Conference Program in Progress

Conference Program in Progress


CASE STUDIES

Case studies at Inland Distribution will present a customer or beneficial cargo owner (BCO) speaking along side one or more logistics partners describing how they were able to achieve tangible supply chain benefits such as lowering costs, reducing delays, improving visibility, reducing inventory or other benefits. These are real-world case studies that will illustrate how problems were solved, challenges overcome, and money saved.

Wednesday, October 22 -Thursday, October 23 - Friday, October 24

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014 

2:00 - 4:00 PM
Registration
Location: Hotel Lobby

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6:00-8:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Location: Kansas City Chamber Board Room, Union Station Kansas City

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration
Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

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7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast
Location: Atlanta/New York & Foyer

8:30 - 9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:45 AM
Opening Keynote Address
Introduced by: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.

James Welch, CEO, YRC Worldwide

9:45 - 10:45 AM
General Session: Intermodal and Truck Pricing: A Roundtable Discussion
Over the past year, intermodal and truck pricing have diverged — but in unexpected ways. Intermodal rail, the envy of the transportation arena for its ability to increase and maintain pricing power, has seen a leveling off, and in some cases, a decline, in rates as railroads convert an increasing amount of cargo from lower-priced trucking and as international volumes register flat growth. Meanwhile, motor carriers that struggled for years to find any pricing momentum, are gaining it now, but for reasons that aren’t entirely their doing. New regulations — from more stringent hours of service to the FMCSA’s CSA safety initiative — are creating artificial capacity constraints in the form of a driver shortage that could intensify as the economy strengthens, and unless carriers find ways to increase driver compensation and job satisfaction. As the intermodal peak season winds down and the trucking peak cranks up, this session will take the temperature of the economy, how it’s impacting transportation demand and how pricing for intermodal and trucking is reacting. In this interactive session, a roundtable of economists, carriers and shippers will answer questions about the pricing outlook for trucking and intermodal rail, and how economic factors and supply and demand are impacting it.

Moderator:
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.

Paneslists:
Larry Gross, Senior Consultant and Partner, FTR Associates
Mark Montague, Industry Pricing Analyst, DAT Solutions
Colby Eymann, Senior International Market Manager, The Scoular Company

10:45 - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break

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11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
General Session: The View from Wall Street: A conversation with Goldman Sachs
What is the truck and rail pricing environment in the last couple months of 2014 and into 2015? Will trucking capacity continue to tighten? How is the economy, hours of service, CSA regulations and driver recruitment and retention playing into that? How is e-commerce impacting transportation? What trucking and logistics models are gaining the most traction and what logistics strategies are gaining momentum. These and many other questions will be posed the lead Goldman transportation analyst, Tom Kim, and will focus on a range of issues spanning, trucking, rail and international logistics.

Moderator
Peter TirschwellExecutive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists
Tom Kim, Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Concurrent Session: Case Study

12:15 - 2:00 PM
Lunch with speaker
Introduced by: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.

Scott Malat, Chief Strategy Officer, XPO Logistics

2:00 - 3:15 PM
Concurrent Session: Inland Rail Centers: The growing importance of regional hubs
Shippers are strategically opening new intermodal rail ramps with critical supply chain issues in mind, including creating the flexibility necessary to import and export their goods through all three coasts should disruption strike a particular region. The reasons are clear: Locating distribution centers near intermodal hubs reduces drayage costs and increases transloading options. Meanwhile, a whole new slate of so-called inland ports are attracting attention, as shippers look to expand beyond the big population centers. But it takes more than just warehousing and an intermodal terminal to make a successful inland port. The panelists will highlight what inland ports are poised to expand, what it will take — transloading, education and government help — to maximize the freight growth headed their way, and how shippers work with developers in locations such as Memphis, Kansas City, Columbus and Dallas to ensure their needs are met.

Moderator:
Mark Szakonyi Senior Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists:
Doug Beddome, International Location Manager, Lansing Trade Group
Keith Stauber
, Regional Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
Diane Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer, CentrePort Canada Inc.
John Beasley, Director of Transportation and Import Logistics, Jarden Consumer Solutions

2:00 - 3:15 PM
Concurrent Session: The Deferred Economy: Trading time for money
After decades of developing just-in-time production and rapid retail replenishment systems dependent on faster transit times, shippers are taking a slower approach to logistics. That approach is evident in the shift of air cargo to ocean containers, truckloads to intermodal rail and a growing preference for lower-priced, delayed economy service in less-than-truckload and package delivery. The “deferred economy” is one of the lasting results of the Great Recession and rising logistics costs, a change in the underlying price-service calculation that shippers make when purchasing transportation. Like online consumers who choose longer delivery options to reduce shipping charges, retailers and other shippers increasingly are willing to build extra time into their supply chains to get more savings. That’s changing North American transportation networks challenged by declining truck capacity and productivity that threaten to increase transportation costs. This panel will examine strategies shippers use to get that right combination of service, time and price.

Moderator:
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists:
Tommy Barnes, President, Con-Way Multimodal
Jett McCandless, CEO, CarrierDirect

3:15 - 3:45 PM
Coffee Break

3:45 - 4:45 PM
Concurrent Case Study

3:45 - 4:45 PM
Concurrent Case Study

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Networking Reception

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 - Top

7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration
Location: Grand Ballroom Foyer

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7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast
Location: Atlanta/New York & Foyer

8:30 - 8:45 AM
Welcoming Remarks

8:45 - 9:30 AM
Keynote Address
Introduced by: William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.

Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

9:30 - 10:30 AM
General Session: A view from the top: a roundtable discussion with industry leaders
As the U.S. economy picks up, transportation operators will have opportunities to finally put the recession and slow recovery behind them, improving profitability and service. But there will be challenges too — rising operating and regulatory compliance costs; congestion and bottlenecks at major hubs; more complex supply chains and customer demands; and, on highways, a chronic shortage of truck drivers. In this session, senior executives from major ocean, trucking rail and logistics companies discuss what they see ahead.

Moderator
Peter TirschwellExecutive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists
Jeff Silver, CEO, Coyote Logistics
Rob Estes, President and CEO, Estes Express Lines
Tim O'Connell, Vice President, Inland Operations, Maersk Line

10:30 - 11:00 AM
Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Concurrent Session: Planning your inland supply chain: it all begins at the seaport
Marine terminal congestion, chassis shortages and labor disruptions are common occurrences at seaports, so shippers and receivers at inland locations must plan their supply chains accordingly. This means securing vessel capacity months in advance of a possible labor disruption during longshore contract negotiations. How does an importer that normally ships via intermodal rail through the West Coast suddenly shift to an all-water service to the East Coast? Marine terminal congestion and truck capacity shortages usually occur during the peak-shipping season, so locking in sufficient truck and intermodal rail capacity during peak periods is crucial. BCOs must also build relationships with equipment suppliers to guard against shortages of chassis or containers during periods of high demand. Logistics experts will show you how to plan for expected and unexpected supply-chain developments.

Moderator:
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC Group Inc.

Speakers:
Tim Kirby, Manager, International Logistics, Dollar General Corporation
John Edwards, Director, Port Logistics, Schneider National
Howard Finkel, Executive Vice President, China Ocean Shipping Co.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Concurrent Session: U.S.-Mexico Trade and logistics: Getting past the roadblocks
In this, the 20th year of the North American Free Trade Agreement, business across the U.S.-Mexican border has never been bigger. Consider that two-way trade between the U.S. and Mexico exceeded $500 billion for the first time in 2013. What was it in 1993, the year before NAFTA took effect? $81 billion. With 75 percent of that trade moving by truck or rail, according to the U.S. Transportation Department, the pressure on landside infrastructure and border crossings has never been greater. Now, with near-sourcing growing in Mexico, infrastructure, customs, security and fiscal issues are intensifying, putting greater strains on the north-south trade and forcing shippers to make difficult decisions about sourcing south of the U.S. border. As more shippers shift their manufacturing there, the next big question is how they move their goods north to the United States. With Mexican trucking costs rising, an aging fleet and long transit times at the border, the answer may lie in intermodal rail, which is more secure, has capacity far outpacing trucking and can clear the border quickly. With Mexico acting on legislation to increase intermodal rail competition, it may not be long before shippers have more options on northbound cargo.

Moderator:
Mark SzakonyiSenior Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, JOC Group Inc.

Framing the Issue: An Introductory Overview and Q&A with David L. Starling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kansas City Southern Railway

In this interactive Q&A that will set the stage for a broader panel discussion, the top executive at the largest railroad operating in the U.S.-Mexico market will discuss how the railroad is tapping cross-border intermodal growth and what challenges lie ahead. 

Panelists:
Troy Ryley, Managing Director, Transplace Mexico
George Chasteen, Vice President, Mexico, Celadon Group, Inc.
David Eaton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mexico, Kansas City Southern Railway

12:30 - 1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Logistics Sustainability: A green freight case study with Walmart
Walmart is a trailblazer in corporate sustainability, not least because it is setting and meeting goals around greener freight practices. Environmental Defense Fund will moderate this session, in which the company will share details and lessons learned from implementing ongoing green freight initiatives, including how they measure results. This detailed case study represents an opportunity to understand how to adopt new strategic and tactical goals, and will give guidance on which metrics to apply in order to track improvements in sustainability. Environmental Defense Fund also will share its “Five Principles for Green Freight.”

Introduction
Chris BrooksExecutive Editor, The Journal of Commerce, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists
Elizabeth Fretheim, Director, Business Strategy & Sustainability — Logistics, Walmart Stores Inc.
Jason Mathers, Senior Manager, Green Freight, Environmental Defense Fund

2:30 - 3:00 PM
Coffee Break

3:00 - 4:15 PM
Concurrent Session: The Energy Revolution: How will it reshape supply chains?
From the docks at the Port of Houston to the Bakken shale and Canada’s northwest, an energy revolution in North America is under way that will have a profound effect on transportation services and supply chains, not just for fuel shippers and transporters but manufacturers, warehouse operators and all types of shippers. Increased production of domestic oil and gas is creating new opportunities for transport operators, including rail and trucking companies and truck drivers, too, which could put pressure on overall capacity as the economy heats up. The abundance of cheaper energy will affect manufacturing, too, leading to new plants and new investment in the U.S. and changing supply chains in unforeseen ways. This panel will look at the depth and breadth of the energy boom and what it might mean for transportation costs, capacity and shippers and carriers of all types.

Moderator:
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists
Craig Dickman, CEO/Chief Information Officer, Breakthrough Fuel
Rick Tullio, Senior Director, AlixPartners

3:00 - 4:15 PM
Concurrent Session: Refrigerated Services: Best practices in the cold chain
After ceding refrigerated cargo to the trucking industry in the 1950s, railroads want it back. The challenges are immense, both in convincing shippers and delivering the high level of service required. But many in intermodal industry think the sector holds the highest growth potential, as shippers grapple with reefer capacity and intermodal service become more reliable. Challenges abound, however. The rail industry faces a boxcar shortage, and reefer shippers are tough customers with zero patience for spoiled products. Shippers and transportation providers will discuss when refrigerated rail works, how shippers can get on board and what transportation providers need to do to meet the demand and attract more business.

Moderator:
Mark SzakonyiSenior Editor, Rail, Intermodal, Regulation & Policy, JOC Group Inc.

Panelists:
Jeff Brady, Director of Transportation, Harry & David
Geoff Turner, President and CEO, Choptank Transport
Coby Bullard, President, Intermodal, CR England
Steve Lawson, CEO, Cold Train

4:15 PM
Closing Remarks and Conference Conclusion


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All JOC conference programs are developed independently by the JOC editorial team based on input from a wide variety of industry experts and the editors' own industry knowledge. The editorial team determines session topics and extends all speaker invitations based entirely on the goal of providing highly relevant content for conference attendees. Certain sponsors may give welcoming remarks or introduce certain sessions, but if a sponsor appears as a bona-fide speaker it will be because of an editorial invitation, not as a benefit of sponsorship. Sponsorship benefits do not include speaking on a program.