Understanding the role of automation and digitalization in shipping As the ocean freight industry moves to embrace digitalization and automation, it’s not only important to understand their benefits but also their shortcoming and risks involved. And to do so, iContainers had the honor of sitting with one of the industry’s leading experts on the topic, Lars Jensen, CEO of Seaintelligence Consulting, to get his professional insights on these new technologies as to where the shipping industry is headed with them.
Digitalizing maritime shipping Much has been said about digitalization and its role in maritime shipping. Despite the technological advances over the past decades, the ocean freight remains rather relatively backwards (in comparison with other industries such as airline and hospitality) in the adaptation and adoption of digitalization. In recent years, however, the industry seems to have woken up to the idea of ‘adapt or sink’ and have made strides in this direction.
Valentine’s Day Logistics With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you must already be making arrangements to show your significant other just how much he/she means to you. While some may think of it as a Hallmark holiday, others bask in the spirit of gift-giving and love. Now these may come in many different forms, but there’s one that seems to be more common than any other - flowers.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas It’s that time of the year again when merrymakers all around the world embrace the spirit of generosity and engage in festive gift-exchanging. The year-end holiday season is without a doubt the busiest for retail shops, as they attempt to attend to the throngs of crowds patroning their stores during this busy festive period. And more preparations are perhaps needed this year, as Americans are expected to spend an average of $906 on Christmas gifts — 20% more than last Christmas.
Ocean freight shipping is a massive industry. Almost any trade or business will have had contact with ocean freight shipping at one point. If you’re thinking about dipping your toes into the business world and are considering using ocean freight as your main mode of transportation, there are certain misconceptions you need to be aware of. Get familiarized with the facts to avoid nasty surprises, which could lead to unnecessary delay costs.
Contrasting a traditional and online freight forwarder Amid the growing calls for the freight forwarding industry to embrace technology, more and more freight forwarding startups have sprung up. Much has also been made of online freight forwarders. But why is there this urgent need to go digital? And how do online freight forwarders differ from traditional freight forwarders? In this post, we’ll be addressing just that. According to a survey conducted earlier this year by logisTIcs, a global logistics research and consulting partner, while 68% of respondents believe that traditional freight forwarders remain relevant in today’s environment, a massive 92% of respondents indicate that digitization will add value for freight forwarders.
Recently, our iContainers team at the Barcelona office had the privilege of visiting one of the largest container depots at the Port of Barcelona. It was an eye-opening experience for all of us and were all left extremely impressed at the amount of work that goes into something seemingly as straightforward as moving containers, not to the mention level of efficiency needed! In this blog post, we’ve consolidated some of the most interesting and mind-blowing facts regarding shipping containers that we’ve learned.
As a shipping professional, you’ll know that the nature of the ocean freight industry is unpredictable and constantly evolving. As a professional in the 21st century, you should be aware of the influence and potential of Twitter when it comes to staying up to date with industry-related news. Without further ado, here are the seven Twitter accounts you should be following if you’re in the shipping industry. 1. Splash 24⁄7 Bio: Splash is the site for incisive, exclusive maritime news and views 24⁄7.
Happy 2017, everyone! Welcome to our first Friday Fun Fact of the year. This will, unfortunately, also the last of our series of curious shipping fun facts. But fret not! Keep an eye on this blog since we’ll definitely have more ocean freight stories to come! Last year, we told you about the high costs of ship construction, container inspection statistics and the immense power of a ship container’s engine.
Hello, and welcome to our 10th Friday Fun Fact on the ocean freight industry! How quickly we’ve gone through these weekly series of curious shipping facts! If you recall, we began by telling you that shipping accounts for 90% of world trade. We then explained that it’s the greenest form of transport and how cheap it is to send cargo via container ships! Today, we go on board with the crew and find out about their communication means!