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The program schedule below is updated as of June 11, 2018


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Saturday, September 15

8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Task Force Meetings - tentative
5:00pm - 6:00pm
New Attendee/Future Intermodal Leaders/New Member Reception

Sunday, September 16

8:00am - 10:00am
Maintenance and Repair Committee Meeting - open to all
8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
12:30pm - 3:00pm
TraPac Los Angeles Automated Terminal Tour

(Must be a full attendee/exhibitor registrant to attend)

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1:00pm - 3:00pm
Intermodal Safety Committee Meeting - open to all
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles Water Tour

(Must be a full attendee/exhibitor registrant to attend)

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2:00pm - 4:30pm
EXPO's Academic Challenge - Annual Student Competition
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Operations Committee Meeting - open to all
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Temporary Registration Open
At Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Please note that only temporary sticky badges will be given at this time.
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 17

7:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
7:15am - 8:00am
Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 9:40am
Welcome Remarks / Industry Awards Presentations / Opening General Session: Intermodal FreightCast

Intermodal FreightCast

Faced with opportunity and challenge in seemingly equal measures, where is the intermodal supply chain headed? Intermodal FreightCast will provide in-depth analysis from multiple perspectives—marine, rail, trucking, and brokerage—to help make sense of it all. The session will begin with a review of the past year’s critical events as baseline, then examine what is driving the industry in 2018 and beyond. With unparalleled expert analysis, Intermodal FreightCast is the best way to understand our industry’s key trends and prepare for the future.

Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Larry Gross, President, Gross Transportation Consulting
Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, SeaIntelligence Consulting
David Ross, CFA, Managing Director, Stifel
Evan Armstrong, President, Armstrong & Associates

10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Back to the Future? Moving Intermodal in Mixed Trains

Although a large percentage of intermodal traffic now moves in unit trains, there is a budding trend towards intermixing intermodal volume with other merchandise traffic. What are the merits and applications of such an approach and could it open up new opportunities for intermodal?

10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Is Trucking Capacity at a Crossroads?

A combination of strong economic growth, disruptive weather and ELD implementation have combined to create tight trucking capacity. How long can we expect the tight conditions to last and what will the "new normal" look like? What does this mean for drayage and intermodal? How should intermodal be positioned both in the near term and the long run?

Larry Gross, President, Gross Transportation Consulting

Spencer Frazier, Senior Vice President Sales, J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Kenney Vieth, President & Senior Analyst, ACT Research
Mike Burton, President, C&K Holdings
Phil Shook, Director, C.H. Robinson

10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Intermodal University: Ocean Alliances - An Introduction

Steamship line alliances have changed the face of international intermodal shipping. This session will examine the rise of the alliances, liner consolidation, and what the future of international shipping could look like in the near term.

Jeff Brashares, Senior Vice President, Sales & National Accounts, SunteckTTS
Ron Widdows, Executive Chairman, American Intermodal Management

10:00am - 11:00am
Session: Terminal Overload: How Can Technology Help?

The future of intermodal terminals might be described as "squeezing more out of less." More throughput, more velocity, more efficiency.... just don't ask for more space! Luckily, new technologies are offering exciting tools to help intermodal do more with less, and just in time. How is technology helping us move towards the "The Intermodal Terminal of the Future" and what will it look like?

Taso Zografos, President, ZDEVCO

John Allen, Vice President, Business Process Engineering, ITS Technologies & Logistics
Brant Ring, Vice President, Business Unite Operations, NBSF Railway

11:00am - 11:30am
Exhibitor Service Meeting
11:00am - 11:30am
Networking Break
11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: East Coast Ports Are Mega-Ship Ready: Now What?

Now that the Panama Canal expansion has been completed and the Bayonne Bridge bottleneck has been broken, the bulk of the East Coast is now wide open to Neo-Panamax ships. What changes have occurred as a result? What are ports doing to tap the potential that larger vessels bring and to ensure that they will have the surge capacity to handle them without congestion? With the expiration of the dockworkers contract looming, will labor unrest throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings?

11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: Intermodal University: Intermodal Chassis - The Past, Present and Future

Next to the shipping container, no other piece of equipment is more critical to the success of intermodal freight. This session will provide an introduction to the intermodal chassis that will include basic function, types, provisioning models, and the future of this critical link in the supply chain.

Jeff Brashares, Senior Vice President, Sales National Accounts, SunteckTTS
Keith Loverto, TRAC Intermodal

11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: Location, Location, Location: How is Commercial Development Changing the Face of Intermodal?

One of the fastest evolving areas of the supply chain is warehousing and distribution. Not only is eCommerce changing where the inventory is being staged, but the needs of eCommerce and advancing automation are changing the face of the facility. It's all about "location, location, location" but where? And where does intermodal fit in?

11:30am - 12:30pm
Session: Racing into the Future: What the Next Generation of "Smart" Equipment Means for Intermodal

The splashy roll-out of the Tesla Semi focused attention on the autonomous and electric truck of the future. But in many ways, intermodal terminals and short-haul dray are much more natural applications for alternative-powered trucks. There has been a lot of buzz about autonomous trucks, but at the same time, fully autonomous trucks seem like they are still a long way into the future. But are there intermediate steps along the way and what would they mean for intermodal? Are alternative powered and autonomous trucks a threat or an opportunity for intermodal?

12:40pm - 12:45pm
Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall
12:45pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch provided 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dialogue Box Sessions

A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2018. 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 2018.

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Happy Hour - in exhibit hall
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Party on the Promenade

Enjoy some downtime with your colleagues and peers as you enjoy live music, food and drinks!

Tuesday, September 18

7:00am - 3:00pm
Registration Open
8:00am - 8:45am
Continental Breakfast
8:45am - 9:30am
General Session: A Conversation with Matthew Shay

Matthew Shay, president & CEO of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, joins IANA Chairman Adriene Bailey for a candid conversation on the critical role that shippers play in the supply chain and the larger economy. With the retail sector generating $2.6 trillion in annual GDP, it has been described as the barometer of the U.S economy. You won’t want to miss their discussion as they take on:

  • The state of U.S. infrastructure needs and funding
  • Is NAFTA a dead or done deal?
  • The impact of tariffs and the U.S.-China trade relationship on imports and exports
  • Intermodal as a mode of choice

Adriene Bailey, Principal, Brooks Davis Consulting
Matt Shay, President and CEO, National Retail Federation

9:45am - 10:45am
Session: Hacked! Cyberthreats to Intermodal

In an age of hackers and bitcoin, saying "it won't happen to me" is not a strategy. An anonymous hacker has the power to bring even the largest transport organization to its knees in minutes, and preventing such attacks takes constant vigilance. Does blockchain offer a potential tool to help combat hacking? What are the rules of "good digital hygiene" and how can we harden our far-flung operations against this mounting threat?

Christy Coffey, Executive Vice President, Operations, Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO)

Lars Jensen, CEO &I Partner, SeaIntelligence Consulting
Susan Kohn Ross, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

9:45am - 10:45am
Session: Intermodal Network Capacity in a World of Unpredictable Demand

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, but perhaps the reverse is true. That seems to be the case with our ever-increasing demand for efficiency and boiling out waste. Simply put, these days, no one is willing to provide insurance capacity without getting paid for it in some form. The effects were on clear display during 2017 peak season. How can the intermodal system become more resilient to disruption, what will that cost and who will pay? How can intermodal maintain efficiency and reliability in a world where demand is changing by the minute?

9:45am - 10:45am
Session: What Brokerage Means for Intermodal

Brokerage and the spot market have been playing an ever-more-important role in freight transportation, but the shippers' reliance has been severely tested in recent months by the capacity crisis. With pricing through the roof, capacity scarce, consolidation again on the rise, liner alliances reshuffling and technology surging ahead, how will brokers be affected? In the long run, will your broker still be your best friend or just an app on your cell phone?

Paul Page, Wall Street Journal

David Menzel, President and Chief Operating Officer, Echo Logistics
Mark Montague, DAT
Rick LaGore, CEO, InTek Freight & Logistics
Tom Sanderson, Executive Chairman, Transplace

10:45am - 11:15am
Networking Break
11:15am - 12:15pm
General Session: The Voice of the Customer: Shippers on Intermodal

Intermodal has come a very long way from the "bad old days" when it was the "mode of last resort.” Today's intermodal product is an integral component of most sophisticated shippers' supply chains. But in our fast-changing 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 up new and exciting opportunities for expansion? And how will anticipated changes in the supply chain landscape offer challenges that will require intermodal to adapt? Our panel of experienced shippers will tackle these compelling questions, and more.

Steve Hughs, Present/CEO, HCS Intermodal

Laura Crowe, Director, Walmart Global Logistics
Ron Brothers, Senior Director of Global Transportation and Logistics, Callaway Golf
Mike Gavle, Senior Director of Global Logistics, Crocs
Greg Oberting, President & CEO, Interstate Commodities

12:15pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch provided 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:15pm - 3:15pm
Dialogue Box Sessions
A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2018. 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 2018.
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Food Truck Rally

One last chance to network and share a drink or a bite to eat with your peers, customers and colleagues!

5:00pm - 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, Edward DeNike, president of SSA Containers, at the Renaissance Long Beach!

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