10 Sep 2020
The Future of Ship Agency Sits in the Cloud
With the Coronavirus pandemic hitting many segments of the global shipping industry particularly hard, it is understandable that businesses of all sizes are reviewing their budgets for 2020 and beyond and looking for ways to reduce costs while maintaining their operations. Supply chains are being disrupted, inspections postponed or conducted remotely, crew transfers complicated, and paperwork ditched as social distancing measures are in place.
25 Aug 2020
Container Shipping & Perfecting on-time Performance
Recent reports show that on-time performance in the containership sector continues to deteriorate, causing tension between the carriers and retailers. In general, non-ocean carriers – trucks and trains – are achieving reliability rates well above 90% whereas containerships rarely beat a 70% on-time threshold. For retailers, the threat of having empty shelves is beginning to swing the balance from cheaper…
27 Mar 2019
Containershipping: Restoring Balance
The repositioning of empty containers costs the liner industry an estimated $15-20billion every year according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), as containers sit idle at a depot or are repositioned to a different loading point while empty. This is time spent not earning revenue, whil incurring additional costs, and is estimated by BCG to account for 5-8% of total operating costs for an average container liner.
21 Nov 2018
Software Solutions: Communicate or Stagnate
It’s likely that you are reading this article in your office. And for most of us, that means a large, open-plan space arranged with desks, monitors, break-out rooms and other features designed both to keep us productive and to facilitate communication and collaboration. We have New York City to thank for the emergence of the shared office back at the turn of the last century. But it is relatively recently that “Bürolandschaft”…
19 Sep 2017
Maritime Software: On the Origin of Meaning
The IT sector, like most other industries, is awash with technical jargon, terminology, acronyms and abbreviations that have very specific meanings. More than most other major industries, however, TechSpeak - the language of IT people - is regularly co-opted into the language of the everyday. This is an inevitable consequence of our increasingly networked, IT-driven world; but often there is a disconnect between the way we discuss technologies and the benefits they can bring…