Maersk and IBM Introduce TradeLens Blockchain Shipping Solution

In a follow up to their January announcement, A.P. Moller - Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the creation of TradeLens, jointly developed by the two companies to apply blockchain to the world's global supply chain. TradeLens is the result of a collaboration agreement between Maersk and IBM, a blockchain-enabled shipping solution designed to promote more efficient and secure global trade, bringing together various parties to support information sharing and transparency, and spur industry-wide innovation.

As part of the TradeLens early adopter program, IBM and Maersk also announced that 94 organizations are actively involved or have agreed to participate on the TradeLens platform built on open standards. The TradeLens ecosystem currently includes:

More than 20 port and terminal operators across the globe, including PSA Singapore, International Container Terminal Services Inc, Patrick Terminals, Modern Terminals in Hong Kong, Port of Halifax, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Bilbao, PortConnect, PortBase, and terminal operators Holt Logistics at the Port of Philadelphia, join the global APM Terminals' network in piloting the solution. This accounts for approximately 234 marine gateways worldwide that have or will be actively participating on TradeLens.

Pacific International Lines (PIL) have joined Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd as global container carriers participating in the solution.
Customs authorities in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Australia and Peru are participating, along with customs brokers Ransa and Güler & Dinamik.
Participation among beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) has grown to include Torre Blanca / Camposol and Umit Bisiklet.
Freight forwarders, transportation and logistics companies including Agility, CEVA Logistics, DAMCO, Kotahi, PLH Trucking Company, Ancotrans and WorldWide Alliance are also currently participating.

TradeLens uses IBM Blockchain technology as the foundation for digital supply chains, empowering multiple trading partners to collaborate by establishing a single shared view of a transaction without compromising details, privacy or confidentiality. Shippers, shipping lines, freight forwarders, port and terminal operators, inland transportation and customs authorities can interact more efficiently through real-time access to shipping data ad shipping documents, including IoT and sensor data ranging from temperature control to container weight.

Using blockchain smart contracts, TradeLens enables digital collaboration across the multiple parties involved in international trade. The trade document module, released under a beta program and called ClearWay, enables importers/exporters, customs brokers, trusted third parties such as Customs, other government agencies, and NGOs to collaborate in cross-organizational business processes and information exchanges, all backed by a secure, non-repudiable audit trail.

During the 12-month trial, Maersk and IBM worked with dozens of ecosystem partners to identify opportunities to prevent delays caused by documentation errors, information delays, and other impediments. One example demonstrated how TradeLens can reduce the transit time of a shipment of packaging materials to a production line in the United States by 40 percent, avoiding thousands of dollars in cost. Through better visibility and more efficient means of communicating, some supply chain participants estimate they could reduce the steps taken to answer basic operational questions such as "where is my container" from 10 steps and five people to, with TradeLens, one step and one person.

More than 154 million shipping events have been captured on the platform, including data such as arrival times of vessels and container "gate-in", and documents such as customs releases, commercial invoices and bills of lading. This data is growing at a rate of close to one million events per day. Traditionally, some of this data can be shared through the EDI systems commonly used in the supply chain industry but these systems are inflexible, complex, and can't share data in real-time. Too often, companies must still share documents via email attachment, fax and courier. TradeLens can track critical data about every shipment in a supply chain, and offers an immutable record among all parties involved.

"TradeLens uses blockchain technology to create an industry standard for the secure digitization and transmission of supply chain documents around the world," commented Peter Levesque, CEO of Modern Terminals. "This initiative will generate tremendous savings for our industry over time while enhancing global supply chain security. Modern Terminals is pleased to participate as a Network Member in testing this exciting shipping industry innovation."

"As a global logistics provider, CEVA sees a unique opportunity in TradeLens, joining forces with IBM, Maersk and other actors from our industry to promote global standards around an open and neutral solution, delivering on the promise of blockchain. It is an important step in our relentless journey to deliver increased value to all our customers and making business flow," said Christophe Cachat, CIO of CEVA Logistics.

"We believe blockchain can play an important role in digitizing global shipping, an area of the global economy that moves four trillion dollars of goods every year. However, success with the technology rests on a single factor -bringing the entire ecosystem together around a common approach that benefits all participants equally," said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Industries, Solutions and Blockchain. "Our work with Maersk and other enterprises in the shipping ecosystem has shown that blockchain can be used to form a strong, connected network in which all members gain by sharing important data and that together we can transform a vital part of how global trade is conducted."

Joint collaboration model to maximize industry adoption

Since announcing the jointly developed solution to digitize global trade in January 2018, and based on feedback from various members of the global supply chain ecosystem who would like to adopt the technology, IBM and Maersk have modified the go to market model and will now deliver their solution through an extension of their pre-existing collaboration agreement instead of a joint venture.

"Our joint collaboration model allows us to better address key feedback from ecosystem participants while ensuring TradeLens interoperability and data protection among Maersk, IBM and all ecosystem participants," said Mike White, TradeLens leader for Maersk. "We strongly believe this will maximize industry adoption."

Standards discussions are actively underway with openshipping.org and work to align the TradeLens APIs with UN/CEFACT standards is in progress. The TradeLens APIs are open and available for developer access and feedback from participants in the platform.

The TradeLens solution is available today through the Early Adopter Program. TradeLens is expected to be fully commercially available by the end of this year.


DHL Global Forwarding masters high-profile transport of giant waste heat boilers

Transport of heavy-duty freight from Germany to Saudi Arabia
Unique logistics solution for mammoth project includes transport with Antonov AN225 airplane

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is undertaking the transport of four enormous waste heat boilers from Germany to Saudi Arabia. The multimodal movement is being handled by DHL Industrial Projects, a unit within DHL Global Forwarding, specializing in safe and reliable transport of over-sized and heavy-lift cargo as well as complex end-to-end project forwarding. For the spectacular transportation of the four 140-ton boilers measuring 3.70 meters in height, 4.10 meters in width and 19 meters in length, the world's largest cargo aircraft Antonov AN225 is being deployed. A waste heat boiler is about as heavy as 24 full-grown African elephants.

"Logistics, especially within the break-bulk segment, is all about local knowledge, mainly with regards to specificities of different ports or with reference to infrastructure, equipment, roads and regulation," explains Nikola Hagleitner, CEO DHL Industrial Projects. "When it comes to break-bulk logistics, our customers rely on our dedicated teams and their extensive expertise in some 60 offices across 45 countries. With this exciting transport we are again reaffirming our role as facilitator of global trade, no matter how challenging the task."

The transit of the four super-sized waste heat boilers starts at the manufacturer's plant in Berlin. From there, they are transported to the airport of Leipzig via the river Elbe, reloaded at the port of Aken and via road. From Leipzig, the heavy lift is then shipped to Saudi Arabia. On their entire journey, the waste heat boilers are moved with the help of a 1,000-ton-mobile crane, a barge and a heavy goods transporter with 20 axles and a total weight of around 275 tons, as well as the unique Antonov AN225 airplane, the largest cargo plane in the world.

"Transporting freight of this enormous scale requires well-orchestrated resources of workforce, expertise and know-how," adds Peer-Wulf Herrmann, Head of DHL Industrial Projects Germany. "We offer our clients safe, compliant and reliable management during the complete process of planning, organization and coordination of the transport. Even though unusual and special transports like this are our daily business, we are always happy to support projects of this nature with our capabilities and making the impossible possible."

The heavy-duty freight is divided into four transports with an interval of roughly two to four weeks, each taking about seven days. The first three waste heat boilers have already arrived at their destination in Jubail at the Persian Gulf. The project is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of August.



国土交通省「スマート物流サービス」の研究機関の公募を開始

戦略的イノベーション創造プログラム(SIP)は、府省連携による分野横断的な取組を産学官連携で基礎研究から実用化・事業化までを見据えた一気通貫の研究開発を推進する制度で す。
「スマート物流サービス」では、製造・物流・販売等の事業者が連携し、個社・業界の垣根を越えて総合的にデータを利活用することで、国内外を含めたサプライチェーン全体の効率性・ 生産性の向上の実現を目指しています。
このたび、その目標達成のために、以下の研究開発テーマの研究機関を公募いたします。
(A)「物流・商流データプラットフォーム」の開発
(B)「モノの動き」の見える化技術の確立
(C)「商品情報」の見える化技術の確立

公募に関する詳しい情報については、本事業の管理法人を務める「国立研究開発法人 海
上・港湾・航空技術研究所 港湾空港技術研究所」のホームページをご覧ください。
※公募に関する詳しい情報→ https://www.pari.go.jp/about/sipbuturyu/(港湾空港技術研究所HP)


郵船ロジスティクス 英国内でe-commerce関連物流サービス企業を買収

郵船ロジスティクス株式会社は、2018年8月1日、英国内でe-commerceに関連した物流サービス(e-fulfilment事業)を営むInternational Logistics Group Limited(以下:ILG社)を買収しましたのでお知らせします。

 今回買収したILG社は、主にハイブランドのファッションや美容などのリテール産業をお客様とするe-fulfilment事業会社です。ロンドン郊外のガトウィックを中心に、英国内に約1万7000?の倉庫を有し、在庫管理、流通加工、配送手配をはじめとするお客様のニーズに沿ったテーラーメイドの物流サービスを提供しています。

【買収目的】
?英国でe-fulfilment事業に本格参入
 英国におけるe-commerce市場のシェアは、中国、アメリカに次いで3番目の規模となっています。さらに、英国e-commerce市場の成長率は直近3年間(2014年?2016年)で3.2ポイント増加(*?)しており、今後も成長が見込まれるマーケットです。
 今回ILG社を買収したことにより、成長マーケットであるe-fulfilment事業へ本格参入し、当社のグローバルネットワークを生かした物流サービスを提供することで、お客様に新たな価値を提供します。

?コントラクト・ロジスティクスにおいてリテール産業を強化
 英国のコントラクトロジスティクスマーケットは約6割をリテールが占めており、次いで自動車、消費財というポートフォリオの中(*?)、当社はこれまで自動車や医薬品などの取り扱いを得意としてきました。
 今回、小売事業者を顧客にもつILG社を買収したことにより、英国のコントラクト・ロジスティクス最大のマーケットであるリテール産業を強化し、取り扱いの多角化を図ります。

?欧州域内へのe-fulfilment事業の横断的展開
 英国で培った実績とノウハウを欧州他地域へも展開し、e-fulfilment事業の取り扱い拡大並びに同分野における当社プレゼンスの向上を目指します。

 当社は中長期経営計画”TRANSFORM 2025”のロジスティクス事業戦略の中で、「お客様のニーズと最新の産業動向を踏まえた提案力の強化」を掲げています。成長著しいe-fulfilment事業に特化したILG社の買収により、更なる収益性の向上を目指すとともに、今後も多様化するお客様のご要望にお応えし、最適なサプライチェーン・ロジスティクスサービスを提供していきます。




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