Supply Chain Automation

Supply Chain Automation

News & Analysis

08 Jul 2020
A machine learning software provider is tackling the problem forwarders and customs brokers face in converting the information within core shipping documents into usable data.
07 Jul 2020
A founder with lineage in the freight optimization space has started a new technology provider to help trucking companies better account for unknown variables in their network planning.
26 Jun 2020
High-growth retailers have a better sense of their deficiencies in transportation management and other supply chain components than their low-growth peers, a new study has found.
18 May 2020
Combining FedEx’s logistics network with Microsoft’s AI, machine-learning, and cloud-computing capabilities, the companies plan to offer much more granular, near-real-time visibility for entire supply chains, as well as individual shipments.
14 May 2020
Automation software provider RPA Labs has been backed by a group of supply chain-focused investors as it seeks to equip third-party logistics providers with pre-built process “bots.”
11 May 2020
A warehouse robotics integration platform has secured a venture capital investment to help contract logistics providers and shippers cope with the plethora of automation systems.
04 May 2020
Process automation is already a feature of logistics technology investment, but the drivers for that investment are changing from cost reductions to business empowerment.
31 Mar 2020
Slync has made quick progress in landing large forwarders as customers for its automation software, securing an $11 million funding round to fuel its growth despite COVID-19 making investors more conservative.
28 Jan 2020
A London-based logistics process automation software provider has landed $7 million in funding to fuel growth of its platform, which is designed to help forwarders unearth data lodged in emails and disparate systems.
23 Jan 2020
Supply chain technology providers tell JOC.com logistics practitioners are more interested in automating specific processes than pure self-service models for procuring and managing freight.
18 Dec 2019
Seattle-based Convoy is challenging freight brokerage incumbents by saying it has developed capability to automate freight matching and pricing in widely-used US truckload lanes.
11 Dec 2019
Chicago-based startup Transship is teaming with TradeLens and other tech companies to create an automated shipping and forwarding platform for containerized perishables shipments.
Tech startup uses new funding on shipper automation, connectivity
02 Dec 2019
Austin-based technology company Shipwell has in the past been dubbed a freight marketplace, a broker, and a software provider, but bolstered by a large funding round in October, the company is focusing on automation and connectivity for shippers.
28 Aug 2019
A union-sponsored report on automation in Vancouver and Prince Rupert cites the potential reduction of 50-90 percent in longshore jobs as terminal operators seek to reduce operational costs, especially labor.
More North American port automation expected
04 Jul 2019
Five North American terminals have automated to date, although growing vessel sizes and container exchanges at the busiest gateways have terminal operators at least considering the possibility they will need either full or semi-automation to continue growing.
Bill would allow California agency to block port automation
03 Jul 2019
A California bill that would allow a state agency to block port automation comes as the ILWU is challenging plans by APM Terminals to automate a 100-acre portion of the Port of Los Angeles’ Pier 400 facility for refrigerated containers.
28 Jun 2019
The Los Angeles City Council has rejected the harbor commission’s approval of a construction permit for APM Terminals’ Pier 400, further delaying the project.
22 Feb 2019
The ILWU agreed to postpone a decision on a construction permit to automate a portion of APM Terminal's Pier 400 in Los Angeles, but this is likely a temporary setback as the union's coastwide labor contract allows employers to automate at will.
Chicago-based FourKites landed $50 million in its latest funding round.
05 Feb 2019
A new funding round for visibility software provider FourKites underscores continued venture capital interest in supply chain technology start-ups.
Many companies have built massive infrastructures they have to unwind before they can introduce new technology.
18 Jan 2018
Shippers want and need “visibility” across modes, not just to track freight but also to meet tighter fulfillment and restocking requirements — demands that are driving automation.
11 Dec 2017
Do not expect the automation wave to engulf US marine terminals anytime soon.