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Containerchain, creator of cloud-based software solutions for automating and synchronising operations across the container logistics industry, officially opened its European operations in Hamburg and Rotterdam this month. It has hired Patrick Mertens, formerly Area Manager - Transport, Logistics, and M&R for Hamburg Süd, to head up its commercial activities.
The company - with offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong - sees Europe as an important growth market for its rapid advancement across the container logistics sector. Tony Paldano, CEO of Containerchain, points to the growing conversation around the benefits of digitisation as a sign that the industry is ready to find new ways to improve productivity and unlock value.
“There’s been a lot of talk about ‘visibility’ in the industry - the ability to see container movement both up and downstream from your facility or business. But digitisation should offer you more than that: it should offer you the ability to re-tool your processes to achieve greater efficiency. And to unlock the profit potential that comes from being able to proactively manage with better information at your fingertips,” Mr Paldano said. “We’re excited to take this message to one of the largest shipping and transport markets in the world.
The advent of the internet combined with a prolonged downturn have created ideal conditions for a digital sea change in shipping, says Containerchain’s Chris Collins.
“Timing is everything, and it feels like the timing is right now for this industry... what we are seeing now is the ‘soft’ infrastructure of the internet reaching a level of interconnectivity and technological advancement to be able to really effect change.”
Another factor leading to the renewed interest in digitalisation, according to Mr Collins, is due to the prolonged global industry downturn over the past five to eight years, which has drastically hit the bottom lines of all shipping companies.
This has forced them to take a step back to look at inefficiencies that have plagued shipping for years but were not properly addressed, for various legacy reasons. These include matters such as port congestion, as well as the inability to communicate in real time with customers like container trucking companies.
However, Mr Collins warns that all this must be tied to a re-engineering of business processes to more effectively apply information technology to deliver significant value and lower costs to the shipping industry.
03-Jul-2017Hundreds of shippers, forwarders, terminals and other organizations are moving towards digitalization with access to details of around 5 million containers through BoxTech, the database of container technical details provided by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC).
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ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Vobal Technologies (Vobal) to enable end-to-end visibility of refrigerated smart containers and other IoT-connected assets transporting temperature-sensitive, high-value cargo across international waters.
TOTE Maritime Selects ORBCOMM’S VesselConnect Solution for Remote Monitoring of Smart Refrigerated Containers at Sea09-May-2017
ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced today that TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, a premier shipping carrier specializing in moving cargo between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, has selected ORBCOMM to provide its GSM-based VesselConnect solution to remotely manage TOTE Maritime’s fleet of smart refrigerated containers at sea.
Thermo King to Address Customer Needs for Marine Temperature Control Technologies at the Intermodal Europe Show07-Nov-2016
Case studies from marine and intermodal applications from around the world, new app for AFAM+ air management technology and refrigerant choices to highlight the Thermo King stand.
BISON, the specialist developer of portable container weighing solutions, has launched a world first system for weighing containers on trailer chassis.
BISON C-Legs are self-contained scales that attach to and lift a container just clear of the chassis, then transmit the gross container weight via Bluetooth to a feature rich smart phone App. The App confirms the container’s weight distribution, captures photos and shipment details and sends weight certificates and related data via email.
BISON, the specialist developer of portable container weighing solutions, will launch a world first system for weighing containers on trailer chassis at the Intermodal Europe trade fair in Rotterdam in mid-November.
BISON C-Legs are self-contained scales that attach to and lift a container just clear of the chassis, then transmit the gross container weight via Bluetooth to a feature rich smart phone App.
Daikin Reefer, a leading global supplier of container refrigeration equipment, announced the opening of a new spare parts center in Dubai - making it the first manufacturer to establish an official parts center in this region. Supporting Daikin's commitment to safeguarding reliability and protecting cargo, the parts center will be managed by long-term partner and leading reefer servicing operator, IRS International (IRSI).