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2019 Trade and Transportation Outlook: A BCO Primer for a Turbulent Year Ahead

Start Date:12/13/2018

Start Time:1:00 PM CST / 2Pm et

Duration:60 minutes


For many shippers, 2018 was a rude awakening and a sign of continued and perhaps steeper challenges ahead. New US trucking regulation that has cut capacity as demand builds has dramatically changed the landscape. Trucking companies are in the driver’s seat not only on pricing, but also whether delivery is even available.  On the ocean side, reliability is hitting new lows and the chaos around the just-completed trans-Pacific peak season frustrated North American importers. Speaking generally, there’s little sign that trucking prices and space pressures will ease in 2019, nor is there a sense that ocean service will rebound dramatically. Adding to the volatility is uncertainty about the direction of the global economy and the extent to which tariffs will impact US consumer confidence. With all that in mind, 2019 will be the year shippers try to take better control of their supply chains via better planning, technology, and other innovation. There will be things they can’t control, but there is a growing realization that changes they can control must come from them and they can no longer rely on their transportation partners.


This webcast will provide data-backed analysis on where shipping is heading into 2019 and highlight ways shippers can work independently and with their transportation providers to get a better grip on their supply chains.

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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.

Moderator - Mark Szakonyi

Executive Editor, and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team of two dozen editors and global correspondents that provide business-critical and data-heavy business intelligence and analysis. Szakonyi oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. In addition to supporting all JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, and the Inland Distribution Conference, he is chairman of the annual Canada Trade Conference. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, NPR, and USA Today. He has bachelor degrees in political science and English from Elmhurst College, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

William Cassidy

Senior Editor, Trucking and Domestic Transportation

JOC, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor, and associate editor. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's Road Dog Trucking program and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.

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.

2019 Trade and Transportation Outlook: A BCO Primer for a Turbulent Year Ahead
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