In this webcast, expert panelists discussed this year's top 50 trucking companies with an in-depth look at their financial performances, their strengths and their challenges. Discussions also included how the list has changed since 2011: Who is new to the list, and who has dropped off; which companies are growing and which are not... and why.
In this webcast, panelists discussed what precautions to take / changes made to supply chain process in order to prevent/avoid/minimize disruptions caused by major catastrophies.
In this webcast, panelists discussed their forecasts for agricultural perishable exports this year, including:
- The outlook for fruits, vegetables and poultry products.
- How skyrocketing trucking rates may affect your cold chain.
- A predicted strong year for red meat exports.
- Equipment availability issues, including chassis at ports, and reefer boxes in the Midwest, where demand is growing.
- How new FDA rules may affect your supply chain.
In this webcast, our panel of industry experts will dissected the trends of trucking contract season, with shipper-focused discussions on:
- Smart contracting in a time of skyrocketing rates.
- Surcharges and add-ons: What trends are we seeing here?
- How trucking capacity will impact contract negotiations
- A closer look at today's spot market
2011 was another difficult year for the container shipping industry thanks to a sputtering U.S. economy, a struggling housing market and lingering unemployment numbers. The European economic crisis is forcing trans-Atlantic container lines to cut back on services, contributing to an already-dire situation of too much capacity and not enough cargo on vessels. Does 2012 hold any hope of a recovery in the industry?
JOC Economist Mario O. Moreno and Moffatt & Nichol Chief Economist Walter Kemmsies gave their outlooks for container shipping for 2012, including forecasts for trans-Pacific imports and exports, capacity vs. equipment availability and U.S. consumer spending.
Dick Armstrong, president of logistics consultant and research firm Armstrong & Associates, offered his forecast for 3PLs in 2012. His valuable insight will provide listeners an advantage in how to approach the year ahead and, in turn, how to deliver efficient and reliable service to their customers.
The webcast discussed these topics:
- 2011 was a year of success and of record double-digit freight growth in the intermodal sector.
- How much growth is expected in the first part of 2012?
- Are the railroads prepared to accommodate the capacity moving from trucking to intermodal?
- What major projects are the railroads eyeing?
- What other challenges does the industry face in the new year?
Noel Perry, principal of Transport Fundamentals, and Ben Hartford, senior transportation analyst with Robert W. Baird, discussed the key issues in the Forecast for Trucking in 2012 webcast.