FTR to Present Educational Sessions at IANA Intermodal EXPO


FTR, a recognized thought leader in North American freight transportation intelligence, is the organizer of program sessions for the “Intermodal Economic Environment,” one of four tracks in this year’s expanded Intermodal EXPO education program.  Presentations by FTR’s Larry Gross and Noël Perry, along with other key industry leaders, including Bill Strauss, Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will focus on industry specific trends and forecasts useful to all intermodal supply chain stakeholders. 

“We are pleased to be a part of the educational offerings at this year’s Intermodal EXPO,” said Larry Gross, Senior Consultant of FTR.  “The importance of intermodal continues to grow, and the sophistication of businesses to understand and forecast freight and equipment demand needs to continue to improve as well.  The Intermodal EXPO has been the cornerstone event on the intermodal calendar for over 20 years, and, with the expansion of the educational opportunities, this year’s attendees will benefit greatly from the increased content.”  

Intermodal Economic Environment sessions include:

INTERMODAL FREIGHTCAST:  Supply, Demand, and the Prospects for Higher Rates
An in-depth review of intermodal’s recent performance and future prospects.  Intermodal volume has been growing, but rates have been depressed.  Will growth continue, and will it be enough to allow providers to increase rates?  This session will help participants gain insight into the intermodal environment, including trends in the overall economy and freight demand, along with intermodal prospects, including rate projections and potential risks and opportunities.

The End of the Line for IPI?  Trade, Transloading, and the Prospects for IPI Growth
With trade patterns changing, ocean carriers’ strategies uncertain, and investment pouring into both inland logistics parks and coastal transloading facilities, what does the future hold for the torrent of import goods that move on our intermodal system in ISO boxes?  This session will help participants understand the forces promoting changes, the tradeoffs between IPI and transloading, and opportunities for growth in the years to come.

Where’s My Driver?  The Driver Shortage and What It Will Mean for Intermodal
Regulatory activity by state and federal governments and the improving economy are combining to create tight supplies of truck drivers for over-the-road and drayage carriers alike.  This session will help participants understand the causes of the driver shortage, the ramifications for intermodal, and recommendations for dealing with the issue.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX:  New Markets for Intermodal
One way to keep intermodal growth on track is to tap into new markets.  New technologies and fresh approaches are allowing intermodal to do just that, but creativity and persistence are requirements for success.  This session presents two real-world examples of non-traditional approaches to expanding the intermodal frontier.

Registration is now open for Intermodal EXPO 2014 to be held Sept. 21-23, 2014, in Long Beach, California.
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Media may contact Larry Gross for more information about these important session topics.
[email protected] (888) 988-1699 ext, 58

About FTR:

For more than two decades, FTR has been the thought leader in freight transportation forecasting in North America. The company’s national award-winning forecasters collect and analyze all data likely to impact freight movement, issuing consistently reliable reports for trucking, rail, and intermodal transportation, as well as providing demand analysis for commercial vehicle and railcar. FTR’s forecasting and specially designed reports have resulted in advanced planning and cost-savings for companies throughout the transportation sector.

For more information about the work of FTR, visit, follow on Twitter @ftrintel, or call Ryan Beall at (888) 988-1699 Ext. 46.

About IANA:

IANA is North America's only industry trade association that represents the combined interests of the intermodal freight industry. The association’s mission is to promote the growth of efficient intermodal freight transportation through innovation, education and dialogue. The association offers valuable information and services specific to the intermodal industry encompassing consensus business solutions that facilitate: operations, regulatory compliance, and policy issue management. IANA's membership roster of over 1,000 members represents the diverse companies critical to moving freight efficiently and safely. IANA provides a discussion forum for the many types of stakeholders along the supply chain, resulting in a strong unified voice advocating the needs of intermodal freight transportation.

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