In this edition of the Journal, we look beyond the ports to explore the wider supply chain from intermodal terminals, to rail networks and port call optimisation solutions.
A developing trend is the focus on the supply chain as a whole, not just parts of it, with shippers and forwarders assessing how best to get value and reliability from the routes they choose.
The disruption to the supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has made many reconsider their approach as smooth sailing is no longer a guarantee.
In an interview for the Journal, Aymeric Chandavoine, Head of Logistics and Services, A.P. Moller-Maersk, noted that the threat of disruption has forced stakeholders to move away from single suppliers and to rethink their dependence on ‘just-in-time’ supply, where components are delivered to factories exactly when they are needed.
This will ultimately have a ripple effect throughout the supply chain with higher levels of inventory being kept in on place. Another element of the supply chain that is gaining increased momentum is the rail sector, regularly being touted as a more eco-friendly solution than truck cargo.
But, as we hear from HPC in their contribution to the Journal, there is a long way to go in order to digitalise and guarantee reliability in this sector, which is ultimately the key for customers.
A delay in any part of the supply chain impacts the entire operation, and solutions are being offered up to iron out inefficiencies. Infolayer discusses how its proprietary TerminalSENSE offering provides end-to-end terminal performance insights with rapid time to market advantage, enabling cross terminal operational transparency, performance improvement, cost optimisation and revenue/margin enhancement for the sector.
Additionally, PortXchange provides a review of its achievements in port call optimisation, another solution embarking on efficiency throughout the supply chain, as it looks to include more partners in its solution offering.
Finally, the International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) provides insight from its members on how collaboration and working with the community can result in effective end-to-end supply chain solutions.