“Data was essential to navigating supply chain disruption … analytics from that data allows us to see around corners, which is not just a competitive advantage, it’s now a public necessity” — Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka
Following on the heels of the Department of Transportation-created Freight Logistics Optimization Works (FLOW) program, which brings together supply chain players to voluntarily and confidentially share data to improve networks, five ports in California have signed onto the California Port Data Partnership agreed to improve data interoperability and sharing.
Most firms are understandably loathe to share supply chain data, concerned about giving away material information to competitors or business counterparties.
This leads to a collective action problem: some level of data sharing would help everyone, but few want to do it. Government-led initiatives like FLOW and the California Port Data Partnership are one way to move the ball on this problem.
FLOW is also set to expand:
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