Executive Insights: OriginTrail CEO Tomaž Levak on new solutions to old problems

We are getting close to full visibility and accountability in the shipping and freight business, thanks to blockchain.

Here’s how. Blockchain-based solutions align accountability with responsibility and create a neutral layer that incentivizes greater sharing of data.

We talked with OriginTrail CEO Tomaž Levak about how that works. “By performing consensus checks in each step of the supply chain we are effectively creating a single version of truth and supply chains with integrity,” Tomaž explained.

“Such end-to-end visibility can, in turn, be used to overcome not only data fragmentation but can support various other use cases.”

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Executive Insights: Brian Laung Aoaeh and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, co-founders of The New York Supply Chain Meetup

Brian Laung Aoaeh and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, co-founders of The New York Supply Chain Meetup LLC, operate under the mantra “the past ran on supply chains. The present runs on supply chains. The future will run on supply chains. The world is a supply chain.”

In their efforts to realize this vision, Brian and Lisa have joined with other supply chain professionals to curate and organize events that seek, find, encourage, and include a wide range of views and ideas on the most significant problems related to global supply chain networks.

Welcome to The New York Supply Chain Meetup..

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How to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment..

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Profitability in sea freight shipment is not a myth or a unicorn.. It is very possible.. Read how..

It is not a secret that ocean transportation and logistics is currently confronting immense change in terms of new technology, new markets, rising customer expectations, and new business models..

There have been a few articles on this blog about these advances like Blockchain based Bill of Lading, and other technologies that are shaking up the freight industry .. There are many ways the industry could develop to meet existing and new challenges, some of which are evolutionary and others are more revolutionary..

While cargo transportation is generally a complex business, in some cases it could be straightforward as well depending on how you manage it.. It is also a fact that in this high paced business environment it is not easy to follow every market trend and find answers on how to tackle the prevailing challenges easily..

Each customer and each shipment has its own issues, peculiarities, problems and characteristics.. But the main question that several shippers and services providers ask is “How to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment”..

More often than not, exporters, importers, carriers and logistics service providers experience loss due to poor planning, decision making and implementation..

A lot of people get into the industry sometimes without knowing even the basics relating to the business, the specifics relating to the business, the requirements and some of the vital information that can make or break the business.. I have even written a Beginner’s Guide to Importing for those who wanted to get into the importing business but didn’t know how..

Here are 11 steps you can follow to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment..

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5 Technologies that are shaking up the freight industry

If you work in logistics, there’s a good chance that your company, and even your position, will look very different in a few years. That’s because the technology that makes our jobs possible is improving so fast that we’re still struggling to catch up!

The emphasis is being placed on client satisfaction, customer management, and finances affecting the profit margins. Good organization and planning have become critical in exporting and importing. As the years have passed, the freight industry has turned to technology to increase profits by streamlining their business.

At this point, you should be asking yourself, is my company heading the right direction? If the answer is yes, the five new trends in digital technology posted below will be of particular importance. If you haven’t been keeping up, now is a great time to get on board.

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The Future of Ocean Freight – Unpacking the Logistics Blockchain Goldrush

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With so many new companies launching blockchain-based shipping products, it’s clear that maritime trade will look very different in a few years.. What’s less clear is what that change will look like..

In this article we examine what barriers still exist to widespread blockchain implementation, and what companies are doing to overcome them..

We talk to startups like CargoX and established players like Agility, Maersk, IBM, Evergreen etc. to understand how shipping is changing, and where it’s going..

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Want to ship liquid cargo in bulk in a container..?? No problem..

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If you have been wishing and looking for options to ship liquid bulk cargo in a container, your wish may have come true.. REEFLEX is an innovative idea combining the capabilities of a REEfer Container and a FLEXitank to create a transportation system developed by CMA-CGM for the shipping of liquid cargo in bulk in a container..

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What is a Certificate of Origin..??

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All of you have heard about a Certificate of Origin..

In this article, I will explain about what is a certificate of origin, why it is required, who issues it etc..

A Trade agreement is a contractual arrangement between countries concerning their trade relationships and how they conduct trade with each other..

Trade agreements may be bilateral or multilateral and could be in the form of Regional Trade Agreements (RTA) between two or more partners or a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) under which developed countries grant preferential tariffs to imports from developing countries..

Customs department in the importing country may require a proof of origin in order to determine whether or not the cargo that is imported may be subjected to certain trade measures such as the preferential duty tariff (for stuff that is imported from with the PTA bloc), prohibted goods etc..

Customs in the exporting country may also require this proof of origin in countries where such trade measures are applicable for exports..

As per WCO’s (World Customs Organisation) definition, “proof of origin” means a document or statement (either in paper or electronic format) which serves as a prima facie evidence to support that the goods to which it relates satisfy the origin criteria under applicable rules of origin. It includes a certificate of origin, a self-issued certificate of origin, or a declaration of origin..

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Is there a future for electronic bill of lading..??

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The Bill of Lading, is one of the most important documents in global trade and has been around for many years..

The paper form of the bill of lading is still the leading form and is mostly used when a Bill of Lading is issued as a Negotiable instrument (Ocean Bill of Lading)..

Is there space in the shipping world however, for an Electronic Bill of Lading..??

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