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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.