Lawrence Gross

Gross Transportation Consulting

President and Founder

Lawrence Gross is the president and founder of Gross Transportation Consulting. He is a thirty-nine-year veteran of the freight transportation sector specializing in intermodal and rail transport with experience in the truck trailer, railcar, and intermodal equipment segments. Gross established Gross Transportation Consulting, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters, in 2003. He has worked with all surface transport modes, with involvement in intermodal, rail, truck, and inland water freight transport. Gross authors and produces the intermodal industry's leading analytical and forecasting report, "Intermodal in Depth," and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Commerce. From 2007 to 2017, Gross was the author of the monthly publication "Intermodal Update," which tracked current intermodal trends for key players in the intermodal industry. He works closely with the Intermodal Association of North America and has assisted the organization with the educational program for their annual Intermodal Expo for a number of years. He is also the executive most closely associated with the RoadRailer intermodal system, having worked with the product since its inception.

Sessions With Lawrence Gross

Monday, 28 February

  • 04:35pm - 05:20pm (EST) / 01/mar/2022 12:35 am - 01/mar/2022 01:20 am

    Intermodal Rail: What Went Wrong in 2021 and How Do We Fix It?

    After a tumultuous 2021, international intermodal shippers are focusing on how railroads can prevent bottlenecks from returning in Southern California, the Midwest, and the South Central US, while domestic intermodal shippers are focusing on when new container capacity will become available and how much contract rates will increase. As 2021 wound down, terminals in markets such as Chicago, Memphis, Kansas City, and Ohio were more fluid than earlier in the year, when international intermodal networks were paralyzed by a flood of import containers originating in Southern California and a shortage of chassis on which to mount them. As ocean containers piled up at inland railyards, domestic intermodal service also suffered because terminals typically store ocean and domestic containers together. Some relief is on the way, as numerous shippers and service providers are scheduled to receive new containers. Lawrence Gross, president and founder of Gross Transportation Consulting, believes that will help alleviate some of the pressure, while warning that a cooldown in freight demand would suddenly make a lot of new 53-foot capacity underutilized. A cooling of demand also could help improve flow through BNSF Railway and Union Pacific ramps on the West Coast, after both were forced to scale back, or “meter,” the number of routings through the heavily congested gateways last year, leading to a spike in transloading. This session will examine the major issues confronting the intermodal network in 2021, analyze the outlook for this year, and explore what shippers and service providers are doing to prevent a worst-case scenario from repeating.