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Schedule

EXPO 2020 schedule current as of March 23.

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Saturday, September 12

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

Sunday, September 13

8:00am - 11:00am
Committee Task Force and Working Groups (tentative)
8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open/Exhibitor Move-in
10:00am - 12:30pm
EXPO's Academic Challenge - Annual Student Competition

The annual Student Competition at EXPO brings together teams of undergraduate students from IANA’s Scholarship Award schools. The students present their solutions to a case study, developed by IANA, that challenges the students to apply their academic knowledge of intermodal to deliver a real-world solution.

The ten undergraduate schools currently competing are the College of Charleston, Georgia Southern University, the University of Maryland, SUNY Maritime College, the University of North Florida, the University of North Texas, University of South Carolina Upstate, California State University at Long Beach, California State University Maritime Academy and the University of Wisconsin — Superior.

Over the past eleven years, IANA has awarded over $3 million to support students in university programs focused on freight and intermodal transportation. The Scholarship Award Program seeks to progress the education of the intermodal freight transportation industry’s next generation of leaders and managers by providing students with opportunities to attend Intermodal EXPO, take study trips to intermodal facilities across the U.S., participate in academic case competitions, interact with transportation executives and conduct intermodal freight research.

11:00am - 12:00pm
Maintenance & Repair Committee Meeting
12:45pm - 4:00pm
Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles Water Tour

(Must be a full attendee/exhibitor registrant to attend; Tour group departs Convention Center on foot at 12:45 p.m.)

1:30pm - 4:00pm
Board of Directors Meeting (closed)
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Intermodal Safety Committee Meeting
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Operations Committee Meeting
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Exhibitor Service Meeting
4:00pm - 6:00pm
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 Member/First-Time Attendee Reception (Invite Only)
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 14

7:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
7:00am - 7:45am
Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 8:45am
Welcome Remarks

Industry Awards and Academic Competition Presentations

8:45am - 9:45am
Opening General Session: 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 2019's critical events as baseline, then examine what is driving the industry in 2020 and beyond. With unparalleled expert analysis, Inside Intermodal is the best way to understand our industry’s key trends and prepare for the future.

9:55am - 9:55am
Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall
10:00am - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Refreshment Break 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lunch provided 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

10:00am - 1:00pm
Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions
A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2020. Exhibitors will present a 20-minute case study with a customer, addressing how their product/service is solving a problem and benefiting the intermodal industry. Schedule available in July 2020.
10:00am - 1:00pm
Intermodal Industry Leader Series
Join us for a new addition to the activities in the exhibit hall where one-on-one conversations with leading intermodal executives will be featured. Industry leaders from each IANA division—3PL, Marine, Motor Carrier, Railroad, and Supplier—will have an opportunity to share their vision for intermodal. Don't miss this unique opportunity to interact with these influencers in our industry. Schedule available in July 2020.
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Intermodal University: Understanding Intermodal Drayage
While the glamour shot of intermodal might be the massive stack train rolling across the endless miles, the container isn't intermodal until it also hits the highway. Drayage constitutes about 1/3 of the intermodal cost equation and how well this vital task is performed can "make or break" intermodal's competitiveness for freight. What are the key success factors and best practices to ensure optimal performance in this important component of the intermodal picture?
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concurrent Session: Rethinking the Chassis Pit

The demands on space-constrained intermodal terminals are becoming ever more acute. Is the acreage devoted to chassis storage "low-hanging fruit" to be plucked, freeing up valuable additional space? With "trucker-owned-wheels" gaining momentum, does keeping the chassis on-site at the terminal still make sense? With the vast majority of intermodal terminals still mostly "wheeled", making the transition won't be easy. What are the pros and cons of taking the chassis off-site?

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concurrent Session: Understanding the Cyber Vulnerabilities to the Intermodal Network Security

According to cybersecurity heavyweight MacAfee, ransomware attacks doubled in 2019 and the trend shows no sign of slowing in 2020. The intermodal community has by no means been immune from the threat. We are heavily dependent on our complex and interconnected networks and perhaps, increasingly vulnerable. What must intermodal participants due to strengthen their defenses against attacks? And if the unthinkable happens and one of us becomes a target, what should we do... how fast and in what order?

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concurrent Session: What is the Future of the Domestic Container Fleet?

2019 was a challenging year for the rail-owned domestic container fleet. U.S. revenue moves in rail-owned boxes were down 12.4% versus 2018, a far greater decline than was seen in the private domestic container fleet. Why did this big decline take place, and will volume recover in 2020? In today's scheduled rail environment, rail investment capital is at a premium. Will the railroads continue to funnel a portion to the purchase of domestic containers? Could this function be spun out to a third party or might the railroads opt to have each retailer bring their own box?

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Networking Break
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Session: Chassis and Container Dislocations

In the complex world of intermodal, the free flow of containers and chassis is affected by a wealth of influences. Equipment piles up in the wrong location or in the right place but at the wrong time. The results are lower utilization, higher costs and unproductive empty moves. What can be done to improve this chronic problem?

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Session: Digging into the Data: 2020 Year-to-Date

How can you turn intermodal performance data into actionable operational insights? Join intermodal analyst and self-confessed data junkie, Larry Gross, as he helps show you how. He will take you on a deep dive into the 2020 year-to-date intermodal performance numbers and show you how they could inform your own decision making. Along the way, he will share some of his favorite methods of looking at the data.

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Concurrent Session: Improving Visibility Across the Intermodal Supply Chain

It is perhaps remarkable that we can track our dinner delivery from moment to moment, but that sometimes we can't locate a container within a thousand miles. Lack of visibility—to the participants within and the customers of the intermodal system—is an acknowledged shortcoming. What will it take to be able to track an intermodal shipment all the way from overseas origin to the receiver's dock?

3:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Pre-Game Happy Hour 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions
A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2020. Exhibitors will present a 20-minute case study with a customer, addressing how their product/service is solving a problem and benefiting the intermodal industry. Schedule available in July 2020.
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Intermodal Industry Leader Series
Join us for a new addition to the activities in the exhibit hall where one-on-one conversations with leading intermodal executives will be featured. Industry leaders from each IANA division—3PL, Marine, Motor Carrier, Railroad, and Supplier—will have an opportunity to share their vision for intermodal. Don't miss this unique opportunity to interact with these influencers in our industry. Schedule available in July 2020.
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Football on Monday Night Party

Unwind from a busy day with your colleagues and peers at our Monday Night Party! Watch the televised broadcast of Monday Night Football, play a few games and enjoy an open bar with food accompaniments.

Tuesday, September 15

7:30am - 3:00pm
Registration Open
7:30am - 8:00am
Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am
Intermodal University: Understanding Container Provisioning

The container has been called "The Box that Changed the World" and indeed, it's hard to imagine a more important component to the intermodal supply chain. What are the various types of container and who is responsible for providing this simple, durable yet vital piece of intermodal equipment? What are the mechanisms for ensuring a sufficient supply of containers is available in the right place at the right time... at the right price?

8:00am - 9:00am
Concurrent Session: Retailing Intermodal

Although the railroads of Canada have always had a strong retail intermodal presence, the history in the U.S. of railroad intermodal retail efforts is littered with failures and false starts. But now a new push into intermodal retailing on the part of the railroads may be underway. Big BCOs are acquiring their own private fleets of domestic containers and at least one railroad has acquired several truck lines. They say history repeats itself... but is it time to use the four most dangerous words in forecasting: "This time it's different?". Why are we seeing an increase in intermodal retailing and will the trend have legs?

8:00am - 9:00am
Concurrent Session: Warehousing, Logistics & Intermodal

Location, location, location is perhaps what real estate has always been about. In today's new hyper-service supply chain, proximity is king and often the magnet is the intermodal terminal. Intermodal, logistic services and industrial real estate are natural business partners and the examples of cooperation are multiplying. What are the best practices for these joint ventures and how are these partnerships unlocking new opportunities for intermodal?

8:00am - 9:00am
Concurrent Session: Will Electric Trucks Change the Competitive Landscape for Intermodal?

Once a distant dream, alternative-fuel trucks are seemingly fast approaching an economic reality. Some of the previous barriers - cost and weight are falling away. According to one source, the cost per kilowatt-hour of battery packs has plunged by no less than 87% since 2010. In addition to Silicon Valley innovators, well-established truck suppliers are weighing in with their own electric efforts. Among the touted benefits are fuel expense savings, longer life and reduced maintenance on a dead-simple drivetrain. What might the impact on intercity truck economics be and how far is this from a competitive reality?

9:00am - 9:30am
Networking Break
9:30am - 10:30am
General Session: The Voice of the Customer

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 up new and exciting opportunities for expansion? Join our panel of expert shippers to hear it straight from the customer.

10:30am - 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am - 11:30am
Concurrent Session: Data Science, the New Operational Compass?

If there's one thing the intermodal industry has no shortage of, it's data. But by itself, data is just a pile of numbers. It needs to be put in the right hands, in the right way, to inform our actions and improve the situation. Artificial intelligence and machine learning may hold the potential for helping the industry to make sense of the mountain of numbers accumulated each minute, improving predictability, reliability and cost. Where are such efforts at now and more importantly, where are we going with these important new analytical and forecasting tools?

11:00am - 11:30am
Concurrent Session: IANA's Update on Safety Data

Safety is always Job One in intermodal, and IANA plays a vital role in tracking performance and making sure that recommended practices are disseminated throughout the industry. IANA tracks and analyzes intermodal safety data from the FMCSA in a unique way. What are the latest safety trends in intermodal? Where are we succeeding and where is additional work required? Numbers don't lie – join the IANA team to learn the latest.

11:00am - 11:30am
Concurrent Session: The Intermodal Workforce of the Future

One of the perpetual challenges for any business is finding, and retaining the right people, and intermodal is no different. What are the biggest personnel issues currently facing the intermodal sector? As our needs continue to change at an ever-increasing rate, what must we do to attract and retain a motivated, diverse and rapidly changing workforce?

11:30am - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch provided 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

11:30am - 2:00pm
Exhibitor Dialogue Box Sessions
A dedicated presentation area located in the exhibit hall will be featured at Intermodal EXPO 2020. Exhibitors will present a 20-minute case study with a customer, addressing how their product/service is solving a problem and benefiting the intermodal industry. Schedule available in July 2020.
11:30am - 2:00pm
Intermodal Industry Leader Series
Join us for a new addition to the activities in the exhibit hall where one-on-one conversations with leading intermodal executives will be featured. Industry leaders from each IANA division—3PL, Marine, Motor Carrier, Railroad, and Supplier—will have an opportunity to share their vision for intermodal. Don't miss this unique opportunity to interact with these influencers in our industry. Schedule available in July 2020.
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bright Ideas: The 2020 Intermodal Innovation Incubator Competition

Back again and brighter than ever! Join us and celebrate our dynamic industry’s ingenuity with Bright Ideas, this year’s 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. Stay tuned for more details on how to submit your ideas!

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Closing Party
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!

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