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

28 May 2020
The addition of DP World to Maersk and IBM’s blockchain platform TradeLens is a feather in the cap of the still nascent container logistics network, bringing a string of more than 80 terminals and associated business into the fold.
27 May 2020
The search for transportation’s fuel of the future is regaining the momentum built up in 2019, with high-profile initiatives launched in May to accelerate research into alternatives to fossil fuels.
27 May 2020
A Salesforce-based logistics software provider has established a critical goods network to link suppliers, buyers, and 3PLs that wouldn’t ordinarily be connected to one another.
26 May 2020
Expeditors has acquired Fleet Logistics, pulling digital forwarding capabilities into the arsenal of the trans-Pacific’s largest non-vessel-operating common carrier.
26 May 2020
Forwarding software providers continue to link up to provide amplified value to logistics companies, the latest example being SimpliShip and Qwyk teaming to provide rating and quoting tools to an Asia-based forwarder alliance.
25 May 2020
Partnerships between digital freight brokers and TMS providers continue to be formalized, which should benefit shippers looking for extra sources of capacity in their core transportation planning and execution systems.
25 May 2020
The Marseille-based startup technology incubator’s newest cohort features a duo of companies aiming to automate the trade compliance and administrative work done by logistics providers on behalf of shippers.
20 May 2020
Digitally-oriented freight broker Loadsmart, backed in part by Maersk’s venture fund, has begun offering a product that stitches together drayage, transload, and truckload operations.
19 May 2020
project44 is ramping up the multi-modal nature of its visibility offering, another signal that shippers are craving single environments that connect all modes and regions.
19 May 2020
Virtually all of DHL Global Forwarding’s ocean volume, and a third of its air freight, is now being handled through its new transport management platform.
19 May 2020
Kontainers, which has made inroads in providing forwarders with an online transactional channel, is partnering with Portrix, a longtime supplier of rate management tools to top forwarders.
19 May 2020
A partnership between airfreight software specialist WebCargo and cargo airline management platform IBS will enable carriers to quote more efficiently, and electronically, to forwarders.
19 May 2020
A container line consortium that has tackled a range of shipping standards since launching in April 2019 now plans to drive adoption of electronic bills of lading, a standard that has long evaded adoption.
18 May 2020
Combining FedEx’s logistics network with Microsoft’s AI, machine-learning, and cloud-computing capabilities, the companies plan to offer much more granular, near-real-time visibility for entire supply chains, as well as individual shipments.
14 May 2020
Automation software provider RPA Labs has been backed by a group of supply chain-focused investors as it seeks to equip third-party logistics providers with pre-built process “bots.”
13 May 2020
A new technology platform at Werner Enterprises is designed to break down communications barriers between the truckload carrier, its drivers, and customers, and automate more of the truck driver’s workflow.
12 May 2020
OL USA, an NVO led by industry veteran Alan Baer, is using software from Blume Global to provide visibility and disruption recovery capability akin to larger and more well-capitalized competitors.
11 May 2020
Forwarders wanting to build instant quoting capability often need to juggle multiple systems and navigate setbacks to get to a desired state of reaching broader customer segments.
11 May 2020
A warehouse robotics integration platform has secured a venture capital investment to help contract logistics providers and shippers cope with the plethora of automation systems.
07 May 2020
Brokerage solutions maker Trucker Tools will pull parking data into an app-based platform to aid truck drivers searching for available spaces.
05 May 2020
Visibility provider OpenTrack has spent more than a year in stealth building an automated platform for ocean container status on the belief that shippers and 3PLs need faster access to cargo availability data.
04 May 2020
Process automation is already a feature of logistics technology investment, but the drivers for that investment are changing from cost reductions to business empowerment.
30 Apr 2020
The COVID-19 crisis will push the freight transportation industry closer to a future where digitalization is nearly omnipresent, automation is ingrained, and logistics has adapted to slower trade as the economic windfalls of globalization fade further.
30 Apr 2020
The largest US logistics provider is prioritizing technology spending as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates why more automation and digitization is needed.
28 Apr 2020
The race to provide the most complete set of tools to manage the interface of container terminals and drayage is heating up, evidenced by Advent eModal linking with a drayage optimization software provider.
24 Apr 2020
DP World’s rollout this week of an online freight booking platform for forwarders continues its campaign toward broadening its reach in containerized supply chains.
23 Apr 2020
Venture capital investment is beginning to flow toward logistics providers that ease the freight and trade compliance burdens on US-Mexico cross-border shippers.
23 Apr 2020
Freight visibility provider Overhaul, fresh off a $17.5 million funding round in March, is partnering with Schneider’s broker division.
22 Apr 2020
A spike in demand for less-than-containerload (LCL) service suggests US importers are limiting shipping costs by not importing items that may not sell during the COVID-19 pandemic.
21 Apr 2020
A survey of shippers and 3PLs finds the COVID-19 crisis left many companies ill-prepared for the pandemic and will compel them to invest in technology.
21 Apr 2020
Demand for global transport services remains volatile across the supply chain, but the COVID-19 recession has not diminished the urgency required in finding a carbon-neutral fuel source.
17 Apr 2020
As blank sailings pile up on the major east-west trades, the forwarder Kuehne + Nagel updated its Sea Explorer to offer more detailed information on ocean freight service schedules and predicted port arrivals.
17 Apr 2020
The container shipping industry will undoubtedly do more business electronically as a result of the corona­virus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but will digitalization be a force for solving longstanding problems, set the stage for disruption, or both?
16 Apr 2020
The new functionality is designed to help drivers make more informed decisions about which loads they accept by making the pricing more transparent.
15 Apr 2020
Logistics startups are facing a new reality in which funding rounds are likely to be smaller, recurring revenue expectations will be higher and valuations will be greater for subscription-based software than for digital brokers and forwarders.
13 Apr 2020
The world's second biggest container line was slowing resolving a four-day server outage at its Geneva headquarters, a disruption that has affected online processes but not the flow of its customers cargo.