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Investors fuel drayage software provider PortPro with $12 million in funding

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 2:49 PM EST

Investors see drayage as an area rife for technological improvement, with software provider PortPro the latest startup to secure funding to empower port truckers.
Logistics technologyTruckingPortsDrayage

NY-NJ marine terminals offering up more data to improve truck flow

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 27, 2023, 1:29 PM EST

Last year’s container surge prompted a harder look at information sharing for container availability and port operations, which New York-New Jersey marine terminals are responding to with new data.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingNorth American ports

Truckers urge single appointment system across Southern California port complex

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 26, 2023, 4:35 PM EST

As federal and state laws aim to make per diem charges more transparent, California trucking groups say a unified appointment system across the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complex would go a long way toward that goal.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingNorth American ports

FourKites aims to turbocharge shipper analytics efforts

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 26, 2023, 2:18 PM EST

The need for shippers to contextualize freight status data led visibility provider FourKites to build a data connectivity tool for enterprise shippers.
Container shippingLogistics technologyTruckingPortsSupply Chain

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.
ForwardingAir CargoContainer shippingLogistics technologySupply ChainAir cargo forwardingAir cargo carriers

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.
ForwardingLogistics technologyPortsSupply ChainDrayage

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.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingLogistics technologySupply Chain

US inventory drawdown key to trans-Pacific volume recovery: analyst

Jason Miller, associate professor of logistics at Michigan State University, and JOC analyst | Jan 23, 2023, 2:42 PM EST

While there are encouraging signs regarding general merchandise retailers seeing their inventories-to-sales return toward pre-COVID levels, data suggests many sectors have a long way to go before their inventories-to-sales come back to pre-pandemic levels.
Container shippingIndustrial real estateTrans-PacificSupply Chain

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.
ForwardingLogistics technologyTrans-Pacific

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.
ForwardingTransport, trade and regulationContainer shippingLogistics technologyContainer lines

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.
Container shippingLogistics technologyContainer linesNorth American portsInternational portsPorts

Market fallout from OSRA-22 to become clearer in 2023

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 18, 2023, 2:36 PM EST

Whether OSRA-22 — and increased FMC scrutiny — will produce tangible changes in how carriers and terminals calculate and convey detention and demurrage charges is still yet to be seen, as inaccurate invoices continue to plague shippers.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

China keeps grip on global production, but search for options continues

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 18, 2023, 12:40 PM EST

The pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions in China have left importers searching for more resilience and flexibility in their existing supply chains rather than racing for the exits.
Container shippingContainer linesAsia-EuropeTrans-PacificSupply Chain

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.
ForwardingContainer shippingLogistics technologySupply Chain

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.
Logistics technologyContainer linesSupply Chain

USDA urges FMC to hone OSRA-22 export rules for ag shippers

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 11, 2023, 2:23 PM EST

The Ocean Shipping Reform Act’s export provisions need further clarification to explain instances when US ag exports don’t get on a ship, the US Department of Agriculture said.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingContainer lines

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.
ForwardingLogistics technologyTrans-Pacific

Tight supply to keep warehousing costs rising despite slower freight growth

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 9, 2023, 3:00 PM EST

The rapid expansion of US industrial real estate is expected to slow in 2023 as warehouses are completed, capital costs rise, and the US economy slows, but capacity isn’t going to suddenly flood the market.
Industrial real estate

FMC nixes claim that proposed per diem rule adds to port congestion, pollution

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 6, 2023, 4:57 PM EST

The Federal Maritime Commission turned away a petition from ocean carriers and marine terminals claiming that limiting liability on per diem billing would translate into worsening port congestion and pollution.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American ports

Modest predictions for freight transportation as the winds of 2023 begin to blow

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, and Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jan 5, 2023, 12:09 PM EST

Some factors, such as the sharper attention both multinationals and smaller mom-and-pop sellers are paying to their supply chains, seem to be charting a new trajectory and are poised to help shape the freight sector this year.
Transport, trade and regulationLongshore laborContainer shippingSurfaceTruckingContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-PacificSupply Chain