American confidence in artificial intelligence

The widespread presence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the near future is already inevitable. Even the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the development of AI. Probably quite a few of us are wondering if maybe it's high time to get some new skills that a robot can't replace.

Fun fact: At www.willrobotstakemyjob.com you can check the approximate % chance of automation of your chosen profession, i.e. the probability of being taken over by robots. For example, for Customer Service employees it is 87%. The United States leaves the competition far behind because it is home to the largest number of AI-related startups.

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Empty freight containers stacked up at Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao port - Container Shortage 2021

The health crisis produced by COVID-19 has changed the world, our economies and habits. Among the most affected sectors are international trade and cargo and container transport.

At present it is common not to find some products in stores, almost all industries have problems of shortage of supplies that are attributed to the pandemic. Some sources even claim that there will be a shortage of Christmas goods and that buying gifts will be more expensive this year. Behind all this, there is a problem of shortage of containers worldwide.

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Prices for one-year license of loading software

In the first part, we discussed the functions that individual container and truck loading applications offer. In the second part, we talked about the experience that awaits the user when using these programs. Today, we will look at the prices of individual software, see if they have a free trial available, and if such a trial version has any limitations. If you are more interested in the final results; you can skip to the last part of our mini-series.

The list of all tested applications with links to their websites is at the end of this article.

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Modern application layout

In the first part, we discussed the functions that individual container and truck loading applications have. Today, we evaluate user-friendliness, quality of calculation, see if the programs have a mobile version, and if they are online. If you are more interested in pricing; you can skip to the third part. For the final results, read the last part of our mini-series.

The list of all tested applications with links to their websites is at the end of this article.

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EasyCargo application

At the beginning of this year, I started working at EasyCargo as a business developer. My task, among others, is to find new partners for cooperation to identify areas where we could find new customers. To do this work, I consider it crucial to know the product’s strengths, weaknesses, and understand its performance compared to the competition.

That’s why I spent the first few weeks looking for other types of load planning software that are competitors with EasyCargo, and tested their trial versions. For example, I was interested in the price of the applications, how intuitive and straightforward to use they are, how good the calculation is, how many languages they are available in, and so forth. I have written down everything in a table. Later, I was able to identify which customers is EasyCargo suitable for and which customers have needs that would be likely met better by some of our competitors.

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The new biggest container ship in the world

It hasn’t even been half of a year since we published an article about the biggest container ship in the world MSC Gülsün, yet the information in the article is already outdated so here is a quick little update from us. 

MSC Gülsün hasn’t enjoyed her status as the queen of container ships for long. Already after ten months since she was finished, the workers from South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering were done building a new ship. HMM Algeciras, which was then handed over to the owners of the ninth-largest container shipping line in the world, HMM company (formerly known as Hyundai Merchant Marine).

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Vila made from shipping containers overviewing Lake Travis in Texas, US; truck and container loading software

In the first part of this three-part miniseries about shipping containers, we took a trip down memory lane, talking about the history of shipping containers. In the second part, we described the most used types of shipping containers aand their typical use. In today’s last part, we will also focus on the use of containers. However, this time we will take it from the other end – we will have a look at the most unique uses of intermodal containers.

Although there are no official statistics, it is estimated that there are more than 14 million discarded containers and more are added each day. While the metal parts of the containers are designed to last more than 30 years, the reason why carriers discard containers is the plywood floor. That has to be in perfect condition for the carrier because they need to drive a forklift on it. However, the floor in slightly used condition does not prevent people from building various products from it. Not everyone needs to drive a multiton forklift on it.

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