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

26 May 2022
Messaging from employers and longshore unions indicates that the contentious issue of automation is coloring recently suspended contract talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.
03 Jan 2019
Peter Tirschwell provides insight into IMO 2020 impact, Maersk-Damco service changes, and expanding potential within data standardization.
The Port of Oakland.
03 Jan 2019
Here are a few certainties shippers and their transportation providers can bank on for 2019.
A wind power blade being transported in the United States.
02 Jan 2019
New factors will increase pressure on the US wind power logistics market, which already experiences late-year bottlenecks.
Global trade and technology.
26 Dec 2018
“There are all these wonderful use cases for sensors — container security, optimization, insurance."
A container ship near India.
20 Dec 2018
The port community system, PCS 1x, has had a shaky nationwide start.
Trucks travel on a road in California, United States.
19 Dec 2018
The Phoenix-based company broke into the top 10 of North American brokers in 2018.
Containers stacked at a port.
14 Dec 2018
One shipping-trade group representing foreign carriers in trade to/from India, questioned why authorities went live with the revamped, single window system without an adequate trial-run process.
Port of Antwerp.
13 Dec 2018
Among other findings, the McKinsey report provided further evidence supporting the thesis that automation technology incorporation in container shipping, and in particular at marine terminals, will likely be part science and part art.
Trucks delivering and picking up containers at a port
13 Dec 2018
There is almost assuredly no one system that will solve inefficiencies, especially in a large port complex with a dozen independently operated terminals like Southern California, speakers at the JOC Port Performance North American Conference in Newark, New Jersey, said this week.
Trucks being loaded.
12 Dec 2018
Matt Kane hopes new services, including factoring and insurance, will draw more truckers and shippers to his ‘no-broker’ loadboard, MyRiteLoad.com.
Two container ships near Rotterdam port.
12 Dec 2018
Two variables shippers will have to determine that will likely influence the instant quote practice’s acceptance/rejection are — will the shipper's business model benefit from an instant quote and an immediate booking? And how much of a premium are shippers willing to pay to obtain them?
Containers stacked at a port.
12 Dec 2018
“PCS 1X is a cloud-based, new-generation technology, with a user-friendly interface. This system seamlessly integrates eight new stakeholders, besides the 19 existing stakeholders from the maritime, trade on a single platform,” a Ministry of Shipping statement said.
The Port of New York and New Jersey.
11 Dec 2018
At the JOC Port Performance North America Conference in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday, a key technical director offered insights regarding how to increase port productivity as ships get bigger, including what stakeholders should expect from automation.
 Sponsored Video: Path from siloed data to value — digitizing the supply chain
11 Dec 2018
Sponsored: Amber Road's Ty Bordner on the siloed landscape of GTM and the structure needed to reveal value within data. At the 2018 JOC Logistics Technology Conference, Bordner provides his thoughts on the primary tech challenges facing the market and the future of the industry.
A truck travels on a US highway.
10 Dec 2018
Automating often ignored ‘behind-the-scenes’ systems can bring big benefits, including savings and improved customer service, says Echo Global Logistics CEO Doug Waggoner.
CMA CGM and Traxens Technology.
10 Dec 2018
CMA CGM (India) said the smart container was loaded onto the CMA CGM Tosca at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Nov. 30, destined for Marseilles, France.
A container ship at sea.
07 Dec 2018
The new tools provide peace of mind for a segment of shippers who want web-based booking tools, and also offer a path to value/service differentiation for ocean carriers. But what happens to the value proposition of NVOs and their decades-long relationships and nuanced, specialized services?
Blockchain technology and container shipping.
06 Dec 2018
The challenge of taking blockchain pilots and proofs of concepts to wide-scale adoption is that the latter requires a broad adoption from a range of parties. But with a smart contract, that requirement is much smaller.
Global trade logistics technology.
05 Dec 2018
“By bringing our companies together permanently, we have created the first ever single-pane view into all our customers’ global shipments,” Jett McCandless, CEO and founder of project44, said.
A CMA CGM ship.
05 Dec 2018
CMA CGM is the first carrier to participate on the marketplace hosted by Freightos, a technology startup that until now only provided aggregated rates to forwarders.
Maersk calls for aid to be carbon-neutral by 2050
05 Dec 2018
Container shipping is at a key point in its pursuit of carbon neutrality, and Maersk wants industry help in cleaning up the business.
Blockchain technology and container shipping.
04 Dec 2018
Tyler Smith, director of Viant, a blockchain-based supply chain modeling software company, said consortia have not proven their value, so far, but hopefully they will. He added that consortia are a way to get people involved.
02 Dec 2018
Sponsored: New software solutions for the supply chain market are numerous and the choices are overwhelming for many businesses.
San Francisco, framed by the Golden Gate Bridge.
30 Nov 2018
The infusion of billions of dollars of venture capital (VC) is tasking shippers not only to keep track of a broader range of potential systems to use, but also to think about the financial structure of smaller VC-backed software providers and third-party logistics providers that have recently emerged. Further, failure by shippers to undertake diligence could mean time wasted, in more ways than one.
Logistics providers and global trade.
28 Nov 2018
If the top players in the industry coagulate, and if ocean carriers continue to take a broader role in forwarding and logistics activities than they have in the recent past, that will have an undeniable impact on shippers.
CMA CGM.
26 Nov 2018
APL's Nicolas Sartini has experience with turning around CMA CGM acquisitions and will apply this knowledge to CEVA Logistics.
25 Nov 2018
Along the supply chain, the freight forwarder is the link between multiple parties and integrator of data, Samuel Shapiro & Co.’s Director of Supply Chain Angela Czajkowski noted at the 2018 JOC Logistics Technology Conference. In this interview, Czajkowski discussed the steps freight forwarders need to take to remain relevant as more disruptors move into the shipping and logistics industry.
24 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Blume CEO on true digitization within the supply chain, moving past relatively small changes that still require human involvement, to a true evolution of systems. In this interview at the JOC Technology Conference, Johar examines the potential in deep learning and neural networks, use of cognitive decision making and predictive analytics for contract reading, and focusing on the needs of your customer's customer.
24 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Verifying the true farm-to-table road traveled for a head of lettuce is about more than restaurant trends; where it overlaps with questions of food safety is a perfect example of blockchain applications in logistics, explained ShipChain CEO John Monarch in an interview at the JOC Technology Conference. Focusing on trust as one of the greatest challenges to blockchain adoption, Monarch explains the difference between private chains often run by one company or consortium, and public or "open-industry" ones and gives his thoughts on what it will take to move to adoption of real collaboration and data sharing in the industry.
Cathy Roberson JOC.com
20 Nov 2018
In late 2018, Cathy Roberson, head analyst and founder of Logistics Trends and Insights moderated the JOC Logistics Technology Conference panel on the future of freight forwarding. In this interview she discusses points raised by the panelists and her predictions for tech and the evolving shipper/forwarder dynamic.
A warehouse/distribution center in the United States.
20 Nov 2018
Those involved in freight auditing, invoicing, and payment services are tapping into new technologies, as well as new methods of aggregating and analyzing data, to meet the changing and, in many cases, more-demanding requirements of today’s shippers.
17 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Port of Long Beach Deputy Executive Director and COO Dr. Noel Hacegaba discusses the impact $260 billion in China-US cargo tariffs had on 2018's peak season, the future of data visibility and use of platforms such as GE's Port Optimizer, and the relationship between Southern California's rail network and expanding cargo volumes.
16 Nov 2018
Sponsored: Xeneta's Thomas Sørbø on opportunities for supply chain redesign when resources are not tied up in a cumbersome tendering process.
Logistics providers and global trade.
16 Nov 2018
The tool is an extension of the company’s Sea Explorer platform, first released in March to help Kuehne + Nagel customers determine which global services best suit their needs based on a number of performance metrics.
A modern/new-design container ship.
15 Nov 2018
Rather than developing a platform, the ocean carriers involved are taking another approach to try to achieve the goal of common information technology standards.