Maritime Logistics: Water Ya Gonna Do?

2020 created some choppy conditions for the maritime industry. But increasing volumes and new strategies and technologies point to a ship-shape future.

The changes the maritime industry experienced in 2020 promise to shape the sector for some time to come. It started with demand plummeting in the spring, as countries around the world implemented lockdowns to halt the spread of COVID-19. Demand rebounded in late summer as consumers ramped up online shopping.

Record volumes continue, driving interest in digitization—or converting paper records to digital ones to streamline processes. Before digitization can take effect, however, the industry needs to come together on a set of standards.

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About the Contributor

About the Contributor

Sean has over 20 years of experience in strategic profitability improvement, supply chain, outsourcing, operations management and advisory for the logistics and transportation industry. He has worked on a wide range of strategic projects, while having led successful initiatives and teams for some of the country’s premier transportation providers. Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Science degree from D’Youville College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from The Edinburgh Business School, UK. Sean is a member of Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) and is a published author in CMCSP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, Transport Topics and the Association for Supply Chain Management.