Tuesday, 22 October 2019

7:30 AM — 5:30 PM

Registration

Location: Grand Horizon D Foyer

7:30 — 8:30 AM

Welcome Breakfast

Location: Grand Horizon D Foyer

8:30 — 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

Senior Editor,
Trucking and Domestic Transportation,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

William Cassidy

8:45 — 9:30 AM

Keynote Address

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

Senior Editor,
Trucking and Domestic Transportation,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Speaker Introduction

William Cassidy

Executive Vice President,
Chief Commercial Officer,
and President, Highway Services, J.B. Hunt Transport Services

Keynote Speaker

Shelley Simpson

Rapid, cumulative advances in technology in the coming decade will usher in a new era of innovation, particularly in transportation and logistics. The velocity of life itself is increasing, and with that consumer demands are making supply chain innovation a necessity, not a luxury. Deeply embedded processes are now being challenged and the way goods are sourced, shipped, stored, delivered, and consumed is changing. What does this mean for logistics managers in manufacturing or retail? How will these changes affect the trucking, rail, third-party logistics, and technology suppliers that support international and domestic shipping? Economic uncertainty, fluctuating transportation capacity and faster, less predictable pricing cycles make it difficult to see the bigger picture and understand what long-term changes may be on the horizon for North American freight transportation, from port terminals to truck cabs. Drawing on her experience as J.B. Hunt’s Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and President of Highway Services, Shelley Simpson will present a keynote address and discuss with JOC Senior Editor William B. Cassidy how we can harness innovation in the changing transportation and logistics environment.

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

North American Freight Outlook:
The Calm Following the Storm

9:30 — 10:30 AM

Associate Editor,
Southeast Ports
and Intermodal Rail,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Ari Ashe

Director,
Transportation Consulting, Economics and Country Risk,
IHS Markit

Panelist

Paul Bingham

President and Founder,
Gross Transportation Consulting

Panelist

Lawrence Gross

Senior Analyst,
Transportation & Logistics,
Bloomberg Intelligence

Panelist

Lee Klaskow

Shippers whose budgets were shredded by double-digit rate increases in 2018 had a chance to recover this year, as a substantial increase in over-the-road truckload capacity eased pricing pressure. Other costs continue to rise however. Issues just over the horizon -- including the threat that a recession could end the 10-year recovery -- could upset transportation plans for 2020 and the new decade beyond. This panel of experts, supported by a wealth of data, will delve into what’s driving the US economy, freight demand, transportation, and pricing as we look to 2020.

10:30 — 11:00 AM

Networking Break

Location: Grand Horizon D

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

View From the Top:
A Discussion With Industry Leaders

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

There's never been a greater need for collaboration across the inland distribution supply chain, from ocean carriers and port operators to third-party logistics companies, freight brokers, warehousing and distribution firms, and trucking and intermodal carriers. This roundtable discussion will provide context to the market indicators laid out by the preceding panel of analysts, while gauging the mindset and outlook of industry stakeholders as 2019 draws to a close and 2020 approaches. What do they expect in imports and exports, domestic transportation volumes and pricing, warehousing and trucking capacity, inventories and trade, and, with national elections approaching next year, from Washington, D.C.? What keeps them on their toes all day and awake at night? What are the logistics problems that demand attention and solutions?

Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Mark Szakonyi

President and CEO,
Knichel Logistics

Panelist

Kristy Knichel

Head of Intermodal
Product Management,
North America,
Maersk Line

Panelist

Kenny Kristensen

Senior Vice President,
Sales,
Old Dominion Freight Line

Panelist

Gregory Plemmons

Chief of Relationship Development,
TranzAct Technologies

Panelist

Mike Regan

CEO,
Redwood Logistics and a
Senior Adviser at CI Capital Partners

Panelist

Mark Yeager

12:00 — 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: Grand Horizon G

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

Inland Distribution:
Redrawing the Map

1:00 — 2:00 PM

Senior Editor,
Trucking and Domestic Transportation,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

William Cassidy

Executive Director,
Chicago Metropolitan
Agency for Planning

Panelist

Erin Aleman

Consulting Principal, ECR 
Trade & Transportation,
IHS Markit

Panelist

Paul Ciannavei

Chief Operating Officer,
Georgia Ports Authority

Panelist

Edward McCarthy

Manager,
Third Party Intermodal Containers, Archer Daniels Midland

Panelist

Megan Opiekun

Global and domestic pressures are reshaping transportation and distribution networks in North America. Every individual hub is part of a bigger network that starts at the seaport and ends with a last-mile delivery. How does disruption at one node in this network affect the others? How do changes in port selection alter inland routes? Where do we need more intermodal yards and drayage resources? And what real estate decisions do shippers face as they try to correct capacity imbalances and move warehouses and distribution centers closer to their customers? This panel of experts will lay out the broad themes and issues that evolving inland distribution markets face before we dive into solutions for individual inland hubs in a series of hands-on participatory Think Tanks.

2:00 — 2:30 PM

Networking Break

Location: Grand Horizon D

2:30 — 3:30 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Intermodal Rail I:
Unpacking the Pricing Puzzle

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

Traditional norms of domestic intermodal have been falling by the wayside in the last 12 months. What once was a mode that historically saved 15 percent versus trucking now saves far less nationally. Lanes that once were cheaper on intermodal rail are now less expensive and faster on a truck, including a number of markets on the East Coast. This session will introduce and review the results of the JOC’s Domestic Intermodal Savings Index, then discuss current pricing trends, how precision scheduled railroading might affect rates, and how shippers can ensure they are spending their transportation dollars wisely.

Associate Editor,
Southeast Ports
and Intermodal Rail,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Ari Ashe

CEO and Co-Founder,

DrayNow

Panelist

Mike Albert

Chief Operating Officer,
Knichel Logistics

Panelist

Jon Krystek

CEO,
InTek Freight and Logistics

Panelist

Rick LaGore

Senior Vice President,
Marketing,
Cornerstone Systems

Panelist

Ronald C. MacDonald

Vice President,
Intermodal and Rail,
Mode Transportation

Panelist

Adam Rodery

Regional Think Tanks:
JOC Inland Market Report

Inland Hub Think Tank I:
Chicago

Location: Sports

JOC Inland Hub Think Tanks will offer deep-dive analysis of the specific challenges and potential solutions at four US inland hubs: Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, and Kansas City. Led by industry experts in each region, these shipper-focused, hour-long sessions will go beyond the preceding general session’s overview of inland markets, and offer intimate discussion for no more than 20 attendees per session. The think tanks will be followed by a half-hour, general session wrap-up and Q&A with our think tank leaders.

Director,
International Transportation
and Trade Compliance,
The Michaels Cos

Think Tank Leader

Belinda Bathie

Founder and CEO,
Becker Logistics

Think Tank Leader

Jim Becker

President,

C&K Trucking

Think Tank Leader

Sean McShane

Inland Hub Think Tank II:
Memphis

Location: Physiology

JOC Inland Hub Think Tanks will offer deep-dive analysis of the specific challenges and potential solutions at four US inland hubs: Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, and Kansas City. Led by industry experts in each region, these shipper-focused, hour-long sessions will go beyond the preceding general session’s overview of inland markets, and offer intimate discussion for no more than 20 attendees per session. The think tanks will be followed by a half-hour, general session wrap-up and Q&A with our think tank leaders.

Executive Vice President,
National Sales,
IMC Cos.

Think Tank Leader

Donna Lemm

Director,
Global Container Logistics Group,
Louis Dreyfus

Think Tank Leader

Michael Symonanis

Executive Vice President, Dunavant Global Logistics Group

Think Tank Leader

Mike Williams

3:30 — 4:30 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Intermodal Rail II:
Service Expectations and Reality

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

Rail shippers care about service above all else, according to many surveys. Shippers don’t mind slow service as long as their containers arrive on time. Class I railroads believe precision scheduled railroading will provide the consistency and reliability shippers have long expected yet never received. But railroads can’t control the weather, chassis shortages, volume surges, or ocean carriers removing their empty containers from terminal grounds, all of which can disrupt service. Railroads believe good service also requires terminal flow, which is why rail demurrage is assessed on shippers who don’t retrieve their containers within free time. But if the delay is out of the shipper’s control, should railroads penalize them? This session will discuss these questions and what expectations you should set for your rail partners in the coming year.

Associate Editor,
Southeast Ports
and Intermodal Rail,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

Ari Ashe

President and CEO,
C&K Holdings Acquisition L.L.C.

Panelist

Michael Burton

Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer,
Alliance Shippers

Panelist

Steven Golich

Vice President,
Intermodal,
NFI

Panelist

Mark McKendry

Vice President,
North America
Surface Transportation,
C.H. Robinson Worldwide

Panelist

Phil Shook

Regional Think Tanks:
JOC Inland Market Report

Inland Hub Think Tank III:
Atlanta

Location: Sports

JOC Inland Hub Think Tanks will offer deep-dive analysis of the specific challenges and potential solutions at four US inland hubs: Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, and Kansas City. Led by industry experts in each region, these shipper-focused, hour-long sessions will go beyond the preceding general session’s overview of inland markets, and offer intimate discussion for no more than 20 attendees per session. The think tanks will be followed by a half-hour, general session wrap-up and Q&A with our think tank leaders.

Senior Vice President,
Customer Relations,
Arrive Logistics

Think Tank Leader

Dave Reiss

President,
Big G Express Inc.

Think Tank Leader

Randy Vernon

Inland Hub Think Tank IV:
Ohio Valley

Location: Physiology

JOC Inland Hub Think Tanks will offer deep-dive analysis of the specific challenges and potential solutions at four US inland hubs: Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, and Kansas City. Led by industry experts in each region, these shipper-focused, hour-long sessions will go beyond the preceding general session’s overview of inland markets, and offer intimate discussion for no more than 20 attendees per session. The think tanks will be followed by a half-hour, general session wrap-up and Q&A with our think tank leaders.

Vice President, Operations,
PITT OHIO

Think Tank Leader

Bradley Caven

CEO,
Zipline Logistics

Think Tank Leader

Andrew Lynch

Senior Manager,
Transportation Procurement,
W.W. Grainger

Think Tank Leader

Trevor Patric

Location: Grand Horizon E-F

Inland Hub Think Tank Roundup

4:30 — 5:15 PM

Senior Editor,
Trucking and Domestic Transportation,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Session Chair

William Cassidy

Director,
International Transportation
and Trade Compliance,
The Michaels Cos

Panelist

Belinda Bathie

Vice President, Operations,
PITT OHIO

Panelist

Bradley Caven

Senior Vice President,
Customer Relations,
Arrive Logistics

Panelist

Dave Reiss

Director,
Global Container Logistics Group,

Louis Dreyfus

Panelist

Michael Symonanis

The leaders of our Inland Hub Think Tanks will join us on stage to share the transportation problems and logistics solutions discussed and debated during their roundtables. By sharing highlights from each Think Tank, the goal is to move the market closer to identifying solutions to critical problems facing shippers and their partners that can work across regions and the US as a whole.

5:15 — 6:45 PM

Networking Reception

Location: Grand Horizon D

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