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End of the line

More than 18 million shipping containers are brought into the US every year. Our job is to track where they’re coming in and when they leave the terminal. However, when they reach the end of their useful life as shipping containers, we’ve also been tracking where a few of them... read more

Oops! That wasn’t suppose to go there

You pretty much expect that when your container is loaded on a ship, it will eventually arrive at the terminal where you want it to be delivered. Sometimes, though, containers have unexpected detours. That’s when having visibility into your container status and location information becomes a critical tool in quickly resolving... read more

Vessel tracking done right

Back in September just before the Hanjin crisis broke out, we were busy building a new means for tracking container vessels arriving into the United States. It was this early development that allowed us to watch the impending doom happen in near real time when the Hanjin bankruptcy began to... read more

When the data tells of impending doom

Making sense of big data is no small challenge. But making sense of big data can tell some fascinating stories. As the story was unfolding about the failure of the world’s seventh-largest ocean carrier, Hanjin, we saw the impact on the supply chain happening in real time. In the last 30... read more

Panama Canal expansion

The Panama Canal expansion is complete and we’re finally getting a chance to see the big ships pass through. The predictions of whether cargo will shift from one port to another will now be put to the test. Will the US East Coast take away cargo from California? If it... read more

Hurricane Joaquin has a bigger reach than most people realize

The East Coast is getting ready to batten down the hatches as Hurricane Joaquin leaves the Bahamas and heads north. As of the time of this post, Joaquin is just a category 3 storm and will likely increase in strength to a category 4. General news is certainly focused on... read more

Delivering efficiently today

The backlog of cargo at West Coast ports has been clearing up, but problems still remain. Big improvements with terminal delays will certainly come when terminals work seven days a week, 24 hours a day, which is the norm at other comparable large port complexes. But who can hold their breath... read more

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