedule reliability, a lack of available equipment, congested port gateways: All those dynamics led to an environment where shippers couldn’t fully leverage increased demand for their products in the second half of 2020. It brings up the legitimate question of whether container lines were holding up their end of the service bargain in helping their customers to be successful. How can those container lines evolve to be better partners to shippers, in terms of traditional service and in terms of technology? This session will delve into how can shippers — in this case, a large US furniture retailer — prepare to hold container lines accountable, even in extreme conditions like the industry faced in 2020.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Turning High Expectations Into High-Level Service", "Eric Johnson", "Abir Thakurta", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]

Friday, February 26

  • 11:55am - 12:00pm

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Eric Johnson", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    The Role Technology Plays in Defining Shipping’s Decarbonization Future

    Sustainability has long been a difficult-to-define metric in the world of international logistics, and so it’s generally a variable that factors into procurement and freight management decisions far below rates and service levels. But over the past year, a bevy of forwarders and technology providers has developed products and calculators that seek to help make these considerations less abstract, more concrete, and thus more actionable.



    ["The Role Technology Plays in Defining Shipping’s Decarbonization Future", "Eric Johnson", "Jessica Balsam", "Pierre Garreau, Ph.D.", "Lisa Salit", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Global TMS as the Gateway to Other Services

    TMS is no modern innovation — indeed, the concept of a global TMS linking supply chain and logistics partners and based on the power of the internet is entering its third decade. But a new breed of systems is emerging with a more open mindset, one where the TMS isn’t a turnkey and static fix but rather a vehicle to incorporate a range of ancillary products and services, predominantly through application programming interface. This session will examine what the next decade of TMS innovation is likely to look like.

    ["Global TMS as the Gateway to Other Services", "Eric Johnson", "Joe Caprara", "Austin McCombs", "Pawan Joshi", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 01:00pm - 01:30pm

    Managing Flow Through The Port Complex

    Ports as Data Hubs That Serve Cargo Owners Effectively

    Port authorities and terminal operators are endeavoring like never before to become enablers of cargo flow through data initiatives that seek to overcome the traditional roadblocks in containerized supply chains. These initiatives can take many forms, from container availability platforms to modern versions of port community systems and genuine SaaS systems that are sold to other ports. This session will examine the value of these initiatives on an individual basis and how realistic it might be to enable cargo owners and their logistics providers to tap into data across multiple ports.
    ["Ports as Data Hubs That Serve Cargo Owners Effectively", "Eric Johnson", "Donald Baan", "Nick Chubb", "Managing Flow Through The Port Complex"]
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    Trending Up or Trending Down: Is VC Interest in Logistics Due to Wane?

    In discussions with early-stage founders and investors in the logistics technology landscape, the reality is starting to creep in. There is seemingly no end to investor enthusiasm for the industry, but there's also the practical issue that very few startups have a clear path to a dominant position in the global logistics industry, which remains fragmented and regionalized. This session will focus on how domain experts in the supply chain venture capital space see the next phase of investment into the global logistics industry. 
    ["Trending Up or Trending Down: Is VC Interest in Logistics Due to Wane?", "Eric Johnson", "Julian Counihan", "Santosh Sankar", "Flavia de la Fuente", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm

    The Logistics Technology Breakthrough

    How Process Automation Will Change the Global Logistics Workforce

    Automation can be a scary word for an industry that has historically relied on people to make it run, from data entry and container tracking to managing operational challenges and customer service. But the technology wave hitting global logistics will indelibly change what the workforce looks like in the coming years. This session will examine what those changes look like, the benefits of a shift toward process automation, and the challenges of reassigning people to new roles.
    ["How Process Automation Will Change the Global Logistics Workforce", "Eric Johnson", "Angela Czajkowski", "Ruben Huber", "Alan Holland", "The Logistics Technology Breakthrough", "Main Program"]
  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 03:00pm - 03:20pm

    Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories

    Shipper Perspectives: South and Southeast Asia Sourcing Strategies — Tackling the Challenges

    The decline in US imports from China that started in 2018 accelerated in the first half of 2020 as the US-China trade war and COVID-19 took a toll on trade between the two countries. The main beneficiaries of China’s loss of market share of US imports have been countries in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, and, to a lesser extent, India. But as shippers who shifted their sourcing have discovered, matching China’s sophisticated labor force, world-class inland and port infrastructure, and shear might aren’t easy to replicate. The result has been supply chain challenges ranging from equipment shortages, transshipment issues, and COVID-related labor disruption — and a rapid recovery in China-sourced imports in the second half of 2020. Daniel Krassenstein, global supply chain director for packaging manufacturer Procon Pacific, has experienced these challenges firsthand while overseeing a sourcing shift from China to South and Southeast Asia over the past several years. In this one-on-one discussion, Daniel will analyze the opportunities and pitfalls companies face in deciding whether to shift or at least diversify their sourcing away from China.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: South and Southeast Asia Sourcing Strategies — Tackling the Challenges", "Bill Mongelluzzo", "Daniel Krassenstein", "Case Studies - Uncovering Shipper Success Stories", "Main Program"]
  • 03:20pm - 03:40pm

    Featured Programming

    Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil

    Exporters faced a litany of disruptive issues in 2020, as demand for imports and a wide gap in freight rates on the inbound vs. outbound leg created equipment shortages in the interior and a fight for capacity. Even when agricultural and other exporters in the US interior could find their way to the West Coast, congestion and tight capacity meant cargo often didn’t make the ship on which it was booked. Situations like these call for creative, and in some cases, unprecedented, solutions to ensure outbound shipments reached their destination. For the Anderson Cos. that meant changing routing to the East or Gulf Coast on the fly when it was evident that a carrier couldn’t commit to a booking made through Los Angeles-Long Beach. In this session, April Zobel, export traffic manager at The Andersons, will sit down with JOC senior editor Bill Mongelluzzo to discuss the unique challenges exporters faced in 2020, the creative solutions April and her team worked to ensure fluidity, and how the landscape has changed, perhaps forever.
    ["Shipper Perspectives: Finding Creative Export Solutions in the Midst of Turmoil", "Bill Mongelluzzo", "April Zobel", "Featured Programming"]

Monday, March 1

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    Featured Programming

    ["Welcome Remarks and TPM Welcome Video", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm

    Featured Programming

    The Global Economic Outlook From IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh

    As the tumultuous year of 2020 came to a close, IHS Markit Senior Economic Advisor Nariman Behrevash was in no mood to celebrate despite the recent positive results in clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. The second wave of COVID-19 surging in North America and Europe means “the downside risks to the near-term forecast have risen,” he wrote in late November. “Even before the recent surge in infections, IHS Markit economists were predicting growth would fade in the closing months of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. That fade is morphing into something worse. Once again, the near-term global economic outlook has worsened, and the most likely policy mix looks to be suboptimal.” Behravesh, who has spoken at every TPM since 2015, is consistently rated by attendees as among the most popular speakers on the agenda. He directs the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit and is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the US, Europe, Japan, China, and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of more than 400 professionals, located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa who cover economic, financial, and political developments in more than 200 countries. Behravesh and his team have received numerous awards, among them the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award and top forecasters by Consensus Economics in 2013.

    Session Sponsored By:

    ["The Global Economic Outlook From IHS Markit’s Nariman Behravesh", "Nariman Behravesh", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 01:00pm - 01:45pm

    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? 


    Session Sponsored By:

    ["Trans-Pacific 2021: Redefining the Future", "Mark Szakonyi", "Neil Glynn", "Rahul Kapoor", "Thorsten Meinke", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 02:15pm - 02:45pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    2021: Another Unpredictable Year Begins

    As 2021 began, huge uncertainty remained as to how the year will play out, not dissimilar to last spring when no one, not even leading economists, predicted the surge in volumes of household goods and PPE that by the end of 2020 had led to significant disruption throughout the supply chain. As 2021 began, with vaccine rollouts underway in multiple countries, events were starting to unfold quickly, yet that only added to the uncertainties. It’s unclear, for example, what economic impact the current second-wave lockdowns will have, how quickly vaccines will become available on a wide scale, how soon business travel will recover, and what the impact will be on container volumes and industry’s ability to restore normal equipment flows. In his TPM21 appearance, Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen will discuss his current thinking on the state of the market as of late February and what that tells us about how the year may play out. 


    Session Sponsored By:

    ["2021: Another Unpredictable Year Begins", "Peter Tirschwell", "Rolf Habben Jansen", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 02:45pm - 03:15pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Marine Operations and Supply Side Challenges: The Carrier View From ONE’s Jeremy Nixon

    The marine container network faced exceptional challenges in 2020, and recovering will last well into 2021. From a carrier perspective, there was no downtime in the second half of 2020 to recover as operations, berth occupancy, and terminal utilization in Asia and North America reached record levels. The introduction of extra loaders exacerbated the situation. Weather, including elevated wave heights and numerous storm systems created further delays, as did COVID-related diversions to crew change locations and COVID testing of crews. Ocean Network Express CEO Jeremy Nixon will explain why carriers expect the industry's marine network to face continuing challenges in the first quarter of 2021, and potentially beyond. 



    Session Sponsored By:

    ["Marine Operations and Supply Side Challenges: The Carrier View From ONE’s Jeremy Nixon", "Jeremy Nixon", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 03:15pm - 03:45pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Responding Better When Disruption Strikes — As It Inevitably Will

    Taking stock of where we are after the 2020 pandemic year, supply chains have faced many disruptions over the past decade, whether financial crisis, trade wars, longshore labor disruption, bankruptcy, and now a pandemic, says Maersk Executive Vice President Vincent Clerc. The question no longer is whether disruption will happen, but when. And when it strikes, it’s a scramble every time to find solutions. But knowing that shocks to the system will continue, we can control the way we respond to them. The traditional approaches to the procurement of services will no longer enable global supply chains to achieve a better outcome. We need to change the dialogue and be able to differentiate solutions and outcomes. In his TPM21 presentation and Q&A to follow, Vincent will discuss what needs to change and how he has seen customers adopt a different approach and experience the value and resilience that has created.

    Session Sponsored By:

    ["Responding Better When Disruption Strikes — As It Inevitably Will", "Peter Tirschwell", "Vincent Clerc", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]

Tuesday, March 2

  • 11:30am - 11:40am

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Stuart Strachan", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:40am - 12:10pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Geopolitical Tension and the Impact on Containerized Trade

    Amid the many challenges container shipping faced in 2020, it is staring at yet another that could dwarf all of the others: geopolitical risk. As world-renowned energy expert Dan Yergin wrote in “The New Map” published in September, while container shipping greased the wheels of globalization in an era of global consensus on trade, that consensus has now disappeared. In its place are rising geopolitical tensions and the specter of “decoupling.” In this timely TPM appearance shortly after the presidential transition, Yergin, who is the vice chairman of IHS Markit, will discuss the risks for container shipping. As he wrote, “Momentum towards a more collaborative world order that rested on an increasingly connected global economy … is now going in reverse.” 



    ["Geopolitical Tension and the Impact on Containerized Trade", "Daniel Yergin", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:10pm - 12:55pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    The Route to Zero-Emission Shipping: A Shipper-Carrier Dialogue

    Shippers and container lines will put the hard questions to each other, taking the discussion around container shipping decarbonization beyond the theoretical and toward tangible operational actions. In this novel format, shipper and container line executives will question each other on what they’re doing to meet increasingly stringent mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This will illuminate how cost-sensitive carriers and shippers can achieve incremental environmental victories, bringing them closer to what will ultimately be a fossil fuel-free future.

    Session Sponsored By

    ["The Route to Zero-Emission Shipping: A Shipper-Carrier Dialogue", "Kevin Saville", "John Butler", "Bud Darr", "Ingrid A. Irigoyen", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:55pm - 01:30pm

    Break

    ["Break", "Break"]
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships




    ["Managing New Expectations in Shipper-Carrier-Forwarder Relationships", "Greg Knowler", "Dominique von Orelli", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm

    The Rail and Trucking Outlook

    The Truckload View of 2021

    Knight-Swift Transportation operates the top irregular, one-way long-haul truckload fleet in the US, and also has logistics and intermodal business lines. In this session, Knight Swift CEO Dave Jackson will discuss what shippers should expect for the rest of 2021 in terms of trucking rates, capacity, and service; the ways carriers, shippers, and receivers can work more efficiently together; and how shippers should go about being the first to get capacity in a tight market. He will also address what, if any, effect the COVID-19 vaccine distribution may have on the truckload network.

    ["The Truckload View of 2021", "David A. Jackson", "Ari Ashe", "The Rail and Trucking Outlook", "Main Program"]
  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm

    The Rail and Trucking Outlook

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

    ["View From the Top: A Conversation With Canadian National Railway CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest", "Mark Szakonyi", "Jean-Jacques Ruest", "The Rail and Trucking Outlook"]
  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm

    Featured Programming

    Building a Culture of Diversity in the Workplace

    Brandy D. Christian, president, and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has a deep understanding of why and how a true commitment to diversity empowers the maritime industry and all businesses. Under her leadership, the Port of New Orleans has integrated diversity as a core value, beginning with the 2018 approval of the organization’s Master Plan. Payoffs include deeper engagement with employees and port partners, stronger innovation capabilities, and a capacity for avoiding groupthink and inflexibility. Before joining Port NOLA in 2015, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, ultimately serving as vice president of strategy and business development. She serves on multiple councils and advisory boards, including the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. 




    Session Sponsored By
    ["Building a Culture of Diversity in the Workplace", "Janet Nodar", "Brandy Christian", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]

Wednesday, March 3

  • 11:30am - 11:40am

    Featured Programming

    Welcome Remarks

    ["Welcome Remarks", "Peter Tirschwell", "Featured Programming", "Main Program"]
  • 11:40am - 12:10pm

    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.




    ["A Different Future for Import Container Flow", "Peter Tirschwell", "Ronald D. Widdows", "Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics", "Main Program"]
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm

    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.

    ["The Three Waves Impacting Supply “Change” Management", "Peter Tirschwell", "Peter Levesque", "Managing Flow Through The Port Complex"]
  • 12:50pm - 01:20pm

    Featured Programming

    Enabling the Data-Driven Supply Chain of the Future

    AWS cloud technology has been one of the key components supporting the growth of Amazon.com's fulfillment network and has also been the world’s most broadly adopted cloud platform. Today, AWS helps leading industrial customers transform their business, from accelerating design to optimizing operations, to reinventing supply chains, through a set of cloud services and solutions, an extensive partner network, and the highest standards for privacy and data security. In this session, Michele Sancricca, AWS's global head of technology for transportation and logistics, will explain how cloud technology can enable retailers, manufacturers, and logistics businesses to make their global supply chain more resilient and data-driven.
    ["Enabling the Data-Driven Supply Chain of the Future", "Eric Johnson", "Michele Sancricca", "Featured Programming"]
  • 01:25pm - 01:55pm

    Featured Programming

    The World According to Lars: A Deep Dive From Lars Jensen Into What 2020 Means in the Long Term

    As one of container shipping’s premier analysts and thought leaders, former Maersk executive, SeaIntelligence Consulting founder, and author Lars Jensen is renown for his analysis of current trends and prescience. As the container shipping industry continues to work through the impacts of COVID-fueled disruption, Jensen is looking longer term, and the potential upheaval of the very market structure that shippers, carriers, NVOs/3PLs, and other stakeholders have operated under for decades. The bottleneck problems plaguing the industry since last summer should be seen, metaphorically speaking, as a major brush fire, but underneath the fire the ground itself is shifting. We have a confluence of a beginning strong cyclical upswing, a shift in market power resulting from consolidation, a digitization process that is no longer "just" pilot-testing new ideas, a shift in sourcing patterns, as well as the prospect of much more expensive environmental changes that will make the concern over IMO 2020 low-sulfur costs appear tiny in comparison. In his third “closing argument” at TPM, Jensen will dive into the tactical factors that defined 2020 and make a case that the longer-term future will bring more of the same — but for very different reasons.

    ["The World According to Lars: A Deep Dive From Lars Jensen Into What 2020 Means in the Long Term", "Peter Tirschwell", "Lars Jensen", "Featured Programming"]
  • 01:55pm - 01:55pm

    Featured Programming

    ["Closing Remarks", "Featured Programming"]