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

01 Jun 2020
London-based digital 3PL Beacon lands a $15 million venture capital investment by focusing on supply chain finance, as the digital forwarder model continues to attract growth funding.
A truck travels on a US road.
19 Apr 2018
In the US trucking sector, smaller carriers are gravitating toward shorter-haul freight, Zipline Logistics has found. That could put more pressure on longer-haul capacity.
An Amazon fulfillment center in Indiana.
19 Apr 2018
An explosion of e-commerce business is driving up rents at last-mile/last-touch fulfillment centers in urban core locations, and entrepreneurial truckers are finding ways to participate in this growing market. But the end result is a plus for beneficial cargo owners and consumers, as these developments enhance customer service and prevent final delivered costs from getting out of hand.
A freight train in Russia approaches Moscow.
19 Apr 2018
Cargo can now make the East Russia-Europe trip in about six to seven days, as opposed to 10 to 11 days previously, owing to railway improvements that enable higher speeds.
The Port of Long Beach.
16 Apr 2018
The new system, which begins in August, pending Federal Maritime Commission approval, assesses a flat fee on all day and night container moves, requires an appointment, and is a response to complaints from beneficial cargo owners and truckers about the high price of the traffic mitigation fee and truck bunching at certain times of the day.
A truck travels on a US road.
16 Apr 2018
Can deep, wide, sophisticated supply chain visibility help shippers ‘create’ capacity and control rising costs?
A warehouse in the United States.
13 Apr 2018
Increasing customer demands and the need for more flexible supply chains means the warehouse of the e-commerce era will do much more, and also achieve more for businesses.
A warehouse.
13 Apr 2018
In 2017, the strengthening global economy increased business volumes and freight rates — boosting Top 50 third-party logistics providers’ revenue, while fueling niche mergers and acquisitions.
Port of Prince Rupert.
12 Apr 2018
Despite a 28 percent increase in container volume in the first quarter, Prince Rupert today is fluid. The port predicts continued fluidity through peak season even with continued double-digit growth, but beneficial cargo owners are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
An IBM office.
12 Apr 2018
Shippers tracking the Maersk-IBM blockchain project to see if it yields real benefits in helping them monitor cargo movement could soon get a glimpse of whether it does. But they can also expect trucking rate increases and no near-term resolution to the problem of getting truck capacity.
12 Apr 2018
Sponsored: JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Port of Long Beach Chief Commercial and Operations Officer Noel Hacegaba dive into the implications of technology for ports and the supply chain as a whole.
Truck on a US road.
09 Apr 2018
Full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate began April 1, but inspectors issued a slew of violations in early 2018, federal data show.
Two ships.
09 Apr 2018
Regarding international logistics, it is clear and easy to note that new digital forwarders have several advantages. But what is often overlooked is that legacy forwarders have certain advantages too.
JNPT.
06 Apr 2018
Dubbed an Uber-like, on-demand operation, the new, streamlined logistics solution will have digital capabilities and will involve well-defined standard operating procedures at each terminal to ensure efficiency.
Port of Felixstowe.
05 Apr 2018
Digitalizing the forwarding business will improve efficiency and automate repetitive functions, but transporting containerized cargo across continents will always require a human touch, key industry decision makers argue.
MOL Group.
03 Apr 2018
By partnering with digital marketplace NEXT Trucking, MOL Consolidation Services looks to link Asian vendors with scarce US truck capacity.
A truck travels on a US highway.
03 Apr 2018
US truck capacity may get worse before it gets better, as electronic logging device enforcement begins this month with anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of drivers not having the required device in their cabs. Even so, shippers can use tips described here to keep their freight moving with minimal disruption.
APM Terminals' Gateway Terminals India at JNPT.
02 Apr 2018
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust finished fiscal year 2017-2018 with record volume, but it will have to increase productivity more and deploy an enhanced shipper outreach effort to take full advantage of the 2.4-million-TEU capacity addition from PSA International’s new Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals.
US Customs Building in New York.
02 Apr 2018
Shippers worried that the launch of the US Customs and Border Protection bureau’s (CBP's) much-delayed Automated Commercial Environment system could disrupt cargo flow can take comfort from the CBP’s conclusion that the launch went off without a major incident, and is operating as it should.
The Port of Los Angeles.
31 Mar 2018
West Coast ports have taken the lead in breaking down the barriers to information sharing by establishing information portals that will allow all port users to access the shipment data they need in a secure environment. This development promises to accelerate productivity.
29 Mar 2018
Sponsored: Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka discuss technology in the freight transportation industry, including its Port Optimizer pilot program with GE Transportation, and examining challenges of increasing data standardization and wider adoption of technologies across the supply chain.
DP World Nhava Sheva Terminal.
28 Mar 2018
The central portal is designed to handle delivery orders, transport orders, gate open cut-off times, delivery gate schedules, gate-in bookings, and pre-gate schedules electronically, instead of in hard-copy form — an existing system that entails long delays and lacks shipment visibility.
A truck travels on a US road.
27 Mar 2018
As the electronic logging device mandate enforcement deadline looms, Trucker Path and Convoy have introduced new features to help truckers and shippers manage driver time in the digital era.
Maersk Line.
27 Mar 2018
In theory, blockchain has the potential to enable global container carriers to create a universal, standardized, ledger system with many more efficient processes. The question is whether carriers who are fierce competitors and who do not trust each other can use a system in which trust is integral.
The Port of Long Beach.
26 Mar 2018
PierPass has its supporters and detractors, but port users agree that the largest US gateway could not handle 17 million TEU per year without a regular schedule of night and weekend gates.
Santa Barbara California desalination plant by IDE Technologies
23 Mar 2018
Water projects to supply drinking water, hydroelectric power, and sewage treatment are major sources of global shipments for engineering, procurement, and construction companies, and for forwarders and breakbulk carriers that deliver materials, including pipes, turbines, and modules for water treatment plants.
Uber Freight.
21 Mar 2018
The actual ‘Uber for trucking’ is offering a series of perks to draw new truck drivers to its brokerage and technology platform.
The Port of Long Beach.
21 Mar 2018
The latest LA-LB metrics show that extended gates, appointments, and improved cargo-delivery processes are working despite record volumes.
IBM.
21 Mar 2018
The heads of the IBM/Maersk joint venture said 24 companies are being onboarded with roughly 70 more in the pipeline, and are seeking to allay forwarders’ fears that the initiative is encroaching on their end-to-end supply chain services.
A truck travels on a US road.
21 Mar 2018
A reporter’s notebook from this week’s Transportation & Logistics Council meeting shows shippers and their suppliers grappling with big trends and fine details, from e-commerce to freight claims.
Port of NY and NJ crane simulator.
21 Mar 2018
Three new simulators at the Port of New York and New Jersey enable crane operator trainees to get hands-on experience, as well as guidance from nearby trainers, rather than taking up valuable time on a real crane.
A truck on a US road.
21 Mar 2018
Shippers at a US Transportation and Logistics Council conference say catering to drivers and improved planning are keys to finding much needed capacity.
A truck on a US road.
20 Mar 2018
Trucking and, in fact, all US surface transportation capacity is tight in early 2018. Shippers are finding it challenging to move freight within North America, and transportation rates are rising. The questions are: Why? How long will this last? What can shippers and exporters and importers do about it?
Containers at a Brazil installation.
19 Mar 2018
Attendees made the case that Brazil has turned a corner, with trade picking up, and the economy growing, despite Brasilia’s political problems.
Amazon fresh grocery pickup.
16 Mar 2018
Shipper logistics managers are trying to educate their C-suite executives regarding the needs of logistics and supply chain departments in case of an emergency or disruptive situations. But trying to engage the C-suite on what seems like an obscure new technology or unlikely event is easier said than done.
US Custom House, Charleston, SC.
16 Mar 2018
Shippers hoping that US Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment system will soon operate without the kind of problems that have plagued it for years should not count on that happening for a while longer.