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We care about the intersection of trade and technology. Here, we publish inspirational, informative and insights-driven stories from within TradeLens and from across the global supply chain.

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Commercial Port of Vladivostok joins the TradeLens blockchain platform

Commercial Port of Vladivostok is one of the first in Russia to join the TradeLens blockchain platform. The platform is being developed by GTD Solution Inc., a subsidiary of the largest container carrier Maersk, and the American IT giant IBM. TradeLens optimizes transportation and tracking of goods through the exchange of data and digitized documents between cargo owners, shipping companies, customs authorities, port and terminal operators.

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Shipwaves joins Maersk-IBM developed TradeLens platform in a bid to accelerate the digitization of ocean logistics

Shipwaves, an industry-leading digital freight forwarder has joined Maersk-IBM developed TradeLens platform. The association between the front-running blockchain-powered supply chain solution and digital forwarder is aimed at accelerating the digitization of the ocean logistics space, especially in India and the Middle-East. Through this linkage, Shipwaves will be able to provide timely end-to-end supply chain visibility, secured sharing of digital shipping documents, and data directly from partners. This will enable the forwarder to improve efficiency and decrease operational costs by a significant margin.

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South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) becomes first Sri Lankan terminal to join TradeLens to digitalise supply chains

SAGT, the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) container terminal in Sri Lanka, also became the first terminal in the country to adopt the Blockchain Technology by collaborating with TradeLens, a digital platform jointly developed by A.P. Moller - Maersk and IBM. This move will help in accelerating the digitisation agenda of shipping industry in Sri Lanka by transforming manual, paper-based and time-consuming administrative processes into digital ones.

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Digitization makes Just in Time work for automotive logistics

The automotive supply chain has changed rapidly over the past few years and its digital transformation has only accelerated as economic pressures from outside the industry spur modernization. Platforms and joint ventures are changing production models. We talked with two of our experts about new and persistent challenges faced in the automotive vertical. We also discussed the evolution of parts procurement and streamlined inventories — the new normal of Just in Time (JIT) and digital logistics platforms which are helping meet these challenges head on.

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TradeLens facilitates digitization in India

Getting customs and other government agencies to plug into TradeLens is the biggest win and endorsement of the platform. The next step for TradeLens is bringing its eBL to the Indian market. Starting in July, the first trials of this product will begin — the first of its kind as a carrier-back, blockchain-enabled digital title document. TradeLens is working with leading Indian exporters, importers, and their banks to drive for truly paperless trade.

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It’s time to trust your data — and more importantly, to truly use your data

True digitization requires dependable and trusted data which enables a virtuous cycle where organizations use and share data to their mutual benefit. That cycle is broken when you can’t trust the data, and that lack of trust has widespread impacts in the supply chain. TradeLens recently trained our attention on four approaches to improving data that will form a much-needed foundation for industry-wide change.

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DP World Joins with TradeLens to Digitize Global Supply Chains

DP World, a leading enabler of global trade, has completed the early stages of integration with TradeLens a blockchain-based digital container logistics platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller - Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM). The collaboration between DP World and the TradeLens platform will help accelerate the digitization of global supply chains.

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Automating global logistics starts with digital documents

Like with most business ecosystems, the functioning of global trade relies on efficient exchanges of information, especially of documents. While industries and ecosystems around the world are now digitizing associated processes and automating the bottlenecks, the business ecosystem of global shipping has been slower to realize innovation and digitization. TradeLens Workflows utilize blockchain smart contracts to automate and digitize multi-party interactions — this helps drive efficiencies across supply chains.

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When should firms use intermodal transportation — and why?

While intermodal transportation is a vast category that can include many methods of shipment, rail and trucking are the means most commonly associated within the industry. Assessing the benefits of intermodal transportation for any one business will depend on metrics collected by the industry. TradeLens provides secure and consistent access to unprecedented levels of event data including first and last mile, published directly from its source.

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Consensus 2020: enterprise blockchain and the path to monetization

Daniel Wilson, Director of Strategy and Operations at TradeLens, joined the online version of Consensus in May to discuss digitizing one of the world's oldest industries and prioritizing the Apps that open doors for future development and monetization, not just for TradeLens, but for the industry as a whole.

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Linking customs to the global shipping process earlier and in new ways

Providing government authorities with access to upstream transport data is one of the features of TradeLens. On the platform, customs authorities have access to data related to their countries from the moment a booking is placed with a carrier. Updates on documents from different data sources and transportation milestones are shared in near real-time.

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Indonesia Shipping Supply Chains to Join IBM and Maersk’s TradeLens to Strengthen Logistic Services

PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines (SPIL), a major regional ocean carrier in Indonesia providing reliable inter-island shipment throughout the archipelago, joins TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller - Maersk and IBM. The move is expected to give SPIL customers a richer experience by providing larger international access in addition to the ability to book, track shipments, or set-up finance payments using mySPIL, a mobile application that eases booking services.

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