As 2020 draws toward its close, North American shippers are
wondering whether 2021 will be a year of tight transportation
capacity, high freight demand, and rising trucking and intermodal
rates or the year transportation goes flat as the US and global
economic recoveries stagnate.
This year could hardly have been more chaotic, with two inversions in US domestic freight markets as the recession first killed freight demand and then revived it, as the need for inventory replenishment built up a wave of imports that squeezed capacity and US freight pricing.
With so many variables in play, including the continuing COVID-19 threat, it's never been harder to plan for a new year. Business cycles are moving faster, with swings in truck pricing power and capacity occurring almost every year.
This two-part webcast series will help shippers sort fact from hype and develop a grounded view of coming logistics needs and transportation environment. Our panels will bring together top analysts, shippers, and trucking, intermodal, and logistics executives.
The result will be an event that connects the dots between the international supply chain, from seaports, and transloading to last-mile logistics. We'll map the broad issues and dig into specific problems shippers face moving goods from origin to market in the COVID-19 era.
JOC Principal Journalist, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit
Director, Transportation Consulting
Executive Director, MIT Center of Transportation & Logistics; and Chief Scientist, DAT Solutions
Senior Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade
2:00-2:05 pm Welcome Remarks
2:05-2:45 pm The Economic and Freight Outlook How will the US economic recovery evolve in 2021, and how will it affect supply chains, modal choices, and shipper plans and budgeting in the year ahead? Eight months after the initial COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns threw the economy into a deep recession, shippers are still dealing with supply chain disruption and dislocation. The strong freight demand generated during the recovery has meant more dislocation, but the recovery has been uneven. This panel will delve into the economic outlook for the US, what that means for freight demand and transportation pricing, and what shippers should do to prepare for what could be a stronger but costlier US surface transportation environment in 2021.
2:45-3:30 pm The Trucking Outlook: Analyzing Pricing Dynamics
3:30 pm Closing Remarks
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