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

16 Jan 2020
The freight broker GlobalTranz is expanding its reach in the managed transportation services market with the acquisition of Cerasis, a broker that effectively acts as provider of transportation management software and often runs the software for its less-than-truckload, parcel, and final mile customers.
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.
Trucks backed up at JNPT.
15 Mar 2018
The Nhava Sheva Container Operators’ Welfare Association, representing the local trucking community, Thursday reiterated its deep concern regarding “heavy traffic” outside terminal DP World Nhava Sheva.
Bayonne Bridge (new).
15 Mar 2018
The bulk of regional economic fundamentals indicate a strong year is ahead for container trade, GDP growth, earnings growth, and job creation — with all of the positives that implies for lateral sectors and society.
A container ship at sea.
15 Mar 2018
The latest blockchain solution has been tested by a consortium comprising a shipper, forwarder, carrier, and tech services company.
A warehouse in the United States.
15 Mar 2018
Have freight forwarders and transportation companies heard the “wake up call” of the fourth industrial revolution — one that will transform supply chains? The world has changed and the evidence argues it is time to invest in technology and people development.
15 Mar 2018
Air cargo is in catch up mode as it slowly drags itself into the digital world.
A travels in the United States.
14 Mar 2018
Agricultural shippers, especially livestock owners, and truckers will get some relief this produce season via an extension of a temporary waiver of the ELD mandate. Other groups are pressing for longer waivers, as the rollout of the ELD mandate throws supply chains out of whack.
14 Mar 2018
Mounting competition from startups is keeping traditional global forwarders on their toes.
A US intermodal facility.
13 Mar 2018
The intermodal model is complex, requiring a coordinated ballet in which various inputs — including rail line capacity, railcar supply, terminal capacity, chassis supply, container supply, and drayage capacity — all need to be in balance. That is not the case this year.
12 Mar 2018
The LA and Oakland information portals are expected to spread to other US ports.
Port of Oakland.
09 Mar 2018
Ocean carriers want to put the past 10 years behind them; it was a time when their focus went inward, and unsuccessfully so. Much rebuilding is needed to re-establish credibility with customers. One opportunity is the small shipper market. But can carriers make their services Amazon-like for small shippers?
Canadian Pacific Railway.
08 Mar 2018
Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Keith Creel says the new ONE business in Vancouver and CP’s expansion into the distribution center-rich Ohio Valley signal the Canadian railroad’s intention to growth its international intermodal freight volume.
Trucks travel on an Oregon, US road.
08 Mar 2018
While 59 percent of the 258 truckers in the survey were satisfied with traditional brokers, 50 percent also said communication has been poor and 53 percent said the information about the load was lacking or incorrect.
Trucks travel on a road.
08 Mar 2018
For years, North American shippers were warned a truck capacity crunch was coming, but that crunch never materialized. This year, with the accelerating US economy, that crunch finally arrived. That is pushing up inland supply chain costs and transport rates across the board, and shippers should not expect relief soon.
The Port of Los Angeles.
07 Mar 2018
From rising protectionism underscored by President Donald Trump’s attack on steel and aluminum imports, to a new reality regarding US surface capacity, there are new challenges for shippers and transportation providers that demand action rather than hand-wringing.
A Hapag-Lloyd container ship.
06 Mar 2018
Shippers may find that Hapag-Lloyd’s use of CargoSphere’s rate translation systems makes it faster and easier to see what their negotiated rates mean for the cost of sending cargo on different routes around the world.
APM Terminal at JNPT.
06 Mar 2018
APM Terminals has introduced a vehicle booking service for drayage, under which local container freight station operators are allotted fixed time slots for their drivers to pick up import containers from the private terminal.
05 Mar 2018
Addressing TPM 2018 in a keynote address, DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes said technology is changing the game completely and he described an environment in which the traditional business model of forwarders was under threat.
The Port of Seattle.
05 Mar 2018
The US trucking community has officially launched a digital platform that, if successful, would quicken the supply chain by creating a network of draymen capable of moving containers in a more efficient manner.
A container ship heads out to sea.
05 Mar 2018
Shippers may now find booking cargo simpler with all top 10 carriers working through the INTTRA portal, as well as a growing number of smaller carriers.
The Port of Los Angeles.
02 Mar 2018
Small and medium shippers may find they can save $200 per container on average as part of a new buying group created by Drewry and Chainalytics that gives them the kind of bargaining power that big beneficial cargo owners have.
A Knight Transportation truck.
02 Mar 2018
Drivers who complete 8,750 miles in a month will get a penny more. An additional cent is tacked onto the bonus for each 750 miles beyond that point.
The Port of Singapore.
27 Feb 2018
PIL, PSA International, and IBM Singapore said that they had worked on a proof of concept exercise, with various objectives achieved.
Port of Oakland.
26 Feb 2018
In the period ahead, the container shipping industry may look different, but know this: that will be due to technology, not consolidation. Consolidation, so far, has reduced the number of carriers but has not changed behaviors.
Union Pacific Railroad.
23 Feb 2018
An end-to-end protective service for perishable, refrigerated goods and seafood in natural-water-environment containers is the cold chain railroad model, and its deployers argue they can grab reefer market share from other transport modes.
Trucks on a US highway.
23 Feb 2018
The US transportation capacity vise that is squeezing supply chains is moving end-to-end visibility and automation from shipper wish lists to priority lists.
SeaCube Container Leasing.
22 Feb 2018
The emerging digital supply chain is offering shippers improved reefer container tracking, as well as better control / management of the cargo's condition. But a decade of reefer underinvestment and an accelerating global economy has led to a shortage of reefer containers.
Port of Los Angeles.
20 Feb 2018
Growing imports are driving up demand, and rental rates, for seaport warehouses, but beneficial cargo owners in secondary and tertiary markets will likely face a truck capacity shortage due to the electronic logging device and warehouse space in those markets could actually see rental rates soften.
Union Pacific railroad.
19 Feb 2018
Shippers and all involved in trade take note: US railroads, in some respects, hold the destiny of the 2018 intermodal year in their hands.
A modern container ship at sea.
16 Feb 2018
INTTRA officials see their company as potentially a key player in any central portal or pipeline designed to give shipping industry players end-to-end supply chain visibility, especially if it is blockchain-based.