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Setting the Digital Standard

Digital standards create mechanisms where data sharing becomes more fluid and systematic. This is essential as new sources of data explode onto the scene, changing how visibility and reliability drive global supply chains forward.

Data standards have been a growing issue in the shipping industry.

Standards have always been essential to operating businesses effectively. They set guidelines for designing and improving processes for consistent results, both within and outside an organization.

Processes are a type of intellectual capital, and Splice creates value by enabling unique, adaptable processes. As shipping moves into an era of accelerated digitalization, data standards take on increasingly greater importance.

Data Standards Within the Container Shipping Industry

Splice has been at the forefront of setting digital standards through its work with the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA). DCSA was established to foster a digitally interconnected container shipping industry, and DCSA members are nine of the leading global container shipping companies. These include Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, ZIM and CMA CGM, among others.

On June 21st, DCSA released standards to support shippers in processing an electronic bill of lading. A bill of lading is the most important document in international shipping, and this major step forward is part of a greater effort to digitalize all key shipping documents.

Our cooperation with DCSA started early in Splice’s development, and we continue to participate in working groups to shape the future of digital standards and bring the benefits of digitalization to all supply chain participants.

In addition to DCSA and proprietary vendor APIs, Splice has been built to several industry standards. By using Splice as the mechanism to create workflows that streamline and simplify logistics, companies optimize their existing systems.

Standards drive fluid integration and allow companies to extend their networks with partners to support their mutual goals. These objectives align with our efforts to create interoperability and interconnectedness for shippers and logistics service providers.

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