Interesting piece about automated customs bond filings by truckers. It is starting to be a reality, but there are still issues like airports not accepting them, and adoption issues– resistance from truckers to using the online forms.
Later in the piece it points out that truckers must pay a fee for each transaction on the system. For larger companies that isn’t maybe a big deal, but for independent truckers it’s one more nail in the coffin.
via CBP’s automated in-bond filings shift into gear
How do we fix mistakes in the blockchain data? Accenture has patented software to do that! More challenges ahead for blockchain in supply chain.
An excellent interview with a top exec in the forwarding field. Notice his comments near the end on the technology based new breed of forwarders coming from Silicon Valley and elsewhere.
His position is that shortly everyone will have the technology. It’s the rest of the business that is hard to replicate. Thus he sees much more consolidation ahead.
I tend to agree with his view– much of the new tech is simply more visibility of what’s going on in reality. That can, over time, be duplicated; though with substantial risk. Most of us know that IT projects have a 70% risk of unsuccessful implementation. This makes buying tech often look attractive. But people, particularly execs, tend to underestimate the difficulty of integrating tech into the existing business and tech processes. It’s a good story worth following, and will provide many object lessons for IT pros and scholars in the years to come.
Source: Analysis special: a Q&A with Panalpina board member Peter Ulber – The Loadstar
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