Tag Archives: Logistics

Alternative to risky IT investment for maritime firms

Here’s a great idea: why don’t we simply buy a 3PL?  It is a lot easier than developing all that wretched software ourselves!  Seriously, why isn’t consolidation of 3PLs and maritime firms a good way to extend services beyond the port and put them under the control of someone we can trust to (more or less) handle the movements the way we want?   It is a time-honored way to gain capabilities we do not have without doing the work of creating a new business.  Sure there can be some coordination issues, but are they as bad as Maersk has coordinating with IBM on their blockchain system?

Remember that providing coordination and visibility of information is mostly what blockchain accomplishes, and the jury is out on whether it can be made competitive with existing types of databases (which may also need improvement, to be sure).  And any of these systems is “permissioned” in blockchain lingo– there is a governor who is empowered to make decisions about who is allowed to use it.  None of them is truly decentralized for governance, as the Bitcoin advocates would have you believe; in that world, the miners (of whom there are now about 6 with a 75% share of all blocks mined) can exercise control whenever they want.

It comes down to trust. Who do we trust?  Central banks, or a bunch of miners?  Or are we happy enough trusting Maersk, or CMA-CGM and Ceva, or some other 3PL with our cargo, and prefer to argue with them over damaged or misplaced cargoes, rather than debate with some Ethereum sites about these issues?

I’m not sure how it will come out, but I don’t think it will be all one way or the other.

 
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See also: CMA CGM will buy 25% stake in CEVA logistics, By April 20, 018

How to cash in on ELDs

I saw this thanks to screenshot-www.supplychaindive.com 2018-01-29 09-45-53-153. It makes the point that use of a good ELD in trucks forces everyone– the firm, the trucker, support staff, and customers to focus on hitting the marks for serving the truck supply chain.  This should make customer service improve all around, but also will save considerable money in administrative costs if properly integrated with other systems to make visualization easy. The article below identifies some of the extended cost savings and service improvements that can be made.

screenshot-www.fleetowner.com 2018-01-29 09-44-07-970via How to cash in on ELDs

Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory

A new application from MIT attempts to correct issues of inventory shrinkage ‘in the bins’ as they say.  They use a drone to read the RFID tags on items without sending a human out to scan the bins.

Watch out for flying objects at Home Depot!

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