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Past Events:

Holiday Retail Outlook

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET


Ibrahiim Bayaan, Principal Economist, SAFA Consulting
James Bohnaker, CBE, Associate Director, U.S. Macro and Consumer Economics, IHS Markit
Jack Kleinhenz, CBE, Chief Economist, National Retail Federation


Chris Christopher, CBE, Chief Economist,New York State Division of the Budget

With the holiday season upon us, what is the outlook for retail sales? Join us on for a free webinar with an expert panel of speakers as they unwrap their 2019 holiday forecasts and provide insights on the dynamics affecting spending this holiday season.

Podcast Available (Members Only)

Presenter Slides:

Outlook for the 2017 Holiday Shipping Season: Views from Around the Transportation Sector

Monday, December 11, 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm ET

The 2017 peak shipping season is underway in support of the holiday retail season.  Retailers experience a greater percentage of their annual sales during the critical November-December holiday season. However, the supply chain for U.S. retail is global and extensive, including foreign manufacturers and suppliers, foreign and domestic ports, air freight, U.S. railroads and trucks, etc. Is the supply chain ready to supply products for sale during the 2017 holiday season? What volume growth rates are we seeing for each of the modes of transportation in the supply chain during the 2017 peak shipping season, and what are the issues regarding building retail inventories for holiday sales (e.g., driver shortages, etc.)? What are the projections for overall holiday retail sales, and who will be the winners and the losers in the retail space this holiday season, including online vs. brick and mortar? This one-hour webinar will explore the answers to these important questions.


Ports: Walter Kemmsies, Chief Strategist & Economist, JLL

Steamships: Phillip Damas, Director, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors

Rails: Sam Kyei, CBE, Chief Economist, BNSF Railway

Trucks: Bob Costello, Chief Economist, American Trucking Associations

Air Freight: Jan Hogrefe, Chief Economist, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Retail:  Chris Christopher, CBE, Executive Director, US and Global Economics, IHS Markit

Guest Speaker: Dana Telsey, CEO, Telsey Advisory Group 


Patrick J. Casey, CBEVP Fleet Management, TTX Company


Speaker Presentations:

Christopher (PDF)

Damas (PDF)

Hogrefe (PDF)

Kyei (PDF)

Retail and Consumer Outlook

Hosted by the NABE Transportation Roundtable Webinar
Friday, November 18, 2016
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET


Chris Christopher, CBE, Ph.D., Director of U.S. and Global Consumer Economics, IHS Markit Economics
Jack Kleinhenz, CBE, Ph.D., Chief Economist, National Retail Federation
Mike Niemira, Founder, Principal, and Chief Economist, The Retail Economist, LLC

Tim Mullaly, Ph.D., Chief Economist, FedEx Corporate Economics

Consumer spending has been a key driver of the U.S. economy in 2016.  What can we expect for the remainder of the year and the holiday season? Join the Transportation Roundtable for this timely webinar focusing on the outlook for retail and consumer spending right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Registration is FREE for NABE Members and the public.

Speaker Presentations:

Christopher (PDF)

Niemira (PDF)

Freight Transportation Outlook: Rail, Truck, and Ocean 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
2:00pm -3:00pm ET

Pat Casey, TTX
Jim Meil, ACT Research
Mario Moreno, IHS Maritime and Trade

Presentations: Casey (PDF) | Meil (PDF) Moreno (PDF)

With the Dow Jones Transportation Average down over 20 percent over the last year, many question whether weakness in the transportation sector will spill over into the rest of the economy.  Do lower fuel costs help or harm the transportation sector?   As 2016 begins to unfold, join the Travel and Transportation Roundtable on February 9th at 2:00 PM EST for a discussion regarding the 2016 outlook for three vital freight transportation modes:  rail; trucking; and ocean vessel. 

The Impact of Foreign Exchange Rates on Tourism and Travel Trends

Thursday, November 19, 2015
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET


Scott Nystrom, Senior Economic Associate/Project Manager, Regional Economic Models, Inc.
Adam Sacks
, Head of Tourism Economics, Oxford Economics

Moderator: Chris Christopher, Director of US and Global Consumer Economics, IHS

Presentations:  Nystrom.pdf |  Sacks.pdf

In recent years, the U.S. dollar has been described by some as the “best looking horse in the glue factory.”  The relative strength of the U.S. dollar compared with other currencies has depressed U.S. exports and lowered the cost of U.S imports, but how has a strong dollar impacted tourism and travel trends.  How did the U.S. dollar get as strong as it has?  Is now a good time to visit Europe?  Will foreign tourists continue to flock to our shores or do less expensive destinations beckon?

Registration is FREE for NABE members and the public.




Previous Events:

Oil Prices: Outlook for Consumers and Regional Implications

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET



Adam Fulton, Regional Economic Models, Inc. Patrick Jankowski, Greater Houston Partnership


Ariana McKnire, Natural Gas and NGL Advisor, Enbridge, Inc.



Fulton (PDF)

Jankowski (PDF)


Oil’s recent fifty percent price decline has catapulted it back into the headlines. Newspapers are reporting the millions of dollars consumers are now saving thanks to lower prices at the pump while major energy companies are announcing capex reductions and layoffs. During this webinar, our speakers will address both the windfalls and challenges associated with current pricing dynamics. Adam Fulton from REMI will speak to the economic impact of lower gasoline prices on US consumers. Patrick Jankowski with the Greater Houston Partnership will delve into the impacts of lower commodity prices on resource-dependent regions like Texas.

Registration is FREE for NABE members, $20 for others.


"2014 Transportation and Travel Outlook"

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
1:00pm ET


Adam Fulton, REMI Inc., moderator John Griffiths, Boeing Commercial Aircraft Wendy Sowers, Boeing Commercial Aircraft Jon Starks, FTR Transportation Intelligence

Boeing Presentation.pdf

FTR Presentation.pdf

Please join us for a “2014 Transportation and Travel Outlook” Webinar on March 4th at 1:00 PM ESTthat will cover this year’s forecasts for commercial aircraft and heavy duty trucks. Participants include John Griffiths and Wendy Sowers of Boeing Commercial Aircraft, and Jon Starks of FTR Transportation Intelligence. A speaker for the rail freight outlook has been invited. The webinar will be moderated by Adam Fulton of REMI Inc., and is expected to last for 1 hour.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

NABE Members: Download the podcast

 “Alternate Fuels for Transportation”

Tuesday, November 5
11:00am ET


Greg Kozak, United Airlines Kozak.pdf 
Graciela Trillanes, GE Transportation Trillanes.pdf


Ariana McKnire, Enbridge


The NABE Transportation Roundtable announces that it will present a webinar titled “Alternate Fuels for Transportation”  This webinar will take place on November 5, 2013 at 11 AM EST.  Greg Kozak from United Airlines and Graciela Trillanes from GE Transportation will speak to the following topics:  1) how alternative fuels are currently being used/tested in air, marine and land transportation, 2) how economic these alternative fuels are and how much market penetration they could achieve and 3) future plans for further expansion.  Ariana McKnire from Enbridge will moderate the webinar.

Registration is FREE for NABE members, $25 for others.



“The Impact of Panama Canal Expansion – Reality or Rhetoric”

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:00 PM EDT


Chris Christopher, IHS  Christopher.pdf Jim Diffley, IHS Diffley.pdf Ferdinando Guerra, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation Guerra.pdf Dale Lewis, CSX Lewis.pdf

Moderator: Arun Raha, Eaton Corporation

Join the Transportation and Regional Roundtables as we discuss “The Impact of Panama Canal Expansion – Reality or Rhetoric” on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT.  Dale Lewis from CSXwill discuss how the Panama Canal expansion will impact the decisions that shippers and port operators make.  Chris Christopher from IHS will examine the impact on consumer markets.  Jim Diffley from IHS will discuss the impact on east coast ports.  Ferdinando Guerra from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation will speak to the impact to the west coast ports.  Arun Raha from Eaton Corporation will moderate the webinar.

Registration is free for NABE members and $20 for others.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline: Overview and Economic Impact

Thursday, May 2 2:00pm ET


Todd Bohrman, Manager, Market Strategy, CSX Transportation, moderator Kevin Lindemer, IHS Global Insight

Slide Presentation


Topics to be covered:  1) History and current status of the Keystone XL Pipeline; 2) Economic impact of construction and operation; and 3)    Alternatives if not built to producers and consumers.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

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2013 Transportation Outlook

Thursday, January 31 2:00pm ET


Arun Raha, Eaton Corportion, moderator Pat Casey, TTX slides Noel Perry, Transport Fundamentalsslides Russell Tom, Boeing slides

Join Russell Tom from Boeing, Pat Casey from TTX and Noel Perry from Transport Fundamentals for a timely discussion of a comprehensive 2013 transportation outlook, encompassing air, rail and truck, in the Transportation Roundtable’s inaugural Webinar on Jan 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST. Even though a last minute deal was reached to postpone tough negotiations on the debt and deficit by two months, the economic outlook for the year remains uncertain. Hear our three experts give you their take on what that means for the freight and transportation outlook. They will address both the economic environment and the dynamics of individual industry cycles to give you a fuller picture of the 2013 transportation outlook. The discussion will be moderated by Eaton Corporation’s Arun Raha.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

To register now, click here.

Casey (PDF)
(Adobe PDF File)
Meil (PDF)
(Adobe PDF File)
Moreno (PDF)
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