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

19 Sep 2019
A discussion on the benefits of adopting smart container technology at the Journal of Commerce’s Container Trade Europe conference this week yielded a wide range of projections for what percentage of the global dry container fleet might actually be equipped with such devices in the near future.
06 Aug 2019
The rise of fintech and logtech has given shippers who don’t fit the risk profile of traditional banks a new way to finance the purchase of goods.
31 Jul 2019
The well-capitalized supply chain software provider Turvo’s purchase of sensor visibility provider Odyn is recognition that data quality, not quantity, will be a differentiator in what systems a shipper buys.
30 Jul 2019
Blockchain technology has the potential to improve communication across supply chain stakeholders by creating a single, immutable record of all documents and data.
26 Jul 2019
A long-term investment in technology is helping Werner generate profits, and capacity for shipper customers.
26 Jul 2019
Maersk’s investment in digital trucking marketplace Loadsmart presaged a move to offer integrated US truckload rates on its online booking platform, a move the carrier confirmed this week.
25 Jul 2019
Sponsored: For carriers and forwarders facing increasing RFP response costs, the best defense is analytics. Winmore's John Golob discusses the "digital water cooler" and the evolving TMS and CRM systems.
25 Jul 2019
The Indian Ports Association, in conjunction with technical services provider Portall Infosystems, has been leading the collaboration project, under which users are able to process all port services electronically, instead of in hard-copy form — a process that typically involves inordinate transit delays and lacks shipment visibility.
25 Jul 2019
Software partnerships are expanding the appeal of core systems like electronic rate management, symbolized by Catapult’s collaboration with Xeneta helping it to land BDP
23 Jul 2019
Freight marketplaces are all the rage, but the problem of tapping into latent trucking capacity is particularly acute in India, where start-up technology provider Lobb believes it can double the number of days drivers are on the road.
23 Jul 2019
It’s likely only a matter of time before antitrust regulators turn their gaze to new shipping partnerships formed in private blockchain.
18 Jul 2019
Sponsored: At TPM19, Kontainers' CEO Graham Parker discussed insight from conference panelists; experiences that led to company founding; building a consumer-type experience for freight forwarders, and the most-misunderstood area of technology.
18 Jul 2019
E2open has barged into the global logistics community’s consciousness on the back of acquisitions of some of the industry’s stalwart software providers, and now plans to sell shippers on the value of connectivity and harmonized upgrades.
17 Jul 2019
The Traxen devices are meant to provide more reliable data about the location and condition of containers while in transit, and an associated analytics platform is designed to help shippers better understand where and when their goods hit bottlenecks, both episodic and systemic.
16 Jul 2019
Shippers benefit from logistics systems integrations, some of which they don’t even see, as 3PLs and software vendors develop embedded pricing and visibility functionality.
15 Jul 2019
Software user interfaces are slowly becoming a higher priority for shippers as software vendors invest in making their systems more intuitive, but the importance of the UI depends on the role.
14 Jul 2019
Charles Lee, CTO at Kontainers discusses the challenges of technology adoption in the shipping industry, including data normalization, and closing the tech gap.
12 Jul 2019
While blockchain as a mechanism to speed the digitization of shipping documentation gets traction, development by a TradeLens rival will test whether systems are interoperable.
11 Jul 2019
Shippers testing the efficacy of digital freight matching tools, whether from new broker entrants or through established providers, now have the option of working with larger brokerages such as GlobalTranz and JB Hunt.
E-commerce growth hits real-world transportation obstacles
10 Jul 2019
DHL Supply Chain Research finds businesses of all types struggling to keep up with the pace of e-commerce as they work to realign supply chain and transportation networks.
10 Jul 2019
Kontainers is betting that small forwarders will gravitate toward a transaction pricing-based quoting platform to compete with the inevitable shift to freight e-commerce
09 Jul 2019
ZeBox is more than a technology pipeline for CMA CGM alone, and that ultimately might be what allows it to flourish and drive more software value for shippers.
Container lines rein in third-party data sharing
08 Jul 2019
A visibility software provider said shipping lines are expecting something in return for providing data to third-party software companies, a change from the past.
Less logistics cross-training stifles container solutions
05 Jul 2019
The lack of cross-training for various functions is creating an environment where fewer workers have the ability to solve problems creatively, according to conversations with more than a dozen industry veterans over the last year.
Data compartmentalization key to TradeLens carrier buy-in
02 Jul 2019
Maersk’s rival carriers understand their data will be kept private, and broader carrier acceptance will drive more value for shippers, Maersk’s TradeLens emphasized to JOC.com.
TradeLens boosts arsenal with addition of Hapag-Lloyd, ONE
02 Jul 2019
With the addition of Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE), TradeLens members now control more than 61 percent of global containership capacity, according to maritime analyst Alphaliner.
25 Jun 2019
Mis-declared cargoes are a significant risk to container ships and crews, but a project being undertaken will consider whether blockchain can play a role in minimizing future incidents.
21 Jun 2019
Supply chain technologies carry a disproportionate importance in emerging markets, where administrative and physical waste creates extra cost for shippers and end consumers.
20 Jun 2019
Sponsored: AGL's Jon Slangerup on carriers moving into the forwarding space and the impact that encroaching is having on relationships within an industry that relies on trust.
19 Jun 2019
Many of the communications systems knocked out by a ransomware attack against A. Duie Pyle have been restored. But the attack signals a growing cyber threat.
19 Jun 2019
Ike, a developer of automated trucks led by veterans of Uber, Google and Apple, says ATs are entering a new phase, but still many years from widespread use.
17 Jun 2019
A ransomware attack temporarily knocked communications offline at one of the largest Northeast less-than-truckload carriers.
13 Jun 2019
The freight rate management software provider Catapult will directly integrate Xeneta contract rate benchmarking data to help forwarders and NVOs determine if their contract rates are competitive.
13 Jun 2019
The success of digital freight matching technology will largely rely on the extent to which shippers stop viewing the spot market as a last resort and start viewing it as a strategic tool.
11 Jun 2019
Shippers might dream of a single end-to-end visibility system, but providers still specialize in certain areas, so a more realistic approach is figuring out how to stitch deep, but narrow, systems together.
11 Jun 2019
Blockchain technology being applied to the bill of lading on the Asia-Europe trade.