container industry

First standards regarding smart container data exchange developed

Traxens informed about the development of the first standards for smart container data exchange, that were published by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT). Business Requirements Specifications (BRS) aims to deliver internationally standardized messaging, in order to enable the use of smart container data.  

IoT solution for container tracking to be launched

Traxens, a French company providing logistics asset data and services for the supply chain industry, has announced a Series C funding round at €20 million ($22.7 million). The financing will come from Itochu Corporation, Bpifrance, and Supernova Invest, and will be used to improve the company’s smart containers and rail freight businesses.

Smart devices able to transform value of shipping container equipment

Smart devices have the ability to significantly transform the utility and value of shipping container equipment assets, according to Drewry’s latest Container Census & Leasing Annual Review & Forecast 2019/20 report. Smart containers have expanded in prominence in a very short space of time and the pace of adoption is expected to be faster over the next five years.

New blockchain solution to track temperature-sensitive shipments

Blockchain-based logistics ShipChain and GTX Corp, a provider of GPS and NFC tracking location-based services, announced a new partnership for a new global NFC blockchain shipment tracking solution, using energy-efficient NFC smart tags. The encrypted data collected from the tags will be uploaded to the ShipChain blockchain backend providing authentication and chain of custody.

Guidance published to facilitate container tracking

The Container Owners Association published a ‘Guide to Container Tracking and Telematics Technology’, providing container operators, leasing companies and other interested stakeholders with an overview of the technology issues that they might experience, and the choices that are available to them.

Hapag Lloyd orders record number on reefers

As Hapag Lloyd reported, it placed a record-breaking order for ‘reefers’, also known as refrigerated containers. The production of 970 20-foot containers and 12,450 40-foot containers is already planned to begin in July. They will offer real-time GPS positioning, information on the temperature inside the container and systems for notifications and alarm management.

First blockchain container reaches Rotterdam

The first paperless, instantly financed and fully door-to-door tracked container made its way from Korea to the warehouse of Samsung SDS in Tilburg through the Port of Rotterdam on Blockchain-based platform DELIVER. The Proof of Concept has indicated that DELIVER can support cross-supply chain end-to-end visibility for multi-modal cargo transport via ocean carrier.

Automation in ports boosts container business in China

Containers are increasing under automated cranes in the container terminal of the Port of Qingdao, in east China’s Shandong Province. There, self-driving container haulers have now taken the place of old-school trucks. The smart container lifting system at the fully automated terminal allows rail mounted gantry cranes to lift containers without hoisting trucks underneath. 

Maersk launches new digital solution to address overbookings

Maersk launched an online product to address the problem of overbookings. Maersk Spot provides customers a cargo loading guarantee at a fixed price upfront. Maersk Spot is available on all trades, except in and out of US. Silvia Ding, Global Head of Ocean Products at Maersk, explained that Maersk Spot aspires to reduce the buying experience to five online steps. 

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