The Business of Intermodal Continues Program

Important Information for all Events

New for Fall 2020! The Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management is pleased to announce the addition of another opportunity for our students to listen to industry leaders and gain valuable knowledge outside of the classroom.

This new series is called The Business of Intermodal Continues Program and it is hosted by IANA! This series includes educational webinars, virtual panel discussions, market updates, and industry leader interviews. One of IANA’s core missions to provide members with the tools and knowledge to advance their business. IANA is sharing this valuable educational program for the benefit of our students. Through this program, IANA will be delivering content that is responsive to the business needs of their members in distinct series:

  • Signature Series – presenting premium opportunities for understanding the past, present and future of the intermodal industry.
  • The Technology of Intermodal – examining the value and impacts of technology on the intermodal supply chain.
  • The Continuity of Intermodal Operations – providing data on the current state of the market, discussing concerns with the new economic realities and how to mitigate the effects to your business.
  • Intermodal University – offering foundational information on how the intermodal industry operates designed for those new to the industry, as well as for those who may want a "refresher course". Included is a series featuring Industry Leaders, sharing their philosophies, business insights and perspectives.

UNT students may attend any of the IANA virtual events offered. The events provided in the Intermodal University are similar to the current speaker events in the Logistics Executive Lecture Series at UNT. Students can earn credit for attending any IANA event in The Business of Intermodal Continues Program. In order to be included in the post-event attendance reports and receive credit for attending, UNT Students must register using the specific registration links provided below.

Upcoming Events

The registration links for following events in the Business of Intermodal Continues Program are provided specifically for UNT students, faculty and researchers. New events and registration links will be added as they are scheduled.

The Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management would like to give special thanks to IANA for providing these educational opportunities.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26
2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern/1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central

Intermodal Analyzed - January

With 2020 in the rear view, it’s time to take stock of what happened in intermodal and what it might tell us about 2021. Join leading analyst, Larry Gross — “The Intermodalist” — as he digs into the data and helps makes sense of it all. Calling on IANA’s Intermodal Volume Analyzer as well as his own publication Intermodal In-Depth, Larry will paint the big picture of intermodal while walking us through the numbers and what they are telling us. For a timely and insightful look at the year that was, be sure to sign up for Intermodal Analyzed.

Previous Events
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern/11:30 to 1:00 p.m. Central

Bright Ideas Innovation Incubator 2020

Back again and brighter than ever! Join us and celebrate our dynamic industry’s ingenuity with Bright Ideas, this year’s Intermodal Innovation Incubator Competition. Seven presenters, drawn from IANA member companies, will each deliver fast-paced, thought-provoking seven-minute presentations on the ideas they believe can transform the intermodal industry. Sarah Barnes-Humphrey—the creator and host of the Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast and the SC - Supply Chain TV YouTube.com channel—will serve as master of ceremonies. This is a must-see event, showcasing the best of the best innovations our industry continues to deliver!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Intermodal Workforce of the Future

One of the perpetual challenges for any business is finding, and retaining the right people, and intermodal is no different. What are the biggest issues currently facing the intermodal sector regarding talent acquisition and development? As our needs and the expectations from the talent pool continue to change at an ever-increasing rate, what must we do to attract and retain a motivated, diverse and rapidly changing workforce? We know we must do more, but where do we start, and what approaches do we need to take in the current employment environment?

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Inside the Numbers: Q3 Review

How is intermodal performing? Join us and our experts from TTX Company as we discuss intermodal’s 2020 third quarter performance. We will also examine the larger economy, intermodal trends, and offer insight into what to keep an eye on.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Industry Leader Series: Gene Seroka, Port of Los Angeles

Join us as we sit down with our top industry leaders to discuss economics, trade, freight and the business of intermodal. Over the course of this series, we will talk with a diverse group of executives from across the intermodal supply chain. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to step inside the C-Suite of leading organizations and spend time with some of the most influential voices in our field. IANA’s Industry Leaders Series —no filters, no scripts, just straight talk.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Understanding the Cyber Vulnerabilities to the Intermodal Network

According to cybersecurity heavyweight MacAfee, ransomware attacks doubled in 2019 and the trend shows no signs of slowing in 2020. The intermodal community has by no means been immune from this threat. We are heavily dependent on our complex and interconnected IT networks and perhaps, becoming increasingly vulnerable due to the rapid increase in the use of technology and data systems. What must intermodal participants do to strengthen their defenses against such attacks? And if the unthinkable happens and one of us becomes a target, what should we do... how fast and in what order?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Intermodal Analyzed

The economy has taken a big hit from the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the intermodal world has not been immune. This, on top of the tariff issues that already were in play, has affected the business. Now, more than ever, it’s important to know the facts regarding where intermodal stands and what the trends are.

To help our members and the intermodal community navigate through these turbulent waters, IANA is launching a free monthly webinar series, Intermodal Analyzed. Join leading intermodal analyst Larry Gross, “The Intermodalist”, as he imparts his knowledge and makes use of new analytical tools such as IANA’s Intermodal Volume Analyzer to paint the big picture in intermodal while also pointing out the important messages in the numbers. For a quick and insightful look into the state of intermodal, be sure to sign up for Intermodal Analyzed.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Improving Visibility Across the Intermodal Supply Chain

It is perhaps remarkable that we can track our dinner delivery from moment to moment, but sometimes we can't locate a container within a thousand miles. This lack of visibility—to both the participants within, and the customers of, the intermodal ecosystem—is an acknowledged shortcoming of the business and is hampering its efficiency and growth. What will it take to be able to track an intermodal shipment in real-time all the way from overseas origin to the receiver's dock? What challenges remain, and when can we expect to see the light at the end of the tunnel?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

The Voice of the Customer

Whether it's imports or exports, intermodal is an integral component of nearly every shippers' supply chain. But in this unpredictable world, what works today may not work tomorrow. How well is intermodal meeting the needs of today's shippers? What changes are needed to open new and exciting opportunities for growth? Given the recent events that have rocked the world’s economy, what are shippers thinking about their supply chains and sourcing? Join in with our expert shippers to hear it straight from the customer.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Understanding Drayage

While the glamour shot of intermodal might be the massive double stack train rolling across the endless miles, the container isn't “intermodal” until it also hits the roads. The drayage portion of the business constitutes about 1/3 of the intermodal cost equation, and how well this vital task is performed can "make or break" intermodal's competitiveness for the movement of freight. What are the key success factors and best practices to ensure optimal performance and competitiveness in this important component of the intermodal picture? We will break it down for you, so come ready with your questions!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Intermodal Analyzed

The economy has taken a big hit from the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the intermodal world has not been immune. This, on top of the tariff issues that already were in play, has affected the business. Now, more than ever, it’s important to know the facts regarding where intermodal stands and what the trends are.

To help our members and the intermodal community navigate through these turbulent waters, IANA is launching a free monthly webinar series, Intermodal Analyzed. Join leading intermodal analyst Larry Gross, “The Intermodalist”, as he imparts his knowledge and makes use of new analytical tools such as IANA’s Intermodal Volume Analyzer to paint the big picture in intermodal while also pointing out the important messages in the numbers. For a quick and insightful look into the state of intermodal, be sure to sign up for Intermodal Analyzed.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern/12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central

Inside Intermodal

Where is the intermodal supply chain headed? With opportunity and challenge seemingly around every corner, Inside Intermodal will provide in-depth analysis from multiple perspectives—marine, rail, trucking and technology—to help make sense of it all. The session will begin with a review of 2019's critical events as baseline, then examine what is driving the industry in 2020 and beyond. With unparalleled expert analysis, Inside Intermodal is the best way to understand our industry’s key trends and prepare for the future.

Silver Kingpin Award

Also, as part of this session, we will present the prestigious Silver Kingpin Award. This year's recipient is Vincent J. Marino, president and CEO of the Marino Group.

The Silver Kingpin, the industry's most prestigious award, recognizes an individual's long-term contributions to intermodalism.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Industry Leader: Mark Yeager, Redwood Logistics

Join us as we sit down with Mark Yeager, CEO of Redwood Logistics, as he shares his insights on economics, the future of freight and what it takes to succeed in the business of intermodal.

Since 2018, Mark has served as the CEO of Redwood Logistics, one of North America’s most tech-savvy 3PLs. Mark also serves as Senior Adviser at CI Capital Partners. Mark was CEO of Simplified Logistics LLC when it was merged with Redwood. Prior to joining Simplified and CI, Mark served in many senior leadership roles at Hub Group. During his 23-years with Hub, Mark served as President, COO, President of Field Operations, and Division President, Secretary and General Counsel, amongst other roles. Prior to joining Hug Group, Mark practiced law with Grippo & Elden and Sidley & Austin. Mark holds a JD from Georgetown University BA from Indiana University.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to step inside the C-Suite of Redwood Logistics, with Mark. No filters, no scripts, just straight talk.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Inside the Numbers: Q2 Review

How is intermodal performing? Join us and our experts from TTX Company as we discuss intermodal’s 2020 Q2 performance. We will also examine the larger economy, intermodal trends, and offer insight into what to keep an eye on.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
2:00 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Central

Next-Level Truck Technology and the Effects on Intermodal’s Competitive Landscape

Once a distant dream, alternative-fuel trucks are fast approaching an economic reality, while automation technology is also making critical leaps forward. As some of the previous barriers, such as cost and weight, fall away, startup innovators have joined well-established truck OEMs pushing the boundaries of technology and closing the time-to-market. Among the touted benefits are fuel expense savings, improved safety features, longer life and reduced maintenance costs. What might this next-level truck technology mean for intermodal’s competitive landscape? Transport Topics' Seth Clevenger will lead a panel of industry experts in discussing.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
11:30 p.m. Eastern/12:30 p.m. Central

Industry Leader: Katie Farmer, BNSF Railway

Join us as we sit down with Katie M. Farmer, the Executive Vice President of Operations for BNSF Railway—and past Chairman of IANA—as she shares her insights on trade, the future of freight and what it takes to succeed in the business of intermodal.

In her current role, Katie oversees BNSF Railway’s entire operations organization, including engineering, environmental, mechanical, operations support, transportation, safety and training, service design, and resource protection. Since starting her career in the railroad industry as a management trainee with the Burlington Northern in 1992, Katie has held a variety of positions in nearly every area of railroading. She has served in roles in sales and marketing, finance, customer solutions and network operations.