THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016

 

DAY 3 — THE HOME STRETCH

The 2016 Inland Distribution Conference will cap off three days of critical content with a mix of TED-style speakers and analysis of the technology intended to smooth the flow of cargo while taking some of the stress out of the the day-to-day life of a logistics professional.


7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

REGISTRATION

LOCATION: TBD

SPONSORED BY:
IMC

 


7:30 – 8:30 AM

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

LOCATION: Networking Area

 


8:30 – 8:45 AM

WELCOMING REMARKS

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

William Cassidy
Senior Editor,
Trucking and Domestic Transportation,
JOC, IHS Maritime & Trade

 


8:45 – 9:30 AM

FEATURED SPEAKER —
A TED-STYLE TALK ON 3D PRINTING AND SUPPLY CHAINS

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

If you think 3D printing is all about boutique manufacturing, think again. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is about supply chains and increasingly about high-volume industrial manufacturing. Manufacturers are using 3D printers to build not just prototypes or parts but also supply chains that can more rapidly respond to dynamic, real-time customer demands, reduce inventory and slice into transportation costs while dramatically compressing the time needed to ship products. Enterprise software giant SAP and UPS, the largest U.S. transportation company, have teamed to integrate 3D printing into supply chain processes and build a foundation for on-demand manufacturing. In this TED-style talk, Gil Perez of SAP will show how 3D printing won’t just change manufacturing but also challenge shippers and transportation providers as on-demand manufacturing blends with on-demand shipping.

 


9:30 – 10:30 AM

THE AMAZON EFFECT —
HOW E-COMMERCE IS TRANSFORMING FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

E-commerce, and Amazon.com in particular, is changing logistics as we know it. Powered by the rapid growth of subscription-based Amazon Prime, Amazon has moved openly and aggressively to increase its reach, capabilities and capacity in the logistics and distribution arena. Amazon.com last year shipped more than 1 billion parcels in the U.S. alone, most of them delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, according to SJ Consulting Group. The company’s revenue topped $100 billion for the first time, climbing 20 percent to $107 billion. Total fulfillment costs, according to the company’s financial reports, reached $12.9 billion last year. Amazon spent approximately $11.5 billion on outbound shipping in 2015, while collecting about $6.5 billion in shipping-related revenue. That leaves a $5 billion net gap. Amazon looks more like a 3PL or transportation operator every day, but it’s primary goal is to transform the fulfillment experience for billions of consumers worldwide. The Amazon effect is stretching, straining and reshaping supply chains of all types as shippers, carriers and logistics providers try to keep up with the technology-powered innovation engine known as Amazon.com. The company’s investment in technology and increasingly time-specific delivery demands are challenging transportation suppliers, including the big parcel carriers, but also less-than-truckload carriers and last-mile delivery operators. This session will look at the broad impact Amazon is having on everyone in the logistics business and how shippers, carriers and 3PLs must respond to its challenge.

 


10:30 – 11:00 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

LOCATION: Networking Area

 


11:00 AM – 11:45 PM

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A U.S. TRUCKER

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

The plight of the truck driver has seldom been as troubling as it is today. Hours-of-service regulations have changed multiple times over the past several years, putting new pressures on drivers. Delays on both ends of their delivery cycle, often the result of shipper lapses, only increase the pressure and, ironically, have put drivers in the crosshairs of some shippers who want their product delivered regardless of the circumstances — leading to new regulations barring driver coercion. 2017, meanwhile, will bring new rules requiring all trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices, adding a new dimension to driver concerns. Trucking companies claim there is a shortage of qualified drivers, and they do have trouble recruiting and keeping them. In the truckload sector, driver turnover rates have approached, and sometimes exceeded, 100 percent in recent years. Allie Knight, a driver for Montana-based Jim Palmer Trucking, is the kind of truck driver carriers say represents the future of trucking. She’s a millennial and she’s tech-savvy, documenting her experiences through an online blog and her own YouTube video channel, through which she shares a positive view of trucking and her own experiences on the road. In this Q&A, Knight will inform carriers and shippers why their businesses are at risk if they don’t deliver real solutions to the drivers who move their goods.

— SESSION CHAIR —
Mark Willis
On-Air Host/Anchor of
Road Dog Trucking News,
SiriusXM Satellite Radio

— PANELIST —
Allie Knight
Driver,
Jim Palmer Trucking

 


11:45 – 12:45 PM

CURE-ALL OR KRYPTONITE —
IS THE NEW BREED OF FREIGHT DISRUPTORS SUSTAINABLE?

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

In the Age of Uber, a wave of technology companies is targeting freight transportation as the next big market to be transformed by smartphones, mobile apps and Web-based collaborative networking. Although claims that Internet-based technology will overturn current freight transportation models and eliminate the need for 3PLs, freight brokers and transportation management systems are likely overstated, Internet-based services for shippers, brokers and truckers will certainly help smaller players compete and get and stay in the game. For shippers and brokers, especially small and mid-sized companies, effective use of web-based technology can unlock capacity that otherwise would be difficult to find. For smaller trucking operators, the right technology can put more freight in their tractor-trailers and straight trucks. Technology companies and venture capital firms are pursuing it with hard cash amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, in the process trying to emulate the success of enterprises such as Uber and AirBNB. But there are obstacles that make the complete “Uberization” of freight transportation unlikely. For one, the freight transportation business isn’t the taxi business. Most truck freight moves under contract. Shippers that sign contracts with carriers move large volumes, and need to do so with consistency. Scale reduces cost. Those shippers also develop carrier relationships that go far beyond the transactional level. They engage in collaborative networking to an extent that can “embed” their core trucking firms in their enterprises. And, most importantly, in many cases the venture capitalists storming the industry, while progressive in terms of technology, in many cases have little logistics experience. This session will delve into the so-called disruptors who are trying to transform the transportation business while analyzing whether they’ll actually do that or never live up to the billing.

— PANELIST —
Richard Metzler
Chief Marketing Officer,
uShip.com

Lance Healy
Co-Founder and President,
Banyan Technology

Barry Conlon
CEO, Co-Founder, Overhaul

 


12:45 PM

CLOSING REMARKS

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

 


1:15 – 5:15 PM

Shipper Roundtable

LOCATION: General Moorman Room, Mezzanine Level

This roundtable is for a small group of beneficial cargo owners. The aim is to provide a forum for discussion of issues that you and other shippers are likely to see in the coming months and what lessons can be drawn from the experience of last year. The discussion will be led by one of our JOC editors in a confidential, off-the-record environment. This will be a senior-level discussion in which you will have the opportunity to share experiences and hear the views of your peers on key transportation and logistics challenges as the year progresses.

You must be a BCO/Shipper (you must own the goods that are being shipped) in order to take part in this event.

Please click here to register for this event.

 


6:00 PM

65th Annual Port of New Orleans Night

LOCATION: Peabody Hotel

65th Annual Port of New Orleans Night: Come join the Memphis World Trade Club for the 65th Annual Port of New Orleans Night! Separate registration is required. Watch this space for details.