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Marc Levinson wrote the definitive book on the history of the cargo container: The Box. It’s about disruption, it’s about global trade, it’s about how a seemingly simple invention can revolutionize the world. Marc will join the Global Chain Supply Summit to talk about those subjects once again, but this time with the perspective of 15 years after the book first published, and with the experience of the pandemic shaping his perspective.
In this in-depth conversation between Flexport COO, Sanne Manders, and Ocean Audit CEO, Steve Ferreira, the two industry experts will explore how global shipping can “pick up the pieces” from 2020. What are the fundamental changes in technology, business and relationship management that need to take place to make a stronger, better global shipping industry? How can we move forward, and not return to the status quo?
2020 was a record year for weather disasters in the United States and shipping activity was impacted by those disasters. How do shippers navigate extreme weather events, especially as a changing climate moves to make disasters a more regular occurrence?
Every corner of the transportation industry has seen some level of digitization. But digital transformation doesn’t happen overnight. How can supply chains build a digitization strategy to handle today’s disruptions and their long-term goals? In this Fireside Chat, Christian Piller, VP of Value Engineering at project44, will sit down with Dolly Wagner-Wilkins, Chief Technology Officer at Worldwide Express, to discuss the biggest areas of opportunity for supply chain digitization and what challenges organizations may face when implementing digital technologies.
Lori Ann interviews ImportGenius analyst William George on how the volumes moving along the maritime super highway, and the bills of lading and customs offer us key forward looking information.
The mismatch timing of payments is always a challenge for freight forwarders and brokers. Trying to explain the process to outside auditors and finacing firms is often even more difficult. There is a right way to handle this process though.
Philip Damas, head of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors in the UK, and Andy Gillespie, Director Global Logistics at Ansell, debate the unprecedented and unexpected bottlenecks of international ocean transportation and their implications for importers and exporters.
Founder and CEO of Logitalent, Bill Paul speaks with Steve Ferreira on recruitment during 2 of the most unusual events in the history of container shipping: Covid-19 and a equally contagious hot market.
Tune in for this SONAR showcase to learn a use case for Freight Forwarders and International Shippers can turn to SONAR to better understand maritime capacity fluctuations and bookings as seen in the Ocean TEUs Index and US Customs Maritime Import Shipments Index and how that correlates with the Freightos Baltic Daily Index.These SONAR indices give maritime shippers a full look at not only trade planning, but potential changes in pricing. When using these prior mentioned indices, you can start to get a sense of the impacts on inland freight by filtering the Outbound Tender Volume Index to the LA markets to get a sense of the impact on spot truckload prices.
Join us as we explore fund raising and investing in freight technology prior to, throughout, and after COVID-19. In addition, we will discuss changes in in supply chains as a result of changing demands on the freight industry.
In the years to come, what will container shipping look like? Will ownership still be this consolidated? Will regulators break up the alliances? Will ships remain the current size and ply the same trade lanes?
Container freight rates are at all-time highs, yet service levels are at all-time lows, causing stockouts for shippers, as well as unbudgeted freight expenses. Gordon Downes from NYSHEX will discuss how 2-way committed contracts have proven to enable reliable supply chains and predictable landed costs.
The U.S. Coast Guard has special ships capable of breaking ice in polar regions, clearing lanes for container ships. Their missions also include strategic national security objectives and scientific research. We'll chat with Capt. William Woityra about these missions and the logistics behind them.
Booming imports and the effects of COVID-19 are straining container supply chains while causing transportation rates to surge and port congestion get worse. U.S. exporters, meanwhile, contend there’s more to the picture than just the economy: container line operators should be held to account for declining service and management decisions that are hurting customers’ bottom line. This fireside chat will feature Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel in a discussion about the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission's role in this unprecedented confluence of events and the options the agency has to deal with it.
Supply-chain digitalisation is accelerating at pace, while customer demand is driving an increased desire for transparency and visibility. Successfully navigating these buzzwords, while keeping spending under control often means that supply-chain security is often overlooked. Join industry veteran and noted academic Amy Broglin-Peterson, cyber / info / physical security expert Rich Mason, and Australian-based technology Founder Jonathan Kempe with a playful and thought-provoking take on supply-chain security: Layer 1 (physical), the role of IoT devices and biometrics, generating trustworthy data, supply-chain risks (and risk mitigation), and how all of these concepts are encompassed in the emerging #sureshoring movement.
Deep Cognition is a lead provider in Artificial Intelligence development and deployment platforms and solutions. In this Fireside chat, we will discuss our unique AI-based OCR software that offers data entry automation that is directly integrated into TMS or ERP systems. From commercial invoices and table extractions to bill of ladings, our software is intelligent to do it all without using templates.
While our everyday lives have been changed by the widespread adoption of technology and e-commerce in 2020, the ocean-going container hasn't changed much since its first introduction in the 1970s. That may be changing. Rebecca Fenneman will interview MG (Ret.) Charlie Fletcher about the development of a global secure container and its potential impact on container shipping.
Tune into this segment to see how SONAR's maritime indices provide deep insights into the impacts on drayage and inland truckload freight pricing and capacity. Learn how both carriers and brokers can use the maritime data to reposition sales an assets to those ports where there is increased activity. Further, the SONAR team will showcase a dashboard that displays these flows in a great visualization.
There’s more funding available to startups focused on maritime. Some startups are seeking to create operational efficiencies, saving costs and reducing ships’ greenhouse gas emissions. Others are seeking to provide more visibility on cargoes and vessels.
A company like Forward Air has been whipsawed during the pandemic. Air freight, which serves as the backbone of many Forward Air operations, saw new customers looking to take advantage of airlines that were trying to fill planes with something instead of passengers. The company then got hit with a cyberattack late in the year that served as a cautionary tale for companies not just in the supply chain everywhere. He’ll sit down with editor at large John Kingston for a fireside chat.
Have you ever wondered why in the era of global e-commerce, customer satisfaction and one click solutions, cargo claims remain a nightmare for importers and exporters worldwide? Lina and Steve discuss billions of waste absorbed by the cargo interest for damaged in transit cargo and how to take action to defend yourself.
How will the surging demand for air cargo transport last into the new year? Will emerging technologies (like drones) have an impact on the future of cargo delivery?
The balance of power between ocean carriers and cargo shippers has changed. Carriers are now firmly in the driver’s seat – with major implications for service contract negotiations and spot rates. Is it the new normal or just temporary?
Traders and investors have three main ways to play container shipping: They can buy shares of listed container liner companies, ship-leasing companies or box-leasing companies. Each offers different exposure to today’s cargo boom.
Zack Strickland sits with Anthony Smith, FreightWaves Economist to discuss key economic data like housing and construction numbers, correlating these data points to insights from SONAR to provide potential leading indicators on the freight market.
Even with a global pandemic, supply chains of the future will be increasingly global in nature. During this full week of supply chain insights, you’ll hear from different sectors of the supply chain universe: automotive; food and perishables; retail; manufacturing; consumer packaged goods; and much more. Expect to hear about the most important trends affecting every mode of transportation, from first- to last-mile and everything in between. Additionally, FreightWaves will get you up to speed with all of the important developments in trade relations that can open up opportunities for your organization in the future. We no longer live in the world of isolated supply chains. Disruptions in one corner of the world can impact your operations at home. With the turbulence of 2020 behind us (hopefully), Global Supply Chain Week will examine where the dust has settled and share lessons on reacting to the enormous disruptions of the previous year. We’re covering all the bases in eight straight days of supply chain focus.
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Day 1 of the Global Supply Chain Week will dive into the defense and military supply chains that keep us safe. After all, many of the logistics practices used today were pioneered by the U.S. military. It operates globally, its bases are far-flung, and its supply chains must be protected and function smoothly 24/7. Logistics providers and companies working with the U.S. military won’t want to miss this impactful day so they can better serve the needs of our armed forces. We’ll examine the inputs and coordination needed to keep the defense sector producing the materials essential to maintaining a strong military.
Additionally, with recent technology improvements and market swings, Day 1 of Global Supply Chain Week will cover the latest trends and best strategies for success in global manufacturing. How can organizations become more agile in an increasingly complex world? Lean supply chains are crucial to successful manufacturing strategies.
Tag in for Day 2 when attention turns to the growing complexities and demands of retail supply, building and construction supply chains. Consumer expectations are rapidly changing and retail businesses are having to reevaluate age-old practices to keep up with e-commerce. From warehousing to navigating the turbulent waters of exporting and importing, expect to hear from big-name organizations and the next generation of innovative retail strategies.
In addition, the unique qualities of the construction sector are up for discussion on Day 4. Unlike other sectors, virtually every finished product in the construction industry is different from the last. This creates unique challenges for supply chains. From design to procurement to suppliers and contracts, expect to hear discussions around managing the execution of these chains from start to finish.
From sourcing through consumption, food and CPG supply chains were pivotal to keeping the world sane in 2020. Without the strength of these vital sectors, the stress and anxiety that so many people experienced would have been exponentially worse. Getting food to the places that need it most, whether in the developed or developing world, requires intense coordination and forward planning. This day will cover agriculture, restaurants, perishables and more! Produce transportation has never looked so good!
Automotive supply chains, just like other supply chains, have seen significant disruptions throughout the entire network over the past year. COVID-19 halted production for weeks. Suppliers and OEMs experienced labor shortages as outbreaks wreaked havoc. However, the industry’s recovery process has been well underway as suppliers play catch-up on orders. Tune in today as we dive deeper into the issues that are driving the auto industry, including cross-border trade, the push toward electrification, and Asian suppliers’ role in trans-Pacific volatility.
From oil and gas to everything hazmat and underground, the fifth day of the Global Supply Chain Week will dive into the raw materials and energy industries. After a year that saw the price of a barrel of oil dip into negative territory, what can transportation professionals and others expect from the turbulent energy sector? The ripple effects caused by drastic market changes in oil and gas can be felt throughout the economy and especially in transportation and supply chains. What can we expect from demand for new pipelines and drilling equipment? Don’t miss out on this impactful day during the Global Supply Chain Week.
Week two is certain to let it all out. We’re diving into everything maritime, geopolitics, air cargo and container shipping. Getting goods from point A to point B when there are customs and international regulatory hurdles is an ever-evolving challenge. Expect to hear conversations on global logistics, importing/exporting, trade relations, sustainability, containerized trade, ports and, of course, the technology propelling all of these topics forward.
In addition, we’ll introduce influential speakers from outside the world of freight. Attendees will hear from leaders who have a history of shaking things up and who can bring experience and insights unique to their lives. These are keynotes that you simply do not want to miss. Hop on the bus and ride along with the future of global supply chains!
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