It is the best of times; it is the worst of times.
For the first time in the history of the container shipping industry, billions of dollars are pouring into countless new and existing companies in an attempt to digitally transform SeaFreight. An industry that began in 1956 with the innovation of the first container ship is poised to move forward in new ways.
The pace of idea-generation and innovation is accelerating.
The problems targeted by this wave of investment are obvious. SeaFreight lags behind other analogous industries in its ability to provide basic services like shipment visibility or the ability to clearly cost out a shipment. Limitations that have been in place since the industry began remain major impediments to the objective of providing customer-centric, cost-effective global SeaFreight transport.
This is a fundamentally challenging situation. Basic technology building blocks are not in place to facilitate productive innovation. And a lot of the investment promising to change this is not guided by industry leaders or industry experts. Industry outsiders are looking to ‘disrupt’ without really understanding current and future constraints.
We think that SeaFreight needs a platform to allow current industry leaders to steer innovation toward value-creation. We need a platform that allows different parts of SeaFreight to work in collaboration to create new solutions to intractable problems. We need a platform to facilitate new ways to innovate our way to a better tomorrow. We need something different.
That’s SeaFreight Labs.
SeaFreight Labs was founded by Harry Sangree, a long-time technology innovator with 35 years of experience in SeaFreight and global trade. Harry has held multiple senior management positions at 3 different SeaFreight-related technology companies that have introduced numerous innovations benefiting thousands of global companies and tens of thousands of end users. SeaFreight Labs leverages Harry’s career-long passion for technology-based innovation.
As an individual, Harry was the innovator of the following impactful SeaFreight technology solutions:
OceanSchedules.com – a global schedules-search tool that was a 2007 Supply Chain Innovation Award Finalist.
INTTRA-Desktop – a PC-based platform used by thousands of forwarders and BCOs globally to electronically make bookings and submit shipping instructions to carriers.
Syntra Global Logistics System (GLS™) – a solution for BCOs to supplement their SAP and Oracle ERP systems with world-class export documentation and export compliance functionality. Harry was also the architect of GLS.
Harry Sangree has written about SeaFreight and innovation. Some of his articles are accessible below: