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A Beginner’s Guide to 5G Technology in Logistics

In a world in which every new technological breakthrough is hailed as the next big thing, the phrase “5G revolution” might sound like just more overblown hype. Yet 5G networks have the potential to usher in a new era in …

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Is the Age of the Mega-Ship Coming to a Close?

After years of one-upmanship, ocean shipping’s appetite for bigger and bigger mega-ships may have finally reached its peak. At least, that’s the message from some of the world’s biggest carriers, though others continue to place orders for these giants of …

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Robots vs Longshoremen: The Battle for Port Automation

It’s easy to paint stories about port automation as black-and-white, heroes-and-villains struggles, although which side is the hero and which is the villain is largely in the eye of the beholder. Depending on your perspective, you might side with labor …

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How to Get A Handle on Your Supply Chain Data (Before it’s Too Late)

Every cybersecurity expert’s favorite axiom is that security is only as strong as its weakest link. This truth makes supply chains particularly vulnerable, since they frequently involve hundreds or thousands of contracts, stretching over multiple continents. Managing information flow across …

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The Low-Sulfur Rule Could Turn Maritime Shipping Upside-Down

When discussing the impending low-sulfur fuel (LSF) rule for maritime shipping, it’s tempting to borrow the imagery of disasters. For example, picture the coming regulation as an iceberg, and carriers as the ocean liners waiting until the last possible minute

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The Promise and Peril of AI in Logistics

In April 2018, IBM and DHL released a joint report proclaiming that the time is ripe for logistics and supply chain management to embrace artificial intelligence (AI). “Furthermore,” the paper warns, “companies deciding not to adopt AI run the risk …

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Are Your ELDs Safe from Hackers?

Since December 2017, nearly every big rig in the United States has been carrying around an extra passenger: the Electronic Logging Device (ELD). The ELD is designed to quietly, unobtrusively record data on drivers’ location and hours of service (HOS), …

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The Late-Comer’s Guide to Blockchain

Lately it seems that the word on everyone’s lips is “blockchain.” What started as the obscure engine for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is now being adopted by some of the world’s largest corporations and institutions. In the logistics world, even the …

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Could Electric Barges Give Shipping a Clean Boost?

This summer, the world’s first battery-powered barges will take to the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands, transporting cargo while reducing emissions. The rollout will begin with only five barges, but electric technology has the potential to dramatically alter inland …

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Protecting the Supply Chain from Ransomware Attacks

This month, over 300,000 computers around the world were subjected to a massive cyberattack from the aptly-named WannaCry software. This attack is the latest and largest appearance of an emerging type of hacking known as “ransomware.” In a ransomware attack, …

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