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Steve DowseGeneral Manager, International Solutions, FourKites

At the end of February, ocean shippers, carriers and freight forwarders will convene in Long Beach, California for TPM22, the premier ocean shipping conference. What’s especially exciting is that this is the first time that TPM has met in person in almost two years. For years, I’ve attended this event and always leave more knowledgeable about the state of ocean freight. Here are the top six sessions that you won’t want to miss:

Monday, February 28:

A Conversation With Wayfair CEO Niraj Shah

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm (PST)

Wayfair has been an innovative retailer for a number of years, even establishing an in-house logistics provider. In this session, CEO Niraj Shah discusses how the retailer has navigated the past two years and how this model can be applied for U.S. retailers in the future. I am looking forward to hearing Shah’s thoughts on supply chain challenges facing retailers in the e-commerce space and the strategies for overcoming them.

From Ocean to Inland: Breaking the Bottlenecks

3:50 pm – 4:35 pm (PST)

Continual supply chain disruptions of all types have made it even more clear on where the bottlenecks are in the multimodal journey. Understanding bottlenecks that disrupt and delay freight logistics from ocean to inland is essential and visibility solutions such as FourKites’ multimodal visibility can help.

Examining How Public Data Initiatives Can Unravel Supply Chain Snarls

4:35 pm – 5:20 pm (PST)

Shippers around the globe are hungry for data, especially those that can help optimize their supply chain. The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission and the Port of Long Beach have announced initiatives on just that. This will be an interesting session on the goal of public data for supply chain initiatives and how private companies can collaborate with the public sector.

Tuesday, March 1:

TPM Accelerator: Breaking Down SIlos

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm (PST)

The global supply chain has seen innovation, acquisitions and consolidations bring great change. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) explores the shifting dynamics of logistics to provider business models and the roles that visibility companies like FourKites play in disrupting the status quo.

TPM CEO Series: Restoring Network Fluidity, a Presentation and Conversation with ONE’s Jeremy Nixon

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm (PST)

Jeremy Nixon, CEO at ONE, has been long-regarded as a straight talking and visionary leader in the ocean container world. He will speak candidly about the service disruptions and the long road to covering service reliability.

Shipper Perspectives: Seizing Control of Your Import Supply Chain

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm (PST)

Crocs, like many shippers, has seen its fair share of challenges in the chaotic ocean shipping environment. Crocs ended 2021 with revenue increases of 67% compared to the previous year’s revenue. I’m excited to hear Crocs discuss its success story and best practices for overcoming supply chain challenges.

Going to TPMTech too? Don’t Miss this Session!:

How Can Technology Resolve the Demurrage & Detention Challenge?

Friday, February 25, 10:10 am – 10:40 am (PST)

If you’ll be at TPMTech the week before TPM22, you don’t want to miss this session focused on demurrage and detention. The panel of experts will discuss the key challenges stemming from demurrage and detention fees and how digitization and technology can mitigate these challenges.


Want to learn more about how end-to-end visibility can transform your international supply chain? Book a meeting with FourKites at TPM22. Or, stop by our exhibitor table to learn why FourKites is trusted by the world’s most recognized brands, including Coca-Cola, Walmart, Dow and many more.

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