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FedEx's Fred Smith to Keynote JOC Group Inc.'s TPM 2014 Conference

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 10, 2013  — JOC Group Inc. today announced that FedEx Corp. Founder, Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith will deliver the TPM 2014 opening keynote address. Timed in early March, at the start of the service contract negotiating cycle for the eastbound trans-Pacific container trade, TPM is a substantial three-day conference and networking opportunity focused on all major aspects of container shipping and international logistics.

Fred Smith founded FedEx in 1971 and, as one of America's most respected business leaders, guided the company into a $44 billion global transportation, business services and logistics company handling more than 10 million shipments each business day. Its units include the rapidly growing FedEx Trade Networks global forwarding business, whose services include international air and ocean forwarding, customs brokerage, warehousing and distribution, and trade facilitation.

The annual Long Beach, Calif. event, which is in its 14th year, brings together roughly 2,000 attendees for robust networking and discussion of the most pressing issues facing shippers and other players in the trans-Pacific and global container shipping and logistics arena. Speeches and panels from March 2-5, 2014 will examine the upcoming ILWU longshore negotiations; ocean carrier alliances including the P3; economic and supply/demand forecasts; North American vessel deployments; as well as discussions on Asia sourcing shifts, service contracting, transloading, recruiting marine terminal issues, and other key trends in international logistics. The event will also feature a number of case studies.

"The 2014 TPM program was developed by The Journal of Commerce editorial team with extensive input from shippers and others in the market. The objective for TPM is to provide shippers with actionable insight and guidance into the challenges they will face in managing container-based supply chains in the coming year," said Peter Tirschwell, Exec. Vice President/Chief Content Officer, JOC Group Inc.

Registration for this event is now open. To register, visit:

With 2013 attendance breaking records for the event, TPM as an in-depth conference focused exclusively on container shipping-based logistics, is now the largest event of its kind in the world. It is complemented by two sister events TPM Asia in Shenzhen, China, now in its 7th year, and the Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City (Sept. 18-19, 2013).

For more information, follow TPM on Twitter @joc_events. To register or view the complete TPM 2014 agenda, visit

For information on sponsorship opportunities, visit or call Tony Stein at 678-456-8530.

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ABOUT THE JOC: The leading information and marketing services provider for the domestic and international containerized cargo community, the JOC delivers high-quality intelligence and expertise to help customers make better business decisions - in print, online and face-to-face at leading industry events. In addition, the JOC provides best-in-breed marketing channels to help companies reach their target audience. is the foremost industry Web site covering international and domestic logistics issues on a daily basis, and The Journal of Commerce is, and has been since 1827, the source for authoritative editorial content relied on by international logistics executives around the world. JOC Group Inc. organizes several leading industry events each year, including the flagship conference, TPM, in Long Beach, Calif. For more information visit

About JOC Group Inc.: JOC Group Inc. is the authoritative provider of business intelligence, data and events for trade, transportation and logistics professionals worldwide. Through its PIERS database and leading JOC coverage of transportation online and in print, JOC Group Inc. provides customers with critical insights, data-rich intelligence and tools to compete effectively in the global marketplace. For further information, please visit

JOC Group Inc. is part of the AXIO Data Group, owned by Electra Partners, an independent private equity fund manager with more than 30 years' experience in the mid-market. For further information please visit

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