For many shippers, 2018 was a rude awakening and a sign of continued and perhaps steeper challenges ahead. New US trucking regulation that has cut capacity as demand builds has dramatically changed the landscape. Trucking companies are in the driver’s seat not only on pricing, but also whether delivery is even available. On the ocean side, reliability is hitting new lows and the chaos around the just-completed trans-Pacific peak season frustrated North American importers. Speaking generally, there’s little sign that trucking prices and space pressures will ease in 2019, nor is there a sense that ocean service will rebound dramatically. Adding to the volatility is uncertainty about the direction of the global economy and the extent to which tariffs will impact US consumer confidence. With all that in mind, 2019 will be the year shippers try to take better control of their supply chains via better planning, technology, and other innovation. There will be things they can’t control, but there is a growing realization that changes they can control must come from them and they can no longer rely on their transportation partners.
This webcast will provide data-backed analysis on where shipping is heading into 2019, and highlight ways shippers can work independently and with their transportation providers to get a better grip on their supply chains.
Chris Brooks, Executive Editor, JOC Events
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC
William Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC
Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC