10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Transportation 101 - Overview
Overview of Freight Transportation Marketplace
Fundamentals of Freight will begin by providing attendees with a high level profile and exploration of the freight transportation markets. Following this overview, participants will break into two groups -- (1) rail and intermodal, and (2) trucking -- for 90 minutes of presentation and discussion.
We encourage trucking executives to utilize this opportunity to better understand rail and intermodal, and vice-versa.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Transportation 101 - Rail & Intermodal Track
Topics to be addressed include:
· The economic and regulatory factors behind the industry’s evolution
· The varied equipment types and commodities moved by each mode
· Present trends in freight transportation and a brief look at what to expect going forward
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Concurrent sessions running every 30 minutes, exploring transformative ideas in transportation.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Conference Kickoff: Maximizing Your Conference Experience
Whether you are a first time or returning attendee, you are looking to make the most of your time. Meet several of the FTR Experts who will be leading the charge and let us give you insight into how the depth and breadth of knowledge presented at the conference can help you and your organization. Unsure of what sessions to attend? We will give you the lowdown of what we will be focusing on in each content channel to help you schedule those sessions that will give you maximum benefit.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
How Technology Will Change Rail Economics
North American railroads have invested billions of dollars in new technology, Positive Train Control, wayside car inspection systems, drones, automated track inspections, and more. What else is coming? What has been/will be the impact of technology on rail costs? Will technology investments help the railroads improve service enabling faster growth in revenue? We will explore the likely impact of technology on both rail costs and revenue?
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
What Shifting Demographics Mean for Commerce
As we approach the peak of the baby boomer retirements combined with fewer young workers entering the workforce, there are clear implications to labor and commerce. This shift is affecting purchasing habits, consumer demands, inventory needs, and transportation demand. Likewise, this change will have a clear impact when the economy slows in the future, as declines will not be uniform across industries and demographic subpopulations.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Electric Vehicles - Charging the Future of Freight
Production commercial electric vehicles are entering the market from upstart newcomers and well-known truck OEMs. Electric vehicles are not the solution for every freight segment, but they are viable alternatives for specific duty cycles. Advances in this technology are rapid. Electric trucks will grow into wider uses as the technology matures and confidence replaces speculation. Arguments for and against electric trucks center on weight, technology, cost, and charging/electric grid issues. Join the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s Director of Future Technologies Studies, Rick Mihelic, as he brings some clarity and insight into this complex topic.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Right of Use Lease Accounting: A Data-driven Future
The new lease accounting rules will put railcar operating leases on the lessee’s balance sheet. About half of the 1.65 million rail cars in the fleet will be affected and the total value of the lease obligations that will be added to the balance sheets of U.S. companies is estimated between $7-10 billion. Find out how some lessees plan to handle the new accounting for full service leases, the types of software that are available to manage lease information, and the potential impact on future lease rate negotiations as lessees tap into big databases of railcar maintenance and repair costs.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Impact of Autonomous Trucks on the US Trucking Industry
Vehicle automation and digitalization will bring disruptive change to the trucking industry over the next decade. New business models like the transfer hub concept will eventually enable the operation of driverless trucks on interstates. The consequent operating cost savings will be significant, ranging from 25- 40% cost reductions compared with today's trucks. In addition, booking platforms will increase the transparency of available capacity and freight rates, and partially pass the operating cost savings on to the end customer. Stephan Keese, Senior Partner at Roland Berger, will explore the scope and timing of these trends and their impact on the logistics industry's structure.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Frictionless Freight Matching
In a world where “Everything that can be automated…will be automated” the era of digital freight matching is rapidly advancing in all segments of the freight movements. This transformation is especially evident in the volatile “transactional” spot market. This session will be led by Truckstop.com’s Chief Relationship Officer, Brent Hutto and GM of Freight, Trent Broberg. Using Truckstop.com’s industry leading data, they will discuss the market conditions and requirements that are occurring and what these advancements mean to the future success of carriers, brokers and shippers.
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
FTR Service & New Product Platform
In this short 15 minute session, the FTR team will highlight the opportunities for you to make the most of your subscription and provide an overview of new improvements coming to the FTR report platform. Immediately following Freightology sessions, join the FTR team to see the Intermodal product on the new interactive reporting platform, and learn about conference opportunities to demo the new product or meet for a 1-on-1 in the FTR Client Service Room.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Media Session (Invite ONLY)
Media Only - With the breadth and depth of topics covered during the full conference, this session is designed to provide a road map of how to most effictively cover content from the conference for one's specific readership. This is an excellent opportunity for media members to make initial contact with the FTR industry experts and find additional resources.