Logistics Technology

Logistics Technology

In-depth coverage of the latest shipping technology news.

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News & Analysis

The Port of Los Angeles.
17 Dec 2018
Providers such as Advent and GE Transportation are each constructing a system of systems at North American ports.
Maersk Line SeaLand.
14 Dec 2018
It's the latest sign of an ocean carrier strategy of trying to cut costs by pushing shippers to secure slots digitally.
Containers stacked at a port.
14 Dec 2018
One shipping-trade group representing foreign carriers in trade to/from India, questioned why authorities went live with the revamped, single window system without an adequate trial-run process.
Port of Antwerp.
13 Dec 2018
Among other findings, the McKinsey report provided further evidence supporting the thesis that automation technology incorporation in container shipping, and in particular at marine terminals, will likely be part science and part art.
Trucks delivering and picking up containers at a port
13 Dec 2018
There is almost assuredly no one system that will solve inefficiencies, especially in a large port complex with a dozen independently operated terminals like Southern California, speakers at the JOC Port Performance North American Conference in Newark, New Jersey, said this week.
Trucks being loaded.
12 Dec 2018
Matt Kane hopes new services, including factoring and insurance, will draw more truckers and shippers to his ‘no-broker’ loadboard, MyRiteLoad.com.
Two container ships near Rotterdam port.
12 Dec 2018
Two variables shippers will have to determine that will likely influence the instant quote practice’s acceptance/rejection are — will the shipper's business model benefit from an instant quote and an immediate booking? And how much of a premium are shippers willing to pay to obtain them?
Containers stacked at a port.
12 Dec 2018
“PCS 1X is a cloud-based, new-generation technology, with a user-friendly interface. This system seamlessly integrates eight new stakeholders, besides the 19 existing stakeholders from the maritime, trade on a single platform,” a Ministry of Shipping statement said.
A truck travels on a US highway.
10 Dec 2018
Automating often ignored ‘behind-the-scenes’ systems can bring big benefits, including savings and improved customer service, says Echo Global Logistics CEO Doug Waggoner.
CMA CGM and Traxens Technology.
10 Dec 2018
CMA CGM (India) said the smart container was loaded onto the CMA CGM Tosca at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Nov. 30, destined for Marseilles, France.
A container ship at sea.
07 Dec 2018
The new tools provide peace of mind for a segment of shippers who want web-based booking tools, and also offer a path to value/service differentiation for ocean carriers. But what happens to the value proposition of NVOs and their decades-long relationships and nuanced, specialized services?
Blockchain technology and container shipping.
06 Dec 2018
The challenge of taking blockchain pilots and proofs of concepts to wide-scale adoption is that the latter requires a broad adoption from a range of parties. But with a smart contract, that requirement is much smaller.
Global trade logistics technology.
05 Dec 2018
“By bringing our companies together permanently, we have created the first ever single-pane view into all our customers’ global shipments,” Jett McCandless, CEO and founder of project44, said.
Maersk Line.
05 Dec 2018
Container shipping is at a key point in its pursuit of carbon neutrality, and Maersk wants industry help in cleaning up the business.
Blockchain technology and container shipping.
04 Dec 2018
Tyler Smith, director of Viant, a blockchain-based supply chain modeling software company, said consortia have not proven their value, so far, but hopefully they will. He added that consortia are a way to get people involved.
San Francisco, framed by the Golden Gate Bridge.
30 Nov 2018
The infusion of billions of dollars of venture capital (VC) is tasking shippers not only to keep track of a broader range of potential systems to use, but also to think about the financial structure of smaller VC-backed software providers and third-party logistics providers that have recently emerged. Further, failure by shippers to undertake diligence could mean time wasted, in more ways than one.
Maersk Line at the Port of Oakland.
28 Nov 2018
How prudent is the move by selected container lines to redefine and reposition themselves as end-to-end logistics providers? Does it represent a necessary competitive adjustment, in order to be compensated in kind and defend against disruption by new industry actors? Or does it risk losing sight of the underlying container shipping business?
Logistics providers and global trade.
28 Nov 2018
If the top players in the industry coagulate, and if ocean carriers continue to take a broader role in forwarding and logistics activities than they have in the recent past, that will have an undeniable impact on shippers.
CMA CGM.
26 Nov 2018
APL's Nicolas Sartini has experience with turning around CMA CGM acquisitions and will apply this knowledge to CEVA Logistics.
26 Nov 2018
Swiss forwarder Panalpina says it has no plans to be acquired following media reports that Kuehne + Nagel has painted a takeover target on its back.
A warehouse/distribution center in the United States.
20 Nov 2018
Those involved in freight auditing, invoicing, and payment services are tapping into new technologies, as well as new methods of aggregating and analyzing data, to meet the changing and, in many cases, more-demanding requirements of today’s shippers.
Brussels air cargo.
19 Nov 2018
Like commercial aviation’s takeoff and landing slot booking system, BRUcloud enables forwarders to reserve guaranteed slot times and designated warehouse dock doors with ground handlers, enabling their truckers to quickly discharge loads or collect shipments.
Trucks line up outside the Port of New York and New Jersey.
19 Nov 2018
The dashboard, which went online Monday, is an upgraded and streamlined version of the port’s four-year-old PortTruckPass website that was created by a consortium of the operators of the six terminals in the port to collect and disseminate logistical information.
16 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Xeneta's Thomas Sørbø on opportunities for supply chain redesign when resources are not tied up in a cumbersome tendering process.
Logistics providers and global trade.
16 Nov 2018
The tool is an extension of the company’s Sea Explorer platform, first released in March to help Kuehne + Nagel customers determine which global services best suit their needs based on a number of performance metrics.
Supply chain management.
15 Nov 2018
Collaboration is not just an activity, but a process, and it requires a focus on customer experience, logistics executives told the Traffic Club of Chicago at a Business Development Symposium Wednesday.
A modern/new-design container ship.
15 Nov 2018
Rather than developing a platform, the ocean carriers involved are taking another approach to try to achieve the goal of common information technology standards.
Container at the Port of Los Angeles.
13 Nov 2018
Research earlier this year by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors found that large shippers face ocean freight invoicing inaccuracy rates of 2 to 5 percent, while smaller shippers face rates as high as 30 percent.
12 Nov 2018
Sponsored: The development of smart containers will shape the future of the container shipping industry, said MSC's Maurizio Aponte, who discussed data standardization, partnering with platform providers, and the mechanics of smart container operations.
SF.
12 Nov 2018
Is venture capital (VC) advancing the logistics technology start-up sector for the betterment of shippers? Or is it distorting the market and penalizing well-run companies that are not VC-backed?
An Amazon center in Nevada, United States.
09 Nov 2018
Every year, the expectation regarding “free” is that “free” gets faster and faster, and e-commerce players are a major factor. Thus, two-to-three-day click-to-delivery expectations are now the norm. And that’s upping delivery pressure on shippers.
A truck travels on a US highway.
08 Nov 2018
Investment is growing in start-up collaborative logistics platforms that connect parties and break down silos between areas such as procurement, visibility, and payment.
Freight forwarding.
08 Nov 2018
The triple threat of e-commerce retailers, logistics technology startups, and ocean carriers pushing into the logistics services space is creating pressure on forwarders to innovate in the way they adopt new technology and engage with shippers to maintain value in those relationships.
Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor, JOC Logistics Tech Conference.
07 Nov 2018
Blockchain is one of the most-often discussed topics in the shipping industry. Proponents argue it has the potential to transform shipping and supply chain management, among many other uses. JOC senior technology editor Eric Johnson provided a primer on the subject at the recently completed JOC Logistics Technology Conference in Las Vegas.
A truck travels on a US road.
07 Nov 2018
Machine learning tools are often touted as mechanisms to drive next-level benefits in freight movement, but current use cases are more feet-on-the-ground than head-in-the-cloud applications.