Seafreight is a highly complex business. The more information available, the more efficient the planning of supply chains. That is why data transparency is essential.
More than 63,000 port pairs and major inland locations are gathered in Sea Explorer. Developed by Kuehne + Nagel, this digital seafreight platform allows customers access to the largest portfolio of seafreight services worldwide. To provide all the information for the customers, Kuehne + Nagel, the world's leading seafreight service provider, supplements service information, external data, e.g. current vessel position, with its own data obtained from its business operations. “We know exactly where a ship is located and how long it takes to load and unload in each port”, explains Otto Schacht, Member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel, responsible for seafreight.
Big data makes this possible. 200 million data sets are processed daily. Customers have detailed comparison options between services and base decisions for their supply chain on intelligent indicators by choosing criteria relevant for their business. For some, it is crucial that their goods are shipped as quickly as possible. For others, reliability and on-time delivery of their shipments are more important. CO2 emissions have turned into a further control mechanism for companies. “What’s unique about Sea Explorer is that it provides answers to a wide range of these questions. It is the intelligent digital platform for seafreight”, says Otto Schacht.