Research Centre

Brief guide to blockchain in shipping

Blockchain is one of the most hyped technologies of this decade. To many people, it is synonymous with Bitcoin. But if you look beneath the surface, blockchain has a limitless number of potential applications beyond the volatile world of cryptocurrencies. In maritime, the applications for the technology span right across the industry from trade facilitation […]

Brief guide to big data in shipping

Big data has become the tech buzzword of the decade, not just in maritime, but in every major industry. Despite the hype, many people don’t fully understand exactly what big data is, how it works, or how it can be implemented to help organisations reach their goals. To help, we have prepared a jargon free […]

Flexport is attempting to transform the container stuffing process

Flexport, the recent recipient of the world’s largest trade technology funding round has recently begun making moves to optimise the process of stuffing containers and storing packages in warehouses. In a patent filing published in October 2019 for a “Cargo Management System”, the silicon valley based freight forwarder outlined plans for a system that automatically […]

What does the acquisition of INLT tell us about Amazon’s logistics strategy?

Amazon has acquired cloud-based customs startup INLT in a move to strengthen their offering to importers to the United States. What does this tell us about Amazon’s broader logistics strategy? INLT is a small team made up of customs brokers, developers, freight forwarders, and attorneys. Their cloud-based solution provides clients with full visibility to the […]

Trade 2.0: How Startups are Driving the Next Generation of Maritime Trade

Summary: The shipping industry is at the beginning of a fundamental transformation. The combination of the rise of connectivity and digitisation, and the need to move away from fossil fuels, means that every aspect of the industry‚Äôs operating model will change over the next three decades. This report: Identifies the key technologies transforming the maritime […]

Frictionless Trade: How new technology will power international trade

Despite recent advances, the international shipping industry has a long way to go in terms of fully leveraging the potential of new technologies. Innovation in this sector is crucial to helping the UK to overcome the technical challenges posed by Brexit, but also to its ambition of establishing itself as an open, forward-thinking international trading […]