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FLOW gains momentum with ‘give-to-get' data-sharing model

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 15, 2023, 2:12 PM EDT

The growth in participation in FLOW is a signal that the private sector views the voluntary nature of the project as more amenable than governmental data-sharing mandates or legislation.
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Forwarders’ digital journey not complete yet: Magaya survey

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 8, 2023, 7:30 AM EDT

More than half of forwarders have migrated completely to cloud-based software, a study of 70 global logistics services providers has found.
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Renewed focus on purchase order management leads to tech vs. service dilemma

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 5, 2023, 1:55 PM EDT

Tethering purchase order technology to operations can help expedite drastic decisions, but pure software vendors offer a level of neutrality that logistics providers can’t.
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Ex-Slync CEO indicted over alleged misappropriation of company cash

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 4, 2023, 3:49 PM EDT

The indictment also alleges Chris Kirchner attempted to cover up his financial activities and fired employees who raised questions about them.
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project44 inks new partnership with container tracking vendor

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 4, 2023, 12:35 PM EDT

A container tracking hardware vendor behind Hapag-Lloyd's deployment of dry box sensors is linking with supply chain visibility provider project44.
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Flexport moves into fulfillment realm with Shopify Logistics acquisition

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 4, 2023, 7:05 AM EDT

Flexport expects both enterprise customers and small merchants to tap into the last-mile and fulfillment network it acquired with Shopify Logistics.
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Court hands freight broker Convoy procedural win in legal battle with DAT

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 1, 2023, 10:56 AM EDT

Transportation observers believe the dueling complaints could have implications for the US spot truckload market because DAT is a primary source of available loads that brokers and carriers use to fill their pools of owned or third-party capacity.
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Truckload appointment standards group adds heavyweights to drive adoption

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 1, 2023, 5:00 AM EDT

Echo Global Logistics, Coyote Logistics and prominent transportation management system vendors Oracle and e2open are among new members adding momentum to a truckload appointment scheduling initiative.
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Breakbulk23: AI will infiltrate day-to-day breakbulk shipping: experts

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Apr 25, 2023, 2:34 PM EDT

Human intervention is necessary to ensure that AI is adapted into shipping in a measured way, as quality decisions are dependent on quality data, attendees at the Journal of Commerce’s Breakbulk and Project Cargo Conference were told.
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PSA leveraging forwarder acquisition to serve shippers directly

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Apr 25, 2023, 1:44 PM EDT

The scale of PSA International’s ambitions to expand its reach beyond its 60 container port terminals by leveraging the acquisition of a non-asset-based global logistics provider parallels Maersk’s own integrator ambitions.
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Forwarding software vendors key on visibility connectivity channels

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Apr 20, 2023, 9:15 AM EDT

Integration specialist Prompt Global has connected CargoWise with key visibility provider FourKites to save forwarders money and time aligning cargo milestones with transportation management.
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ZEBOX broadens startup reach with new hubs in UK, Singapore

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Apr 13, 2023, 1:59 PM EDT

The addition of a new location in Singapore is meant to help supply chain technology accelerator ZEBOX reach a “strategic gateway to the Asian market,” it said.
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Terminal operators, Cosco join Saudi chemical shipper in eBL deal

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 30, 2023, 3:30 PM EDT

Data from eBLs issued via GSBN’s infrastructure will also be used to electronically release SABIC cargo at Hutchison and PSA terminals in Asia.
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Forwarders grapple with new freight rate math on tech investments

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 28, 2023, 4:30 PM EDT

Forwarders that experimented with new software during the days of robust freight demand now face a dilemma over what technology produces actual returns on investment as volumes and margin shrink.
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WiseTech Global weighing US domestic tech acquisition options: CEO

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 17, 2023, 8:41 AM EDT

Widely used forwarding software provider WiseTech Global will pursue further US landside logistics technology targets in 2023, its CEO says.
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Shipwell arms ‘underserved’ smaller shippers with automated bidding tool

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 16, 2023, 6:00 AM EDT

Shippers that often use spreadsheets and small transportation teams to bid and execute freight shipments are the target of a new software tool from technology provider Shipwell.
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Freightos’ 2022 financials reveal losses amid improving operating margins

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 14, 2023, 5:20 PM EDT

Freight rate booking marketplace Freightos said its unprofitable business is seeing improving margins and that scale will help it past the breakeven point.
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Drayage tech provider PortPro targeting shippers with new tracking tools

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 10, 2023, 2:05 PM EST

Drayage software vendor PortPro is attempting to narrow the gap between the tools that port truckers and their shipper customers use with a new container milestone tracking product it has launched.
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Shippers committed to digital investments in logistics: S&P Global

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 9, 2023, 12:53 PM EST

Shippers are showing “healthy adoption” of a wide variety of digital transformation projects, according to new research from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
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Visibility providers target challenges of container terminal milestone data

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 7, 2023, 3:59 PM EST

Shippers struggling to manage demurrage fees and container availability information have two new options to track the status of containers at ports.
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Investors back Overhaul’s hybrid risk management–visibility strategy

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 7, 2023, 9:00 AM EST

Supply chain risk-focused technology provider Overhaul has channeled demand for reducing exposure to cargo theft into a $38 million funding round just a few weeks after acquiring competitor SensiGuard.
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US startup eyes street turn tech expansion throughout North America

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 6, 2023, 10:00 AM EST

Technology startup Qualle is trying to overcome drayage industry inertia around matching empty import boxes with export loads outside of ports by using early-stage funding to serve every North American port market.
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TPM23: Flexport’s new CEO puts focus on building ‘next-generation’ tech

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 28, 2023, 2:23 PM EST

Flexport, the polarizing digital forwarder, will double down on technology development during a lull in global trade, new CEO Dave Clark said at TPM23.
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TPMTech23: ‘Purchase order management’ the new catchphrase in logistics

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Feb 27, 2023, 10:36 AM EST

Retailers are discovering the importance of closely managing purchase orders as increasingly complex trans-Pacific supply chains spawned by the pandemic highlight the need for a heightened hands-on approach.
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TPMTech23: Retailers seek to make supply chain visibility data more useful

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Feb 24, 2023, 10:42 AM EST

Shippers are gaining better supply chain visibility, but now they must step up their game and better manage and integrate the data they are receiving from transportation providers, technology companies told TPMTech23.
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GSBN, Navis partner to help exporters track ERD changes

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 23, 2023, 11:00 AM EST

The Global Shipping Business Network is giving exporters an app that would track changes to earliest return dates across container terminals that use Navis terminal operating systems.
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BlueCargo will use new investment to expand container platform nationwide

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 23, 2023, 9:07 AM EST

Rising demand from importers reckoning with the costs of detention and demurrage have fueled an $11 million investment into container management provider BlueCargo.
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Slync investors double down on beleaguered company with new funding

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 22, 2023, 4:09 PM EST

A new funding round for the embattled logistics software vendor is bound to raise eyebrows in an industry that has long been cynical of the impact of venture capital-backed founders.
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Leaf Logistics using technology to create dedicated truckload fleets in key US markets

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 21, 2023, 6:00 AM EST

Freight coordination software provider Leaf Logistics is working with a number of shippers and truckload carriers to build flexible, dedicated fleets to allow for continuous moves in big US markets.
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ONE commits to sensor-equipped dry container fleet

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 20, 2023, 3:00 AM EST

Singapore-based Ocean Network Express, the sixth-largest global container line, will work with a division of Sony to track its global fleet of boxes.
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Logistics automation will work with humans, not replace them: experts

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 17, 2023, 8:00 AM EST

Automation is already being infused into shipper and forwarder technology systems in ways that may be imperceivable to users.
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WiseTech continues acquisition campaign with $414 million Blume purchase

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 16, 2023, 9:09 PM EST

WiseTech Global is doubling down on its reach into US intermodal networks with its $414 million purchase of Blume Global three weeks after acquiring drayage tech provider Envase.
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Top container lines commit to complete shift to electronic bills of lading by 2030

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 15, 2023, 7:00 AM EST

Major container lines have agreed to an ambitious 2030 deadline to migrate from paper bills of lading to digital versions as resistance to such initiatives weakens.
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Ex-Slync CEO Kirchner charged with defrauding investors of millions

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 14, 2023, 4:49 PM EST

Federal authorities allege ex-Slync CEO Chris Kirchner took millions of dollars meant to fund the startup technology company and instead financed extravagant personal expenditures.
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Flexport debuts Shopify app in move to target small importers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 9, 2023, 9:57 AM EST

A new Flexport app on Shopify’s partner marketplace is likely to be the first of many initiatives between the forwarder and e-commerce storefront provider.
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3PL Echo moves to expand LTL business with new executive hires

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Feb 8, 2023, 1:24 PM EST

Primarily an industrial transportation sector, the LTL business is moving into retail and is also becoming more involved in transloading at US port cities. 
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Overhaul acquisition consolidates freight risk management market

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 7, 2023, 9:00 AM EST

Freight visibility provider Overhaul has acquired a competitor that doubles its size and gives it deeper cargo monitoring capability in Brazil, Mexico, and Central Europe.
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US ‘freight recession’ putting motor carrier financing tools to the test

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 3, 2023, 9:03 AM EST

Smaller US truckload carriers and the companies that provide them with access to working capital are under increasing pressure as cargo demand slows.
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Rapid container rate decline complicates payment picture for shippers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 2, 2023, 12:07 PM EST

US importers that renegotiated contract rates or shifted to the spot market in the second half of 2022 have also had to adjust to different accessorial charges and transmission formats.
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Freightify lands funding to target digital rate management in North America

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Feb 2, 2023, 1:00 AM EST

Technology provider Freightify is aiming to empower forwarders to build an online quoting presence that would lessen their reliance on rate marketplaces.
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