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Port of Long Beach partners with tech firm on cargo data tool

Port of Long Beach partners with tech firm on cargo data tool
The tool is scheduled for a soft launch in February 2022

The Port of Long Beach is partnering with tech consulting firm UNCOMN to launch a free-to-stakeholder cargo visibility service software, hoping to enable better planning of shipments and reductions in delays.

A soft launch of the tool, which is named the Supply Chain Information Highway, is expected in February 2022.

The software aims to help shippers to make better operational decisions by providing the data to integrate into their own systems and track their cargo through the complete supply chain.

Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero said: “This tool will put actionable data into the hands of supply chain participants, to enable them to make better plans and decisions. It will be free, and the data collected will work with existing systems.”

Steven Neal, Long Beach Harbour Commission president stated: “In an era of e-commerce and overnight delivery, it’s more important than ever to have full visibility and transparency for shipments.

“Our goal in working with UNCOMN is to make a tool that will enable our partners to schedule and plan prior to cargo arrival and reduce delays during each handoff between modes of transportation.”

In meetings between the port authority and industry partners and stakeholders, the conclusion was that due to the varied nature of business issues across terminals, the best possible solution was to offer access to a platform that securely collected, curated and published data across all modes of transportation, and allowed users to analyse the data using their own systems.

St Louis-based UNCOMN was selected after a competitive request for proposals. The company has worked for more than 10 years supporting the Department of Defense’s US Transportation Command, US Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, and US Air Force Air Mobility Command in areas such as data analytics, cloud application development and cloud data environment development.