The Journal of Commerce’s annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference will return to Long Beach, Calif., next year for the conference’s 10th anniversary.
TPM will be in held in the port city where it was held from 2002-2008, this time at the Long Beach Convention Center Hyatt Regency.
"It's appropriate that the TPM conference is returning to Long Beach at this critical time for the shipping business," said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Richard D. Steinke. "Long Beach is a leader in international trade, and the TPM conference is the premier event for industry leaders to come together, discuss issues and find solutions to mutual challenges. It's a great fit, and we look forward to welcoming the conference back to our city."
The Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference brings together transportation and logistics professionals from all over the world to explore the issues facing the industry.
"TPM will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, and this event promises to be most important in years, coming during an historic industry downturn and a muddled outlook for when inventory restocking and a general recovery will occur," said John Day, CEO of UBM Global Trade. "As the premier meeting for shippers, carriers, 3PLs, terminals and other players in the trans-Pacific, TPM will deliver insight and answers about the current environment and where things are headed."
TPM 2010 will offer a sober and realistic assessment of the landscape and bring perspective to what is an increasingly difficult environment to read given the brisk pace of change. The program will offer a high level economic outlook followed by a series of sessions that will probe the many challenges, options and opportunities confronting shippers, carriers, 3PLs, terminals and other players grappling with the fallout from the recession.
The agenda includes such questions as the following:
-- Where is the container industry headed after historic rate declines and financial losses?
-- What condition will it be in once a turnaround arrives?
-- How will shippers' approach to Asian sourcing and freight transportation in general have changed?
-- How will carriers, 3PLs, and other service providers need to adapt?
-- How can West Coast Ports begin to regain lost ground after several years of downturn?
-- What can be expected after the planned restructuring of organizations throughout the supply chain?