Schedule Reliability: September Snapshot

After new mega alliances went into effect in April, the start of peak season in June, and several severe storms in August and September, overall schedule reliability rose and then declined over the past six months. This month, we analyzed schedule reliability of 24 ocean carriers across 12 trade lanes. The insights may help you determine if your shipping experiences were similar or varied from the market average performance. Read More…


4 Ways IoT Technology Elevates Your Visibility

In the supply chain, you can apply the Internet of Things (IoT) to processes throughout the product lifecycle. Using sensors, you can track your goods from the raw materials warehouse to the retail store and beyond to improve supply chain visibility.

What does next generation supply chain visibility IoT technology offer? First, your visibility can be down to individual goods, such as at the SKU level. Second, you can have direct access and control over data about the status of your goods. Last, you can have more accurate forecasting with predictive analytics for inventory and schedules. Read More…


Schedule Reliability Decreased to 64.3% in September 2017

CargoSmart analyzes schedule reliability each month to provide shippers and logistics service providers with insights about their ocean carriers’ performance. This month, we reviewed the schedule reliability of 24 ocean carriers across 12 trade lanes. Overall, on-time schedule reliability decreased by 4.5%, from 68.8% in August 2017 to 64.3% in September 2017. Read More…


Navigating a Disruptive Market with Innovative Development Methodologies

Digital Innovation Conference in Hong Kong

CargoSmart hosted a Digital Innovation conference at the Hong Kong Science Park on September 2. The event featured speakers from Microsoft, Pivotal, and Apigee who presented on how to navigate a disruptive market with innovative development methodologies. Over 500 IT professionals attended the event to learn about the newest trends in digitalization and essential development capabilities and organizational practices that help fuel innovation. Read More…


Managing Unexpected Disruptions to Your Shipments with IoT Technology

The seas, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, have not been quiet this season. Numerous typhoons and hurricanes have impacted container port operations in recent months. The storms may suddenly change directions, and supply chain disruptions can be unpredictable.

For example, the recent Hurricane Irma in the US caused all container ports in Florida, as well as several other ports in the region including Savannah, Charleston, and Freeport, to close. Based on CargoSmart’s data, container vessels, with an original ETA during September 9-14, skipped their scheduled ports 17 times due to the storm. While the ports have reopened, 12 container vessels were waiting outside of Savannah as of September 15. The vessels that skipped ports and the vessel queues outside the affected ports have resulted in shipment delays. Read More…