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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.

It would appear that managing infrastructure needs for bigger ships and environmental responsibility are at cross-purposes. But heading into 2018, North American ports have a plan.
 

 

Implementing electronic logging in 2018 won’t be easy, and may spark a review of truck driver work rules. Here's why.

Technology that provides real-time cargo location visibility gained much attention in 2017, as did tracking for containers, chassis, and other equipment. That trend is likely to continue in 2018. Here's why. 

The supply-demand forecast is available. So is the historical data, along with the start date and location. So why can't terminals and/or ports implement a more-efficient, utilitarian chassis system?

The song will likely remain the same regarding the air cargo sector in 2018: increasing demand, which suggests that building a 'time safety cushion' into your supply chain is prudent.
As strategic 3PLs help their customers leverage new tools and platforms, more traditional logistics providers fall further behind.
In addition to rising consumer goods and freight demand, at least some of the pre-holiday drop in truck capacity that helped push spot rates to new highs may be due to a unique factor.

Tesla is touting with considerable fanfare its new, electric truck — the Semi. But which haul mission will the new truck perform best at?

In his Nov. 16 tweet promoting the rollout of Tesla’s new electric semi-truck, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised, “This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.”

Building predictive analytics into an appointment system that must process up to 60,000 truck moves per day in load center ports is a tentative process that involves trial and error, and, increasingly, further advances in technology.
In container shipping, a 'black hole' exists in the supply chain, according to a logistics pro. However, a port information portal used in a pilot project by the Port of Los Angeles is providing more visibility.
The rails' inability to increase their market share over road could threaten public funding of the sector.
While handling record volumes this holiday season, FedEx is speeding efforts to integrate TNT Express into a ‘hardened’ information technology infrastructure following last June’s cyberattack.
This is certain regarding the trucking industry in 2018: it will be the year of time management, as the electronic logging mandate makes supply chains less and less flexible while freight demand rises.
Acting CEO James Foote may have to reach out to disgruntled shippers in executing the late Hunter Harrison’s precision railroading strategy.
Concerning automation and related technological changes, even moderate productivity gains, combined with reliability and low labor costs, can be very appealing, says a marine engineer/port planner.
John LaRue headed the Corpus Christi port for 23 years; he will stay on as an adviser until he retires in June 2019.
Several port authorities told JOC’s Port Performance North America Conference on Wednesday that they take the threat very seriously.
Most of the improvement stems from the company's $44.1 million investment in new equipment, including three ship-to-shore gantry cranes, at the year’s start.