Rapid-fire pitch: eShipGlobal

Srini Vasan, founder and CEO of eShipGlobal, and partner Terry Beaudine from IBM Blockchain Solutions, demonstrated at MarketWaves 18 in Dallas last month how eShipGlobal provides a one-stop solution for shipping expedited hazardous materials and other packages using blockchain technology.

Vasan explained that eShipGlobal, a Dallas-based, non-asset 4PL, offers customers software solutions and expertise with a focus on customer service to expedite small parcels and critical documents both domestically and internationally.

“My customers tell me their greatest fear is that [boxes sent through the mail] are prepared by unknown parties, with an unknown number of items inside the box, with no markings outside,” Vasan said, which can create public safety and compliance issues.

He noted that companies also tend to maintain their own shipping records on their own ledgers, submitting separate data to the regulatory agencies accordingly. “This creates a duplication of effort, lack of transparency and accountability, and inefficiencies along the supply chain.”

Vasan and Beaudine used the example of “Jack,” a hospital worker who wanted to send a hazardous material expedited shipment – in this case, blood – internationally. After logging in, Jack could see through the blockchain ledger the different parties participating in his secured shipment – the receiver, customs broker, carriers, and regulators involved.

Hitting the “location” bar, Jack was able to see his shipment as it was tracked on a global map, including delivery status mode of transport while in transit, with all data in real time based on data scanned by the carriers participating in the network.

eshipGlobal provides all the required documents by law, Vasan said, which can be shared with the permission individuals participating, such as shippers, carriers and receivers.

Vashan said that with the help of IBM, eShipGlobal believes eShipGlobal will become a service using blockchain technology that will “create efficiency, transparency, and cost savings while reducing delivery times.”

Visit FreightWaves to see more rapid-fire demos from MarketWaves 18. More of the popular demos, which aren’t allowed to use PowerPoint slides and must show the product in action, will be featured at Transparency19, May 6-8, Atlanta, Georgia.

MarketWaves 18 was held in mid-November at the Gaylord Texan Convention Centre in Dallas.

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John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent

Based in Washington, D.C., John specializes in regulation and legislation affecting all sectors of freight transportation. He has covered rail, trucking and maritime issues since 1993 for a variety of publications based in the U.S. and the U.K. John began business reporting in 1993 at Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. He graduated from Florida State University majoring in English and business.