Executive Insights : Steve Walker talks to us about freight forwarders and technology

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The movement of goods over great distances using ships has been carrying on for many centuries.. Many things have changed in the shipping and freight industry over the years, but some things have not..

Today’s business environment is facing a lot of instability whether it is in the form of Brexit, trade tariffs, highly volatile freight rates or new maritime policies..

Now, more than ever, the industry needs people with experience and knowledge to help steer the new generation through the troubled waters..

People who have been there and handled shipping the vintage way but know much more than a thing or two about the modern shipping industry..

As part of our Executive Insights series, we caught up with Steve Walker, a consultant and adviser to many BCOs, freight forwarders and online freight companies..

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Key benefits of GPS and IoT systems for the freight industry

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In many ways, the transport industry is the backbone of human society. Various forms of transportation have been used for travel and trade since the 1800’s, by water, rail, road and air.

Today, almost everything we use, eat or drink is transported by vehicle and delivered to our doorstep or a nearby shop, and public transportation is essential in our societies for transporting people between home, work and school.

To ensure a seamless operation when delivering goods or moving people, transport enterprises have to manage hundreds or even thousands of vehicles at once.

Precision, efficiency and productivity are essential. Luckily, there are technological advances to help overcome many of the daily logistical challenges.

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How Technology Is Impacting the Logistics Industry

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Whether you’ve been working in the logistics field for years or even decades or have just joined the career, it’s vital to stay up to date on the latest trends.

In recent years, technology has had a major impact on how firms in areas such as shipping, freight and supply chain management operate and the kinds of profits they can make.

Here are some of the ways in which technology is impacting the logistics industry.

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ZIM Line progresses to next phase of its Blockchain initiative

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The world of digitisation and technology is upon us and the shipping and freight industry has been playing catch up compared to the other industries..

In November 2017, ZIM Line announced that the first pilot of paperless Bills-of-Lading based on blockchain technology was completed in cooperation with Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd..

The pioneering pilot, the first of its kind led by an ocean carrier, was concluded successfully as part of ZIM lines new platform along with a selection of their leading customers to test this solution for trade activities on multiple shipping lanes..

Following this successful pilot, ZIM line has been evaluating its platform in different trade lanes with more customers and is now ready to move to the next phase of its blockchain initiative..

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