How to Solve Empty Container Repositioning Problem with Technologies

How to Solve Empty Container Repositioning Problem with Technologies

Empty Container Repositioning

Container shipping transports 95% of all manufactured goods around the world. It is the industry that underpins the global economy – the quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 102 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.83 billion metric tons in 2017, which is now worth over $4 trillion of products.

Digitalizing Post and Parcel: A Peek Into the Future

Digitalizing Post and Parcel: A Peek Into the Future

Post and Parcel

Wondering what’s ahead in the Post and Parcel industry in the next few years? Autonomous Vehicles delivering packages… robots handling warehouse tasks… IoT making the operations smoother… data analytics for managing contingencies… It all may sound a bit futuristic, but companies are already pushing the limits by bringing these concepts closer to reality.

The rise of the eCommerce and the growing demand for returns are driving exponential growth in the Post and Parcel industry. Trying to secure a niche in the market while adapting to ever-changing consumer behavior may seem overwhelming. But companies have a potent toolkit at their disposal: namely, digital technologies. The way Post and Parcel companies use artificial intelligence, IoT, robots, and other innovations will determine their relevance in the future.

Major industry players already get it: the digital disruption is an opportunity, not a threat. Forecasts tend to agree: Accenture found that Post and Parcel organizations could on average create more than $US500 million in annual value if they incorporate advanced digital technologies.

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“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: February 2019

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: February 2019

Logistics Innovation News

Welcome to the February issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the last month.

Here is the list of topics in this issue:

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Logistics of the Future: Best Air Cargo Startups

Logistics of the Future: Best Air Cargo Startups

Air Cargo Startups

This article is part of the “Logistics of the Future” series looking at the best logistics startups today.

Air cargo: Don’t think of it as the “little brother” to passenger planes. While the industry may be in the shadow of passenger airlines or maritime logistics, the rapid rise of e-commerce has seen air cargo grow in size and importance over the past few years. The industry accounts for an average of 51.2 million tonnes being moved every year, and that number is only increasing.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air cargo demand grew by 3.5 percent in 2018 as measured by freight-tonne kilometers, and the IATA’s latest Business Confidence Survey said airlines expect freight volumes to continue increasing in 2019. Demand is such that Boeing is increasing production of the Boeing 767 Freighter to three airplanes per month in 2020 – their third rate-hike on the model, which represents a doubling of production since 2016. Not only are traditional air cargo methods increasing, but NASA is also estimating that there will be 2.6 million commercial drones in the skies by 2020.

Air cargo is innovating and moving ahead rapidly, but it should be noted that it is still by far the most expensive method of shipping: Air cargo accounts for just 1 percent of global shipping by volume but 35 percent of it by cost. Startups in this space are always devising new ways to combat such costs and boost efficiency for the benefit of both the consumer and the logistics/transport company.

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Logistics Startup of the Month: CargoX

Logistics Startup of the Month: CargoX

CargoX

Every month we select one logistics startup which represents a positive example of innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, Transmetrics selected СargoX, an innovative Blockchain-based Bill of Lading solution, as the February “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its outstanding contribution to the development of smart, secure and digital logistics.

In order to learn more about the startup and what it does, we have talked with CargoX COO Igor Jakomin Ph.D. about the business and how Supply Chain and Logistics can be improved with Blockchain.

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Sustainability in Last-Mile Delivery

How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Sustainability in Last-Mile Delivery

Sustainability in Last-Mile Delivery

Modern technology and logistics infrastructure have made sending a package anywhere in the world easier than ever imagined. The most visible part of logistics – the last mile – is as important as ever, and yet it continues to be complicated.

In major cities, commonplace obstacles like road closures, construction, heavy traffic, and even parking restrictions make the last mile remarkably time- and energy-consuming. For example, London recently announced the expansion of its ultra-low emission zone, making the deployment of last-mile delivery vehicles even more complicated for logistics companies. On the other hand, in more remote areas, the infrastructure (or lack thereof) as well as a low volume of deliveries often render the logistics excessively inefficient.

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Logistics Startup of the Month: TNX Logistics

Logistics Startup of the Month: TNX Logistics

TNX Logistics

Every month we select one logistics startup which represents a positive example of innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, Transmetrics selected TNX Logistics, a practical AI software for trucking, as the January “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its remarkable contribution to the development of Artificial Intelligence for transport planning and dispatch.

In order to learn more about TNX Logistics and what they do, we talked with Jonah McIntire, a Co-Founder and Managing Director of TNX, about the business and how it improves the trucking with AI.

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Logistics of the Future: Best Maritime Logistics Startups

Logistics of the Future: Best Maritime Logistics Startups

Logistics of the Future: Best Maritime Logistics Startups

This article is part of the “Logistics of the Future” series looking at the best logistics startups today.

Maritime shipping: it’s the quiet achiever of transport. After the revolutionary introduction of containerization by Malcolm McLean back in 1956, the industry was completely transformed. While it once took up to two whole weeks just to load and unload containers off a ship, piece by piece, the implementation of containerization not only has saved a huge amount of time when loading and unloading shipments, but it has also had an incredible impact on our global access to affordable goods: consumers may be surprised to learn that roughly 90 percent of everything we buy arrives by ship. As the quantity of goods carried by containers has risen from around 102 million metric tons in 1980 to about 1.83 billion metric tons in 2017, our current state of intercontinental trade, bulk transport of raw materials, and the imports/exports of affordable food and manufactured goods would simply not be possible without maritime shipping.

However, the industry is at a pivotal moment of change: Seeking economies of scale and lower unit costs, carriers are deploying bigger and bigger ships, already with capacities of over 21,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). In addition, 2018 trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, and the Global Sulphur Cap regulation by IMO set to go into effect in 2020 have also sent the maritime industry into a frenzy as they look for ways to cut costs during this uncertain period.

To address these issues, maritime logistics startups are using innovative tools like digital platforms, predictive analytics, fuel efficiency solutions, and others to help companies optimize their operations and cut costs during this crucial time, ensuring that more goods are received in a more efficient way.

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Best Logistics Articles of 2018 from Transmetrics Blog

Best Logistics Articles of 2018 from Transmetrics Blog

Best Logistics Articles 2018

2018 was rich for the discussions about logistics innovations. The industry demonstrated its readiness to move forward and try out new technologies in order to solve the long-going challenges of inefficiency, under-utilization of logistics assets, and limited capabilities of the IT infrastructure.

AI and Big Data, Autonomous Transportation, Blockchain and Predictive Logistics were just a few topics covered by Transmetrics Blog in 2018. The following articles proved to be the most engaging in 2018 among our readers.

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