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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

2018 was a year full of challenges and opportunities for intermodal and 2019 promises to bring more of the same. On-the-ocean changes continue at a fast and furious pace, with the IMO 2020 fuel sulphur regulation looming as the next big milestone. What does it all mean for intermodal? With last year's truck capacity shortage in the rear-view mirror, what does the competitive landscape look like now, and what will it look like next year? New technologies and new systems continue to impact both intermodal and the brokers who use it, and what does the future hold? Meanwhile, in addition to all these exterior changes, the very fabric of the intermodal network is changing by the minute. Join our panel industry-leading fearless forecasters as they try to make sense of it all.

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
Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions

A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2019. Exhibitors will present a 15-minute educational session addressing how their product/service is solving a problem and benefiting the intermodal industry. Schedule available in July 2019.

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 IMC and how can they take advantage of current trends to grow and prosper? Our panel of leading IMCs and intermodal participants will help provide some answers.

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Infrastructure Project Funding: What Works and What Doesn't?

In this era of divided government, one item most folks seem to agree on is the need for infrastructure investment. But that's where the agreement ends. How should we finance the billions of dollars needed to maintain, much less improve, our deteriorating national resource? Some advocate increasing the gas tax, others contemplate a new vehicle mile tax, while still others advocate a tax on carbon. And what role should Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs) play? With a significant population of alternative fuel trucks hitting the roads, the time seems ripe for a re-assessment. Our panel of analysts and Washington insiders will give us the latest insights.

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Intermodal University: 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 expert to learn the basics in just 60 minutes.

1:30pm - 2:30pm
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.

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Networking Break
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-sulphur rule is right around the corner on January 1, 2020, yet key questions remain. What will the mix between scrubbers and low-sulphur 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: 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?

3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Role of Shortlines in Intermodal

2018 saw a number of new shortline intermodal initiatives, bringing intermodal access to previously untapped intermodal 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 shortlines provide an important growth opportunity for intermodal in the coming years. Come hear about the successes, concerns and lessons to be learned about shortlines and the future of intermodal.

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open
4:15pm - 5:45pm
Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions
A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2019. Exhibitors will present a 15 – minute educational session addressing how their product/service is solving a problem and benefiting the intermodal industry. Schedule available in July 2019.
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday Night Party
Unwind from a busy day with your colleagues and peers at our Monday Night Party!

Tuesday, September 17

7:30am - 3:00pm
Registration Open
7:45am - 8:30am
Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 9:30am
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 be eventually felt far beyond the borders of the State of California? Our panel will provide the latest news and views on this important topic.

8:30am - 9:30am
Reaching Beyond the Shoreline: Ocean Carriers Turn Their Sights Inland

In recent years, the focus of ocean carriers has been port-to-port. The theory was that streamlined, simple operations with plenty of scale would generate the lowest costs, the greatest market share and that profits would follow. But things haven’t worked out quite according to plan. Increasing commoditization, excess capacity, falling margins and pricing pressures have continued. Now some steamship lines have embarked on a new strategy in which their reach is extended inland to the destination of the freight. Is the future for ocean transport that of an integrated carrier moving freight right up to the receivers’ docks? Or will the future continue to be owned by those carriers that “stick to the knitting” and concentrate on optimizing the ocean leg of the international voyage? Expect to hear both sides of the story from our panel of industry experts and analysts.

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

Since early 2018, the Federal Maritime Commission has been investigation 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 - 2:15pm
Dialogue Box Sessions

A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2019. Exhibitors will present a 15 minute educational session addressing how their product/service is solving a problem and benefiting the intermodal industry. Schedule available in July 2019.

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. When their time is up, you will vote if it’s a “bright idea” or a “bust.”

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!