Freight Technology

Intra-Asia carriers equip entire box fleet with smart containers

Carriers say the technology will allow them to differentiate in a commoditised industry

CMA CGM to introduce 'smart' containers to box fleet

New technology developed in partnerships with French start-up company will bring Big Data to equipment monitoring

Tech ‘big hitter’ joins freight automation firm

Former head of strategy at online travel leader Priceline, Robert Mylod, joins Freightos board of directors

Dutch shippers trial digital bill of lading signatures

Netherlands becomes first country to offer standardised electronic receipt of goods by mobile phone

WACO System selects logistics software supplier

Members of the global freight management network to benefit from single-platform solution

US Bank launches freight payment ‘first’

Company claims its solution allows shippers to hold on to money longer while accelerating payments to carriers

Supply-chain visibility tops sea freight customers’ technology priority list

INTTRA survey highlights appetite for higher-quality data among shippers, carriers and forwarders

Beijing implements integrated customs-clearance initiative

Cross-regional Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei model to improve import and export logistics set to be extended to Yangtze River Economic Belt and Guangdong Province

Logistics prepares for augmented reality

DHL publishes study examining how computer-generated sensory input can improve transport and the supply chain

'LNG Blue Corridors' project underway

Hauliers offered grants for eligible trucks

Perth teleport opened by NSSLGlobal to extend VSAT Ku-Band network

New teleport in Perth, Australia supports satellite beam in South Pacific

Customs software specialist Impatex acquired by Descartes

Future of company lies in international expansion

UPS expands protection services

Latest software helps ensure time- and temperature-sensitive shipments reach their destinations

DHL gears up to go hybrid

Groundbreaking design has the potential to achieve significant cost savings and reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions

Peru terminal gets a lift

Super post-panamax ship-to-shore crane and two RTGs ordered from Liebherr

Advice & Insight

Ports alert to cybersecurity threat

Antwerp official refutes claim that ports are not taking cybercrime seriously

Part 2: Terminal shake-ups triggered

Bigger container ships are resulting in much greater peaks in container terminal activity. This, together with the ever larger combined volumes of bigger alliances, demands fewer, larger terminals in each port. Terminal operators are reacting by consolidating terminal layouts and ownership – and by working more closely together – but what are the consequences for their customers?

Defendants’ Costs Orders

Anton Balkitis discusses unfair legal costs on the haulage and transport sector

GUEST EDITOR: Freight forwarding in the digital era

Guest editor Alan Platt, managing director of the John Good Group of companies, explains how IT is firmly at the heart of the freight forwarding industry and how it continues to play an increasingly important role, as the demands and expectations of customers increase

Terminal technology makes a quantum leap

DP World says automation is transforming the waterfront

Freight People

Geodis Wilson names new EMEA VP

Matthias Hansen has been interim regional VP for the last few months and now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis

DGF appoints New Zealand country manager

Michael Dhu takes on new role for DHL Global Forwarding

Geodis India appoints new national sales manager

Martijn Tasma takes responsibility for sales and market development of group’s freight forwarding and logistics business in the country

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Thomas Kraus joins Geodis as group marketing director

Former CEO of TNT Express Germany charged with ‘developing a cohesive and differentiating marketing strategy’ for French group

Have Your Say

The sales performance gap

Smaller freight forwarders will continue to be outgunned by their larger competitors until they learn how to think and act differently, claims Paul Kelly

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

Fuel surcharges – a level playing field?

The price of jet fuel and crude are closely linked, and jet fuel costs have also dropped sharply, falling by 45% between Jul-14 and Jan-15. However, fuel surcharges have hardly moved, says Andy Cliff, managing director of Straightforward Consultancy Ltd

Can the cloud solve your freight forwarding challenges?

Gerry Daalhuisen, from transport software specialist Kewill, outlines some of the issues and potential benefits

Eight surprising customs rules

From exporting edible insects to baby formula, FedEx managing director of Global Trade Services, Harald Schoenfelder, reveals some little-known customs rules that could easily catch cargo shippers off guard