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.
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.
16 Feb 2018
With a huge investment, JD.com is looking to add high speed rail to its domestic delivery system.
A truck on a US highway.
16 Feb 2018
Crunching shipper data, Zipline Logistics has found that the electronic logging device mandate is having a measurable impact on US trucker transit times and capacity.
Trucks on a US highway.
15 Feb 2018
Changing the hours-of-service rules could give US truckers more flexibility or mask shipper inefficiencies.
Direct ChassisLink.
15 Feb 2018
Intermodal equipment provider Direct ChassisLink Inc.’s (DCLI's) Digital DCLI initiative seeks to leverage the company’s REZ-1 technology for myriad supply chain improvements, in a three-year effort that goes far beyond basic chassis supply.
A US wareghouse
15 Feb 2018
Many shippers overlook transportation data that monitor their delivery exceptions. Mining data about delivery exceptions might provide shippers with smarter, more-effectual transportation performance data.
Trucks travel on a US highway during a snows storm.
14 Feb 2018
US shippers will like the additional capacity less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking companies plan to provide this year — but they will not like the LTL price increases that are sure to come. Still, the added revenue will fund much-needed investments in capital and talent.
Port of Oakland.
14 Feb 2018
Shippers are complaining and fearing a huge increase in US transportation costs. For those who keep informed of developments impacting this spike in prices, this should not have come as a shock. Further, the factors impacting the hikes are outside the control of the trucking industry.
HongKong International Terminals.
14 Feb 2018
Efficiency gains from the remote-controlled crane and automated stacking system implemented by Hong Kong International Terminals at CT9 North will be felt by liner customers and improve the terminal's ability to handle large cargo surges from bigger vessels.
A truck on a highway in Utah.
13 Feb 2018
US trucking capacity is tightening faster than anticipated in the electronic logging era, and some shippers say that is making it tougher and costlier to move freight as they navigate between higher costs and increasingly constrictive customer demands.
Demand is increasing in the US trucking sector.
12 Feb 2018
The ocean carriers’ long-standing determination to retain the business of large retailers and other large trans-Pacific importers, even if it means accepting marginally profitable or even loss making cargo, is slamming head on into the reality of the US trucking market.
Uber Freight
08 Feb 2018
Convoy and Uber Freight, two technology startups, are attempting to persuade US shippers they can deliver immediately covered contract and spot market loads, new capacity, total rate transparency, real-time tracking and data analytics, and market intelligence that can drive supply chain decisions.
Demand for US trucking transport services remains in an uptrend in early 2018
07 Feb 2018
US spot market truck rates are receding from January peaks, but not by much, and shippers should not take too much consolation in the dip: spring is coming.
The chassis supply has not kept pace with demand at selected US ports.
05 Feb 2018
The creation was propelled by need: the supply from chassis providers has not kept pace with the explosive growth at the region’s ports, a Georgia official said.
More than 500 third-party providers are listed in this directory,
03 Feb 2018
More than 500 third-party providers are listed in this directory, which is managed by industry research and consulting firm Armstrong & Associates.
Port of Los Angeles
02 Feb 2018
“Carriers face an increasing threat from digital attackers,” — competitors that have embraced technology, a Boston Consulting Group report released Friday argues. 
CMA CGM’s initiative is the latest demonstration of shipping carriers’ increasingly accelerated turn toward technology.
30 Jan 2018
The carrier's Marseille, France-based incubator, known as Ze Box, will host a dozen startups, which have yet to be identified.
Flexport now dominates a widening group of technology-driven service providers changing the container transport business.
30 Jan 2018
San Francisco-based digital forwarder Flexport has entered a very competitive sector – one that’s highly fragmented and with low margins.
29 Jan 2018
Expected and unexpected challenges have marked the start of the electronic logging device mandate era — magnifying shipper concerns about inadequate truck capacity and rising rates.
27 Jan 2018
In launching a joint venture company with IBM, with whom it has had a relationship going back to the 1950s, Maersk would seem to be in the pole position to exploit blockchain’s potential in container shipping.
26 Jan 2018
Officials say the technology will also help create more trucker dual transactions.
25 Jan 2018
BCOs calling at the largest US port complex want predictability, reliability, and velocity, and the port directors said those goals can be achieved only through technology and process improvements.
24 Jan 2018
Truckers seek “dual transactions,” or revenue moves in both directions and at LA-LB, technology will play a key role in achieving that goal, which will also reduce turn times — getting cargo to its destination quicker.
24 Jan 2018
After four years of behind-the-scenes work, US shippers, truckers, and intermediaries last month finally secured the federal regulatory hearing on their congestion-related fees for which they are not at fault. They should not expect speedy relief from the federal body.
23 Jan 2018
Although the evidence is not inconvertible yet, the number of factors suggesting the current truck capacity shortage is not merely a cyclical downturn are starting to add up.
22 Jan 2018
As supply chain visibility tech advances, shippers have to confront questions such as how much is it worth? Will other parties collaborate to ensure it functions? And: how to handle large amounts of data that may come in a variety of formats?