TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016

 

DAY 1 — SETTING THE SCENE

The initial afternoon of the 2016 Inland Distribution Conference will offer an overview of the key issues impacting shippers utilizing trucking companies, intermodal railroads and third-party logistics providers to move their goods to and from the North American heartland. A combination of macroeconomic analysis, exclusive workshops and real-life case studies will offer attendees a variety of formats to enhance their experience while learning from the industry’s most authoritative experts.


10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

REGISTRATION

LOCATION: TBD

SPONSORED BY:
IMC

 


12:00 – 1:00 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

LOCATION: Networking Area

Join your colleagues in this hourlong welcome to Memphis, featuring a mix of seating options allowing you to stand, sit or walk the floor. Visit with your customers at surrounding sponsored tabletops and reconnect with friends and business partners ahead of an afternoon of in-depth conference programs.

 


1:00 – 1:15 PM

WELCOMING REMARKS

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

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

 


1:15 – 2:00 PM

FEATURED SPEAKER

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

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

— FEATURED SPEAKER —
Charles W. “Chuck” Clowdis
Managing Director for Transportation,
IHS Economics & Country Risk

 


2:00 – 3:00 PM

THINK TANK ROUND TABLES

LOCATION: Networking Area (Ballroom C,D,E,F)

LIMITED SPACE IS AVAILABLE FOR THESE SESSIONS AND YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO ATTEND

In these exclusive, reservation-only round tables, experts on four subjects critical to shippers’ strategic planning in the coming months will lead interactive discussion in an informal environment. Space is limited and will be reserved during registration.

TRACK I

I

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES —
PREPARING FOR TRUCKING’S NEXT BIG DISRUPTIVE FORCE

Trucking’s electronic logging mandate is a year away, but shippers aren’t waiting until then to ensure their carriers comply with the federal rule. They’re effectively advancing the deadline by requiring carriers to spell out how and when they’ll be ready to transition to e-logs. Many questions remain: How will shippers and brokers ensure their carriers are complying with the law, and what liabilities could they face if they contract or hire a trucker that isn’t? How difficult will it be for carriers without ELDs to comply on deadline? What if the mandate cuts into truck capacity? We’ll discuss these issues and more to help you prepare for the electronic logging mandate.

— Round Table Leader —
Brian Fielkow
President,
Jetco Delivery


II

NEW FDA RULES —
HOW WILL THEY AFFECT FREIGHT SHIPPING?

U.S. shippers, logistics operators and carriers involved in the transportation of food are bracing for sweeping new food safety rules that could transform the food supply chain at home and abroad. The final rule on sanitary transportation of human and animal food — the sixth of seven Food and Drug Administration rulemakings required by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act — took effect in June. Although large companies will have a year to comply and smaller companies two years, the time for trucking companies and railroads to develop best practices in such areas as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting food during transportation is now. Implementing the rule, inspired by several outbreaks of foodborne disease over the past decade, will cost an estimated $115 million a year to implement, according to the FDA. With shippers, loaders, receivers and carriers all subject to the rule, an integrated approach to solutions is in everyone’s best interest. This discussion will get to the heart of the rule, while raising best practices and potential solutions to what is shaping up to be one of the industry’s biggest disruptors of the next two years.


III

DRIVER COERCION —
HOW SHOULD SHIPPERS PREPARE?

Shippers could be exposed to serious penalties and liabilities under a truck driver coercion rule that took effect this year, but many shippers still have no plan in place to deal with this rule. What actually constitutes coercion and what doesn’t? What type of guidelines should shippers have for managers and employees who deal with truck drivers, either occasionally or on a regular basis? What should you do if your company is hit with a coercion complaint? How can a shipper prepare a program to prevent driver coercion? These are all questions we’ll discuss as we deliver actionable advice shippers can use to protect their business.


IV

FINDING CRITICAL TALENT

It’s a common problem with no easy solution: You’re the department head of a major transportation company with a talented, but aging Baby Boomer staff. Where do you turn to ensure a smooth transition as, one by one, your staff — and decades of experience and talent — prepares to call it a career? But that’s just one aspect of an increasingly complicated dilemma for companies up and down the supply chain. Already facing a potentially critical driver shortage when demand picks up, motor carriers are asking more of their truckers than ever before as the job takes on increasing responsibility as new regulations require technology-based solutions. In an increasingly digital age, logistics providers must be more flexible and creative than ever. So where do you turn to find the brightest minds to fill these critical roles? For some, a youth movement may be in order. For others, educating from within may be a better option. With no universal solution, this workshop will look at specific needs of specific companies in an exclusive, intimate discussion led by Stephanie Ivey, director of the Intermodal Freight Transport Institute at the University of Memphis.

— Round Table Leader —
Stephanie Ivey
Associate Professor &
Director of the Intermodal Freight
Transportation Institute,
University of Memphis

 


2:00 – 3:00 PM

CONCURRENT CASE STUDY

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

JOC Events case studies feature shippers and transportation providers showcasing how they worked together to solve business problems or achieve cost savings.

 


3:00 – 3:30 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

LOCATION: Networking Area

 


3:30 – 4:30 PM

THINK TANK ROUND TABLES

LOCATION: Networking Area (Ballroom C,D,E,F)

LIMITED SPACE IS AVAILABLE FOR THESE SESSIONS AND YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO ATTEND

In these exclusive, reservation-only round tables, experts on four subjects critical to shippers’ strategic planning in the coming months will lead interactive discussion in an informal environment. Space is limited and will be reserved during registration.

TRACK II

I

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES —
PREPARING FOR TRUCKING’S NEXT BIG DISRUPTIVE FORCE

Trucking’s electronic logging mandate is a year away, but shippers aren’t waiting until then to ensure their carriers comply with the federal rule. They’re effectively advancing the deadline by requiring carriers to spell out how and when they’ll be ready to transition to e-logs. Many questions remain: How will shippers and brokers ensure their carriers are complying with the law, and what liabilities could they face if they contract or hire a trucker that isn’t? How difficult will it be for carriers without ELDs to comply on deadline? What if the mandate cuts into truck capacity? We’ll discuss these issues and more to help you prepare for the electronic logging mandate.

— Round Table Leader —
Brian Fielkow
President,
Jetco Delivery


II

NEW FDA RULES —
HOW WILL THEY AFFECT FREIGHT SHIPPING?

U.S. shippers, logistics operators and carriers involved in the transportation of food are bracing for sweeping new food safety rules that could transform the food supply chain at home and abroad. The final rule on sanitary transportation of human and animal food — the sixth of seven Food and Drug Administration rulemakings required by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act — took effect in June. Although large companies will have a year to comply and smaller companies two years, the time for trucking companies and railroads to develop best practices in such areas as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting food during transportation is now. Implementing the rule, inspired by several outbreaks of foodborne disease over the past decade, will cost an estimated $115 million a year to implement, according to the FDA. With shippers, loaders, receivers and carriers all subject to the rule, an integrated approach to solutions is in everyone’s best interest. This discussion will get to the heart of the rule, while raising best practices and potential solutions to what is shaping up to be one of the industry’s biggest disruptors of the next two years.


III

DRIVER COERCION —
HOW SHOULD SHIPPERS PREPARE?

Shippers could be exposed to serious penalties and liabilities under a truck driver coercion rule that took effect this year, but many shippers still have no plan in place to deal with this rule. What actually constitutes coercion and what doesn’t? What type of guidelines should shippers have for managers and employees who deal with truck drivers, either occasionally or on a regular basis? What should you do if your company is hit with a coercion complaint? How can a shipper prepare a program to prevent driver coercion? These are all questions we’ll discuss as we deliver actionable advice shippers can use to protect their business.


IV

FINDING CRITICAL TALENT

It’s a common problem with no easy solution: You’re the department head of a major transportation company with a talented, but aging Baby Boomer staff. Where do you turn to ensure a smooth transition as, one by one, your staff — and decades of experience and talent — prepares to call it a career? But that’s just one aspect of an increasingly complicated dilemma for companies up and down the supply chain. Already facing a potentially critical driver shortage when demand picks up, motor carriers are asking more of their truckers than ever before as the job takes on increasing responsibility as new regulations require technology-based solutions. In an increasingly digital age, logistics providers must be more flexible and creative than ever. So where do you turn to find the brightest minds to fill these critical roles? For some, a youth movement may be in order. For others, educating from within may be a better option. With no universal solution, this workshop will look at specific needs of specific companies in an exclusive, intimate discussion led by Stephanie Ivey, director of the Intermodal Freight Transport Institute at the University of Memphis.

— Round Table Leader —
Stephanie Ivey
Associate Professor &
Director of the Intermodal Freight
Transportation Institute,
University of Memphis

 


3:30 – 4:30 PM

CONCURRENT CASE STUDY

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A & B)

JOC Events case studies feature shippers and transportation providers showcasing how they worked together to solve business problems or achieve cost savings.

 


4:30 – 5:30 PM

FEATURED SPEAKER

LOCATION: General Session (Ballroom A&B)

 


5:30 – 7:00 PM

WELCOME RECEPTION

LOCATION: Networking Area

Before heading out for the evening, network with new colleagues and reconnect with others in this 90-minute reception that will feature television network coverage of the presidential and congressional election. Want an idea of how the next four years will look in Washington? Watch and discuss with your industry peers here first.

 


Statement of JOC Conference Editorial Policy:

All JOC conference programs are developed independently by the JOC editorial team based on input from a wide variety of industry experts and the editors’ own industry knowledge. The editorial team determines session topics and extends all speaker invitations based entirely on the goal of providing highly relevant content for conference attendees. Certain sponsors may give welcoming remarks or introduce certain sessions, but if a sponsor appears as a bona-fide speaker it will be because of an editorial invitation, not as a benefit of sponsorship. Sponsorship benefits do not include speaking on a program.