Friday, September 11, 2020

Port of Los Angeles Unveils New Data Tool

Port of Los Angeles officials recently debuted a new tool that they hope will make data more accessible to its supply chain partners so they can better prepare for incoming cargo.

Through “The Port of Los Angeles Signal,” a port service powered by Wabtec’s Port Optimizer, the seaport will begin sending out and publishing key dashboard data, such as the number of shipments coming to L.A. over a three-week period. The data — sent to stakeholders and updated every week on and the port’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts — is categorized by type of container and includes details on whether those containers will be moved by rail or truck once it arrives in Los Angeles.

“We’re giving all of our partners — railroads, chassis providers, truckers, warehouse operators and others in the supply chain — a three-week look at cargo coming into Los Angeles,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka. “This planning tool will help make our partners more nimble and efficient, especially during volume surges like we are currently experiencing. This is the forward visibility our stakeholders have requested and we are proud to deliver it.”

Harbor Trucking Association CEO Weston LaBar said HTA applauds the port’s ongoing efforts to bring visibility and transparency to the supply-chain.

“The HTA has been a vocal advocate for using data as an advanced planning and forecasting tool,” he said.” These efforts will help further that cause by providing advanced notification and visibility through the Port Optimizer, which will help facilitate much needed efficiencies we all desire.”

Nine of the port’s top 10 carriers currently add data into the Optimizer.

Proprietary information won’t be shared, the port said.

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