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Jade Logistics makes a blockchain move

Published by WorldCargo News September 13, 2018

Geneva-based CargoChain has developed a cargo information sharing platform that is focused on information sharing though the development of cost effective and rapidly deployable applications, including blockchain. CargoChain was formed out of Jade Logistics, but has been set up as and operates as a separate, independent company.

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“CargoChain’s blockchain solution includes a unique Information Sharing Protocol and deep supply chain functionality that provides the ability to share any type of data, without the restrictions of legacy technology like EDI. The CargoChain Platform also provides tools that allow developers to build and deploy cost-effective applications that solve supply chain problems of any size,” the companies stated.

Tony Davis, Director of Marketing, Jade Logistics Group, explains that all rich cargo information is stored ‘off-chain’ on the CargoChain Platform. “Using Hyperledger Fabric technology, CargoChain stores a hash of all cargo events ‘on-chain’ to their own public blockchain. This approach mitigates the scalability challenges of blockchain when faced with large volumes of rich data, while at the same time providing complete trust in all the information that is stored on the CargoChain Platform.”

Guirec Le Bars, Chief Technology Officer at CargoChain is backing the company to revolutionise supply chain data sharing. “We believe the partnership will revolutionise the way cargo information is shared between global supply chain participants. It will enable the secure distribution of rich cargo information among trusted partners which has previously been unavailable, until now,” he said.

For Jade Logistics, increased collaboration and access to a common set of cargo information are crucial as the logistics industry seeks to drive greater efficiencies and productivity. “With Jade Logistics’ Master Terminal TOS in operation at over 125 terminals worldwide, Jade Logistics and CargoChain are well positioned to play a major role in this exciting new era of global logistics. Both companies will work closely with Jade Logistics’ existing Master Terminal customer base, and their business partners, to assist with their information sharing needs. Initial CargoChain applications are already in development for specific Master Terminal customers as well as pilots for significant supply chain projects.

“As independent players in the industry, Jade Logistics and CargoChain are committed to contributing to a democratised supply chain, that encourages across-the-board collaboration, seamless information sharing, and innovation,” Jade Logistics concluded.

View the original release here on WorldCargo News.

Mobile computing in ports set to accelerate with positive global outlook

Introducing innovations like mobile apps to port operations is one way to achieve productivity gains, improve operational decision-making and maximize revenue opportunities.

Optimism is rising across ports around the globe, on the back of growth in trade and increasing freight rates. For ports it is time to look at ways to apply innovation that will capitalize on this positive growth.

According to a recent article in Port Strategy, world trade is expected to increase from 2.2% growth in 2016 to 3.8% in 2017, with a similar level of expansion forecast for 2018. The article also cited growth in freight rates for Maersk in Asia as a positive reflection of that growth translating into more freight movement.

Port leaders around the world will be looking at how they can position their port to benefit from this growth. Introducing innovations like mobile apps to port operations is one way to achieve productivity gains, improve operational decision-making and maximize revenue opportunities.

While many industries have been aggressively adopting modern mobile apps based on commodity-priced hardware, the port sector has been more cautious. According to port consultant Thomas Vitsounis, writing in Port Strategy:

“In general terms, the use of apps will change the industry and everyone knows that. When it comes to ports themselves, things have so far moved slowly – but there has been a remarkable change. . . . in the past year, it is tremendous how quickly this industry has shifted. Ports are now thinking in these terms. There is some distance to go but it is absolutely essential to move in that direction.”

There are some exciting opportunities to leverage this in your port by applying mobile technology in areas like cargo management, yard logistics, reefer management or rail service integration.

Some risks also exist though: in terms of choosing the best mobile app technology, the right support partner and successfully integrating a mobile approach into your existing IT systems, especially your TOS.

Jade Logistics have prepared a white paper “There’s an app for that” looking at the issues around mobility in ports, and what to consider when building your business case.

Also read the press release about Mexican based Grupo CICE testing and implementing the Master Terminal suite of handheld apps.

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Do you get what you pay for?

Some people love designer clothing but don’t like the price tag that go with them, so you can imagine the appeal with shops offering designer type clothing at lower prices. What is the risk if you buy a pair of shoes that don’t last more than one season? Do you want to be wearing those shoes in a year’s time, or should you pay more hoping they last?

Now apply the same thinking to purchasing a terminal operating system (TOS) and you might find yourself running into problems.  Investing in a TOS is a major investment, which unlike shoes, usually only happens once in a lifetime and must be approached with considerably more thought.

There are many things to be considered when selecting a TOS:

  • Starting with clear business objectives is essential. Will the TOS give you confidence to grow or will you need to adapt your processes to fit the TOS? 
  • Is the vendor reputable, reliable, proven and experienced? Do they offer training and support with a clearly defined research and development roadmap?
  • What is the Total Cost of Ownership?  There are many hidden and ongoing costs to consider, not just the starting price.
  • How quickly will you gain efficiencies and see a return on your investment?
  • What about integration? Is it seamless, or do you need to bring in other vendors, which can open you up to risk.

Would you like to know more? Download our white paper, Investing in Growth to identify some of the key factors to consider before buying a terminal operating system.

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Ports can do more with the resources they have

Growing ports can be more competitive by realizing their break bulk potential. Terminal Operators are continually challenged to increase revenue while faced with extreme competition and demand from customers to do more for less. 

In a recent Port Strategy article, it was reported that increasing pressure to improve break bulk related operating efficiency is posing a serious challenge to operators as demand for machinery, equipment and components to support worldwide commercial projects ramps up.

It was suggested that the most obvious solution to overcome inefficiencies in break bulk handling is investment in facilities and processes, but what are the other options available to smaller ports who do not have the means to buy more land or expensive machinery?

Technology is one answer.

One area where break bulk terminals can make their own quick gains in performance is implementing or upgrading their terminal operating system (TOS), to ensure every possible piece of capacity is extracted from existing infrastructure, delaying the need for costly investment.

A TOS specifically developed to handle a mix of cargo types can enable the port to compete effectively for new business, being equipped to handle more than just containers can vastly improve the bottom line by attracting shippers who handle a mix of cargo types, and give operators the opportunity to do more with the resources they have.

Would you like to learn more about handling break bulk at your port? Download our eBook Solve complex logistics and cargo challenges.

Increase port yard safety with Master Terminal

How can you avoid employee injuries and fines at your port? 

Consequences of poor port safety: A poor safety record and ill-conceived processes are not only detrimental to personnel, but can result in negative publicity, legal cases, and fines for safety breaches which can severely affect your bottom line.

When an Ellesmere Port man’s hand was crushed at Cammell Laird shipyard, Cammell Laird was fined £400,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. Although they had a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) in place, it wasn’t implemented effectively across the organization.

This is a tragic and timely reminder that only having basic technology in place isn’t enough to create a safe and compliant port. Jade recommends using a three-pronged approach involving technology, people, and communication between the two.

Here are three ways to ensure Health and Safety compliance.

  1. Choose a terminal operating system (TOS) that includes a health and safety component.
  2. Ensure that technology-backed processes to minimize hazards are put in place and followed by a safety-conscious workforce.
  3. Separate machinery and labor in the yard. Port staff who operate heavy machinery need to receive notifications warning them of the areas where they can’t operate.

Regarding the Ellesmere Port incident, the Health and Safety Executive inspector said “If the HSMS had been followed this accident may not have occurred.”

Through working with local ports, Jade recognized the difficulty to action safety procedures. This knowledge led to the development of Master Terminal’s Labor On Block functionality. The guiding principal is that when ‘Labor is On the Block’, machinery is not allowed to enter an area.

Learn about how Labor On Block improves the safety of port yard workers and visitors and ensures procedures are being followed in our Yard Safety fact sheet.

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Investing in growth.

The challenge of growth confronts leaders of ports around the world. You are always looking for new ideas to improve your operation and extract more value from it. Learn how to build a business case for investing in growth.

Are huge capital investments in cranes or automation technologies the only real path to increasing your income? What other options are available to you?

These are the questions leaders of ports ask us on a regular basis in relation to investing in terminal operating system (TOS) software. 

Read the white paper Investing in Growth to learn more about how you can make a real difference to your operation by investing in a TOS.

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Break-bulk logistics industry climbing the technology ladder

Hear what Keith McSwain, Jade’s Vice-President of Client Services has to say about the emergence of IT for break bulk logistics businesses.

While technology drives the containerized supply chain and is responsible for stunning efficiencies and cost reduction, it’s another story with breakbulk. Many in the industry continue to resist investing in information technology, even as the needs become more obvious and the benefits become more apparent. But slim margins are warranting a closer look at IT.

Keith McSwain, Jade’s Vice-President of Client Services recently spoke to the American Journal of Transportation about how logistics businesses that handle break bulk are starting to invest greater time and financial resources into IT.

Read the full article here: The other story: IT’s important to breakbulk

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SOLAS VGM rule takes effect on July 1

From 01 July 2016 the SOLAS VGM regulation will come into effect requiring the weight of a container to be verified before shipment. 

While there has been some discussion about how strictly the regulation will be enforced there has also been some misunderstanding that the regulation has been delayed by three months, but this is not the case. The regulation will take effect from this date, and it is a requirement to obtain a VGM for a packed container.

At Jade Logistics we are well prepared. Our terminal operating system (TOS), Master Terminal, can record a container’s VGM using in-machine technology or weighbridges.

If you would like to find out more about Jade’s approach to VGM, read the Master Terminal container weighing fact sheet or our article Worth the weight?

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Master Terminal helps mixed cargo ports compete with world’s best

Strong business relationships, exceptional technology, and project implementation skills have helped Jade Logistics’ terminal operating system, Master Terminal, to become the world’s leading TOS for mixed cargo ports.

Tony Davis, Director of Marketing, Jade Logistics recently spoke to the Australian Logistics Council about how software can drive efficiency gains and increase a port’s revenue potential. He believes that Jade’s terminal operating system, Master Terminal, is ideally suited to Australian ports, given their mixed cargo focus, and discusses the company’s plans to expand into the Australian market.

Read the full article to see how Davis thinks that cutting-edge technology can provide a significant return on investment. Future Freight Networks 2016: Jade’s Master Terminal helps mixed cargo ports compete with world’s best (page 126).

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