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Oct 13, 2020 2:30PM EDT
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Implementing new technology is a key step toward improving the efficiency that drives bottom-line revenues, but identifying your company’s best path there can be challenging. With factories across the globe and complex logistics, one of the world’s largest bakeries Grupo Bimbo faced this question and identified asset utilization as the strategy to stay ahead of their competition and serve customers best. Their process uncovered logistics insights that can be applied across the transportation industry.
 
On October 13, join BlackBerry Radar and its special guest, Eric McCann, Grupo Bimbo’s technical fleet manager, for a live discussion and audience Q&A addressing the challenges they faced and how they used asset tracking technology to overcome those hurdles. 
 
The webcast will examine:
 
-          How improved asset utilization drives business efficiency
 
-          ROI and operational efficiencies gained
 
-          Improved customer service and useful reporting tools
 
 
Moderator: Alessandra Barrett, Senior Content Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speakers:
 
Christopher Plaat, Senior Vice President & General Manager, BlackBerry Radar
 
Eric McCann, Technical Fleet Manager, Grupo Bimbo
Oct 1, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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From March through July, the US trucking industry seems to have completed a cycle that would normally take at least a year, from a recessionary plunge to an unexpectedly strong recovery that is shifting pricing power to carriers. This isn’t a straightforward, V-shaped demand-driven recovery, however. Several factors — especially unprecedented supply chain disruption and dislocation in the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes in consumer purchasing patterns — have affected the availability of truck capacity. Certain types of shippers, and carriers, are doing better than others, as the economic recovery looks different depending on your industry. What should shippers expect from trucking providers in the fourth quarter and in early 2021? 
 
In this webinar, Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Transportation Analyst Lee Klaskow and Michigan State University Associate Professor for Logistics Jason Miller will present an overview of a market and recovery that Miller has called “bifurcated.”
 
Moderator/Presenter: 
William Cassidy, Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker (s):
Lee Klaskow, Senior Analyst, Transportation and Logistics, Bloomberg Intelligence
Jason Miller, PhD, Associate Professor of Logistics, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
 
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Sep 17, 2020 11:00AM EDT
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What has 2020 meant for global container port efficiency? This year, after all, was to be the watershed year for initiatives such as port call optimization, finally driven to progress by intensifying pressure to reduce emissions, combined with advancements in digitization and standards to help get to the new levels of collaboration required to make it happen. Then came COVID-19, one of the biggest and most unpredictably disruptive events the global economy has experienced. It could reasonably be expected that the large reduction in ship calls in the first half of the year would translate to better overall port efficiency due to reductions in waiting times and other factors. In fact, IHS Markit’s Port Efficiency Data shows that on a global level, average call sizes — the number of boxes exchanged per port call — grew by more than 4 percent on a global level in this year's first half compared with a year earlier, suggesting better load factors and proactive capacity management by operators. But landside capacity challenges resulting from truck shortages and the inability of some distribution centers to receive goods may have offset any efficiency gains resulting from lower overall volumes passing through ports and terminals in the first half of the year. 
 
This webcast will look into IHS Markit’s unique Port Efficiency Data to uncover key trends in port efficiency in 2020, including the impact of COVID-19. It will discuss the outlook for port efficiency and port call optimization and the roadblocks that remain to effectively leverage these promising areas to reduce emissions and improve profitability.
 
Moderator/Presenter: 
Turloch Mooney, Senior Editor, Global Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speakers:
Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Logistics Branch, UNCTAD
Andy Lane, Partner, CTI Consultancy
Henning Schleyerbach, Chief Operating Officer, Digital Container Shipping Association
 
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Sep 10, 2020 11:00AM EDT
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Carriers and forwarders operating in the Asia-Europe trade are reporting rising volume through their networks as economies on the continent begin their slow recovery from COVID-19 lockdowns. As we move deeper into the traditional peak shipping season, concerns that cargo rollings would increase as rising volume overpowers available capacity are abating, with carriers cautiously reinstating blanked sailings and supplying extra loaders to pick up containers bumped off overbooked vessels. Yet even as demand increases, the threat of a second wave of coronavirus infections remains, with countries in Europe imposing targeted measures on affected cities and regions to combat sporadic outbreaks. With the end of a chronically disrupted 2020 insight, speakers at this webcast will take the measure of the container shipping industry and try to fathom what lies ahead for carriers and their customers.
 
Moderator/Presenter: 
Greg Knowler, Europe Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker (s):

Andreas Bütfering, Senior Director Trade Management Far East, Hapag-Lloyd AG

Alan Murphy, CEO & Founder, Sea-Intelligence ApS

Mats Samuelsson, Senior Vice President, Global Logistics, H&M

Dominique von Orelli, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Ocean Freight, DHL Global Forwarding

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Aug 31, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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Freight payment is a function that is often overlooked by domestic and global shippers, largely because it’s seen as a routine finance process, and not one with more intrinsic value and challenges. Accurate invoices not only enable a smoother payment process but also yield hugely valuable shipment data that can be used to measure service providers and impact future procurement cycles. A smooth payment and audit process also can help a shipper be a better customer for its carriers and third-party logistics providers. In recent years, technology and business models around the freight payment and audit process have become more refined, but it’s still a highly fragmented section of the industry, with little regulation. 
 
This webcast will explore how technology providers in the domestic and international freight management markets are helping shippers manage this process more effectively and profitably.
 
Moderator/Presenter:
Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speakers:
Cecil Bryan, President, Logistics Alliance Network
Brad Klaus, CEO, Haven
 

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Aug 20, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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Breakbulk and project cargo shippers, carriers, and logistics providers adapted to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 relatively quickly, but a weak market and looming longer-term effects on capital project investments, in the oil and gas sector particularly, have the sector extremely edgy. Multibillion-dollar cuts in capital expenditures will diminish the project logistics pipeline from late 2021 and beyond.
 
On the other hand, some $37 trillion in global stimulus spending is expected to drive investment in power generation, infrastructure, and energy projects, and low bunker prices have provided unexpected relief for carriers and shippers who were bracing for sky-high post-IMO 2020 fuel costs. 
 
What can the project logistics industry anticipate in capital investment over the next few years in upstream and downstream oil and gas, mining and metals, energy, and other industries? What portion of the massive COVID-19 stimulus spend will flow toward project logistics? When will oil prices recover, to what level, and how should the sector plan for fluctuations in bunker prices?  This webcast will analyze the forces now shaping the oil and gas industry and the fuel price outlook. 
 
Moderator: 
Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Project Cargo, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker (s):
Kurt Barrow, Vice President, Oil Markets, Midstream, and Downstream, IHS Markit
Phyllis Kulkarni, Regional Director, North America, Independent Project Analysis
 
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Jul 30, 2020 1:00PM EDT
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As it weathers disruption caused by COVID-19, the Canadian container shipping industry is learning from the experience and pushing forward with investments and innovation to keep its supply chains humming. This is not the time to pause, the industry believes because when the impact of the pandemic fades, the same challenges and pressures facing Canadian cargo owners and their transportation providers will remain.  
 
Often caught in the trade war crossfire between China and the US, Canadian exporters are scrambling to find new markets and depend even more on efficient supply chains to stay globally competitive. Importers, be they retailers or manufacturers, are under pressure to control inventory costs while delivering goods faster.
 
Achieving that will require expansion of infrastructure capacity, closer collaboration among transportation providers, and strategies to respond to volatility resulting from increasing blank sailings by ocean carriers, congestion at marine terminals, or other disruptive events. For the fourth straight year — this time virtually  — the JOC Canada Trade Conference will deliver a packed, informative, and engaging agenda to help cargo owners better calibrate their supply chains and drive conversations among all stakeholders. 
 
Moderator/Presenter: 
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
AGENDA:
 
1:00 - 1:05 p.m. Welcome Remarks
 
1:05 - 1:15 p.m. Canadian Economic and Shipping Outlook: Resetting Expectations
 
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Shipper Perspectives: Importers Speak Out
Speaker(s)
Magali Amiel, Ph.D, MCILT, Transport Leader, Decathlon Canada
Barbara Bryer, Senior Manager-Supply Chain, Global Operations – Logistics, adidas Canada 
Audrey Ross, Logistics and Customs Specialist, Orchard Custom Beauty  
 
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. The Case for Canadian Exports
Speaker(s)
Rav Kapoor, CEO, and President, ETG Commodities
Lonny Kubas, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain, CN
Stephen Paul, Vice President, Supply Chain Logistics, Ray-Mont Logistics
 
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Port Update: The Path to Growth and Efficiency 
Speaker(s)
Tony Boemi, Vice President, Growth and Development, Montreal Port Authority
Brian Friesen, Vice President, Trade Development and Communications, Prince Rupert Port Authority 
Captain Allan Gray, President, and CEO, Halifax Port Authority 
Eric Waltz, President, GCT Canada
  
2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Jul 16, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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The service contracting season in the eastbound trans-Pacific had barely wrapped up in late May when shippers and non-vessel-operating common carriers were unexpectedly hit with two general rate increases. Spot rates from Asia to the West Coast increased almost 50 percent to $2,132 per FEU and East Coast rates increased about 10 percent to $2,738 per FEU through early June. Rolling of shipments at Asian ports was common as vessels were booked beyond 100 percent utilization. How did this happen when US imports from Asia in May were 18.5 percent lower than in May 2019, according to PIERS? NVOs say carriers reduced capacity through blank sailings more than necessary so they could fill ships and increase freight rates. Carriers said they had no visibility into purchase orders that retailers had placed in Asia, and still have no visibility into peak-season volumes that will begin moving later this summer.  Meanwhile, the dramatic swings in cargo volumes, and carriers’ penchant for blank sailings, is making it difficult for shippers and NVOs to plan their supply chains. Terminal operators, warehouses, and truckers are struggling to plan their capacity requirements. 
 
In this essential webcast, Jonathan Gold of the National Retail Federation and David Bennett of Globe Express Services will explain what the market should expect in this volatile environment leading up to the peak season.
 
Moderator/Presenter:
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, Trans-Pacific, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s):
David Bennett, President, Americas, Globe Express Services
Jonathan Gold, Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy, National Retail Federation
 
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Jun 25, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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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, importantly, how much has changed for agricultural, recyclables, chemicals, and other exporters since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020. How has sentiment changed abroad, and what does it mean for exporters in the near, mid- and long term. How are other facets of the supply chain — equipment dislocation, a strengthening dollar, and new destination markets — impacting US exporters?
 
Moderator/Presenter: 
Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker (s):
Ari Ashe, Senior Editor, Intermodal Rail, and Southeast Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
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Jun 23, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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The coronavirus pandemic upended our world, including our supply chains. While we all knew about the complexities of supply chains before COVID-19, the unprecedented interruption of normal life threw even more variables our way. To succeed in tackling these new challenges, a mindset of flexibility and visibility, along with a healthy command of data science, is paramount.

Join XPO Logistics Chief Information Officer Mario Harik, and President of North American Transportation Drew Wilkerson, as they discuss how the pandemic changed the way we need to think about supply chains, and how we can apply what we’ve learned to the long-term future of transportation and logistics. 

 Topics will include:

•        Lessons learned on the frontlines as an essential transportation provider managing employee safety and customer service

•        Transformative trends and technologies being accelerated due to the pandemic, which will forever change how supply chains are managed

•        Building new partnerships that define your mission during the post-COVID-19 era

•        Adjustments you can make to build resilience into your supply chain and prepare for future disruptions

In addition to the opportunity to get your specific questions answered this webinar will give shippers actionable insight to start planning for the challenges that their supply chains are going to face in the near future. Join us!

Moderator:

Alessandra Barrett, Senior Content Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Speakers:

Mario Harik, Chief Technology Officer, XPO Logistics

Drew Wilkerson, President, North American Transportation, XPO Logistics

Jun 18, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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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, importantly, how much has changed for retailers, electronics companies, footwear providers, and others since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020. How has consumer sentiment changed, and what does it mean for importers in the near, mid- and long term. How are other facets of the supply chain — blank sailings, equipment dislocation, and inventories — impacting the market?
 
Moderator/Presenter: 
Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker (s):
Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
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May 28, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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After years of rapid growth despite weak economic growth, downward pressures are beginning to catch up to the Mexican logistics sector, as reflected by declining freight volumes through ports and over the border with the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic is only deepening the pain of a national economy that already had been stagnating, auto production is declining, and cargo volumes moving through the ports hit six-year lows in 2019.

The Mexican economy is struggling, with GDP increasing a mere 0.1 percent in 2019, according to JOC parent company IHS Markit, and set to slide as much as 8 percent this year as the full effects of the COVID-19 outbreak unfurl. Added to that, IHS Markit’s Mexico Manufacturing PMI plummeted to a record low of 46.9 in March, and automotive production, which accounts for nearly 4 percent of GDP, plunged nearly 25 percent in March, according to INEGI, the national statistics institute.

That’s forcing the industry to adjust to a new reality of lower freight volumes but with no let-up on the demands for reliability within Mexico’s supply chains. Freight volumes will rebound, making the next 12 months a critical period for logistics managers and their transportation providers to not only adjust to a new environment but to take steps so supply chains become more resilient and agile when the market turns.

Yet, there also are some positive signs, most notably the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and relative strength and resilience in Mexico’s biggest trade partner, the US, COVID-19 impacts notwithstanding. Through its dozens of trade deals, Mexico has cemented itself as a factory floor for not just North America but much of the Americas, too, allowing it to ride the overall regionalization of trade. COVID-19 has exposed the weakness of US importers focusing on China sourcing, adding extra impetus to source from Mexico — when possible. When the pandemic threat ends, the agreement offers the potential for increased trade and cargo and the kind of certainty that could encourage investors to again put their money into the country.

Longer-term, Mexico’s logistics sector should benefit from continued infrastructure improvements, including a 30 percent expansion in capacity at Contecon Manzanillo SA de CV terminal and a dredging project that will enable the Port of Altamira to handle 14,000-TEU vessels. And the new rail line into Veracruz makes it the country’s first port to experience competition from two major railroads.

With market intelligence from the JOC, IHS Markit, and industry analysts, this webcast will analyze the impacts COVID-19 is having on the Mexican economy, the country’s freight flows, and the outlook on the other side of the pandemic.

 
Moderator/Presenter: 
Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
  
Speaker (s):
Rafael Amiel, Director, Latin America, and Caribbean Economics, IHS Markit
Ashley Craig, Partner, and Co-Chair, International Trade Group, Venable
Erik Markeset, CEO, Tsol
 
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May 21, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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Oil prices haven’t seen this level of volatility in decades. Energy demand has crashed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the world awash in oil. OPEC and its partners have agreed to slash a staggering 9.7 million barrels per day of crude production in a bid to prop up prices that have plummeted to 34-year lows. The low-sulfur fuel regulations brought on by the International Maritime Organization’s low-sulfur mandate at the start of the year — and the accompanying concerns of the shipping industry and its customers — seem a quaint vestige from a calmer, long-ago time. Even so, the fall in bunker fuel costs -- low-sulfur prices have declined by about 65 percent in major markets --  is reflecting the downside of carriers’ scrubber investments but has given them a much-needed cash injection as volumes fall. And while cargo owners may be paying less for fuel than they expected to before the IMO rule took effect, they’re still monitoring any changes to bunker adjustment factors, particularly amid trans-Pacific service contract negotiations.
 
In this timely and important webcast, energy analysts and cargo owners will discuss what the new energy reality means for bunker fuel costs in the short and medium-term.  Attendees will learn how cargo owners should work with carriers to adjust to a market where low fuel prices belie mounting, long-term cost pressures via tightening environmental restrictions. 
 
Moderator/Presenter:
Kevin Saville, Associate Managing Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s):

 

Philip Damas, Managing Director, Drewry, and Operational Head, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
Hédi Grati, Research & Analysis Director, Refining & Marketing, IHS Markit
Matt Muenster, Senior Manager, Applied Knowledge, Breakthrough Fuel
 
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May 19, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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As recent events have shown, a crisis of unprecedented magnitude can strike at any time. Whether it’s a pandemic, natural disaster, a recession, or normal times, supply chain visibility plays an essential role in maintaining business continuity and managing risk.
 
Join two recognized industry experts in a discussion about what it takes to prepare for and deal with critical supply chain disruptions.
 
Topics covered will include:
● Building your supply chain contingency plans
● Planning for unexpected shifts in demand
● Leveraging digitization to mitigate risks
 
The best medicine for your supply chain is real-time visibility. Learn how to take command and control, so you’re better prepared to handle any crisis.
 
Moderator:
Alessandra Barrett, Senior Content Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speaker(s):
Barry Conlon, CEO and Founder, Overhaul
David Warrick, General Manager Global Supply Chain, Microsoft
 
May 14, 2020 2:00PM EDT
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The COVID-19 pandemic underscores how utterly dependent society is on technology, and the logistics industry is no different. By and large, shippers, carriers, and 3PLs are getting by even in the most adverse conditions. But crises such as this shine a brighter light on system and process inadequacies, so this may be a time that accelerates a shift toward cloud, automation, and online transactional tools. It’s always instructive to look to the past to inform how the industry may handle this future, and this JOC webcast will incorporate technology leaders who have managed the dot.com boom and bust, the 2008 economic downturn, and a newer entrepreneur looking to succeed in a post-COVID environment. 
 
This webcast will give attendees actionable insight into how they should prioritize logistics technology advancement prior, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Moderator/Presenter: 
Eric Johnson, Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
 
Speakers:
John Urban, Founder and Former President, GT Nexus
Dan Sanker,  Founder, and President, CaseStack
Chris Kirchner, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Slync.io