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North American Rail Shippers announce meeting theme

CHICAGO, Ill.–“Achieving Agility in a Dynamic Environment” will be the theme for the Annual Meeting of the North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) to be held May 23–25, 2017 at the Parc 55 Hilton Hotel in San Francisco, California.

The two-day meeting will feature keynote presentations from Association of American Railroads Chairman Lance Fritz, who is president and CEO of Union Pacific, and Pat Ottensmeyer, president and CEO of Kansas City Southern.

The program will also include presentations focused on key issues facing the freight rail industry. Topics addressed at the meeting will include intermodal transportation, rail industry modernization, growth markets, energy insights, railcar outlook, and the regulatory landscape.

“Logistics managers face an ever-changing environment in which deregulation, evolving material sources, and global customer reach create a complex matrix of options and dynamic pricing,” said NARS President Richard Dodd. “The lowest origin-destination landed cost that is in place one day can change the very next day. This requires creativity, resourcefulness and, above all, an agile supply chain to expect the unexpected, think ‘outside the box,’ and calculate the ‘what if’ options.

“In this dynamic environment, it is more important than ever for rail shippers and railroads to come together to network and share solutions,” said Dodd.

The meeting opens with a welcome reception on Tuesday, May 23. A full-day business meeting will follow on Wednesday, May 24. The meeting will continue on Thursday, May 25 for half of the day and will conclude with the NARS Annual Golf Outing in the afternoon to benefit the Ivan A. Olsen Scholarship Fund.

Program highlights on Wednesday include:
• keynote speeches from Class I railroad and rail shipper executives;
• an overview of the changing market for automotive and its impact on the rail market;
• presentations on modernization of the rail industry and related new technology innovations;
• energy market insights;
• regulatory landscape; and
• railcar outlook.

“The NARS Annual Meeting offers rail shippers an opportunity to network with their peers in a comfortable setting while gaining the latest information about market issues, regulation, railroad operations, and transportation technology and innovation,” said Dodd.

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