Port of Long Beach strikes Amazon Web Services deal to power Information Highway

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The Port of Long Beach has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power the Port’s Supply Chain Information Highway.

The Highway aims to boost visibility and efficiency of cargo movement at the Port and throughout the supply chain. The new system will allow supply chain stakeholders to obtain actionable insights to help with planning, scheduling, and improving their systems.

Port and AWS leaders announced the partnership 24 May at the effort Tuesday, May 24, at the AWS Summit in Washington, D.C.

“The Supply Chain Information Highway is transformative, with a goal of enabling users to make scheduling, planning and payment decisions prior to cargo arrival, reducing delays during each handoff on the way to customers,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.

“We’re very excited to collaborate with AWS, one of the most innovative companies in the world, to supercharge this endeavour.”

St. Louis-based technology firm UNCOMN is working with the port to develop the Supply Chain Information Highway software. UNCOMN is partnered with AWS, which will provide the cloud computing infrastructure and services for the Supply Chain Information Highway to function, storing the information in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

Registered users will access the data for free. The solution is in the process of being finalised following the entering of demonstration phase in March.

“The difference between our data solution and others that are used to track cargo is that we talked to industry stakeholders before we started to develop it. Our business partners told us they wanted access to a platform that securely collected, curated and published cargo information,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal.

“We’re pleased now to be working with technology leader AWS to bring us that much closer to making this a reality.”

Earlier this month the port announced that it had achieved its most productive April yet – handling 820,718 TEU, a 10 per cent increase over the previous record set in April 2021.

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