Lawrence Gross

Gross Transportation Consulting

President and Founder

Larry Gross is a forty-two-year veteran of the freight transportation sector. He is the President and Founder of Gross Transportation Consulting of Durango, CO, an independent consulting practice specializing in freight transportation matters.

www.intermodalindepth.com

Larry is an acknowledged expert on the intermodal sector who is quoted often in the press and makes frequent appearances before the transportation community, including the “Intermodal Analyzed” webinar series for the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). He produces Intermodal in Depth, a monthly analytical report on the intermodal sector and authors a monthly column for the Journal of Commerce. He has played a key role in the creation of educational content for students studying Supply Chain Management as the author of numerous business case studies, many of which have been used over the years in the “IANA Academic Challenge” competition.

Larry posts frequently on Twitter using the name @Intermodalist. He can be reached at lgross@intermodalindepth.com.

Prior to starting his consulting practice, Larry enjoyed a long career in intermodal equipment development and sales during which he was responsible for the sale of roughly a half-billion dollars’ worth of RoadRailer equipment both in North America and various overseas nations.

He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Design from MIT.

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.