Port of Long Beach Selects Amazon to Power Supply Chain Information Highway

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. has been tapped by the Port of Long Beach to power its Supply Chain Information Highway, a digital project that gathers information for firms across the supply chain in order to track shipments from point of origin to destination, the port announced May 24.

The information highway project gives stakeholders the data they need to better plan for cargo and help them move it more efficiently.

“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,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “We’re very excited to collaborate with AWS … to supercharge this endeavor.”

Data access will be free for registered users. The solution is still being finalized, the port said.

UNCOMN, a tech company based in St. Louis, is teaming with the port to develop the software for the Supply Chain Information Highway software and partnering with Amazon Web Services, which is offering the cloud computing infrastructure and services necessary for the highway to operate. Data will be stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

“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,” Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal said. “Our business partners told us they wanted access to a platform that securely collected, curated and published cargo information. We’re pleased now to be working with technology leader AWS to bring us that much closer to making this a reality.”

By Karen Robes Meeks