Rethinking Supply Chain Visibility Challenge

Rethinking Supply Chain Visibility Challenge

Rethinking Supply Chain Visibility Challenge.

Together, CMA CGM GROUP (Official), PSA International, CEVA Logistics and PSA Cargo Solutions comprise some of the world’s largest and most forward-thinking businesses in shipping lines, container terminals and logistics service providers that move cargo across the world.

On February 17th, they jointy launched a challenge which saw the application from top tier startups from around the world. The challenge was titled Rethinking Supply Chain Visibility and the goal was to discover opportunities where businesses can make use of terminal, carrier and logistics service providers data to create new services & value propositions. They were interested in supply chain and logistics solutions to shippers beyond basic track & trace, and any solutions beyond the field of supply chain and logistics.

We took part in the challenge and are proud to announce we were shortlisted as one of the top 3 startups to go through to the next phase. 

We pitched our solution to a panel consisting of top managers from all of the companies and are now looking forward to the final results. 

Irrespective of which of the three startups wins, making this shortlist assures us that we have spotted a pain worth solving in the global logistics chain and we are firing on all cylinders to solve it.

May the best team win!

Impacts of COVID 19 on Shipping

Impacts of COVID 19 on Shipping

Impacts of COVID 19 on Shipping and International Trade industries are to be fully comprehended. So far, there is significant decline in all areas.

From delays due to congestions, container shortages, lack of truck drivers to outright cancellations. Everyone is feeling the burden.

Today we had a call from a customer from Europe who needed a surveyor in Benin in Africa. This was probably the most timely opportunity for us to demonstrate Ukeli use case. Using our mobile application, the cargo owner could document the stuffing process of the container in question and all collected information populated on our client dashboard in real time. 

While things have considerably slowed down, using a remote trusted digital surveyor could answer some of the most pressing challenges we have in the industry.

In the coming days and months, we will be looking at other use cases and we have container fires on our target.


Fruits and Data in Global Supply Chain

Fruits and Data in Global Supply Chain

Fruits and data in global supply chain is a regular topic in industry circles. Transportation of fruits from farm for fork requires orchestra-like coordination with very careful attention to time and temperature.

The journey starts at the orchard during harvest. Depending on how advanced the farm is, the harvest process can be quite manual. A quick glance on Instagram highlights some harvesting activities in farms in Australia.

After harvest, truck loads of fruit are transported to the pack house where they are prepped for shipment. From disinfecting to quality control and segmentation, highly sophisticated pack houses ensure that the fruits are packaged and shipped off to the right target markets. 

From the pack house, depending on the location of the cold store, it is road hauled to the cold store where the temperature is set as required. For cases such as fresh citrus, particular attention is paid to the pre cooling levels again depending on the country of destination.

Once the cargo is containerised and transported to the sea port for onward shipment, the grower loses all visibility of the produce. Up until recently, growers will hope and pray for the good outturn of their produce. Today, technology has advanced such that you can now be notified regularly on the location and temperature of your produce in transit.

At delivery, in the event of damage to cargo, there is always dispute as to who is responsible for the damage suffered. To answer this question, a combination of methods are used including the opinion of an expert fruit surveyor, tracking data, temp tales and the legal intepretation of expert lawyers or recovery agents.

Data is key here and how we collect and present this data going forward will inform stakeholders about quality and handling of the produce in question.