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Saturday, September 14

8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in

Sunday, September 15

8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
10:00am - 12:30pm
EXPO's Academic Challenge - Annual Student Competition
12:45pm - 4:00pm
Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles Water Tour

Must be a full attendee/exhibitor registrant to attend. Check-in begins at 12:15 p.m. and tour group will depart Convention Center on foot at 12:45 p.m.

1:30pm - 4:00pm
Board of Directors Meeting (closed)
1:30pm - 3:45pm
Committee Task Force & Working Group Meetings (tentative)
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Union Pacific’s Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Tour

Must be a full attendee/exhibitor registrant to attend. Check-in begins at 1:30 p.m. and bus departs Convention Center at 2:00 p.m.

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Exhibitor Service Meeting
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Temporary Registration Open

At Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Please note that only temporary sticky badges will be given at this time. You will still need to pick-up your official badge and registration bag at the Convention Center Monday morning if you have not already done so.

4:30pm - 5:30pm
New Attendee/Future Intermodal Leaders/New Member Reception (closed)

A private reception for new attendees, new members, future intermodal leaders and IANA leadership.

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Welcome Reception

Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we kick off Intermodal EXPO with the annual Welcome Reception!

Monday, September 16

7:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 7:45am
Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 9:40am
Welcome Remarks/Industry Awards Presentation/Opening General Session: Inside Intermodal: Where We Are and Where We Are Going

Change is the only constant in intermodal. With last year's truck capacity shortage in the rear-view mirror, what does the competitive landscape look like now? What does the looming IMO 2020 fuel sulfur regulation mean for the industry? How are new broker technologies having an impact? Precision scheduled railroading? Join our panel of fearless, industry-leading analysts as they share their insights.

9:55am - 10:00am
Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall
10:00am - 1:15pm
Exhibit Hall Open
Lunch provided 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
10:30am - 1:00pm
Dialogue Box Sessions

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Cool Running Technology Improves Brake Safety

Webb Wheel Products has introduced a patented hub piloted drum with CRT vents. The vents allow air flow through the drum and cool the brake shoes. This extends the lining life and helps reduce brake safety. We will also be doing a customer opinion survey to determine if adding our patented wear indicator to our (57518) spoke hub drum would be seen as an added safety benefit to the industry.

Presenter: Ed Smith, Senior Manager National Accounts, Webb Wheel Products, Inc.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Productivity, Security and Predictability: Driving Up Profitability in Intermodal Transportation

Fleet owners today need complete visibility of their trailers and cargo to maximize productivity, reduce operational costs and improve security and delivery predictability. In this session, learn how ORBCOMM’s intermodal telematics and management solution helps freight companies solve these key industry issues and more.

ORBCOMM’s solution combines the latest in solar technology, IoT sensors and user-friendly platforms to deliver complete visibility and control of intermodal container fleets. We will examine key attributes of our solution and present a case study that shows how one of our customers is achieving high return on investment.

Presenter: Chris MacDonald, Vice President of North American Sales, ORBCOMM

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 
How Verified Inspections Will Improve the Intermodal Industry

The intermodal industry faces numerous challenges maintaining equipment due to how often it changes hands each day. Damaged chassis cause safety issues for drivers, and productivity decreases when equipment needs to be exchanged at the port to complete the day’s work. Decreased productivity means lost revenue. Zonar understands these complexities, which is why we offer the only Electronic Verified Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) solution to solve this problem. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of accurate pre- and post-trip inspections, and how trucking companies and lessors of equipment benefit.

Presenter: Mike Byington, Vice President of Business Development and Channel Sales, Zonar Systems

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Hybrid and Fully Electric Powering Technology for Lift Trucks and Reach Stackers: A Look into the Near Future

This presentation examines the technological drive behind the very recently started and industry spreading process of electrification of mobile container handling machines i.e. (Empty Container Handling Lift Trucks and Reach Stackers) and which type of machine will benefit the most from this development. Reference will be made to the 7 years of product development experience of the TOPLIFT FERRARI team for the “Hybrid Empty Container Handling Lift Truck” which was recently launched and for the “Fully Electric” version of the same product which is about to be launched.
The presentation will examine the differences between these two technological solutions and the variables that determine the economic benefits of one product technology over the other. The facts will be discussed over the reduction in “Total Cost of Ownership” that these new technologies can provide along with their substantial environmental footprint reduction and of the operational conditions where each one is more preferable.

Presenter: Davide Bertozzi, Business Development Manager, TOPLIFT FERRARI

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
A Conversation with CSX Transportation

Join Maryclare Kenney, CSX Transportation’s Vice President of Intermodal and Automotive, as she discusses the modern intermodal network and opportunities it enables. Ms. Kenney will be available for questions following her presentation.

Presenter: Maryclare Kenney, Vice President, Intermodal and Automotive, CSX Transportation

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Growth Strategies for Non-Asset 3PLs

With PSR causing re-alignment of railroad intermodal networks, the environment in which today's IMC operates seems to be changing by the minute. If last year was all about finding capacity, perhaps this year we're back to basic salesmanship. What is the best role for today's non-asset 3PL and how can they take advantage of current trends to grow and prosper? Our panel of leading 3PLs and intermodal participants will help provide some answers.

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Drayage in the Dynamex Age

In May of 2018, the California Supreme Court adopted an expansive definition of "employee" versus "independent contractor" in what has come to be called the Dynamex decision. What are the implications of this decision for California's important port cartage and dray community, which relies heavily on the owner-operator business model? Further, will this prove to be the leading edge of a change that will eventually be felt far beyond the borders of the State of California? Our panel will provide the latest news and views on this important topic.

1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Role of Short Lines in Intermodal

2018 saw a number of new short line intermodal initiatives, bringing intermodal access to previously untapped hinterlands. What lessons can we learn from these efforts and how reproduceable are they? Will the move towards simpler intermodal networks inherent in Precision Scheduled Railroading bring the trend to a stop? Or will short lines provide an important growth opportunity for intermodal in the coming years. Come hear about the successes, concerns and lessons to be learned about short lines and the future of intermodal.

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Intermodal University (IU) - Why Intermodal? Where and When to Use It

Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Like all freight transportation modes, intermodal has its sweet spots and also places where it may not be the best choice. A key to success is knowing where and when intermodal shines as the best option. It's not just length of haul - there are a wide variety of factors to consider. Join our intermodal experts to learn the basics in just 60 minutes.

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Networking Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm
What Does Precision Scheduled Railroading Mean for Dray?

As the nation's intermodal networks are in the process of being realigned, one trend that seems to be emerging is a renewed focus on both rubber-tire transfer and large hub terminals, often located in rural areas. What does it all mean for the dray carriers that, regardless of what changes the railroads make, will still be relied on to get the intermodal load to destination? There are major implications for drayage geography, length of haul and overall demand. This panel of drayage heavyweights will help us to see what the implications of PSR are where the rail ends and the highway begins.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Chassis Conundrum: When Will it be Resolved?

In the world of intermodal, a discussion of "pain points" always seem to come back to chassis. While much progress has been made, the pain seems to remain. Why has the solution proven to be so elusive? There's been no shortage of finger-pointing but that rarely solves the problem. Are there basic structural issues that need to be addressed in order for the chassis conundrum to be resolved? What are they and how can we work together to reach the point where we don't need to discuss chassis problems anymore?

3:00pm - 4:00pm
IMO 2020: The Impact on North American Import Values

The implementation of the new IMO 0.5% low-sulfur rule is right around the corner on January 1, 2020, yet key questions remain. What will the mix between scrubbers and low-sulfur fuel be? Will ocean carriers be successful in recouping the costs? Will slow steaming come back into vogue? Will higher steaming costs change port routings? And what will the effect of all this new demand be on the price of diesel? Join our panel of experts to hear the latest and to learn how intermodal will be affected by these important changes.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Intermodal University (IU) - Transloading: What, Why, Where and When?

The transloading of import cargos from ISO containers into domestic equipment before inland transport has been growing in recent years. When does it make sense to transload and what are the key considerations in making the decision to transload versus direct intact inland movement of the ISO container?

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Dialogue Box Sessions

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A Conversation with BNSF Railway

Join Tom Williams, BNSF Railway’s Group Vice President, Consumer Products, as he discusses the importance of intermodal in supply chains today and into the future. A question and answer session will be held after Mr. Williams’ presentation.

Presenter: Tom Williams, Group Vice President, Consumer Products, BNSF Railway

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SkyBitz & Schneider, A Case Study: How Effectively Deploying an Asset Tracking Solution Can Streamline Operations and Drive Profitability

Implementing an asset tracking solution across a large fleet is no easy feat. But if done right, can immediately streamline your fleet’s operations and show bottom-line profitability. In May 2018, Schneider teamed up with SkyBitz to implement its third-generation trailer and container tracking system. This Dialogue Box will be a fireside chat with SkyBitz and Schneider, discussing the case study around implementation, ROI & fleet management analytics, customer experience and the future of asset management.

Jim Filter, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Intermodal, Schneider
Henry Popplewell, President, SkyBitz

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Football on Monday Night Party

The Football on Monday Night Party will cap off a successful day!  Come unwind with your fellow attendees while enjoying the Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets evening game, a DJ and various football-themed games! 

Tuesday, September 17

7:30am - 3:00pm
Registration Open

Registration Area sponsored by Norfolk Southern

7:45am - 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 9:30am
The Intermodal Network and Climate Change: How Resilient is Our Infrastructure?

The North American intermodal network has been challenged by floods, winter storms and hurricanes and bounced back. But how will it fare with the long-term effects of climate change? The single biggest factor that could affect intermodal is sea level rise. Dramatic temperature fluctuations and super storms are unpredictable, but increasingly intermittent. Sea level rise may put many ports/marine terminals, on-dock rail and coastal rail routes under 2-6 feet of water—or worse—according to some models. How do we effectively plan and pay for a more resilient intermodal infrastructure? Join our panel as they examine the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents for building and maintaining the future intermodal network.

8:30am - 9:30am
Container vs. Trailer: Is TOFC an Endangered Species?

The steady conversion of domestic North American intermodal moves from trailer to container has long been an accepted industry belief. However, this mantra was thrown into question in 2018, a year when 53' trailer moves grew almost 13%, far outpacing the domestic container gain of around 5%. The situation has now reversed yet again, with trailer volume plunging and trailer lanes being discontinued. Is this the beginning of the end for TOFC? Will trends in the U.S. follow in the footsteps of Canada, where there haven’t been any intermodal trailer loads in the last 12 months? Our panel of railroad intermodal executives and users will discuss the implications of this major possible turning point.

8:30am - 9:30am
FMC's Recommendations to Improve Freight Flows: Examining Detention and Demurrage

Since early 2018, the Federal Maritime Commission has been investigating the practices of demurrage, detention, and per diem charges. Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye has been leading the fact-finding investigation to determine what the current practices are and how they affect the ability of cargo to move efficiently through U.S. ports.  A huge amount of knowledge has been amassed through hearings, submissions, meetings and extensive field interviews, and final recommendations are due to the Commission by September 3 of this year.  Commissioner Dye has been invited to provide EXPO attendees with an overview of the investigation and to share the recommendations that are designed to facilitate commercial vs. regulatory solutions to the industry issues of detention and demurrage.

9:30am - 10:00am
Networking Break
10:00am - 11:00am
General Session: On-Time Rail Service and PSR: What Does it Mean for Intermodal?

The late Hunter Harrison originally coined the term “precision scheduled railroading,” or PSR, to describe an operational dedication to on-time rail service. Complicated and often misunderstood, this approach was initially thought of as helping merchandise the rail business, perhaps at the cost of intermodal service. Now the industry has turned to rapid adoption. At the same time, intermodal remains the growth leader. So, what does this mean? To some observers, PSR just means longer trains, streamlined networks and more rubber tire transfers. Others claim that PSR will unlock intermodal's true potential by shedding unproductive, complicated operations and simply allowing intermodal to do more of what it does best. What does precision intermodal look like and what are the implications for the railroads' intermodal partners such as dray carriers, terminal operators, 3PLs and shippers? Join us as our Class I intermodalists shed light on these important issues and answer your questions on PSR and intermodal.

11:00am - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch provided 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

11:15am - 12:30pm
Dialogue Box Sessions

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Revere the Intermodal Evolution

The current intermodal industry is plagued with inefficiencies such as port jams due to lack of reliable chassis that are currently not usable or in a constant state of maintenance and repair costing time and money. These current conditions demand better efficiencies, less down time and increased productivity for fleets and drivers alike. The CIMC Intermodal Equipment Revere chassis specification, now available on all models, is a revolutionary new development for the intermodal industry. The Revere offers upgraded componentry that will deliver to the industry the safest and lowest cost of ownership container chassis. This upgraded chassis spec will offer an unheard of 10-year warranty on all non-wear parts and also come standard with laser metal cutting, robotic precision welds and a KTL powder coat paint system to prevent rust and corrosion. The impact on our intermodal industry will be significant, and our industry will now have a state-of-the-art chassis with the most reliable safest components.

Presenter: Trevor Ash, VP, Sales & Marketing, CIMC Intermodal Equipment

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Damage to Intermodal Equipment Moving Through Multiple Interchanges is a $1.8 Billion Shipping Nightmare

Being able to prove that your company did not damage equipment while in your possession can’t be ignored. The interchange equipment between parties occurs in many places – railroad terminals, ports, drop lots, distribution centers, warehouses, container depots, leasing facilities, even in the middle of a field, just to name a few. Each time a unit is interchanged, there is the opportunity for damage to the equipment, or the freight. In a recent survey of transportation executives, 35% of the respondents said they were asked to pay for damages they were not responsible for and 60% of those respondents said that the reason they paid was that they didn’t have any documentation to prove otherwise. Today, it is a reverse search to find the party that doesn’t have proof they didn’t cause damage. Learn how you can protect yourself with photo documentation at every interchange point.

Presenter: Tom Burke – CEO/Founder, Photector

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Are You Prepared to Manage and Exchange Complex Intermodal Rates Digitally over the Intermodal Freight Network?

Can you imagine having to call or email each airline to get a rate quote when you are making travel reservations like we used to do 20 years ago? Quoting intermodal rates by calling, or emailing is on life support and will not survive much longer. With the advent of API technology and the influx of investment dollars in our business the road is being paved to bring much needed efficiencies in all of our antiquated processes. The management and exchange of intermodal rates is no exception. Carriers of all sizes must be prepared to manage and quote complex intermodal rates over the digital freight network. Those aren’t prepared will sadly be left behind looking in the rearview mirror. Find out how you can jump on the on-ramp to the digital highway today to be prepared for what tomorrow will bring.

Presenter: Travis Barnier, President, DrayMaster

12:45pm - 1:00pm
The New Norm

From telecom to electricity, nearly every industry has been transformed by data and data sharing. While there has been a drumbeat surrounding FreightTech, it's largely been an echo chamber of players calling for change, but doing very little to kickstart transformation. In the New Norm, we'll explore the tangible steps companies can (and should) take to truly incorporate transparency into their supply chain.

Presenter: Bobby Napiltonia, Chief Revenue Officer, NEXT

2:45pm - 4:00pm
IANA’s Innovation Incubator: From Great Ideas to Intermodal Solutions

Join us as we throw open the doors to the Innovation Incubator and ignite your imagination! 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.


4:00pm - 5:00pm
“Celebration of Innovation” Closing Party

Immediately following IANA’s Innovation Incubator, gather one last time to network with colleagues and peers, and celebrate intermodal innovation.

6:00pm - 9:00pm
CII’s West Coast Connie Award Reception/Dinner

Join the Containerization and Intermodal Institute as they recognize this year’s West Coast Connie Award recipient at the Renaissance Long Beach!


Wednesday, September 18

8:00am - 10:00am
Intermodal Safety Committee Meeting
10:00am - 10:30am
Networking Break

Co-sponsored by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, C & K Trucking and Port of Los Angeles

10:30am - 12:30pm
Operations Committee Meeting
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Maintenance & Repair Committee Meeting