It’s the time of the year again to light up the Christmas trees and adorn them. Depending on where you are in the world, you may need to buy a Christmas tree - or simply go into your backyard to chop down a fir. Given that China’s the world’s largest exporter in the world, it should come as no surprise then that it’s also the top producer of artificial Christmas trees.
In recent years, the hot topic of digital freight forwarding has been about technology, digitization, and automation. In comparison with other industries including as air travel, the shipping industry is considerably backwards when it comes to digitalization. There doesn’t appear to be a sense of urgency to adopt and embrace technology and its advantages. The industry knows this and is certainly reacting. For starters, shipping lines Maersk and Hapag Lloyd now offer instant quotes on their online page.
It cannot be argued that technology is paving the way and opening new opportunities for exciting advances in the ocean freight industry. One of the most prominent efforts in this direction has come in the form of automation of terminals and ports. Responding to market demand for automation According to B2B research group Marketsandmarkets, the semi and fully automated container terminal market is currently worth $9.09 billion. This is expected to jump 20% to $10.
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.