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

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.
26 Aug 2019
Digital freight broker Loadsmart has built an extension to its platform to allow shippers using shareable spreadsheets to request rates and book truckloads directly within those documents.
26 Aug 2019
JOC event in Mumbai highlights the number of companies targeting container logistics in a country known for its relatively light use of containerized supply chains.
26 Aug 2019
Supply chain software providers are using application program interfaces (APIs) to connect previously disparate data sources and systems, potentially ushering a new strata of neutrality in freight transportation.
23 Aug 2019
Digital freight broker Transfix is banking on a former eBay executive and venture capital investors to differentiate the company among a crowded field of brokers, digital and otherwise.
20 Aug 2019
The founder of industry stalwart software provider Catapult has started a new venture aiming to provide logistics companies with a way to automate repetitive and time-consuming data entry processes.
20 Aug 2019
Maersk’s latest linkup signals the carrier’s intent to continue building out its digital offerings to shippers.
20 Aug 2019
AGL Chief Executive Jon Slangerup addresses reactive responses to tariff uncertainty and the vital first step in using new technology for supply chain optimization.
19 Aug 2019
WiseTech’s purchase of Depot Systems allows it to gain yard container management technology in the US.
19 Aug 2019
Monetization of TradeLens would give the largest global container line another revenue stream not tied to ocean shipping, furthering its effort to become an integrator.
15 Aug 2019
The initial growth in volume booked via Maersk Line’s new online tool gives carriers further impetus to provide similar products that offer guaranteed contract reliability.
13 Aug 2019
New funding for freight invoicing startup BasicBlock shows investors are keen to back emerging payment technology and that carriers are struggling with liquidity in a soft rate environment.
09 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Digital marketplace Emerge launched in late 2018, connecting shippers directly with carriers. At JOC’s TPM conference in March 2019, President Grant Crawford discussed the plans for expanding live data and the direction from which he sees the next wave of innovation coming.
09 Aug 2019
An international freight rate marketplace provider is providing forwarders with a free quoting tool to drive adoption of instant quotes while also building capacity for its BCO customers.
08 Aug 2019
Partnerships between TMS providers, digital brokers, and visibility providers are becoming commonplace, but that doesn’t mean the blurring between those models is easy for shippers to understand.
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.