2019 Conference Objective

The JOC Inland Distribution Conference serves shippers and transportation providers moving goods from ports to inland destinations and throughout North America using an increasingly complex network of transportation and logistics services. At JOC Inland, we connect the dots between the international supply chain and the North American transportation network. Our goal is to provide shippers of all types with a comprehensive understanding of the major challenges they face when moving freight within North America. These challenges are faced by their transportation suppliers and partners as well — including ports, drayage operators, trucking companies, intermodal rail operators, warehousing, and third-party logistics providers.

Theme: Avoiding the Blind Spots

US transportation markets are undergoing a transformation amid increasing demands from e-commerce customers and big-box retailers; changing trade relations with China, Canada,and Mexico; and the growth of industries such as plastics and chemical manufacturing and energy, both in the renewables sector and crude oil and refined fuels.


After 10 years of expansion, the health of the US economy is increasingly uncertain, with economists warning of a higher chance for a recession in the second half of 2020.


Blind spots that lead to disruption are popping up across supply chains, which now are more vulnerable than ever. Disruption can come without warning, as we saw in April when a growing immigration crisis at the Southwest US border impeded cross-border trade and trucking with Mexico.


There’s no longer an “easy button” for shippers, or their supply chain partners. “It’s not just trucking that’s changing, but a lot of things,” one logistics manager told the JOC. “We have to look at the complete network and ask what change means to us.”


For many businesses, change means a greater need for flexibility in supply chain and transportation networks, from sourcing and modal choice to contracting and operations management — flexibility that emerging technology will promote, or so shippers hope.


Now in its ninth year, the JOC Inland Distribution Conference will focus on changes rippling from port gates to transload docks, inland warehouses, truck terminals, and intermodal rail ramps, and on to the end customer. We’ll ask what those changes mean to shippers and their logistics and transportation providers, as well as, increasingly, their technology partners — all with a view to deliver actionable intelligence and the opportunity to meet new partners to better manage their supply chains.

Topics to be Explored:

• Leading Markets: Primary and secondary inland hubs; fastest growing markets


• Best Inland Options: Port/coast selection and inland reach of ports


• Technology: From APIs to automation, including autonomous equipment and AI


• Price and Cost Management: Understanding costs and managing price across modes


• Capacity: Includes all transportation modes, and industrial real estate


• Visibility: Seeing more clearly across modal boundaries and connecting legs
  of the shipment

• Trucking: Truckload, less-than-truckload, capacity and cost


• Intermodal Rail: 53-foot containers, IPI containers, trailers, and rail service


• Drayage: From ports inland and at inland intermodal rail ramps


• Industrial Real Estate: DCs, warehousing near coasts and inland


• E-commerce: from first mile to middle mile and final mile


• Freight and Equipment Flow: Containers, intermodal railcars, trucks and trailers


• Transloading: Why, where, and the modal choices


• Making Inland Connections: Managing the transfer of freight