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Blockchains for logistics: from hype to relevance?

By Jean-Paul Rodrigue An artificial consensus While presenting at recent transportation trade conferences I expressed rather skeptical views about the potential of Blockchains for logistics, which raised a few eyebrows and critiques. The industry is currently drinking its own cool-aid and caught in the standard hype cycle where the benefits of a new technology are… Read more »

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Antwerp and T-Mining Blockchain pilot

The Port of Antwerp Authority and Antwerp blockchain start-up T-Mining have announced a blockchain-based smart contract for managing some aspects of fruit shipping, which was developed together with Belfruco, Enzafruit, PortApp, 1-Stop and T&G Global. Currently exchanging the paper-based certificates is managed by courier, as the port and T-Mining explain: “The food agency in New… Read more »

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DIGITALISATION MORE IMPORTANT THAN AUTOMATION

The chief executive of Malaysia’s Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) has described digitalisation as “even more important than automation”. Speaking at container supply chain event TOC Asia, Marco Neelsen said: “I honestly believe that digitalisation is one of the biggest leaps that we will see on the container industry. “It’s about how efficient you are,… Read more »

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STANDARDISATION HELPS AUTOMATION IMPLEMENTATION

Standardisation is needed to speed up deployment, radically shorten start-up times, and simplify the maintenance of highly complex automated systems, according to the president of Kalmar. Antti Kaunonen said we need to be able to copy and paste standardised solutions from one execution to another, instead of reinventing the wheel over and over again for… Read more »

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Carrier Transicold releases service app

American reefer manufacturer Carrier Transicold has released a free mobile app to aid technicians when servicing containers. The app is available on iOS and Android   The app, available on iOS and Android, contains resources including service manuals with instructional videos, an alarm code lookup function, conversion tools and warranty information, as well as a search… Read more »

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Port of Oakland’s online shipping platform goes live

The Port of Oakland’s new tech platform, called the Oakland Portal, has gone live, as part of efforts by the West Coast hub to provide a single point to seaport operations. The portal was created by New Jersey-based logistics software provider Advent Intermodal Solutions as an extension of its customer-based eModal system, which the port’s… Read more »

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Port of Brisbane Brings Blockchain to the Supply Chain

The Port of Brisbane has collaborated with PwC Australia and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to develop a blockchain technology to link the supply chain and revolutionize international trade. The system is currently in the proof of concept stage, and is aiming to build a blockchain-based end-to-end supply chain — digitizing the flow… Read more »

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Digitalization wave on the way for shipping industry

Digitalization of shipping Source: DNV-GL    Digital opens the new windows for shipping to strengthen their straight relationships with end customers, further reduce their costs, including for fuel, vessel operation, and customer service. Furthermore, it pursues new revenue streams beyond traditional shipping services. As shown below, there are four main drivers that encourage the shipping… Read more »

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Digitalisation and ICT innovations – A focus on port logistics

Shipping has been an important human activity throughout history, particularly where prosperity depended primarily on international and interregional trade. According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) statistics in  2017, shipping has an essential contribution to the world economy since more than 90% of the world’s trade, in volume,  is carried by sea. In a broader… Read more »

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Toward digitalisation of maritime supply chains

Maritime Supply Chain is one of the key sectors for digital transformation. With its high degree of networking and its large number of interfaces, maritime supply chain offers a broad range of applications for digital technologies. Stakeholders across the supply chain see huge potential to improve maritime and port service level and efficiency by having… Read more »