Crux Systems Insights

Surviving disaster when data goes dark

August 1, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Shipping, Terminals

When you have a single source for information, what happens when you lose that connection? If you're moving millions of dollars worth of cargo, the answer to that question can be terrifying.

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Container shipping industry terms and jargon

August 1, 2017 by Hubert Yee |

Logistics

Container shipping is a vast and dynamic industry. However, there is a basic set of terminology that the container shipping industry is built upon. Understanding the jargon is a great start for working within the container shipping industry, and helpful when you're working with our...

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Update on APM Terminals status

June 28, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

News, Terminals

The Maersk Group is still working to recover from the ransomware attack on June 27 that had a major impact on its operations and resulted in closures at several APM Terminals.

UPDATE as of July 10:

We're now able to track all cargo through APM Terminals. However, some APM Terminals...

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Maersk Line and APM Terminals outage

June 27, 2017 by Eric Klein |

News

Earlier today, a global cyber attack caused outages at a number of companies, including A.P. Moller-Maersk. As a result, we are currently unable to process any container updates for Maersk Line or any containers associated with APM Terminals. We wanted to let you know that Crux...
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5 tips for avoiding demurrage fees

June 22, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Logistics

When you’re moving cargo around the world, fees charged by shipping lines, carriers and ports can all vary. But one thing is certain: they can add up quickly.

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The growing digital threat to freight forwarders

June 15, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

News

Newer technology companies are aiming to change the way that people manage and ship their cargo. Freight forwarders, and for that matter, freight and truck brokers, need to decide which side of the digital divide they’re going to land as a result.

In this month's issue of Shipping...

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Expansion projects: three ports to keep an eye on

June 9, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

Terminals

Ships are getting bigger, and terminals are expanding to keep pace. Here are three projects to keep an eye on.

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Reducing dwell times and demurrage fees

June 5, 2017 by Jennifer Colvin |

Terminals

To track down what’s happening with your cargo today, you probably go to multiple websites, log into separate systems, make phone calls, and then transcribe all of the details in a spreadsheet that’s emailed back and forth with your team. At best, this process is a time-consuming...

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Impacts of the Panama Canal expansion

June 2, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Shipping

One year ago the Panama Canal's expanded locks opened to accommodate container ships that can carry more than 13,000 TEU, nearly three times bigger than the 5,000 TEU ships that can pass through the original locks built more than 100 years ago. As a point of comparison, the largest...

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Why normalized data matters

May 8, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Logistics

We are monitoring import cargo for 68 terminals in the US and Canada today, and while 68 isn't a massive number of sites, it does represent a significant undertaking in cleaning up data that is incredibly inconsistent.

Before we launched our platform, if you were trying to find out...

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