As market changes, SMC3 adds truckload software

Increased use of TMS software is opening up opportunity for multimodal bidding events, SMC3 says. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Shipper demand for broader transportation software solutions is hauling SMC3, a technology provider deeply rooted in the less-than-truckload (LTL) business, further into the truckload market. The company has added truckload functionality to its LTL procurement system, Bid$ense, a cloud-based system that automates the request for proposal (RFP), or bid process. That’s significant…

January 15, 2020
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Winmore software update designed to speed 3PL bid process

Winmore’s software update is focused around allowing 3PLs to coordinate internally more effectively to win business from shippers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Seeing the need from third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to quickly gauge a shipper’s request and determine whether it would be profitable to serve, customer relationship management (CRM)-related software providers such as Winmore are upgrading their systems to enable 3PLs to make faster and smarter decisions.  San Francisco-based Winmore on…

January 14, 2020
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European airports: Time to reform outdated airline slot system

A shortage of slots at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport contributed to a cut in freighter movements at the busy European hub by 11.5 percent in 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Urgent reform of the slot allocation system is needed at Europe’s heavily congested airport hubs with the 27-year-old regulation now well out of date and unreflective of the fast-evolving aviation industry, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Europe. A position paper released…

January 14, 2020
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India mulls privatizing stressed public cargo facilities to regain growth

India has 12 federal government-owned gateway ports dotting its east and west coasts, which together handle approximately 60 percent of the country’s containerized trade. Photo credit: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Undeterred by trade union calls for a pause on privatization and other sweeping policy reforms, the Indian government is considering boosting private participation in cargo operations at major public ports where container handling is already dominated by build-operate-transfer (BOT) operators….

January 14, 2020
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Flexport dominated maritime startup investment in 2019

Thetius predicts that companies focusing on APIs, AI, and robotic process automation will get traction in 2020 in the maritime technology environment. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Investment in San Francisco-based forwarder Flexport accounted for nearly 88 percent of all money raised via venture capital by maritime- and shipping-focused startups in 2019, according to a report from UK-based maritime technology research firm Thetius. The report found that SoftBank’s $1 billion investment in…

January 14, 2020
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Transplace acquisition expands collaborative shipping

Lanehub claims to have helped shippers match freight with 180,000 lanes. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Transplace, a third-party logistics provider (3PL), is taking aim at empty miles in shipper and trucking networks by acquiring Lanehub, a cloud-based collaborative transportation platform that matches freight not with trucks, but with freight lanes, on a recurring basis. The goal is better utilization of tractor-trailers and shipping networks, with increased efficiency and lower costs for…

January 14, 2020
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Judge delays California trucking decision involving AB5 legislation

For decades, trucking companies classified the owner-operators as independent contractors, but that model is under challenge. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. US District Court Judge Roger Benitez on Monday delayed a decision on whether to grant a preliminary injunction in California Trucking Association v. Beccera, according to the law firm representing the CTA. That leaves the fate of California’s worker classification legislation known as Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) in limbo. AB5, a…

January 14, 2020
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EPA seeks port input on tougher truck emission plan

Federal officials want to further limit the emission of nitrogen oxide from heavy trucks, such as those in the Port of New York and New Jersey. Photo credit: Hugh R. Morley With NY-NJ port stakeholders in support, a federal environmental regulator on Monday launched an effort to gain the industry’s input on the plan to limit the emissions of nitrogen oxides from heavy duty trucks for the first time in…

January 14, 2020
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Technology, mandatory truck slots push LA-LB turn times to near six-year low

Six of the 12 container terminals in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex recorded faster turn times in December compared with November. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The marriage of technology at the gates with mandatory trucker appointments, coupled with weaker import volumes, drove December truck turn times in Los Angeles and Long Beach to the lowest point since 2014, with further gains anticipated in 2020. Six of the 12 container terminals…

January 14, 2020
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