Port of Long Beach, Tech Firm Team on Cargo Data Software

The Port of Long Beach is teaming up with a technology company to create a cargo data tool. Photo via POLB.

In an effort to make the supply chain more efficient, the Port of Long Beach and St. Louis-based tech consulting firm UNCOMN have teamed up on software aimed at giving supply chain stakeholders more visibility in where their cargo moves.

The soft launch of the software tool, dubbed the “Supply Chain Information Highway,” is set for February, and comes at a time when stakeholders are challenged by pandemic-driven trade disruption, according to the port.

The tool, which is free to stakeholders, is meant to provide more cargo transparency, according to the port.

“This tool will put actionable data into the hands of supply chain participants, to enable them to make better plans and decisions,” port Executive Director Mario Cordero explained. “It will be free, and the data collected will work with existing systems.”

In an era of e-commerce and overnight delivery, Long Beach Harbor Commission President Steven Neal said, 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,” Neal explained.

By Karen Robes Meeks