Canadian National Railway’s Dan Bresolin, director of international marketing, on the TPM sponsor’s strategic investment in new markets including research into needs of its “customer’s customer,” Reefer service and expansion in Detroit are discussed, as well as CN’s corporate shift in focus from exclusively rail-related to the complete supply chain.
David Deng, Deputy General Manager, China Merchants Holdings (International), discusses TPM sponsor China Merchant Holding Inc.’s strategy for expansion in China and overseas, its shift toward port operations and outlook on possible threats as well as opportunities for the shipping industry.
Phyllis Saathof, Deputy Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, for the Port of Houston Authority, discusses the growth of the Texas and Houston-area economies and their impact on the port, the allocation of funds raised by the Harbor Maintenance Tax, and opportunities for the Port of Houston's future, including deepening the ship channel and the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Christian Boettcher, Global V.P. of Ocean Forwarding for UTi, on the growing move from air to ocean freight use and his expectations for the trans-Pacific eastbound market. He also discusses the TPM sponsor’s launch of new services and value-added visibility programs and upgrade of sea-air options and key gateways.
Gregory Tuthill, Senior Vice President North America Sales and Marketing for TPM sponsor NYK Line, discusses the challenges that ocean carriers currently face in terms of market growth, approaches to ensuring sustainable returns, and the downside of increased participation in carrier alliances.
Otto Schacht, executive vice president, sea logistics, for TPM sponsor Kuehne + Nagel, discusses the continuing crisis in shipping, the company’s relations with ocean carriers, and freight-rate volatility. He also sketches how shippers can reduce total inventory costs through visibility tools that help them compress their supply chain and touches on Kuehne + Nagel’s growth around the world.
Mark Michaels, Chief Commercial Officer, Damco, discusses how the TPM sponsor’s business is developing, the increasing complexity of supply chains, and near-shoring as an alternative for companies looking to diversify their sourcing.
Brian Conrad, executive administrator of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, explains why the TSA is being expanded to include the westbound trans-Pacific market.
Carlos Martinez-Tomatis, Division Vice President Global Supply Chain Services for TPM Silver Sponsor ABF, discusses the company’s expansion into new markets and additional offerings, its distinctive services, and its plans for growth in 2013. He also discusses expectations for 2013 in the trans-Pacific trade.
Adam Roth, Director, NAI Global Logistics, discusses trends in commercial real estate in North America, the impact of transportation on location and network structure, the future for trucking and railroads, the potential for near-shoring and growth in e-commerce facilities and consequently inland distribution.
CSX Transportation's $175 million intermodal terminal in Northwest Ohio is key to the railroad's effort to spur shippers to shift truckloads to the tracks.
The central Washington town of Quincy offers the lowest operating costs for distribution centers in a site-selection consultant’s survey of 29 western U.S. and Canadian locations with intermodal connections to regional markets.
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