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Feb 5, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The Technology Low Down Part 4 – Autonomous Shipping

Recently I have discussed the application of different technologies to help revolutionize the international shipping industry: neural nets, artificial intelligence, block chain, alternative fuels, etc. The next

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Jan 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Freight Forwarding in the midst of a Government Shutdown

It is sometimes easy to forget how dependent that we, as freight forwarders, are on external stakeholders that enable our business. In times like today where we are living through an extended government shutdown, very

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Jan 16, 2019 9:31:18 PM

The Technology Low Down Part 2 – Blockchain

The freight forwarding industry is one whose sole purpose is to enable global trade and commerce. By providing services that facilitate the transfer of goods, cargo, commodities, etc., as Freight Forwarders we provide

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Jan 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The Tariff Talley – Reloaded!

It has been several months since I last wrote about the on-going trade war between the US and China (reference Xport’s Blog from September). Please rest assured that while I may not have been talking about the subject,

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Jan 8, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The Technology Low Down Part 3 – Alternative Fuels

As freight forwarders/NVOCCs, it is easy for us to only think about new technologies that will make the lives of either ourselves or our clients immediately easier when being implemented. However, in the larger

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Nov 28, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Technology Low Down Part 1 – Neural Nets

When I first heard about them, Neural Nets seemed like some futuristic synthetic brain that was meant to bring all machines around us to life. Since then I have come to learn that reality is something just as cool, but

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Nov 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

A Meaningful Solution to Industry Pain Points

Have you ever noticed that as human beings, we have tendency to orient the world around us to ourselves? Many times, working in the international shipping/freight forwarding industry, I have been struck by how we do

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Oct 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Trust, Technology, and International Shipping!

Last week in their online news feed, CoinDesk posted an article about the struggle that global carrier giant Maersk and technology giant IBM are having in getting customers to sign up for their “TradeLens” service

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Oct 25, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Global Impact of the U.S./China Trade War

As the trade war between the U.S. and China has intensified over the last year, it is reasonable to wonder the question: “What does this mean for the larger globe?” Quantifying the economic effects of a U.S./China

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Oct 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM

The Elusive Quest for “Low Touch, High Volume”

In the past, I have highlighted the idea that a key distinguishing feature of a successful freight forwarder from one that is not successful, is the ability to drive efficiency into the booking/shipping process such

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