• TPM24
  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Leo Holt

Holt Logistics


Mr. Holt is a native of Philadelphia and has spent his career in the Port of Philadelphia and international transport community for over thirty years. He is president of Holt Logistics Corp., part of his family company founded in 1926 and now in its fourth generation. Their business owns, leases and develops marine terminals and distribution centers. They provide logistics management and related services to materials handling and transportation companies. His family’s efforts to grow the business of the Port of Philadelphia have affected the regional community for four generations and have positioned the Delaware River as the premier transport destination for many millions of tons of industrial and consumer products, in particular fresh and frozen food products. Mr. Holt maintains an active role in the regional and international community through business and personal commitment to a variety of organizations. 

Sessions With Leo Holt

Monday, 27 February

  • 03:50pm - 04:35pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 11:50 pm - 28/feb/2023 12:35 am

    Cool Cargoes II: Investing in the Future — Tech, Infrastructure, and Beyond

    As shippers have struggled with backlogs at ports, spotty service on ocean and land, and packed warehouses, one bright spot has emerged: investment in solutions is picking up. On the ports side, Houston is leasing about 1,500 gensets that will allow reefer containers to be stored at the port while it builds a more sophisticated power system. Oakland in October received a $36.6 million grant to help fund, among other things, additional reefer container storage and plugs, while Jacksonville received $23.5 million to install electrified reefer container racks. On the cold-storage side, Philadelphia, one of North America’s largest reefer ports, plans to build a 200,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse near the port, adding to some 360,000 square feet of existing on-dock cold storage. That would help alleviate a space crunch as cold-storage vacancy rates at warehouses fell to 3.4 percent nationally in July, according to real estate developer CBRE. It’s also part of an overall 3.3 million square feet of cold-storage construction in the US, CBRE said. On the technology side, investment in cold-chain tracking devices is primed to soar, according to an October report by market researcher Berg Insight. Active tracking devices for all reefer shipments reached 4.1 million worldwide in 2021, and is expected to reach 9.2 million by 2026, according to the report, with Maersk and ORBCOMM leading the way. This session will analyze the investment flowing into the cold chain and whether it’s enough to keep pace with growth.