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Nov 21, 2019 2:00PM EST
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Merger and acquisition activity among forwarders and other logistics interests is surging, and shippers likely will emerge as big winners as rates become more competitive and new services emerge. The flurry of M&A activity this year includes the takeover of logistics giant Panalpina by Danish transportation company DSV and the acquisition of CEVA Logistics by French carrier CMA CGM. Other large players, including DFDS, Kuehne + Nagel, and SEKO Logistics, are engaged in or plan further acquisitions. The M&A activity comes in the wake of strong growth in 2018, when 3PL net revenues in the US grew more than 12 percent to an estimated $86.4 billion and overall gross revenue jumped 15.8 percent to $213.5 billion, according to consulting company Armstrong & Associates Inc., the fastest rate of growth since 2010, when the industry was climbing out of the depths of the global recession. As 2019 nears, however, several warning signs are emerging: Global economic growth is slowing precipitously; the US-China trade war is now in its second year, with no clear resolution in sight; regulations such as the IMO 2020 low-sulfur mandate are clouding the picture on costs; high inventory levels are making future trade growth levels difficult to project; and the extent to which technology services — from traditional forwarders as well as so-called disruptors — is helping is still an open debate. This webcast will analyze the critical issues defining 2019, and what they mean in the year ahead.

Moderator:
Chris Brooks, Director, Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speakers:
Richard Armstrong, Chairman & CEO, Armstrong & Associates
Daniel Gardner, President, Trade Facilitators Inc.

Interested in sponsoring this webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihsmarkit.com

 

 

Dec 3, 2019 2:00PM EST
Sponsored by:
  • infor

Conventional transportation management software (TMS) has been on the market for decades, focused primarily on outbound truck shipments. The rise of the globalized supply chain has created a more complex transportation environment. Companies must still focus on cost containment, but over many modes, across-borders, and through a mix of service providers that include carriers, 3PLs, and freight forwarders.

Join this webcast to discover what differentiates a global TMS from a conventional technology solution, as well as the four key indicators that it’s time to graduate from an old-fashioned TMS to a globally capable solution.

Moderator:
Alessandra Barrett, Senior Content Editor, JOC
 
Speakers: 
Michelle Brunak, Vice President, Product Management, Infor
Monica Truelsch, Director Solutions Strategy, Product Marketing, Infor
Dec 5, 2019 11:00AM EST
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global
  • E2 Open

As 2019 winds down, profitability remains a moving target for container shipping lines, and unpredictable trade flows out of Asia and poor supply-demand fundamentals are clouding the container shipping outlook. Trade tensions on the trans-Pacific are changing demand patterns among US shippers, and BCOs were reporting tight space at loading ports in China and Vietnam well into the fall. Carriers are responding by adjusting schedules and adding capacity to Southeast Asian strings as BCOs shift sourcing from China to avoid US tariffs, even as expectations of a US-China trade agreement gathered momentum. Compounding the demand uncertainty is the Jan. 1 implementation date of the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel regulation. The head haul trade from Asia to Europe faces its own challenges, with poor supply-demand fundamentals leading to increasing capacity management by carriers. Then there is intra-Asia, the world's largest container shipping trade and one of the most volatile. BIMCO reports weakness building in the trade this year and believes it's a signal of declining export orders, prompting the global shipping association to forecast slowing Asia-Europe demand. 

This webcast, featuring outlooks from the JOC and Peter Sand, BIMCO’s chief shipping analyst, will take a deep dive into the fundamentals driving the global container shipping market as 2020 approaches.

Moderator:  
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com, and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s): 
Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
 
Interested in sponsoring this webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihsmarkit.com

 

 

Archived Webcasts

Nov 14, 2019 10:00AM EST
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global

The European container shipping market late this year and early 2020 faces challenges that will affect carrier profitability and have potentially serious consequences for shippers. After increasing 4.5 percent in 2017, container volumes grew just 1.4 percent in 2018, and although IHS Markit expects European imports from Asia to increase by 4.2 percent this year, economic headwinds could make it difficult to get there. Economic growth is slowing in the EU’s largest economies, and concern is growing about a possible recession in Germany, the post-Brexit UK, and France. Considering the Asian inbound trade accounts for half of all European imports, slowing growth in volumes from Asia isn’t good news for container shipping. While demand slows, container shipping capacity is heading the other way. After factoring in the mega-ship deliveries coming this year, Sea-Intelligence Consulting estimates that capacity on the Asia-Europe trades will increase by a net 10 percent. The level of demand will be crucial in filling these vessels and allowing carriers to lift and sustain freight rates at profitable levels, something they have struggled to do. Instead, carriers have tried to manage their capacity as best they can, and with an ongoing supply-demand imbalance, frustrated shippers will need to get accustomed to more blanked sailings, slower steaming, adjusted port calls, and more idled vessels. This will further challenge shippers already dealing with on-time performance that has ranged from 35 to 70 percent in the major east-west trades. 

This webcast, led by JOC Senior Europe Editor Greg Knowler and held in the wake of the 2019 Container Trade Europe Conference, will analyze the outlook for the European container shipping market as 2019 winds down.

Moderator:

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speaker(s): 

Rahul Kapoor, Vice President and Head of Research & Analytics, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Andrew Gillespie, Director, Global Logistics, Ansell

 
Interested in sponsoring this webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihsmarkit.com
Nov 12, 2019 2:00PM EST
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The last two years show how quickly the freight market can swing back and forth...from contracted rates through RFPs to spot market.

In 2020, will capacity suddenly tighten when more carriers go out of business?

Up-and-coming Freight Brokers are turning to a new generation of RFP Collaboration Software to lock in contracted rates — the bedrock of their business — by qualifying the right bids and responding faster than their competitors.

Join the Sales, IT and Finance leadership of GenPro, an NJ-based expedited freight provider for a real-world case study discussion on:

  • The impact of market swings from spot to contracted rates...and what this meant for their shipper RFP process
  • When they realized it was time to act and look for RFP collaboration software, and how they evaluated build vs. buy
  • Why they selected Winmore, the leader in bid and tender collaboration software and the business case they used to build the case for change 
  • The results of deploying Winmore in terms of ROI, measurable value, customer satisfaction, and strategy for 2020.

Moderator:  
Alessandra Barrett, Senior Content Editor, JOC

Speakers:
John Golob, Chief Marketing Officer, Winmore
Caitlin Meaden, Director of Sales and Marketing, GenPro Inc.

Nov 7, 2019 11:00AM EST
Sponsored by:

The amount of time container ships spent at port rose in the first half of 2019, despite relative gains in terminal efficiency, according to an analysis of The Journal of Commerce’s port productivity data. Provided by seven of the 10 largest global container ship operators, the data comprises some 200,000 port calls per year, through which more than 350 million TEU of container terminal moves are made across an array of 455 ports. At the world’s 63 busiest ports — accounting for 62 percent of all calls and 73 percent of all container terminal moves within the data set — vessels with a capacity of 5,000 TEU or more spent an average of 26 hours at port per call during the first six months of the year. Average ship size (measured as nominal TEU of capacity per call) at these 63 ports increased 3.4 percent compared with the same period of 2018, with a corresponding year-over-year increase in call size (moves per port call) of 7.2 percent.

This webcast will analyze the latest trends in berth productivity, and answer the following questions:               

  • With debate raging about whether the US economy faces a recession, what should trucking interests expect in terms of industrial, consumer, and freight demand?
  • With ships growing in size, utilization rising as a result of carrier consolidation and alliances, and BCOs seeking better visibility and service, what does the future hold for this critical link in the global supply chain? 
  • What ports, terminals, and regions have above-average performance levels, and why? 
  • Where are the major pain points, and what is being done to alleviate them? 
  • With pressure mounting on carriers to slash and eventually eliminate carbon emissions, what will programs such as Port Call Optimization mean for the industry and port productivity? 

Moderator: 
Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports, JOC

Speakers:
Andy Lane, Partner, CTI Consultancy

Interested in sponsoring this webcast? For more information, please contact Tony Stein at Tony.Stein@ihsmarkit.com

 

Oct 17, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global
  • E2 Open
  • Blackberry
  • FourKites

Technology is often presented as the answer to all shipper ills. But often, shippers juggle an array of problems for which they see technology as a solution, not the solution. The challenge of keeping up with the latest and greatest software bumps up against the need to keep the business moving. And logistics practitioners believe the ability of their teams to innovate in creative ways sometimes can eliminate the need to invest in new systems.

This webcast, led by JOC Senior Technology Editor Eric Johnson and timed to occur in the wake of the JOC LogTech19 Conference, will analyze the state of logistics tech, what solutions are working to alleviate shipper challenges, and what new solutions shippers can expect to see over the next year.

Moderator:
Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC

Speakers:
Angela Czajkowski, Director, Supply Chain, Shapiro
Audrey Ross, Logistics and Customs Specialist, Orchard Custom Beauty

 

 

Oct 3, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global
  • Averitt
  • DDC
  • E2 Open

US truck shippers are enjoying the feast stage of a feast-and-famine cycle, as last year’s tightest trucking market on record gives way to an all-time capacity glut this year. As the fall shipping season approaches, spot dry van truckload rates are down by double-digit percentages from this time last year, and contract rates are nearly flat year over year. Where rates are rising — in the less-than-truckload market, for example — they’re climbing much more slowly than last year. Shippers say LTL carriers that initially seek high single-digit percentage rate hikes in annual contracts often settle for much lower increases. There’s debate over how long this shipper’s market will last, however, with some optimistic trucking executives expecting a rebound in the second half of 2019. Others don’t expect much change until 2020. This webcast will discuss what trucking shippers, motor carriers, and others can expect in the truckload, LTL, and other sectors as 2019 enters the home stretch. Along the way, it will address the following questions:        

  • With debate raging about whether the US economy faces a recession, what should trucking interests expect in terms of industrial, consumer, and freight demand?
  • How deeply and how long will shippers and other trucking stakeholders feel the impact of the US-China trade war?   
  • Will reliable low-sulfur blends be available quickly, or will carriers have to count on more-expensive marine gas-oil to get them through the first few months of 2020?  
  • What is the current state and outlook for inventory levels in the US? 
Moderator
William Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speakers
Lee Klaskow, Senior Freight Transporation and Logistics Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
Lane Forsander, Logistics Director, Cece's Veggie Co.
Sep 26, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Savi

You have tightly controlled quality assurance processes at your suppliers, packagers and plants. But once your product has left those safe havens, how do you maintain product integrity? You must ensure safety and compliance from end to end, including while the product is in transit. Hear real practical examples and lessons learned from industry leaders using Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and real-time visibility to prevent damage, theft and diversion.

In this webinar, you will learn:
  • When to use an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor
  • How to use data you already have with IoT sensor data to identify and react to damage, theft and loss in real time
  • How to continuously fine-tune your supply chain for agility, safety and best-in-class customer satisfaction
Moderator: 
Alessandra Barrett, Senior Content Editor, JOC
 
Speakers:
Jim Hayden, CTO, Savi
Sven Dharmani, Principal, Advisory Services, Global Supply Chain Leader Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing, Ernest & Young
Ken Ehrman, IoT Technology Expert/Consultant
 
Sep 24, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global
  • TOTE Maritime
A combination of new and familiar risks is confronting the refrigerated shipping sector as the turbulence of 2018 shows no signs of letting up. On the political front, US and foreign agricultural shippers have been among the hardest hit in the US-China trade war that is now in its second year. The looming impact of the International Maritime Organization's low-sulfur rule and its ramifications could slash carrier investment in equipment, including reefer containers — where capacity already is struggling to keep up with demand. Still, growth in US imports and exports of perishable food is a bright spot, as is technology that helps support the reefer sector with smarter, more sophisticated containers while giving shippers and other cargo stakeholders better analytics to optimize their operations and improve customer service. 
 
This webcast will analyze the state of the reefer shipping sector, the outlook for 2020, how geopolitical and regulatory uncertainty is impacting sourcing and routing decisions, and advancements in efficiency-enhancing technology.
 
Moderator: 
Chris Brooks, Director, Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speakers:
William C. Duggan Jr. North American Cold Chain Adviser, Eskesen Advisory 
Jean Murphy, Vice President of Trade Policy for the US Egg and Poultry Association (USAPEEC) 
 
Aug 22, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Port of New Orleans
  • Northwest Seaports Alliance
  • Blume Global
  • Landstar
What will the second half of 2019 bring for the project and breakbulk logistics sector? The JOC will examine the outlook around two relevant topics: the steel market and the trade landscape in the face of continuing economic and trade agreement uncertainty, and how the market is gearing up for the onset of IMO 2020, now only months away. IMO 2020, the global mandate for ocean shipping to switch from fuel with 3.5 percent sulfur content to 0.5 percent sulfur, comes into force on Jan. 1. Carriers already are cleaning their tanks and testing new fuel blends. The majority of multipurpose/heavy-lift operators has decided that scrubbers don’t make sense for them. 
 
This webcast will discuss what shippers, carriers, and others in the project supply chain can expect in terms of fuel availability, prices, and compliance enforcement on the IMO 2020 side, as well as from steel prices and trade as business uncertainty lingers. Along the way, it will address the following questions:
  • How are steel prices and US production adapting in the face of near-constant trade turmoil and slowing global trade? 
  • While global growth appears to be stabilizing, steel demand continues to look soft, with trade concerns keeping markets on edge.
  • What is the current situation and how are supply chains evolving?  
  • Will reliable low-sulfur blends be available quickly, or will carriers have to count on more-expensive marine gasoil to get them through the first few months of 2020? 
  • What will fuel prices look like, near and medium term? 
 Moderator: 
Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift, JOC
 
Speakers:
Amanda Eglinton, Associate Director, Pricing and Purchasing, IHS Markit
Kurt Barrow, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream, IHS Markit
 
 
Jul 18, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global
  • E2 Open

Last year’s peak season was anything but normal. The front-loading of cargo to beat a series of US tariffs on Chinese goods, coupled with a pullback in capacity related to carrier anticipation of weakening demand, frustrated shippers and forwarders as demand at times overwhelmed the system. Although this year’s peak season might be a bit softer than a year ago, US consumer confidence is still strong as shippers ramp up for the holiday gift-giving season. The big question is whether the supply chain will operate efficiently, or whether carriers manage capacity by rolling cargo, streamline services, or pull ships out of service for retrofitting ahead of the January implementation of the IMO’s low-sulfur fuel mandate. 

This webcast will analyze the outlook for the summer-fall peak season with a focus on the following issues:

  • The outlook for US importers.

  • The macro economy: Is a slowdown ahead?

  • The impact of tariffs and what’s next in the US-China trade war.

  • Supply chain hotspots and the risk for disruption.

Moderator: 
Chris Brooks, Director, Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speakers: 
Jonathan Gold, Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy, National Retail Federation
Alan Murphy, CEO & Founder, Sea-Intelligence ApS

 

Jun 27, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Northwest Seaports Alliance
  • Blume Global
  • The Port of Baltimore

The annual Top 100 Importers and Exporters report is one of the most extensive products The Journal of Commerce produces. Based on exclusive research, it analyzes the largest global companies shipping containerized goods to and from the US — essential information for shippers, carriers, and third-party logistics providers. 

This webcast, the second in a two-part series, will analyze the makeup and dynamics of the Top 100 US Exporters and the factors driving outbound trade. It also will look ahead to the rest of 2019 and the regulatory, economic and transportation issues US exporters face.

Moderator: 
Chris Brooks, Director, Programming, JOC

Speakers: 
Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager, JOC
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC

 
Jun 20, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Northwest Seaports Alliance
  • Blume Global
  • BNSF
  • The Port of Baltimore

The annual Top 100 Importers and Exporters report is one of the most extensive products The Journal of Commerce produces. Based on exclusive research, it analyzes the largest global companies shipping containerized goods to and from the US — essential information for shippers, carriers, and third-party logistics providers.

This webcast, the first in a two-part series, will analyze the makeup and dynamics of the Top 100 US Importers and the factors driving inbound trade. It also will look ahead to the rest of 2019 and the regulatory, economic, and transportation issues US importers face.

Moderator: 
Chris Brooks, Executive Editor, JOC Events

Speakers:
Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager, JOC
Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC

 

May 30, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global
  • E2 Open

The stars are aligning for Mexico’s transportation and logistics sector, with cargo volumes through the ports growing, the number of trucks across the border rising, and a new sense of stability and hope. The cloud of a possible dismantling of the North American Free Trade Agreement has receded, replaced with the United States, Canada, Mexico Agreement. Mexico has a new president, a major upgrade about to open at the Port of Veracruz, and a sense that the country could be the biggest beneficiary of a prolonged US-China trade war, as Mexican manufacturing, just over the US border, becomes increasingly attractive to investors. Yet to make the most of its good fortune, Mexico will need to overcome some deep-seated fluidity issues that torment the nation’s logistics and transportation sector. Top of the list are the increasingly disruptive security issues on trucks and trains.

This webcast, a primer for the 2nd Annual JOC Mexico Trade Conference in Mexico City in July, will analyze the state of the Mexican container shipping, transportation and logistics market, with an emphasis on the following issues, challenges and trends:

  • The import-export outlook
  • The impact of new trade agreements
  • Port efficiency and disruption
  • The regulatory landscape
  • Sector-specific analysis

Moderator:
Hugh Morley, Senior Editor, JOC

Speakers:
Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center 
Jorge Monzalvo, Head of Delivery, Middle America Area, Maersk

 

May 9, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global

Growth in containerized cargo volumes through Canadian freight networks is shifting into a slower gear two year after surging in 2017. Even so, containerized cargo is set to keep expanding in the mid-single digits, thanks to new trade pacts and an expanding domestic economy. Year-over-year growth in imports through the top four Canadian ports slowed to 3.1 percent in 2018 after jumping 13.3 percent in 2017. Containerized exports increased 3.5 percent last year after expanding 6.5 percent in 2017. At the same time, broader Canadian economic growth is slowing, and consumer demand may weaken, putting renewed pressure on the need to better enable exports.

This webcast, a primer for the 3rd Annual JOC Canada Trade Conference in Toronto, will analyze the state of the Canadian container shipping, transportation, and logistics market, with an emphasis on the following issues, challenges, and trends:

  • The import-export outlook
  • The impact of new trade agreements
  • Port efficiency and disruption
  • The ELD effect on trucking
  • The regulatory landscape

Moderator:
Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager, JOC

Speakers:
Dean Davison, Technical Director, Maritime, WSP
Patrick Lo, CEO, Canaan Group

 

May 7, 2019 11:00AM EDT

With a little over six months until the IMO 2020 legislation comes into force, the containerised shipping market is bracing itself for a period of change and uncertainty.

Join our live webinar as our panel of speakers will discuss the latest developments on a range of topics including scrubber adoption, rule compliance, capacity withdrawal threats, and fuel availability and integrity.

Speakers
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC
Dalibor Gogic, Principal Anayst, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit 

Apr 18, 2019 2:00PM EDT
Sponsored by:
  • Blume Global
  • Averitt

One of the most intense trucking capacity crises in recent memory throttled inland distribution channels in 2018, thanks to high import volumes and enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate. Capacity began to creep back late in the year as transportation networks found a new balance, but demand for drayage, truckload and LTL capacity remained strong, and truck utilization rates were high, keeping pressure on pricing.

As the industry rounds the first-quarter bend of 2019, this webcast will analyze the current landscape, the outlook for the rest of the year, and focus on these key questions:

  • Will shippers find capacity relief?
  • Will slower economic growth mean more capacity or will increasing complexity and other obstacles keep capacity tight?
  • What can shippers do to ensure capacity they need in drayage and over-the-road trucking?

Moderator:
William Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC

Speakers:
Kevin M. Zweier, Vice President, Transportation Practice, Chainalytics