Logistics Technology

Logistics Technology

In-depth coverage of the latest shipping technology news.

Commentary

Today’s truck driver shortage is one that can’t be overcome through technological innovation alone. What’s needed is the right intelligent technology that maps leading-edge optimization with networks powered by driver-focused systems to ultimately improve the logistics supply crunch.

News & Analysis

Cargo and blockchain technology.
06 Nov 2018
The new consortium, powered by Oracle Cloud Blockchain Service, involves CMA CGM, Cosco Shipping (and subsidiary brand OOCL), Evergreen Marine, and Yang Ming, and the lines represent about one-third of total global container ship capacity.
Technology and shipping.
05 Nov 2018
In the shipping industry, it’s an exciting but risky time. Because tech innovation isn’t native to incumbent players, the risks of a wrong decision are inherently greater and are compounded by the accelerating pace of development and the increasing presence of tech-native players asserting themselves in many segments of the market.
A soybean farm in Kansas, United States.
05 Nov 2018
Coupled with other, recent logistics-focused, blockchain developments, the announcement by Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus on Oct. 25 could be seen as tangible progress in the advancement of commercially viable uses of the somewhat controversial technology.
XPO Logistics.
01 Nov 2018
A dynamic, demand-based pricing system similar to those used by airlines and hotels is one part of a broader plan that would affect how freight is shipped in the US LTL market.
Ship: Maersk Lanco.
01 Nov 2018
Starting Thursday, shippers will be able to complete their bookings and receive confirmation within seconds compared with previous waiting times of up to two hours, a delay that has created uncertainty and extra workload, as shippers followed up bookings with thousands of phone calls and emails.
A warehouse in the United States with workers.
31 Oct 2018
Keep this in mind: Every innovation in technology and transportation since the fax machine was invented, that was intended to disrupt or to disintermediate, was adopted and deployed first by 3PLs and carriers. Hence, your action item lies with your 3PLs and their carrier partners.
A truck travels in a city in the United States.
31 Oct 2018
Shippers came to the JOC Inland Distribution Conference on Oct. 22-24 in Oak Brook, Illinois, to connect with carriers and third-party logistics providers, discuss problems, and get a sense of where the market is headed. But if they came hoping to hear that a buyer’s market in US transportation is around the corner, they were sorely disappointed.
A truck travels on a US highway.
30 Oct 2018
In an era of tight US capacity and rising freight costs, shippers need a more ‘holistic’ approach to supply chain visibility, speakers at the JOC Logistics Technology Conference say.
Logistics technology and container shipping.
29 Oct 2018
For one, the acquisition is part of a wider trend toward consolidation in the logistics and supply chain software markets, one in which platforms are coalescing around the idea that global manufacturers and retailers need to execute more processes on fewer common platforms.
Rail intermodal in the United States.
25 Oct 2018
Money can address some factors, but until several key checkpoints in a container’s journey address operational inefficiencies, bottlenecks will persist, consultants and industry executives said at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference this week.
Jim Tompkins, Tompkins International.
24 Oct 2018
The latest news from the JOC Inland Distribution Conference in Oak Brook, Illinois. Check back with this document frequently for the latest news and insights from key logistics, shipping, and trade decision makers.
Port Greer, South Carolina, United States with rail.
24 Oct 2018
Haven's product, called Origin, is carrier-neutral and intended to enable shippers to make bookings for ocean, air, trucking, and rail shipments either direct with carriers or with freight forwarders.
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Oct 2018
“This is the reality today. We must focus on service levels to make sure terminals are fluid,” Steve Balaski, senior business development manager for containers at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma, told the recent Western Cargo Conference of freight forwarders and customs brokers.
A container ship.
22 Oct 2018
The acquisition by E2open allows INTTRA to tap into a base of manufacturers and other shippers, a customer segment with which INTTRA has struggled over its history.
A Maersk container ship.
17 Oct 2018
Maersk's announcement is the latest action in its effort to reinvent itself as an integrated container transport and logistics provider.
A highway interchange in California, United States.
17 Oct 2018
The agreement will see the two companies provide their respective customer bases with tracking access to 175,000 multimodal carriers — 90,000 in North America and 85,000 in Europe.
A CMA CGM ship.
17 Oct 2018
The carrier raised its stake in the logistics service provider a week after CEVA Logistics rejected a $1.5 billion takeover bid from rival DSV.
Mediterranean Shipping Co.
15 Oct 2018
The Geneva-based carrier said it will roll out the “smart” containers in the coming months, enabling users to follow the movement of containers in real time through the Internet of Things.
Breakbulk Americas.
11 Oct 2018
The breakbulk/project market, buoyed by adequate global GDP growth, is finally reviving after a recession-triggered downturn magnified by the 2015 crude oil crash. But challenges loom, including shifting customer demand preferences and the low-sulfur mandate.
A truck travels on a highway in the United States.
10 Oct 2018
Transplace CEO Frank McGuigan sees more rate hikes but also more lane-specific ‘minibids’ ahead, and he urges shippers to work together and deploy this new tactic to unlock capacity.
A UPS truck being loaded in California, United States.
09 Oct 2018
During the past several years, the less-than-truckload industry and the analyst community have made a big deal of the need to convert to dimensional pricing instead of the classification system of the regulated era that ended in 1980.
A Maersk Line ship at sea.
09 Oct 2018
Conceptualized in India, the program complements Maersk’s global technological ecosystem and open innovation efforts.
08 Oct 2018
While Loadsmart is far from the only startup to take on the idea of automating certain parts of the truck brokerage business — Convoy, Transfix, and Uber Freight are the most notable names in this movement — the former has been on a different growth path.
A truck stop in Nevada, United States.
08 Oct 2018
Transplace, with headquarters in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas, has been growing rapidly in recent years and expects to move $8 billion through its network this year.
Chicago - logistics technology capital.
08 Oct 2018
End-to-end visibility will make supply chains more efficient, Chicago-based project44’s President Tommy Barnes says, but only if shippers use data received to collaborate with partners.
A truck travels in South Dakota, United States.
08 Oct 2018
For those who think that it’s somehow counterintuitive to have a pricing model designed to create a loss or to reduce operating margins, rest assured, it is.
Trucks travel in Tennessee, United States.
06 Oct 2018
Innovation and outside-the-box thinking are needed to help shippers and trucking companies kick old, bad habits and bring pricing into the 21st century. This is Part 1 in a 5-part series.
Infographic: Chassis Splits: An unnecessary detour.
04 Oct 2018
A chassis split creates two extra stops for truckers, wasting their on-duty hours, reducing asset productivity, and restricting available capacity to shippers.
XPO Logistics.
03 Oct 2018
XPO Logistics just answered Amazon’s delivery/fulfillment serve with a volley — the deployment of thousands of robotic “cobots.”
Transportation California 110 and 105 interchange.
02 Oct 2018
One month after the global transportation management system provider MercuryGate sold to Summit Partners, a private equity group, the smaller Cloud Logistics was snapped up by E2open, a supply chain software provider best known for its planning, demand forecasting, and supplier management functions.
port of Singapore.
01 Oct 2018
Global port-moves-per-hour, the top-line measure of port call productivity, decreased 4 percent, effectively meaning ships spent an extra 70,000 hours in port in the first half of 2018 compared with the first half of 2017, according to an analysis of JOC Port Productivity data.
Trucks travel on a US highway.
01 Oct 2018
The quickened pace of investment in the freight tech space amounts to growing expectations from venture capital investors that one or more of these companies will be able to truly transform a fragmented and often inefficient market.
Air cargo at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
27 Sep 2018
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger and 42nd busiest cargo airport, congestion and delays in picking up/dropping off loads are adding wait time surcharges, and in some cases storage expenses, on to already high transport bills.
LTL freight.
26 Sep 2018
Digitizing the bedrock shipping document would help less-than-truckload carriers cut costs and optimize freight flows while returning some of those gains to shippers.
Cool cargo.
25 Sep 2018
Cold chain means much more than storage. The Global Cold Chain Alliance has catalogued more than 75 different value-added services currently offered by cold storage providers. And those services represent a substantial revenue stream that would surprise many.