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

Peter Tirschwell

S&P Global

Vice President-Shipping Intelligence

Peter Tirschwell is Vice President within the Maritime & Trade business of S&P Global Market Intelligence, which provides a range of data and analytics and intelligence capabilities. In his role he is responsible for all content appearing in JOC publications, websites, events and other products. A career shipping and transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast Bureau Chief, Editor in Chief and Publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 25+ year career with the company beginning in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., the world's largest container shipping conference. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce print magazine and website covering a range of international logistics topics. He speaks regularly at industry events and has been quoted in mainstream business media including the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Sessions With Peter Tirschwell

Monday, 4 March

Tuesday, 5 March

  • 08:30am - 08:45am (PST) / 05/mar/2024 04:30 pm - 05/mar/2024 04:45 pm

    Welcome Remarks and LOG-NET E-Commerce Excellence Award

    LOG-NET's Electronic Commerce Excellence award has consistently reinforced the partnership between carriers and their customers and the fundamental importance of data quality in that relationship. Digitization has made data management and data quality foundational elements of successful global supply chains. Whether the data is coming from smartphones, web forms, Internet of Things devices, AI, or EDI, it needs to be complete, timely, and accurate. Data quality is critical, considering the consumers of this information now range from import and logistics specialists to business intelligence and machine learning platforms that demand ever more granular information. Since 2003, LOG-NET CEO John Motley has presented the LOG-NET E-Commerce Excellence award at TPM. The award recognizes the efforts of the international carrier community and its outstanding daily performance with LOG-NET's Trading Partner and Data Quality teams. 
  • 08:45am - 09:15am (PST) / 05/mar/2024 04:45 pm - 05/mar/2024 05:15 pm

    A Conversation with the One and Only Otto Schacht

    There are many Steves, Alans, Pauls, and Steens, but there is only one Otto. Ask those who have worked or interacted with Otto Schacht, the longtime head of seafreight at Küehne + Nagel, and they will describe a friend, mentor, confidant, and unparalleled authority on the container shipping industry. During more than 25 years leading the world’s largest ocean freight forwarder — where he helped build a globally respected brand — following 20 years at Hapag-Lloyd, Otto has been a power broker in the industry’s inner sanctum during periods of calm and tumult. He has had a uniquely insider’s view of the industry and all its inner workings that he rarely shares publicly. Now, as he transitions into semiretirement, he has kindly agreed to a one-on-one sit-down at TPM24, where he will look back and forward, take stock and offer guidance, and take your questions as the industry heads into a new post-COVID era.  

  • 03:05pm - 03:50pm (PST) / 05/mar/2024 11:05 pm - 05/mar/2024 11:50 pm

    Understanding the Asia Container Shipping Environment

    Understanding current, complex container shipping dynamics within APAC is crucial to any supply chain connecting Asia to North America, Europe, or other consumer market. An evolving and overlapping set of forces is shaping growth in the region and connecting it to consumer markets globally. These include the impact of geopolitics, “China+1” resourcing trends, (which some still see as early days), China’s reorientation of its own export machine toward renewables, as well as growing investment by multinationals to cater to the region’s own consumer growth. Reflecting growth in components and consumer goods trade, intra-ASEAN share of total global trade by value has grown by half a percentage point from 4.5% to 5% since the beginning of 2020. Supporting the growth is an expansive network estimated at 87 regional and global ocean carriers plying more than 10,000 unique trade lanes, with multiple departures per hour and customers frequently demanding precise departures and arrivals. Despite the fragmented market, intra-Asia rates have held up given the strength of demand and carriers’ ability in the aggregate to flex capacity in response to short-term changes in demand. This session, featuring APAC-based shipping and logistics leaders and led by Journal of Commerce vice president Peter Tirschwell, now based in Singapore, will cover a broad perspective for BCOs managing Asia supply chains.

Wednesday, 6 March

  • 08:30am - 09:00am (PST) / 06/mar/2024 04:30 pm - 06/mar/2024 05:00 pm

    Guidance to BCOs in the Post-COVID Environment

    In his late-November newsletter, consultant Jon Monroe says “BCOs have a lot to think about and plan for, to get ready for 2024. There are so many underlying obstacles or potential headwinds that will need to be addressed.” Among those are the possibility of the market unexpectedly tightening — despite the prevailing narrative of overcapacity and the failure of multiple carrier GRI attempts in 2023 — and how BCOs should plan for what might seem like a remote possibility. “Looking ahead to 2024, there is a concern: if carriers choose to tighten capacity with the same intensity as witnessed in 2020, the market may once again grapple with soaring rates and constrained vessel space,” he wrote to subscribers. Industry stakeholders listen to Jon because he is the rare individual in shipping today who brings to the table the full gamut of experience and the willingness and ability to expound publicly and articulately in ways that are highly relevant to BCOs and other market participants. In a career stretching back to United States Lines, he logged time with a variety of organizations, including Circle International, Emery Worldwide, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Top Ocean, DeWell, and Transfar Shipping. In addition, he has built significant BCO technology platforms that are in use today. In a late-2023 market that looks deceptively similar coming out of COVID versus how it entered it, the reality is it’s a new world that requires players across the spectrum to reorient themselves anew. To do that. it’s worth spending time with Jon, who will bring his perspective to the TPM24 audience as one of the rare individuals who can provide the informed straight talk that market participants will find certain value in.

  • 09:55am - 10:40am (PST) / 06/mar/2024 05:55 pm - 06/mar/2024 06:40 pm

    Case Study: Castlery — A Strategic Partnership That Emerges from Maersk's Integrator Strategy

    When Maersk in 2016 set off down the road of integrating traditional shipping and logistics services into an end-to-end offering — something that had never been tried let alone accomplished before — many wondered how it could successfully weave together multiple services to create genuine value for customers’ supply chains. An answer to that question comes from its relationship with Castlery, a fast-growing Singapore-based direct-to-consumer furniture retailer that designs and produces stylish, modern furniture. Castlery launched retail operations in the US in 2019 and became a Top 30 Home Furnishing website in the US in 2023. It is using almost all types of logistics services provided by Maersk, and is currently exploring a flexible warehousing model to support further geographic expansion in the US market. With Maersk, Castlery has developed an increasingly deeper strategic partnership over the past six years. “As our business becomes more global, we are able to tap on Maersk's global scale and high-quality integrated logistics services, and have benefited tremendously in our growth,” the company said. This case study will illustrate the benefits from a retailer’s perspective of leveraging an integrated service that incorporates ocean together with multiple other services.