Accelerating the Standardisation of Global Logistics Visibility


17 October 2019

On October 14, 2019, the Logistics Visibility Task Force, initiated by Alibaba, National Logistics Information Platform (LOGINK) and International Port Community System Association (IPCSA), released the 2019 Report of " Enabling Logistics Visibility by Interconnecting Logistics Information Service Systems in a Standardised Way".

The report analyses the benefits of global logistics visibility to logistics data service providers and their customers, and the standardisation requirements for data interchange in regional logistics information systems, and provides potential application use cases and services. It encourage all related parties to participate in the development and implementation of the international standardisation work.

Logistics information service systems,such as Port Community System (PCS) and Cargo Community System (CCS), are services provided by local or regional third parties to interchange logistics messages and events that happen within community, whether sea port, airport or hinterland.

However, the logistics operators and their customers need to be aware of the logistics events (such as vessel status data, and other means of transport status data, container status data, etc.) in different countries, regions in order to obtain visibility of cross border end-to-end logistics flows.

Therefore to improve the data interchange efficiency and reduce the cost of interconnection between logistics information service systems and users who need such logistics information, Alibaba, LOGINK and IPCSA initiated the Logistics Visibility Task Force to work on the standardisation of such connection and its subsequent promotion of the possibilities with regards to interface and data interchange between logistics information service systems and their users.


Photo: On October 14, 2019, the Logistics Visibility Task Force held the meeting, and release the 2019 report of "Enabling Logistics Visibility by Interconnecting Logistics Information Service Systems in a Standard Way ".

“The report provides a basis for future continuing development, the Logistics Visibility Task Force is working on the relevant pilot projects to explore standardisation of logistics information system data interchange and interface, to aim at reducing the cost of system development between logistics data providers and users and the cost of mapping data in different formats. Besides, users are expected to get more valuable data based on their specific requirements to improve the user experience”. Hongru Zhu, general manager of Alibaba standardisation department, said.

Open data shows that by 2018, the service of Alibaba Cainiao Network has covered 200 + countries and regions worldwide, with more than 200 cross-border logistics warehouses and more than 100 cross-border partners. As the founder of the Logistics Visibility Task Force, Alibaba Cainiao Network jointly developing the interface standardisation with LOGINK (China), Port community systems (DAKOSY, Port of Antwerp, Portbase, etc.), will help to accelerate the construction of global logistics visibility.

The Logistics Visibility Task Force will continue its work in the coming year.

For more information on the Logistics Visibility Task Force please contact:

Alibaba Group

Max , Standardisation Department,Senior Manager

Tel: +86-13911788933

eMail: max.ldp@alibaba-inc.com

LOGINK

Mr Yizhou Wu (Frank Wu), Deputy Director

Tel: +86-18667135121

eMail: wuyz@logink.org

IPCSA

Mr Richard Morton, Secretary General

Tel: +44 7796334960

eMail: richard.morton@ipcsa.international