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The preliminary in-person EXPO program schedule below is updated as of May 21. Times are Pacific Time.

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Saturday, September 11

8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Committee Task Force and Working Group Meetings (closed)

Sunday, September 12

8:00am - 6:30pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
9:00am - 10:30am
Maintenance & Repair Committee Meeting
11:00am - 1:30pm
Board of Directors Meeting (closed)
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Intermodal Safety Committee Meeting
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Exhibitor Service Meeting
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Operations Committee Meeting
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Welcome Reception

Monday, September 13

7:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
7:30am - 8:15am
Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 9:15am
Welcome Remarks and Industry Awards Presentations
9:15am - 10:15am
GENERAL SESSION I: Inside Intermodal

Where is the intermodal supply chain headed? With opportunity and challenge seemingly around every corner, Inside Intermodal will provide in-depth analysis from multiple perspectives—marine, rail, trucking, and technology—to help make sense of it all. The session will begin with a review of 2020's critical events as baseline, then examine what is driving the industry in 2021 and beyond. With unparalleled expert analysis, Inside Intermodal is the best way to understand our industry’s key trends and prepare for the future.


John Larkin, CFA, Strategic Advisor - Transportation & Logistics, Clarendon Capital


Evan Armstrong, President, Armstrong & Associates
Tim Denoyer, Vice President and Senior Analyst, ACT Research
Larry Gross, Principal, Gross Transportation Consulting
Lars Jensen, CEO, Vespucci Maritime
10:25am - 10:30am
Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall
10:30am - 12:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open/Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions
12:45pm - 1:45pm
GENERAL SESSION II: Intermodal’s Digital Coming of Age

Technology continues to transform nearly every aspect of our lives. In many ways—from how we work to the way we purchase goods and services—our world is nearly unrecognizable when compared to what it looked like thirty years ago. Freight transportation, by contrast, is just beginning its digital revolution. With piles of investment capital in the mix, the market has exploded in the last few years with practical advances and solutions in search of a problem in equal measures. What does it all mean for intermodal? What is the current state of technology adoption in intermodal compared to other sectors? And perhaps most important of all, where is the industry going and what does that mean for you? Our panel of some of the industry’s leading innovators will tackle these thorny questions and more.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Session: Automating the Intermodal Terminal

With many intermodal terminals now land-locked and no longer capable of growing their footprint, the focus in order to grow must shift to pushing greater volume through existing facilities. At the same time, intermodal terminals must meet or beat ever-tightening service and flexibility requirements. Is automation part of the answer? What can we learn from the experiments and pilot projects that have been implemented, both in ports around the world and in intermodal terminals here at home?

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Session: Chasing the Holy Grail: Dual Transactions and Street Turns

Achieving more dual transactions and street turns probably represents one of the biggest potential ways to improve intermodal economics and competitiveness, while reducing waste. But what seems to be an obvious “no-brainer” turns out to be notoriously hard to achieve. What changes need to be made to facilitate these transactions? What are the keys to success?

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Session: Inside Marine Terminals

With so much of North America’s industrial goods, raw materials, components, and finished consumer goods originating in other parts of the world, marine terminals’ critical role in the intermodal supply chain cannot be understated. From trade wars to pandemics to blocked canals, marine terminal operators have been forced to contend with the whip-saw fallout of unprecedented challenges. All the while, they have delivered the goods. Our panel of experts discuss the opportunities and challenges facing these critical international freight gateway managers.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Session: The “New Abnormal” in Intermodal

The world looks quite different today than it did at the beginning of 2020, before the Pandemic. What are the key changes from an intermodal perspective? Are they long-term or just a “flash in the pan”? Does intermodal need to change to meet the challenge and if so, how?

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open/Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Party on the Promenade

Tuesday, September 14

7:00am - 8:00am
Continental Breakfast
7:00am - 3:00pm
Registration Open
8:15am - 9:15am
GENERAL SESSION I: The Voice of the Shipper

Whether it's imports or exports, intermodal is an integral component of nearly every shippers' supply chain. But in this unpredictable world, what works today may not work tomorrow. How well is intermodal meeting the needs of today's shippers? What changes are needed to open new and exciting opportunities for growth? Given the recent events that have rocked the world’s economy, what are shippers thinking about their supply chains and sourcing? Join in with our expert shippers to hear it straight from the customer.

9:30am - 10:30am
Concurrent Session: Exporters – A Voice in the Intermodal Wilderness

Exporters were left out of the intermodal rebound in late 2020. Some say lack of equipment and unfair treatment by carriers are to blame, but the face-changing international trade landscape surely holds some responsibility. Where does reality lie, and can the intermodal system be changed in ways that make the exporter’s life a bit easier?

9:30am - 10:30am
Concurrent Session: Greening Freight

After years of talk about sustainability in freight transportation, the industry seems poised to begin actively decarbonizing the supply chain. With regulatory leverage—particularly in California, home to North America’s busiest intermodal gateway—to reducing the emission of greenhouse gasses aligning with the desire of shippers to move their logistics toward carbon neutrality, are we finally going to see a green revolution in freight? What might this new focus mean for intermodal? What role will the new administration in Washington play in this?

9:30am - 10:30am
Concurrent Session: Improving the Resiliency of the Intermodal System

Disruption and “black swan” events seem to be occurring ever more frequently. The intermodal sector has amassed a checkered record in its response to many of these events. Congestion, delay, and cost seem to always be occurring somewhere in the system. Are there steps that we can take to improve intermodal’s ability to respond to the unexpected?

9:30am - 10:30am
Concurrent Session: PSR 2.0 – Pivoting towards Growth

Precision Scheduled Railroading or “PSR” has become established as a dominant operating philosophy in North American Railroading. Now that the first phase of PSR adoption has been largely completed, and the rail system has been streamlined and made more efficient, what will Phase II look like? From an intermodal perspective how can the new PSR world serve as a springboard back towards growth?

10:30am - 12:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open/Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Networking Break
1:00pm - 2:00pm
GENERAL SESSION II: Intermodal Innovation Incubator

Back again and brighter than ever! Join us and celebrate our dynamic industry’s ingenuity with Bright Ideas, this 2021 Intermodal Innovation Incubator Competition. Seven presenters, drawn from IANA member companies, will each deliver fast-paced, thought-provoking seven-minute presentations on the ideas they believe can transform the intermodal industry. When their time is up, you will vote on the innovation. This is a must-see event, showcasing the best of the best innovations that our industry continues to deliver!

2:00pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Closing Party