The flow of trade is changing before our eyes. The pandemic did not create these changes, but have highlighted some of the structural issues in global trade patterns. New technologies and tools being developed and implemented will need to be nimble and flexible to accompany global supply chains that are in the midst of change. FreightWaves’ Global Supply Chain Week will gather the leaders in global trade for an event that will dive deep into the supply chains of various industries including retail, consumer packaged goods, automotive, and heavy industries.
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Julian VanErlach, SVP of Supply Chain at FabFitFun, talks about the challenges that come with DIY warehousing, packaging, and a realistic approach of where to cut the budget and where to splurge.
Container shipping has entered a downturn in the wake of a historic boom. Industry expert Lars Jensen gives his views on the future of global shipping alliances, the looming fallout from a record-high orderbook, and the outlook for both spot and annual contract rates in the Asia-U.S. trade.
The ocean shipping landscape is bracing for change with the announcement of the breakup of the Maersk-MSC alliance. Peter Friedmann, a top lobbyist for U.S. importers and exporters, discusses how alliance changes could affect his clients. Friedman also examines how uncertainty caused by ongoing labor talks on the U.S. West Coast is changing maritime investment and what to expect from the next version of ocean shipping reforms.
Because of the hard lessons that the COVID-19 pandemic taught us in 2020, more and more companies are considering reshoring or nearshoring their manufacturing operations. Rosemary Coates will discuss what's motivating corporations to shift their strategy and how that shift will impact supply chains around the world.
Bryn Heimbeck, the Co-Founder and President of Trade Tech, discusses how cloud-based platforms can increase efficiency between shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, warehouses and other international service providers. Technology should do more than provide visibility, it should help partners execute with efficiency.
Kaylee Nix sits down with Gordon Downes, CEO of NYSHEX for a zoomed-in view of the current ocean shipping market and how it could change the rest of this year.
Jackie Gonsalez, Vice President of Supply Chain Business Development at Crowley Logistics, joins us to discuss maritime industry trends, the impacts of nearshoring, reshoring, and what to watch for as the maritime space evolves in the post-pandemic era.
Air Cargo and Supply Chain Editor Eric Kulisch chats with freight economist Walter Kemmsies about how the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes, China's COVID policies, and shifts in global manufacturing are impacting the international freight industry.
Spot container shipping rates in the trans-Pacific market collapsed back to pre-pandemic levels last fall. Long-term rates are now following the same downward trajectory. Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund shares his outlook on 2023 annual contract negotiations in the trans-Pacific.
Kaylee Nix sits down with Matt Cicinelli from Hello Fresh to learn how the company is changing its approach to customer attraction and retention while handling the challenges that come up in a post-COVID world.
China being one of the biggest. Policy analyst Loren Smith discusses how China and its inflationary pressures will affect trucking markets in the U.S., the autonomous vehicle market in particular. Smith will also predict how supply chains will react the longer a labor battle over ocean container automation on the U.S. West Coast drags into 2023.
Ben Richey, Sr. Director of Transportation & Distribution at Black Rifle Coffee, talks about where they see the American consumer in this volatile market and what they are doing to deliver an amazing experience that aligns with their mission.
Chief Economist Anthony Smith and Pactum AI CEO Martin Rand cover the future of AI within the supply chain and trends to expect in the coming years.
Mike Baudendistel, FreightWaves’ Head of Intermodal Solutions, interviews Herman Haksteen, President of the Private Railcar Food and Beverage Association, to discuss how shippers can overcome rail service issues and other challenges to effectively incorporate rail into their supply chains.
Managing the middle mile and fulfillment is an important part of a retailer's supply chain. Bill Thayer from Fillogic talks about the importance of having shorter delivery times, and implementing local distribution centers where consumers can be reached more effectively.
Christina Hultsch is an attorney with the Benesch law firm and a specialist in pharmaceutical law. She speaks with John Kingston on the state of the pharmaceutical supply chain after the pandemic, how it held up during those difficult days and why moving away from Chinese supplies is a tough thing to make happen.
Supply chains and infrastructure became mainstream talking points around the country and inside the Beltway over the last three years, but the threat of inaction is a concern as things begin to normalize. Consumer goods supply chain executive Tom Madrecki discusses the types of legislation on which Congress will need to maintain focus so that the next disruption will cause less volatility for the economy.
The last few years have been an exercise in creating a flexible supply chain. Having a sustainable and resilient supply chain is a must have of 2023. Alex Winston and Mary O’Connell will chat about the importance of resilient supply chains and some creative ways to build them.
Nikola Corp. CEO Michael Lohscheller discusses what is needed to get hydrogen -- Earth's most abundant element - captured and distributed to power fuel cell trucks, starting with Nikola's own Tre FCEV in the second half of the year. He says mobile fueling is part of the solution for the long-term infrastructure.
NATSO is the trade group representing truck stop owners. And at an association like that, supply of diesel is always a focus. David Faikov joins editor at large John Kingston to discuss various policies under consideration in Washington regarding alternative fuels that might spill back into impacting the supply of diesel. Faikov is the head of government affairs for both NATSO and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, whose membership often overlaps.
Grace Sharkey chats with West Central Motor Freight managing partner Gregory Grimes to discuss the strategies behind servicing the automotive market. Grimes explains how one of the oldest freight brokerages in the United States leverages technology and its human capital to tackle shipping difficulties.
Radford University's Zach Collier provides an update on the semiconductor industry and shortages of chips that roiled the global economy during the pandemic. We learn about the key players, how supply chains have healed and new U.S. policies to better control this key technology and avoid future shortages that could harm the economy and national security.
In a wide-ranging interview, John Harms, a vice president of corporate advisory & banking at the Wall Street firm of Brown Brothers Harriman, talks about some of the macroeconomic impacts on the supply chain coming from various trends, including the growth of tariffs that have stayed in place from one administration to the next.
Dolores Santos - a fuel industry expert with more than 40 years experience selling to fleets - talks about how supply chain issues can impact fuel supply, and fuel price, and how buyers can protect themselves.
There were plenty of pandemic days when fear of diesel shortages and outright unavailability gripped the trucking market. Gary Bevers, long-time consultant to the fuel distribution supply chain, speaks with FreightWaves editor at large John Kingston on how the diesel market might have gotten expensive but it ultimately did not break down, and fuel was available throughout some tight times over the last few years.
Bp pulse fleet President Vic Shao dives into advancements, challenges and opportunities within the EV charging industry, including a breakdown of the current state of U.S. charging infrastructure. Shao also addresses the specific roadblocks facing electric trucks and delivery vans and helps answer the question: Will the EV industry be able to keep up with demand?
Tim Neal is a co-founder and CEO of GoExpedi, which has brought e-commerce practices and technology to the supply chain that gets necessary products into the oil patch. He’s also scaling the GoExpedi value proposition into manufacturing. He joins FreightWaves editor at large John Kingston to discuss how his company has brought this change in a relatively short time and what lessons he learned from Amazon.
Economists Anthony Smith and Charlie Chesbrough recap the shifting market dynamics within the auto industry from manufactures, dealers, consumers, infrastructure and more.
With driverless trucks set to deploy at the end of 2024, AV companies are entering the world of supply chains to ensure they have the parts they need for commercialization. Dave Maday, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy at Aurora will speak to how the company leverages its partnerships with manufacturers Volvo Trucks and Paccar Inc. to stay on schedule and deploy driverless trucks on time.
If hydrogen is to become a key fuel in the energy transition, it needs to have a robust supply chain behind it. In this fireside chat, Dr. Abbas Ghandi, director of energy and mobility at S&P Global Commodities Insights, sits down with FreightWaves editor at large John Kingston to lay out where that supply chain is now and how far it needs to go if widespread commercial adoption of hydrogen as an energy source is to make an impact.