Increasing supply chain efficiency

Supply chain efficiency: POLA is embracing Cargomatic’s Free Flow programme Supply chain efficiency: POLA is embracing Cargomatic’s Free Flow programme
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The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) is embracing new technology to help increase supply chain efficiency by testing a new mobile app which aims to expedite containerised cargo.

POLA said that the app developed by Cargomatic, based, privately-owned technology company, is an important tool in increasing supply chain efficiency at the port.

Cargomatic’s peel-off shipping concept that it calls the “Cargomatic Free Flow” programme, is a web-based solution that optimises container moves for cargo owners, terminals, and trucking companies. Testing began in early January and preliminary results are encouraging.

“Great minds are working on smart solutions for moving cargo faster and more efficiently across the supply chain,” said Gene Seroka, executive director, POLA. “We’ve always supported innovation and we’re proud to be the gateway where new strategies are emerging.”

Cargomatic launched in 2013 as an online marketplace where trucks with unused capacity and shippers needing to move LTL (less-than-truckload) could find each other. The programme sets the rate for drayage service booked through its platform and the aim is to move at least 1,000 containers a week through POLA.

Last year, Cargomatic began adapting its technology for port drayage which led to a programme at West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT) in San Pedro, where Cargomatic is also working to demonstrate its web-based service.

Any beneficial cargo owner (BCO), motor carrier or independent owner operator can enter the online market by registering with Cargomatic. Drivers are vetted to ensure they meet all required licensing, insurance and certifications and they only need to be equipped with a smart phone.

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