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Global Logistics 2019: What's Ahead for 3PLs?

Start Date:3/28/2019

Start Time:1:00 PM CDT / 2Pm eDt

Duration:75 minutes


Global third-party logistics providers might feel like they’re in a vise grip. On one side, logistics software providers, both established and upstart, are trying to arm shippers with systems that render 3PLs less important. On the other side, some ocean carriers are aiming to recapture the supply chain management ground they ceded to 3PLs over the last decade. If anyone is used to the hustle, it’s logistics service providers experienced in low-margin markets, but the burden to remain relevant is more pronounced than ever. Although much of the focus in 2018 centered on the impact that digital forwarders worldwide might have on legacy companies, that simplifies the challenges 3PLs face, especially those with extensive forwarding operations. Margin-based buying and selling of capacity probably isn’t a sustainable model in an environment where shippers have detailed insight into freight rates. Relying on shippers to use obsolete or user-unfriendly systems when easy-to-deploy, affordable, and browser-accessible freight management tools abound likewise isn’t a sound strategy. And, with large global shippers generally preferring to deal directly with carriers as much as possible, the movement of carriers into services ancillary to port-to-port operations is another cause for concern. Maersk Group’s September decision to hive off the origin services from its 3PL sister company Damco and incorporate those services into its liner carrier business is emblematic of this last dynamic. CMA CGM’s increasingly close ties to CEVA Logistics, including a 25 percent investment stake, is another. Those carriers, and potentially others, might have seen it as a mistake to forfeit the lucrative supply chain management turf and the deeper customer relationships that come with those services. All of these forces are set to compel 3PLs to double down on investment in two key areas: global supply chain visibility and execution and technology at large. Those two are inextricably linked, and 3PLs focusing on those areas inevitably will move further away from a pure margin-taking model.

This webcast will analyze the state of the 3PL market as the first quarter of 2019 comes to a close.

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Chris Brooks


Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Director, Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Chris Brooks leads JOC Events programs and works closely with the online team focusing on and The Journal of Commerce. A 30-year company veteran, his career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting, and overseeing numerous websites. From 2008 through 2017, he managed the day-to-day editorial operation, including its team of award-winning journalists. He now leads the programming teams for nine annual JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, Container Trade Europe, and the JOC Inland Distribution, Gulf Shipping, Breakbulk and Heavy-Lift, and Port Performance North America conferences. Brooks also oversees the JOC's editorially driven series of webinars. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Steve Walker

CEO & Founder, SWG

With a solid 45 year portfolio of success in freight and logistics, Steve is a former director of the $10 billion turnover logistics specialist DSV and founder of SBS Worldwide, the internationally award-winning forwarding and global transportation group. Recognising the need for supply chains to be digitised effectively, Steve recently founded SWG Global, delivering a suite of customised solutions, that help shippers and forwarders correct the past, control the present and look into the future.

Currently Steve is consulting on various M&A and talent-spotting initiatives, advising the board of a leading UK private forwarder, and working with one of the UK’s largest publishers - auditing and advising on international supply chain improvements, with particular focus on their extensive US distribution operation.

Eric Johnson

Senior Editor, Technology

JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Eric Johnson is the JOC’s senior editor of technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use the software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. He has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC area.

Nerijus Poskus

Vice President and Head of Ocean Freight, Flexport

Nerijus Poskus is a vice president at Flexport. He develops global partnerships with ocean carriers and builds ocean operations to ensure that the company's ocean service is best-in-class and competitively priced. He has a unique vision how Flexport data can continuously improve reliability for clients and create a better predictability for ocean carriers. Prior to joining Flexport in 2015, Poskus spent six years at Kuehne + Nagel, where he built a national pricing function serving the company’s US offices and procured ocean freight on the trans-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent trade lanes.


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