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Eric Johnson

IHS Markit

Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Eric Johnson is the JOC's senior editor for technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes such as procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC LogTech Conference. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events. Prior to joining the JOC in 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the U.K. and India, and now resides in the Washington, D.C., area.

SESSIONS WITH Eric Johnson

Thursday, February 25

  • 11:45am - 12:00pm

    Featured Programming

  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm

    Featured Programming

    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?
  • 12:30pm - 01:00pm

    Featured Programming

    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.
  • 01:00pm - 01:30pm

    Featured Programming

    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.
  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm

    Featured Programming

    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 is not a binary one across the global container shipping industry. Some shippers are  

Friday, February 26