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

17 Oct 2019
Sponsored: JOC LogTech 2019 Panelist Glenn Jones, global vice president of the AI-enabled platform Blume Global, on steps needed to move industry past limited understanding of visibility as just track and trace and his vision for where it can go.
17 Oct 2019
GCT has joined with a number of other terminal operators in participating in the IBM- and Maersk-developed TradeLens platform to get better access to container data and visibility.
El Dorado, a new tech experience at TPM20
17 Oct 2019
The two-day "El Dorado" tech experience will address the growing need among beneficial cargo owners, third-party logistics providers, container lines, ports, and other freight transportation interests to understand the true value of technology and navigate an increasingly complex landscape of vendors and emerging technologies.
10 Oct 2019
With the acquisition of the software maker Crux Systems, Flexport is becoming a provider of third-party visibility data while also eschewing concerns about M&A expressed in the wake of its $1 billion round of funding in February.
10 Oct 2019
The pace of technological growth is exceeding the logistics sector’s ability to come up with ways to use it, leaving the market with “solutions” that do not align with actual shipper needs.
10 Oct 2019
The Reston, Virginia-based software supplier’s new “Book it Now” feature adds an execution element to its existing load-matching capabilities.
10 Oct 2019
Venture capital firms are pouring an unprecedented amount of funding into logistics-focused startups, but a focus on rapid revenue growth over sustainable profitability may not be leading these companies away from products that would provide the most value to shippers.
09 Oct 2019
A California-based digital freight marketplace sets a five-year goal to replace its asset-based diesel fleet with alternative power.
07 Oct 2019
Payment options and visibility for carriers working with progressive freight brokers are expanding, exemplified by Transplace’s integrations with two third-party solutions for small and larger carriers.
07 Oct 2019
The contract rate benchmarking platform Xeneta has tied up another integration with a freight forwarding software provider following its first such partnership in June, signaling that its data is most effective when piped into a system that contextualizes it.
03 Oct 2019
The Marseille-based technology provider has developed a UN standard for sensor-based container messages it hopes will be used widely throughout the industry to make such systems interoperable for potential buyers and users of tracking solutions and associated analytics.
02 Oct 2019
Drewry’s contention is that an online marketplace where ocean freight buyers and sellers could agree on binding forward commitments would eliminate inefficiencies in the existing spot market.
01 Oct 2019
While the search for true end-to-end visibility continues, the rise of partnerships between visibility providers in distinct legs continues with surface transportation-oriented software company FourKites partnering with container visibility provider Ocean Insights.
30 Sep 2019
The convergence of contract and spot rates for ocean freight and the increased availability of instant digital quoting tools is pushing more cargo to the spot market and changing shipper negotiation strategies for long-term contracts.
30 Sep 2019
An early blockchain-based liner shipping product has shuttered due to a lack of demand, signaling that the industry is still struggling to understand the concept and the value of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
26 Sep 2019
As more technology is integrated into the supply chain, a Coyote Logistics survey examines what tasks are given to computers and what humans should continue to handle.
26 Sep 2019
E-commerce giant Amazon has purchased Los Angeles-based startup INLT, cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) global trade management (GTM) provider for US importers.
24 Sep 2019
Traction for some of the biggest names in the logistics software startup world means partnering with the old guard to drive access to shippers.
24 Sep 2019
The partnership with JDA is the latest sign of how Maersk is seeking to become an integrator, deepening its reach into landside transport, customs brokerage, and distribution.
23 Sep 2019
Less-than-truckload carrier Estes Express Lines is working with software provider DDC FPO to deliver more accurate, timely information through the automation of freight bill processing.
19 Sep 2019
A discussion on the benefits of adopting smart container technology at the JOC 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.
17 Sep 2019
Shippers wanting to access quotes for truckload capacity through new digital platforms often struggle with pulling the quotes and related tendering into a single system, something software provider project44 is trying to tackle.
16 Sep 2019
Chicago-based Forager last week became the latest logistics technology startup to take aim at the increasingly complex US cross-border trucking market.
Technology smoothing logistics sourcing shifts
12 Sep 2019
Older logistics outsourcing models are being replaced by collaboration among multiple partners on specific, high-priority projects as technology advances.
12 Sep 2019
The adoption of blockchain-based container shipping software may depend on the efficacy of associated identity management and data security components.
12 Sep 2019
DHL Supply Chain will connect with the truckload freight network of Seattle-based broker Convoy and San Francisco-based collaborative software provider Turvo, startups that have raised more than $355 million in combined funding.
11 Sep 2019
Despite being incredibly complex and heavily reliant on personal relationships, certain elements of project cargo logistics can be streamlined through digitization.
11 Sep 2019
The definition of visibility is stretching beyond container or truck tracking to bundle more supply chain activities.
10 Sep 2019
CEVA joins Maersk and Toll in an e-commerce portal that gives customers 24/7 access to their shipments.
09 Sep 2019
“We don’t think about our supply chain as a collection of technologies, but as processes,” Abir Thakurta, vice president of global supply chain for the Atlanta-based furniture retailer, said in a keynote address to the conference. “For us, it’s about supply chain performance. I’m interested in outcomes. If you’re a technology provider, think outcomes, not solutions.”
09 Sep 2019
So much of the discussion around international logistics technology is focused on so-called disruptors and the vast amounts of money behind them, but the reality is that disruption isn’t where the action is taking place.
06 Sep 2019
INTTRA and CargoSphere vet seeks to provide container lines and freight forwarders with a new crowd-sourced path to innovating solutions for systemic container shipping problems.
05 Sep 2019
Digital freight broker Loadsmart is adding to the list of startups aiming to revamp way shippers can procure drayage capacity in an effort backed by sizable investment from Maersk and Ports America.
05 Sep 2019
The Swiss freight forwarder and Singapore’s investment arm are teaming up to fund logistics-focused startups at the Series A and B stage, building on a partnership they started in January 2018.
04 Sep 2019
While some liner shipping parties questions the wisdom of container lines alone developing data standards, the speed with which the DCSA unveiled its first set of standardized process maps suggests maybe fewer parties are better suited for such sweeping initiatives.
04 Sep 2019
Maersk’s latest digital product is part of its ongoing push to become a global logistics integrator.