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

03 Apr 2020
The pandemic adds impetus to the rush to develop more sophisticated tools that can give shippers better insight into future truck rates, and eventually “forward-looking visibility.”
18 Dec 2019
Cargo no-shows are down 75 percent on freight booked via the Maersk Spot guaranteed online booking platform, according to the container carrier.
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.
16 Dec 2019
A four-year-old logistics technology platform founded in India sees itself as the digital connective thread between the country’s long-haul freight market and the disorganized urban delivery sector.
13 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Undiscovered areas for software to expand exist in the grey space outside of transportation management and customer relationship management systems, Winmore Software's John Golob explains. Golob discusses breaking out of the Excel and email routine and identifying areas for data integration, automation,
Hapag-Lloyd tabs Blume for digital drayage help
12 Dec 2019
Hapag-Lloyd has turned to Blume Global, which supplies a range of industry brand names, to help digitally manage its North American door moves.
Maersk and NYSHEX are currently offering guaranteed ocean freight contracts, but the number of options available to shippers is expected expand in the months ahead.
12 Dec 2019
Singapore-based container line ONE is the seventh carrier to provide guaranteed digital contracts through NYSHEX, which seeks to resolve the systemic issue of shippers making multiple bookings and carrier overbooking.
ODFL looks for added value in ELDs as final deadline looms
11 Dec 2019
The second-largest US LTL carrier has completed its AOBRD to ELD conversion, and now looks to expand the integration of its ELDs with other technologies, including geofencing.
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.
10 Dec 2019
DB Schenker will use a Dutch startup to provide container line schedules to enable the German 3PL’s digital quoting and booking tools, pressing home the need for digital procurement platforms to have good underlying schedule data.
SAP to integrate project44 road visibility in North America, Europe
10 Dec 2019
Partnerships between core logistics software providers continue to expand, the latest example being SAP integrating North American and European visibility from project44 for its TMS user base.
09 Dec 2019
In logistics, the conversation has finally turned from understanding new technology to determining how it is best used. Brian Glick, founder and CEO of systems integration company Chain.io. discusses the problem with APIs and other acronyms and getting back to fundamentals of mapping out business process and value.
J.B. Hunt, JDA latest to join broker-TMS integration trend
09 Dec 2019
Brokers with digital freight marketplaces continue to partner with widely used TMS providers to give users of those systems direct access to electronic capacity and booking capabilities, while the marketplaces get an influx of direct shippers customers.
05 Dec 2019
With a third iteration of Maersk’s digital interactive OceanPro platform in place, as many as 15 Indian tech startups have joined on as the country continues its push for greater logistics transparency.
04 Dec 2019
With a deadline looming for US truck drivers to switch to ELDs, one telematics provider is banking on luring drivers onto its platform via a new carrier-centric smartphone app.
03 Dec 2019
Cass Information Systems is partnering with the University of Tennessee to enhance its benchmark truckload and intermodal pricing indexes, and explore new data opportunities.
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 Nov 2019
Maersk is investing venture capital into a technology startup that provides global device connectivity and will be used by the container line to better align its container, vessel, and terminal assets.
Logixboard sees SaaS as future of forwarding tech
26 Nov 2019
SaaS tools in the international logistics space have been relatively underfunded compared to other models, like digital freight forwarders and marketplaces, but investment in Seattle-based Logixboard could signal investors are ready for more pure software-based plays.
26 Nov 2019
An array of ocean freight portals, mostly developed by tech startups, have entered the Indian freight landscape in recent years, trumpeting pricing transparency and shipment visibility. But they have much ground to gain to seriously challenge traditional players.
25 Nov 2019
JOC LogTech19 panel recap on technology investment disconnects as well as possibilities for smoothing the freight interchange between international and domestic modes.
Sponsored: Blackberry Radar's Plaat on actionable data challenges
25 Nov 2019
Sponsored: Blackberry Radar General Manager Christopher Plaat on track-and-trace ROI, the biggest hurdles to data accuracy, and tech potential throughout all stages of the supply chain.
20 Nov 2019
Asset-monitoring technology will help Canadian Pacific and intermodal shippers to locate and better utilize the railroad’s chassis pool.
14 Nov 2019
"There's a growing appetite to re-evaluate the buying-selling relationship," in freight contracting, says
Freight procurement is going to have a new look
14 Nov 2019
Carolyn Glynn, director, imports, Sealink International provides a recap of the JOC LogTech19 Conference panel on automation of freight procurement, the question of contracts that don't hold carriers to their allocation commitment, and how this movement will change the very meaning of procurement.
Convoy snags historic $400 million investment
13 Nov 2019
The freight broker Convoy has landed the second biggest single funding round in North American logistics technology industry, as its investors more than double down on the idea of technology solving inefficiencies and waste in the truckload market.
12 Nov 2019
Through a partnership with the software provider BlueX Trade, the Taiwan-based container carrier will allow shippers and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to book space digitally “within minutes,” the companies said Tuesday.
Blockchain paying off for DHL Forwarding-HPe invoice processing
07 Nov 2019
DHL Forwarding has been trialing a blockchain-based system of producing invoices for one-off non-contractual shipments with its customer Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
CargoSmart links shipment data, trade finance blockchains
06 Nov 2019
Shipment management software provider CargoSmart has tested a connection between a Hong Kong banking platform and shipment data provided by terminals and container lines to speed approval of trade finance processes and expand the range of shippers who can receive financing services.
Michelle Gaubert, director, CyberLogitec America: Top 3 Tech Trends LSPs Need To Watch
05 Nov 2019
Sponsored: Logistics service providers need to understand that cargo owners are expecting the visibility of Amazon packages for their freight, said Michelle Gaubert, director, CyberLogitec America.
CargoSphere, now a part of the forwarding software provider WiseTech Global, has for years been chasing a way to more effectively pull ocean carrier rates electronically into its system.
05 Nov 2019
The freight rate management software provider has developed a uniform way for carriers to convey real-time rates to forwarders and NVOCCs using its rate-sharing platform, allowing for quicker and more accurate quoting to shippers.
Challenge to ELD rule resurfaces at FMCSA
05 Nov 2019
Regulators are accepting comments on a petition to exempt small carriers from the ELD mandate, as the final compliance deadline for truck drivers and carriers approaches.
31 Oct 2019
Sponsored: Is email slowing us down? Erik Long, account executive with Front, discusses innovative solutions for handling email volume and strategies for helping logistics companies prioritize emails and capture more revenue.
29 Oct 2019
The agreement will see Flexport offer full containerload (FCL), air cargo, and final mile services in the United States and EU to SF Express’ Chinese customers. SF Express essentially will act as a channel partner for Flexport.
29 Oct 2019
Increased use of dimensioning equipment and more detailed cost analysis is seen lifting the floor for LTL and truckload pricing in the future.
29 Oct 2019
A venture capital-backed freight broker wants to create carpooling opportunities for LTL by using technology instead of physical terminals to aggregate shipments.