Now ports also get in on the Blockchain action

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Many people may remember fondly while some may choose to forget the famous tech bubble of 2000, when a long list of internet and tech related stocks peaked and then crashed into a bear market..

Many companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, Apple etc were part of this bubble.. Some of the bubbles burst, while some survived..

Will Blockchain prove to be one such bubble that will last or burst…………………..

Blockchain has been

  • successfully used by Banks and Shippers to create Trade Finance documents ;
  • creative enough to get a Tech company and the World’s largest container line to invest in it ;
  • successfully used by companies to create and transmit smart bills of lading with it ;

Now it seems to be the turn of ports and port authorities to get in on the Blockchain action..

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India’s first blockchain enabled Letter of Credit transaction completed

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Blockchain – that newfangled concept seems to be catching on quickly and moving along quite nicely in the shipping and freight industry..

A Blockchain is a ledger that uses cryptography, the internet and naturally computers to create, share, transfer, track and secure assets and transactions (represented/organised as blocks) belonging to everyone to fulfil a certain function..

Unless the previous transaction is not completed in the chain and shared forward with a timestamp, the next transaction cannot happen..

In the first transaction of its kind in India, HSBC India and ING Bank Brussels have enabled, successfully executed and completed a full blockchain driven trade finance transaction between India’s Reliance Industries and USA’s Tricon Energy..

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MSC continues its investment in smart containers

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Smart containers are dubbed as one of the innovations that is set to change the way in which we carry out traditional container shipping services..

This innovative technology is said to transform a standard ISO container into a smart, connected object which collects and communicates real-time data on its position and movements throughout its journey..

MSC’s is partnering with TRAXENS to convert 50,000 of its dry cargo containers to smart containers..

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Product Review : CargoX’s Blockchain based Smart Bill of Lading

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Blockchain based Smart Bill of Lading by CargoX

Smart Computers, Smart Phones, Smart Cars and now Smart Bill of lading..!!!!

Shipping documentation in its current form has been around for many decades and has been working quite well..

There are several factors that are involved in the preparation, checking, transmission, hand over, payment and many of the intrinsic activities involved in the process of a bill of lading..

When I first heard of the Blockchain based Smart Bill of Lading by CargoX, I was a bit unsure as to how this new technology will replace all of the above as there are several such products trying to break into the shipping and freight industry in the name of innovation, digitisation, IoT, SaaS etc..

So, when CargoX asked me to have a look at how this blockchain based bill of lading system and process actually works, I proceeded to have a look with a tad bit of skepticism..

But before I share the details of my review, experience, impression and opinion, let’s take a quick look at what is a bill of lading, what is a blockchain and how these work together and fit in the process of a shipment..

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Executive Insights: FreightHub Co-Founder Michael Wax on online freight forwarding

We talked with FreightHub co-founder Michael Wax about What his company is doing to establish itself as an active partner to shippers, and what the ideal forwarder-shipper relationship should look like.

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Executive Insights: TNX Logistics Co-Founder & Managing Director Alex Hoffman on striking the perfect human/machine balance

Logistics companies can deploy the best technology and still fail if their personnel lack training and experience. Anyone whose been around the industry a while remembers Deutsche Post-DHL’s €345 million New Forwarding Environment (NFE) IT program disaster. And while DPDHL seems to have pulled through, mistakes like that can sink smaller firms. On the other hand, we’re well into an era where it’s impossible not to adapt and adopt new technology, which makes expert advice all the more important.

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Executive Insights: ShipChain CEO John Monarch on eliminating the barriers to blockchain in logistics

Will blockchain revolutionize the shipping and logistics industry, allowing it to move past inefficient legacy technologies by handing companies the keys to high-tech solutions, at an affordable cost? That’s ShipChain CEO John Monarch’s vision, and over the past year, his company’s platform has emerged as one of the foremost contenders in this burgeoning market.

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Executive Insights: PhishTrain Co-Founder Jake Sylvestre on mitigating risks in logistics

New technology has opened users up to cybercrime, thanks to security loopholes, lack of training, or sometimes both. We chatted with PhishTrain Co-Founder Jake Sylvestre about how managers should think about security, and what steps they can take to protect their clients, their reputations, and ultimately, their bottom line.

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Executive Insights: OriginTrail CEO Tomaž Levak on new solutions to old problems

We are getting close to full visibility and accountability in the shipping and freight business, thanks to blockchain.

Here’s how. Blockchain-based solutions align accountability with responsibility and create a neutral layer that incentivizes greater sharing of data.

We talked with OriginTrail CEO Tomaž Levak about how that works. “By performing consensus checks in each step of the supply chain we are effectively creating a single version of truth and supply chains with integrity,” Tomaž explained.

“Such end-to-end visibility can, in turn, be used to overcome not only data fragmentation but can support various other use cases.”

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Executive Insights: Brian Laung Aoaeh and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, co-founders of The New York Supply Chain Meetup

Brian Laung Aoaeh and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, co-founders of The New York Supply Chain Meetup LLC, operate under the mantra “the past ran on supply chains. The present runs on supply chains. The future will run on supply chains. The world is a supply chain.”

In their efforts to realize this vision, Brian and Lisa have joined with other supply chain professionals to curate and organize events that seek, find, encourage, and include a wide range of views and ideas on the most significant problems related to global supply chain networks.

Welcome to The New York Supply Chain Meetup..

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How to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment..

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Profitability in sea freight shipment is not a myth or a unicorn.. It is very possible.. Read how..

It is not a secret that ocean transportation and logistics is currently confronting immense change in terms of new technology, new markets, rising customer expectations, and new business models..

There have been a few articles on this blog about these advances like Blockchain based Bill of Lading, and other technologies that are shaking up the freight industry .. There are many ways the industry could develop to meet existing and new challenges, some of which are evolutionary and others are more revolutionary..

While cargo transportation is generally a complex business, in some cases it could be straightforward as well depending on how you manage it.. It is also a fact that in this high paced business environment it is not easy to follow every market trend and find answers on how to tackle the prevailing challenges easily..

Each customer and each shipment has its own issues, peculiarities, problems and characteristics.. But the main question that several shippers and services providers ask is “How to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment”..

More often than not, exporters, importers, carriers and logistics service providers experience loss due to poor planning, decision making and implementation..

A lot of people get into the industry sometimes without knowing even the basics relating to the business, the specifics relating to the business, the requirements and some of the vital information that can make or break the business.. I have even written a Beginner’s Guide to Importing for those who wanted to get into the importing business but didn’t know how..

Here are 11 steps you can follow to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment..

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5 Technologies that are shaking up the freight industry

If you work in logistics, there’s a good chance that your company, and even your position, will look very different in a few years. That’s because the technology that makes our jobs possible is improving so fast that we’re still struggling to catch up!

The emphasis is being placed on client satisfaction, customer management, and finances affecting the profit margins. Good organization and planning have become critical in exporting and importing. As the years have passed, the freight industry has turned to technology to increase profits by streamlining their business.

At this point, you should be asking yourself, is my company heading the right direction? If the answer is yes, the five new trends in digital technology posted below will be of particular importance. If you haven’t been keeping up, now is a great time to get on board.

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The Future of Ocean Freight – Unpacking the Logistics Blockchain Goldrush

With so many new companies launching blockchain-based shipping products, it’s clear that maritime trade will look very different in a few years.. What’s less clear is what that change will look like..

In this article we examine what barriers still exist to widespread blockchain implementation, and what companies are doing to overcome them..

We talk to startups like CargoX and established players like Agility, Maersk, IBM, Evergreen etc. to understand how shipping is changing, and where it’s going..

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Want to ship liquid cargo in bulk in a container..?? No problem..

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If you have been wishing and looking for options to ship liquid bulk cargo in a container, your wish may have come true.. REEFLEX is an innovative idea combining the capabilities of a REEfer Container and a FLEXitank to create a transportation system developed by CMA-CGM for the shipping of liquid cargo in bulk in a container..

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Is there a future for electronic bill of lading..??

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The Bill of Lading, is one of the most important documents in global trade and has been around for many years..

The paper form of the bill of lading is still the leading form and is mostly used when a Bill of Lading is issued as a Negotiable instrument (Ocean Bill of Lading)..

Is there space in the shipping world however, for an Electronic Bill of Lading..??

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