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Trucker Tools smartphone app.
12 Jul 2018
The question shippers are asking is, “If you see the freight, can’t you let me know where there’s carrier capacity available?”
Port of Los Angeles.
11 Jul 2018
Pushing data back to users may very well prove to be the pivotal point at which the container shipping industry shifted en masse to portals. But getting to that step will likely require another cultural shift.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
11 Jul 2018
The government has set a firm Sept. 30 deadline for all ports and terminals to join the radio frequency identification (RFID) program; a decree allows stakeholders to apply a mandatory RFID user charge of about $2 per container.
Blockchain and the world.
09 Jul 2018
Many experts argue that blockchain technology is tailor-made for container shipping’s international logistics work. But blockchain faces numerous hurdles — the biggest of which may be cultural.
Tokyo, Japan.
05 Jul 2018
Global trade-oriented blockchain solutions are moving from pilot to purported commercial viability in Asia and Europe, as shippers evaluate whether blockchain is something in which they should invest in the short term and which project to back.
Port Miami.
03 Jul 2018
The logistics provider has found a niche in Miami-area digital drayage by offering an app with a twist: the shipper, not an algorithm, names the price to haul the load.
California Los Angeles interchange.
03 Jul 2018
Cell phone service providers may soon pull the plug on a key data pipeline underpinning domestic visibility software, but most companies have switched to other location systems. Shippers need to ensure that their providers aren’t overly exposed to this cell phone triangulation data.
A Hapag-Lloyd ship.
01 Jul 2018
Like the US airline industry earlier, the global container shipping industry has reached a point where cost cutting and mergers will yield little if any additional value. This is the view of a longtime carrier executive, a Maritime Hall of Fame inductee who argues creating value for customers will characterize the current era, with customer service the first visible change area.
An Amazon center in Nevada, United States.
30 Jun 2018
Amazon’s new network could help reduce shipper costs, and even aid other transportation providers, as volumes outstrip capacity. But as one might sense, Amazon’s latest play also will affect resources in an already beyond-tight US trucking sector.
Maersk Line.
29 Jun 2018
Maersk's annoucement that it has used the start-up software provider to build its new e-commerce interface makes two points that all stakeholders in container shipping should note.
Two container ships at sea.
29 Jun 2018
Technology, and in particular visibility and cargo track/trace tech, offers a multitude of benefits, including improved efficiency. But along with a monetary cost/benefit analysis, potential users should ask if they are willing to accept any operational adjustments that will be required to use it.
A truck travels on a US road.
29 Jun 2018
Shared worksheets and manipulatable charts are the standard in trucking logistics, as they are in other sectors, but there is a scenario that would see truckers, shippers, and others abandon them.
Daimler Trucks etruck.
28 Jun 2018
Heavy-duty and medium-duty electric trucks from the largest US truck maker will get a workout in applications such as drayage, as a step toward full production.
Swiss Federal Railways.
28 Jun 2018
Europe’s rail and truck transport systems are at a pivotal moment. The two could complement each other and help meet the likely 30 percent increase in European cargo expected by 2030. However, turf protecting could still rule the day, especially if rail views truck platooning as a threat.
CMA CGM.
25 Jun 2018
Ocean carriers have begun investing directly in start-ups, and in some cases deploying these solutions more broadly. Furthermore, as the tech sector worked through initial roadblocks, the market for sensor technology to track international freight has been steadily warming the last two years, as shippers seek more-accurate and real-time information.
Trucks in a cargo line in India.
22 Jun 2018
Unified tax reform in India has led to a roughly 18 to 20 percent improvement in truck turn times, a new study has found.
20 Jun 2018
Spending on third-party logistics providers is expected to rise 5.5 percent by 2019 as shippers rely upon logistics providers to manage capacity constraints on the highways and rails while offering long-term solutions through technology.
Fleet of Oregon.
19 Jun 2018
With its first-move advantage fading, the digital forwarding industry is entering its second phase marked by a mushrooming of providers, a pivot away from marketplaces, and a subsector seeking to give so-called traditional forwarders digital chops.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
15 Jun 2018
While terminals have made good strides in improving technology within their four walls, they are poorly connected with the greater supply chain in which they play a critical role as the interface between the water and the land; that connectivity has to occur for the industry to advance. And with International Longshoremen's Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union labor peace, there’s now time to do it.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
14 Jun 2018
The government, at a recent stakeholder review meeting regarding trade reforms, set a Sept. 30 deadline for nationwide radio-frequency identification operations.
Container ship at port.
10 Jun 2018
The tech enhancements could have potential benefits for importers in terms of better visibility of their cargo from the vessel discharge process to the out gate process, and for exporters in terms of better gauging the best time to deliver laden boxes to terminals.
Chicago with Lake Michigan.
07 Jun 2018
“No one’s coming to save us,” Bobby Harris, president and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, tells shippers. He’s talking about the tight-capacity, high-priced, surface transportation market, which he expects will continue until late 2019. One BlueGrace solution — it is going to Chicago to hire help.
Mediterranean Shipping Co.
07 Jun 2018
Shippers using the BoxTech database to track container weight and other information will get greater reach through the database, which now contains information on 40 percent of the world’s containers after Mediterranean Shipping Co. added its information.
An Amazon fulfillment center in Washington state, United States.
06 Jun 2018
All key fundamentals point to another strong revenue growth year in 2018 for the third-party logistics provider sector, absent a trade war.
Maersk Line logistics.
06 Jun 2018
The new digital product, which commenced global operations in early 2017, is designed to offer instant pricing/booking, cost transparency/cargo tracking, simplified/centralized documentation, and proactive/round-the-clock customer services.
Dachser intelligent logistics.
06 Jun 2018
German and European less-than-containerload (LCL) market leader Dachser announced this week that it will be launching 26 new LCL services and increasing the frequency of six services from every fortnight to weekly.
CMA CGM.
05 Jun 2018
The ocean carrier’s Ze Box venture capital unit has signed a memorandum of understanding with PSA unboXed, the external innovation and corporate venture capital arm of Singapore’s PSA International.
Logistics software.
05 Jun 2018
A funny thing has happened in the last few years even as the role of chief supply chain officer hasn’t become quite so ubiquitous: on-demand, subscription-based software providers have begun to partner more than ever, creating networks of logistics capabilities that often mimic those promised by the broader single suites.
Uber Freight.
04 Jun 2018
The inclusion of carriers with up to 10 trucks in Uber’s capacity pool will help build density and increase the value of its app-based service to shippers.
Maersk Line.
03 Jun 2018
Maersk’s first-quarter earnings conference call was not only a report card on the ocean carrier, as important as that is. It was also a summary of the major trends and factors affecting container shipping.
WiseTech Global.
01 Jun 2018
The arms race among freight forwarding enterprise systems should be a boon for forwarders and their beneficial cargo owner customers by extending the number of applications available through a single platform.
30 May 2018
Sponsored: Panalpina's Frank Hercksen on the global rollout of the SAP Transportation Management and trans-Pacific objectives.  
Deliveryperson delivers an e-commerce package.
26 May 2018
While the data on the phenomenon are in their infancy and hardly comprehensive, it appears less-than-containerload shipping is being propelled higher by several postmodern trends that are changing the nature of global trade, including the rise of e-commerce, more frequent shipping, and technology enabling supply chain monitoring and optimization.
The Port of Oakland.
24 May 2018
The Oakland Portal that the Northern California port launched Thursday will help beneficial cargo owners, terminal operators, truckers, and other port users share shipment information on a single platform rather than having to access dozens of different websites.
Trucks travel in Tennessee, United States.
24 May 2018
When talking about capacity, shippers too often focus on drivers, facilities, and assets. Time, however, is a key element in transportation capacity, and one that needs to be addressed if shippers hope to find freight space at reasonable prices and ship “more with less” in 2018.