Cargo’s Crystal Ball: The power of machine learning

Most shippers were caught off-guard last August when the world’s seventh-largest container line suddenly went into receivership. An estimated US$14 billion in cargo was left in limbo after two-thirds of South Korea-based Hanjin’s fleet – some 93 vessels – were seized, stranded or denied entry into ports. Shippers immediately opened their contingency playbooks and began […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 5, 2017 opens unmanned sorting center in China to boost e-commerce automation

China’s second-largest e-commerce company,, continues to take enthusiastic steps to automate and streamline e-commerce logistics, most recently by opening an “unmanned” parcel sorting center in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, according to a media report on the company’s investor page. This move, following the e-tailer’s recently announced alliance with China’s Inspection and Quarantine Association to expedite […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 9, 2017

Alibaba Cloud takes artificial intelligence to the masses

Imagine if you could accurately predict when and where your largest airfreight shipments will be sent each day. That futuristic ability may soon become available to a wide range of forwarders and shippers with Alibaba Cloud’s new artificial intelligence (AI) platform, called  PAI 2.0, which provides businesses and organizations machine-learning capabilities. The platform, which launched […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 29, 2017