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Freightos goes public on NASDAQ in first measure of logistics tech value

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 5:00 PM EST

Freightos’ public listing on the NASDAQ will be the first test of how public investors value one of the more prominent logistics technology companies to emerge over the past decade.
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WiseTech makes US drayage play with acquisition of Envase

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 25, 2023, 10:14 AM EST

WiseTech Global, owner of the most widely used forwarding software product, has acquired a prominent vendor of drayage management software, capping a year of takeovers for the company.
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Electronic bill of lading ‘green shoots’ emerge in wake of pandemic

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 24, 2023, 4:47 PM EST

Pandemic-driven acceleration in the usage of its digital shipping document product is a sign that blockchain does work in niche applications in global logistics, according to CargoX.
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Big Flexport layoffs offer potential clue to its future identity

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 20, 2023, 3:47 PM EST

Scrutiny over Flexport’s job cuts earlier this month points to a long-term issue for the venture-backed logistics company: a perceived lack of identity in a market that has long been skeptical of its differentiation.
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Lack of data leaves shippers reliant on 3PLs to reduce Scope 3 emissions

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 20, 2023, 8:00 AM EST

Pressure on shippers to take a more active role in bringing down so-called Scope 3 emissions covering the activities of a company’s third-party vendors — including transportation — has increased in recent years.
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Terminal49 lands investment to pursue visibility automation

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 19, 2023, 8:45 AM EST

Demand for ocean visibility surged through the pandemic, including among software providers needing real-time container milestone data, an area that software vendor Terminal49 has targeted in recent years.
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ECU parent forms investment partnership with logistics-focused VC firm

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 18, 2023, 10:00 AM EST

A partnership between venture firm Northstar and India’s Allcargo Group is meant to formalize their joint investment plans into logistics-focused startups over the next year.
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Zim wades into trade finance market with startup investment

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 12, 2023, 12:13 PM EST

Zim has joined a growing group of companies that see potential in giving small importers and exporters access to digital finance tools through an investment in an Israel-based startup.
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Declining freight demand prompts Flexport to cut 20 percent of global staff

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 11, 2023, 1:46 PM EST

Falling demand for ocean and air freight services is driving headcount cuts across the logistics sector, with forwarder Flexport the latest to announce layoffs.
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C.H. Robinson searching for new CEO — and new course for growth

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 3, 2023, 4:31 PM EST

The change in leadership is likely to accelerate strategic changes in planning and capital spending at C.H. Robinson that have been under way since last March at the urging of investors.
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Small forwarders, technology vendors link up in pursuit of new products

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 30, 2022, 11:40 AM EST

Partnerships between small forwarders and early-stage software vendors offer a symbiotic opportunity to shape product direction that is not possible with more established technology providers.
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Roadrunner launches new driver app as part of broader tech overhaul

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 27, 2022, 8:12 AM EST

US less-than-truckload carrier Roadrunner is arming drivers in its network with a booking application that feeds into its new internal operational systems.
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Forwarding tech providers push into US trucking market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 21, 2022, 1:53 PM EST

The need for forwarders to tether quoting and tracking in international freight modes to US surface modes has been highlighted by new offerings from ECU Worldwide and Freightos.
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Pilot project shows interoperability of eBL products

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 14, 2022, 3:14 PM EST

The test was meant to demonstrate that different electronic bills of lading products can be used by various parties involved in the movement of a container, alleviating a nagging concern in the nascent evolution of eBLs.
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GSBN executive sees promise in post-TradeLens world

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 8, 2022, 10:05 AM EST

The head of the Global Shipping Business Network, long seen as a rival to the now-defunct TradeLens, said the demise of the Maersk-led technology platform could eventually boost use of blockchain-backed tools in shipping.
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Major US freight brokers unveil appointment scheduling standards

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Dec 5, 2022, 10:47 AM EST

J.B. Hunt, Uber Freight, and Convoy are partnering to develop and drive broad industry adoption of a standard process for truckload appointment scheduling.
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Turbo-charged logistics tech faces reckoning: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst | Dec 2, 2022, 8:00 AM EST

The unprecedented infusion of cash into supply chain technology development over the past two years was akin to putting the sector on a diet of steroids, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
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Heightened final-mile expectations drive investment into OneRail

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 30, 2022, 10:41 AM EST

OneRail has channeled the need for shippers to access final-mile capacity and service level consistency into a large venture capital funding round.
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Maersk, IBM shutter TradeLens in surprise move

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 29, 2022, 4:49 PM EST

TradeLens’ failure to gain traction after four years was due to several factors, not least of which was trying to convince ocean carriers and their customers to provide sensitive data to a technology platform partly owned by Maersk.
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Retailers bank on themselves to handle final mile

Cathy Morrow Roberson, JOC Analyst, and Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Nov 25, 2022, 9:00 AM EST

Retailers that have seen final-mile costs more than double during the pandemic are increasingly making investments in their last-leg delivery networks.
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