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shipments move. The concept relies on collaboration and the establishment of protocols
accepted by all, Fuller added.
Chris Burruss, president of BiTA, said the group intends to create standards that
can be used for blockchain transactions in the motor carrier industry. Burruss, a
former president of the Truckload Carriers Association, said the group already has 260
members, including carriers, technology companies, original equipment manufacturers
and others interested in the concept.
New applications of advanced technology have also made a difference.
Another important factor, said Sawyer, is to recognize that people always will be an
important presence in freight transportation.
"There is a lot of fear that automation will displace human workers," said Sawyer,
an expert on the interaction between people and machines. For motor carriers, he said,
efforts to increase automation reflect the increasing difficulty in finding people to drive
trucks, rather than an affinity for adopting automation on its own.

Graef

In Memoriam
Intermodal industry leader Russel
Graef, co-founder and president of
ContainerPort Group Inc., passed
away in late October at the age of 70.
Since founding the company
in 1971, his experience touched
all parts of the business, including
terminal operations, sales, logistics,
fleet safety, trucking, depot/container
yard and maintenance and repair. He
was named president in 2014. He
also was an active member of IANA's
Motor Carrier Division and served as
a vice chairman of the Operations
Committee.
"Russ's leadership, dedication
and ability to get into the day to day
details, helped bring the company to
its leadership position in the market,"
said Fred Hunger, CEO of World Shipping, ContainerPort's parent company. "Having been active in the industry
for over 45 years, Russ has touched
many lives, enjoyed countless friendships and made a lasting impact on
many with his creativity and passion
for solutions."
"Russ was a visionary long before
the term was widely used in our
industry. We are all very fortunate
and blessed to have had him as a
fearless leader - one who always led
by example," said Jim Kramer, senior
vice president, Midwest.
A founding member of the board
of the North American Chassis Pool
Cooperative, Graef also was active in
other industry groups, including the
American Trucking Associations' Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference.
Survivors include his wife Debra,
three children, two stepchildren, 10
grandchildren and one brother.

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IANA News
Storms Create Recovery Challenges, Foster Valuable Lessons Learned
Intermodal Benefits from Technology Grow in 2017, Should Increase in Future
Inland Port Projects Advance in East
Optimism Builds for Intermodal Freight
Food Safety Modernization Act Could Help Increase Temp Control Freight
Intermodal Rail Enhancements Continue in 2017, Focused on Service
Government News
International Intermodal News
Intermodal Information Services News
Welcome New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
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