Technology

Technology

The waves of disruption that have been lapping at the shore of industries such as retail and taxis are finally beginning to hit shipping, with a slew of start ups entering the transportation sector in recent years. Venture capital firms have been eager to back such companies, and are increasingly funding the most promising technology. Meanwhile, established players in shipping such as Maersk Line and Kuhne + Nagel are funding and developing their own technologies to ensure that they are not overwhelmed by the waters rising around them.

News & Analysis

29 May 2020
After spiking in March due to increased demand for essential goods amid the COVID-19 pandemic, truck detention has receded but remains a disruptive factor for truckers that can backfire on shippers when capacity is needed.
03 Jan 2018
The rapidly growing popularity of DPD, in which import containers can be cleared direct from the wharf, rather than at an off-site yard, has transformed JNPT’s supply chain.
03 Jan 2018
Artificial intelligence and related technologies will transform supply chain management as transport operators adopt these technologies to uncover data patterns to boost efficiency, among other benefits, says a logistics executive.
03 Jan 2018
The parcel industry until recently was operating on the past premise of weekday deliveries with a surcharge and only with express delivery on Saturdays,
02 Jan 2018
Extended, frigid weather and high freight demand have collided in the US heartland’s freight hub, squeezing an already tight drayage market.
02 Jan 2018
In a series of conversations, JOC executive editor Mark Szakonyi surveyed three shippers on how 2017 fared for their supply chains and what 2018 holds.
02 Jan 2018
The technology enabled terminal operators at JNPT to substantially decrease dwell times, among other metric improvements.
02 Jan 2018
Carriers have little track record of self-policing in pursuit of overall industry gains. Can carriers change their operational stance?
01 Jan 2018
It would appear that managing infrastructure needs for bigger ships and environmental responsibility are at cross-purposes. But heading into 2018, North American ports have a plan.
31 Dec 2017
Implementing electronic logging in 2018 will not be easy and may spark a review of truck driver work rules.
30 Dec 2017
Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018.
29 Dec 2017
The supply-demand forecast is available. So is the historical data, along with the start date and location. So why are terminals and/or ports not implementing a more-efficient, utilitarian chassis system?
28 Dec 2017
The song will likely remain the same regarding the air cargo sector in 2018: increasing demand, which suggests that building a 'time safety cushion' into your supply chain is prudent.
28 Dec 2017
As strategic 3PLs help their customers leverage new tools and platforms, more traditional logistics providers fall further behind.
28 Dec 2017
In addition to rising consumer goods and freight demand, at least some of the pre-holiday drop in truck capacity that helped push spot rates to new highs may be due to a unique factor.
28 Dec 2017
Tesla is touting with considerable fanfare its new, electric truck — the Semi. But which haul mission will the new truck perform best at?
26 Dec 2017
Building predictive analytics into an appointment system that must process up to 60,000 truck moves per day in load center ports is a tentative process that involves trial and error, and, increasingly, further advances in technology.
22 Dec 2017
In container shipping, a 'black hole' exists in the supply chain, according to a logistics pro. However, a port information portal used in a pilot project by the Port of Los Angeles is providing more visibility.
21 Dec 2017
The rails' inability to increase their market share over road could threaten public funding of the sector.
20 Dec 2017
While handling record volumes this holiday season, FedEx is speeding efforts to integrate TNT Express into a ‘hardened’ information technology infrastructure following last June’s cyberattack.
18 Dec 2017
This is certain regarding the trucking industry in 2018: it will be the year of time management, as the electronic logging mandate makes supply chains less and less flexible while freight demand rises.
18 Dec 2017
Acting CEO James Foote may have to reach out to disgruntled shippers in executing the late Hunter Harrison’s precision railroading strategy.
18 Dec 2017
Concerning automation and related technological changes, even moderate productivity gains, combined with reliability and low labor costs, can be very appealing, says a marine engineer/port planner.
15 Dec 2017
John LaRue headed the Corpus Christi port for 23 years; he will stay on as an adviser until he retires in June 2019.
15 Dec 2017
Several port authorities told JOC’s Port Performance North America Conference on Wednesday that they take the threat very seriously.
14 Dec 2017
Most of the improvement stems from the company's $44.1 million investment in new equipment, including three ship-to-shore gantry cranes, at the year’s start.
13 Dec 2017
Global air logistics leaders say their focus for 2018 continues to be on technology and processes.
13 Dec 2017
In addition to making life easier for port users regarding day-to-day operations information, the portal is also targeting predictive capabilities to enable the better allocation of resources and assets.
13 Dec 2017
The federal truck safety watchdog agency and its state partners have chosen to “phase in” enforcement of the mandate, with the FMCSA granting several, temporary delays or partial exemptions.
12 Dec 2017
Reducing CO2 emissions is gaining in importance for European shippers and their service providers, as Brussels grows impatient and pressure from consumers builds.
11 Dec 2017
Do not expect the automation wave to engulf US marine terminals anytime soon.
11 Dec 2017
Russian officials expect internet-based cargo bookings to account for up to 10 percent of bookings, perhaps more, in three years.
07 Dec 2017
The electronic lock system's goal is to reduce en route theft, smuggling, and dumping of unwanted goods, but shippers say its cost is high, it will increase port congestion, and is not necessary.
07 Dec 2017
The ports and their stakeholders are using big data and data sharing to drive process improvements for trucker appointments, chassis management, and extended gate hours.
06 Dec 2017
The union is prepared to avoid bargaining until the current coastwide contract expires on Sept. 30, 2018.