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Intermodal University
Intermodal Economics & Environment
Intermodal Operations
Intermodal Sales & Service
Sunday, September 17
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The North American intermodal transportation market is valued at over $40 billion. 3PLs alone, arrange over 6 million intermodal shipments annually and generate over $11 billion in revenues. As a logistics provider looking to deliver scalability, flexibility and value to your customers, intermodal simply makes sense. Intermodal offers a cost-effective choice that delivers service consistency, cargo security and shipment visibility. It is also the most environmentally friendly way to move cargo across the continent or the globe. Join our expert panel to learn the fundamentals of intermodal freight transportation. This special pre-meeting session will identify the top 5 benefits and common misconceptions of intermodal, examine components and factors that determine good intermodal city pairs and lanes and show why now is the time to start integrating intermodal into your supply chain.
Monday, September 18

Opening General Session

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Global, continental, and domestic economic trends provided both uncertainty and opportunity for the freight transportation sector throughout 2016 and 2017. In particular, international economic pressures, shifting trends in energy consumption, continued growth of e-commerce based retail strategy, and the steady adaptation of technologies intended to alter worker-carrier interactions have profoundly influenced North America’s intermodal market. FreightCast will review the past year’s transformational events and provide attendees with an expert analysis of the industry’s key trends and future prospects.

Concurrent Sessions

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The availability of affordable sensor technology, handheld devices, analytics and connected computer systems has provided the industry with substantial amounts of data. By processing and sharing this information through the cloud, suppliers and carriers have harnessed innovative technologies that promise to improve efficiency, safety and velocity. This is the first of two sessions that will examine ways suppliers have employed solutions to connect various transportation management systems to improve intermodal operations and provide enhanced visibility.
December 18, 2017 is the FMCSA’s electronic logging device compliance date for motor carriers. By this date — with a few notable exceptions — all drivers will be required to use ELDs. As many carriers and owner-operators in the dray sector need to transition to ELDs, we will hear from a variety of carriers about their experience launching ELDs. What challenges have they faced? What opportunities do ELDs open up? How will intermodal be affected? How will motor carriers manage drivers with the 100-mile exception? Come with your questions and join the lively discussion.
Over 20% of intermodal activity involves the United States’ North American neighbors, Mexico and Canada. Since January 1, 1994 trade relations between the three nations has been governed by the terms of North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. But the very future of this relationship has been called into question recently. What is the current situation with regard to NAFTA and the most likely outcomes? Will NAFTA survive and in what form? And what does it all mean for intermodal? Our panel of Washington insiders and industry participants will provide some answers.
Shippers and IMCs will join with the rails, and share their thoughts and strategies to make the most of the intermodal network. Customers will discuss what’s working and share their service expectations. In addition to shipper perspectives on current intermodal issues and activities, attendees will gain understanding of our customer’s future needs and what is being done to meet those needs. The session will also offer insight into specific intermodal lanes presented from multiple supply chain perspectives.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In the fall of 2006, the governing bodies of the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles voted to approve the first San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, or CAAP. The plan was designed to improve air quality in the region by reducing pollution from the ships, trucks, trains and cargohandling equipment in and around the ports. By several key environmental metrics, the plan has been extremely successful, reducing harmful gases and particulates and improving overall air quality.

While CAAP has largely delivered on its environmental promise, have the advances come at the price of long-term regional competitiveness? Some have expressed concerns that logistics costs will rise across the board as the supply chain invests in new technology to meet the stricter standards. CAAP 3.0 is due to go before the Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners in November after a lengthy comment period. What can we expect from the final plan? Join us as we discuss CAPP 3.0, its potential benefits, drawbacks and the ripples that it will have throughout the industry.

Will the cloud transform the intermodal supply chain the same way it has the way we listen to music, watch “television” or hail a ride? This is the second of two sessions that will examine ways suppliers and carriers have leveraged the cloud harnessed innovative technologies to improve the efficiency, safety and velocity of intermodal shipping.
International cargo accounts for over 60% of all intermodal activity, but that world was changing in 2016. The growth in intermodal movements of ISO containers lagged behind that of imports. Western railroads reported heavy sailing, while volume was up in the east. Meanwhile, transloading appeared to be strong. Amid the potential cross-currents of change, what are the prospects for International Intermodal?
With a new administration in the White House and a single party in control of both houses of Congress, the potential for legislative and regulatory change is significant. New directions on trade, infrastructure development, and regulatory relief are just some of the hot-button issues that could directly affect the North American intermodal supply chain. Hear from industry stakeholders as they share what impacts they are anticipating over the next 12-15 months for intermodal.
Tuesday, September 19

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Appearing at his first transportation association conference is Bill Driegert, director of Uber Freight. IANA’s Chair Adriene Bailey will engage him in a conversation to discuss Uber Freight’s business model and the increasing use of technology in intermodal freight services. Whatever your role may be in the supply chain, you will want to come and learn Uber’s perspective on the industry and what they are planning for the future.

Concurrent Educational Sessions

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
The science of human factors has given us a far better understanding of how individuals behave in particular work settings. The development of error-resistant systems and robust training programs has helped to improve safety results significantly across a variety of intermodal facilities. While everyone’s goal is a 100% error-free environment the intermodal workforce, the variety of settings and equipment that workers may encounter at any given facility can pose challenges. This session will examine human factors in intermodal safety, consider issues unique to various intermodal operations, and explore innovative solutions.
Autonomous Vehicles. What only a few years ago seemed like “pie in the sky” may soon be the ‘new normal”. The term “autonomous vehicle” encompasses a wide range of driver-assist technologies. What will this onrushing technology revolution mean for intermodal? How will it change the competitive landscape, and how can these exciting new tools be used by intermodal to increase its efficiency and streamline operations. Our panel of technology experts and futurists will help make sense of it all.
The proximity of Caribbean transshipment hubs to major maritime corridors serving North America provide opportunities for ocean carriers to improve service offerings for shippers through optimized service networks. As the industry examines the long-term impact of the Panama Canal expansion, many industry veterans view recent investment activity in regional marine terminal projects as key carrier alliance strategies to combine East/West and North/South cargo flows. During this session, attendees will learn about current and projected trends regarding Caribbean transshipment, the types of value added services it may provide shippers, the implications of transshipment supply chain security, and the potential benefits an ocean transportation strategy using transshipment provides.
One of the campaign promises that helped propel Donald Trump into the White House was his commitment to a major new Federal infrastructure program. How is that commitment being turned into reality? What improvements will likely be funded and how will it be paid for? What will the role of Public/Private Partnerships be in the new program and how can intermodal best participate?
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
These are volatile times filled with uncertainly and opportunity. How will the reshuffling of alliances, continued ocean carrier consolidation, and terminal ownership affects the intermodal supply chain? Will these trends create different load centering patterns? The redeployment of liner strings is already resulting in a shuffling of terminal calls. How does vessel routing affect terminal capacity and velocity, chassis positioning, rail and drayage services? Join our panel of seasoned experts as they tackle these challenging questions and more.
While much focus has been put on short-haul intermodal, there appears to be an even bigger opportunity if intermodal can find a way of tapping the potential in the mid-range lengths of haul of between 1,000 and 2,000 miles. These hauls represent a particular challenge because they often involve more than one railroad and require an interchange. How big an opportunity do these mid-range markets represent for intermodal and what needs to happen in order to grow this business?
We all know that intermodal performance is heavily affected by economic growth. The economy has been growing continuously since June 2009 and, while the growth has been underwhelming, this soon will become the longest economic recovery since World War II. Should we be worrying about recession or a downturn? Or will possible actions by the Trump administration unleash a new wave of growth? What are the risks and opportunities? No one knows the answer for sure, but we will have some of the brightest lights in economic analysis to help us understand the situation. Join our all-star panel for this important discussion.
Wednesday, September 20
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Autonomous vehicles and machine-to-machine communication have captivated the general public’s imagination and spurred conversation and debate regarding how to integrate these advanced technologies into our aging transportation infrastructure. Beginning with the opening of ECT Delta in Rotterdam in 1993, the world’s very first automated marine terminal, truly autonomous terminals have become a reality with more than 40 in operation and more than 25 projects under construction and scheduled to open by 2020.

Automation technology has benefitted the development of new intermodal rail terminals, enabling the deployment of automated gate systems, semi-autonomous wide-span crane designs, grounding of equipment, optimized rail networks, and improved facility productivity. During this workshop, attendees will learn from global experts in the field of terminal design and gain an overview understanding of:
  • The basic concepts of container terminal automation
  • Key equipment, technology components, and operating systems of an automated container terminal operation
  • Automated terminal design decisions and challenges
  • The measurable benefits of automation including: safety, productivity, and driver dwell
  • An overview of automated marine terminals and semi-autonomous rail terminals operating in North America

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