Technology

  • Traditional forwarders beginning to see the threat from online platforms

    Dec 11, 2018 — While uncertainty in global trade is proving prosperous for the forwarding community, legacy forwarders appear to have now fully realised the threat posed by online platforms. A report claims traditional players have made “significant investments” to offset threats from online operators entering the $220bn global market.
  • How should ports prepare for autonomous shipping?

    Dec 6, 2018 — The British Ports Association recently published a report in which it encouraged UK ports to consider the implications of autonomous ships on their operations.
  • Freight Brokers, 3PLs Must Embrace Technology or Face Disruption, Experts Say

    Dec 4, 2018 — To remain competitive in this changing environment, freight brokers and third-party logistics firms will need to adapt or risk being left in the dust, technology experts and logistics leaders said here at the Transportation Intermediaries Association’s inaugural 3PL Technovations conference.
  • Visiting Three Ports, Ferry Successfully Completes Fully Autonomous Test in Norway

    Nov 30, 2018 — Finnish technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested the fully autonomous operation of a ferry on a route in Norway in what is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation for a vessel of this size.
  • Industry questions new box ship blockchain network

    Nov 7, 2018 — Yesterday’s announcement that five shipping lines and four terminal operators are to form a consortium to develop a Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) has raised more questions than it answered.
  • Uber for empty containers could solve repositioning challenges

    Nov 1, 2018 — Technology startups are focusing on reducing the empty container problem, a challenge that costs the container shipping industry about $20 billion per year. At any given time, about one-third of the ocean containers in circulation are empty, and the average container spends nearly half its life idle.
  • Eye on Technology: EasyJet expects to be flying electric planes by 2030

    Oct 31, 2018 — EasyJet has pushed back its forecast for flying electric planes to 2030, but is more confident about a technology it expects to cut emissions and costs after a partner moved to the next stage of engine development, the airline said on Monday.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks

    Oct 25, 2018 — Rapidly evolving technologies deployed throughout the U.S. maritime industry to increase efficiencies and competitiveness present significant cybersecurity risks, which the industry is unprepared to shoulder.
  • An Internet of Logistics could make it easier to share supply chain data

    Oct 19, 2018 — Container ports should spearhead an “Internet of Logistics” to tackle inefficiencies in global container supply chains. According to PSA International chief executive Tan Chong Meng, a “connected community” beyond the scope of Internet of Things (IoT) technology is needed to improve data sharing.
  • The End of Cheap Shipping From China

    Oct 18, 2018 — The White House wants to put an end to low-cost shipping from overseas, a move widely supported among U.S. e-commerce sellers.
  • Forwarders must meet digital disrupters head on and adapt, or sink

    Oct 18, 2018 — Forwarders have the power to keep wannabe disrupters at bay and create advantages for themselves – but they must act now, and as an industry.