Logistics Technology News

Explore today’s cutting-edge global logistics technology news and analysis by the Journal of Commerce. Coverage includes logistics technology startups, logistics technology solutions, venture capital, management and impact, freight forwarder technology and the latest supply chain and logistics technology. 

The latest Logistics Technology News & Analysis

Logistics’ complicated structure requires equally complex approach to AI usage

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
ChatGPT and generative AI have captured most of the attention around artificial intelligence in logistics, but the diverse range of processes underpinning global supply chains require multiple types of AI working in concert.
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Maersk launches online air freight tool targeted at Indian shippers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Maersk’s integrator strategy has encompassed more access to air freight capacity, including a new tool for shippers in India to digitally price and book specific flights.
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CloudTrucks acquires Shipwell brokerage division amid truckload market shakeout

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
CloudTrucks’ acquisition of Shipwell’s brokerage division signals the importance of giving drivers direct access to loads through the technology platform they use to run their business.
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C.H. Robinson using AI to advance ‘touchless’ truck scheduling

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The largest US freight broker is trying to eliminate the wait at the gate by not only scheduling truck appointments for shippers, but finding optimal appointment times. 
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Uber Freight, SSC testing digital truck scheduling standard

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
A pilot version of a truck appointment scheduling API is part of the hunt for new digital standards for supply chains that are still encumbered by manual processes.
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AI is impacting logistics at a faster pace, but in the background

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Artificial intelligence is quickly being integrated into everyday logistics and shipping processes such as truck check-ins, rate quotes and freight payment.
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Shippers urged to tether rate management with freight invoice processes to cut errors

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Most shippers use spreadsheets to manage rates from forwarders and container lines, which contributes to an inefficient process for freight payments and audits.
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Former Slync CEO Kirchner convicted by federal jury over misuse of company funds

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A guilty verdict against Slync founder Chris Kirchner brings closure on a saga that came to light when Slync employees went unpaid for weeks in spring 2022.
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Logistics tech providers tackle silos separating orders from freight

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Connecting purchase order management with logistics management has been a challenge since before the pandemic, something BuyCo and Gravity hope to alleviate with a combined offering.
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Nippon Express takes minority stake in India-based digital forwarder

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The digital forwarding model saw a stress test in 2023 amid faltering freight volumes and rates, but investments in early 2024 might signify staying power for the concept.
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C.H. Robinson adopting standard US LTL e-bill of lading 

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The move by the largest US logistics provider to use a standardized electronic bill of lading accelerates digitization in the less-than-truckload sector. 
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Zim joins list of carriers deploying sensors on dry box fleet

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The carrier’s move comes amid increased scrutiny on the positioning of container ships due to the ongoing militant attacks on commercial vessels transiting the Red Sea.
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A decade on, logistics industry still awaits proof that VC is a welcomed partner

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
None of the most prominent venture-backed names in logistics has had a successful exit yet, but perhaps patience is still required before the industry can say for sure if venture capital is a worthy funding route for company founders.
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CBP ruling prohibits US customs brokers from using offshore labor

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The ruling is significant because it means US brokers can no longer use less expensive offshore labor to cut down on operational costs associated with import entry preparation and other brokerage services.
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Software vendors seek opportunities in the smaller corners of logistics

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Cost and long implementation timelines are among the reasons software has been out of reach for smaller shippers, brokers and carriers, a dynamic that newer solutions providers are attempting to change.
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US DOT data-sharing initiative on cargo visibility gaining momentum

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor |
The Freight Logistics Optimization Works (FLOW) program offers a free view of supply-demand data across several metrics to help make transportation management decisions easier for US supply chain stakeholders.
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Wakeo lands fresh investment in far less heated freight visibility market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The company, which caters to shippers like Uniqlo and Michelin, will use the new round of funding to spur a global expansion of its multimodal freight visibility product.
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Shippers eye varied ‘training wheel’ approach to origin management technology

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Getting the most out of global logistics software sometimes involves using a forwarder as a co-pilot until a shipper is ready to run processes similarly to procurement and order management internally.
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CMA CGM commits €100 million to new Paris-based AI research lab

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
CMA CGM is moving beyond funding and supporting startups with a hefty investment into a non-profit lab designed to improve data models that feed into artificial intelligence products.
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Convoy acquisition meant to serve import customer truckload demand: Flexport CEO

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Ryan Petersen tells the Journal of Commerce that the first order of business after this week’s acquisition of Convoy’s tech stack is getting the Convoy app running again and reaching out to the shuttered company’s customers.
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Automation forcing its way into freight audit and payment market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The need for shippers and brokers to speed up the auditing and payment of freight bills is bringing AI and automation-focused vendors to the fore.
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Shipping emissions data-sharing initiative launched by DNV, GSBN

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The two partners will collaborate on pilot projects aimed at accurately measuring and tracking emissions reduction data across the supply chain.
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No escaping the truckload market’s inherent fragmentation for Convoy

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The demise of truckload broker Convoy has highlighted how difficult it is to create differentiation in a market with no dominant player, with Convoy itself to blame for stoking more competition through its technology focus.
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Lawsuit from former CEO prompts Slync bankruptcy filing

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The company will sell its technology and shut operations, deciding it could not grow its business while paying the legal fees of ousted CEO Chris Kirchner.
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Transfix defies down market to raise $40 million for truckload brokerage

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Transfix’s investment being announced on the same day Convoy told employees it was winding down operations highlights some of the differences between members of a group broadly defined as “digital brokers.”
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Convoy says will shut operations, sell off technology amid market downturn

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
While sudden, the impact of Convoy shutting its business should be muted in a truckload brokerage market where shippers have access to low spot rates and plentiful capacity.
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Freight broker Convoy stops accepting loads amid pending company ‘transition’

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
The company has long been a lightning rod in the truckload industry, one of a cohort of so-called digital brokers to emerge in the 2010s backed by venture capital investors with an ambition to make the industry more efficient through digitizing processes.
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Hapag-Lloyd enlists India-based vendor to support US digital documentation move

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Ocean carriers are aligning with technology vendors to meet a self-imposed deadline to digitize shipping documentation, with Hapag-Lloyd's use of ODeX in the US the latest example.
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Forwarders facing margin pressure from smaller shipments, shift of air to ocean

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Shipments are getting smaller over time, driven in part by e-commerce growth, but also by a market that is disentangling cargo previously handled through air or ocean consolidation.
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Deloitte taps asset-tracking provider Nexxiot for cargo risk management product

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Transportation sensor provider Nexxiot and Deloitte are aiming to connect cargo visibility data with the consulting firm’s “know your customer” process to fast-track container movement.
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CMA CGM makes big investment in electric van JV with vehicle makers

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
While light commercial vehicles are not typically used on a large scale by the ocean carrier, it has a significant landside presence where the electric vehicles could be used to lower emissions.
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Maersk using self-driving trucks to move Houston-Oklahoma City freight

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The shipping giant is running four dry-van round trips each week on the approximately 400-mile route between the two cities.
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Doubts growing over shipping’s readiness for Europe’s ETS carbon tax

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
To comply with the European emissions trading system, ocean carriers will essentially need to become experts in carbon credit trading, on top of monitoring, verifying and reporting CO2 emissions.
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Increased truckload volatility inducing shippers, brokers to use pricing technology

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Excess capacity in the truckload market is a chance for shippers to examine whether they or their freight brokers have the right technology tools to effectively price in the contract and spot markets.
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US LTL carrier Estes hit by widespread systems outage

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A systems outage that has left less-than-truckload carrier Estes grappling with email, website and data exchange issues is the latest such incident to befall the logistics and transportation industry.
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Norfolk Southern teams with tech company to ease intermodal cargo flow

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
The Class I railroad and DrayNow will launch an app in 2024 designed to digitize, organize and streamline processes that have previously been performed via email or over the phone.
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Dynamics behind Flexport’s leadership change signal digital forwarding’s natural endpoint

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Much criticism has been leveled at the digital forwarding model, but steep declines in topline revenue during a year of weak demand are a sign that digital forwarders have had trouble differentiating themselves from the pack.
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Green fuel costs could make nuclear ships economically viable: experts

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Small onboard nuclear reactors could ultimately be the lowest-cost method of decarbonization as shipping competes with other thirsty industries for sustainable net-zero fuels, according to energy and investment analysts.
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Logistics provider GXO buys PFSweb amid end-to-end fulfillment rush

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The deal comes on the heels of other acquisitions and new services launched this week at several logistics and transportation providers, all aimed at expanding their ability to deliver end-to-end global fulfillment services.
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Logistics software helping blur lines between forwarder, shipper processes: WiseTech CEO

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Richard White said in an interview with the Journal of Commerce the logistics industry is stuck in a pattern of tackling small problems instead of viewing international trade as a large, connected system.
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