Eric Johnson

IHS Markit

Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade

Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology’s impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, D.C., area.


Tuesday, 22 June

  • 03:15pm - 03:45pm (CET) / 22/jun/2021 01:15 pm - 22/jun/2021 01:45 pm

    Data Collaboration

    Demystifying Data Collaboration


    The results of the recent IMO FAL survey of world ports made one thing clear - the technology is not the issue when its comes to data collaboration - it is the willingness of stakeholders to collaborate and the existence of legal frameworks to enable interoperability. In this session, obtain clarity on just what data collaboration entails - not in bites and bits, but from a stakeholder perspective

Wednesday, 23 June

  • 03:15pm - 03:45pm (CET) / 23/jun/2021 01:15 pm - 23/jun/2021 01:45 pm

    Data Collaboration

    The E-bill of Lading


    An electronic bill of lading, when adopted, will transform the shipping process and generate opportunities for ports to facilitate more trade. How should ports prepare themselves for this change? How can ports work with terminal operators, ship agents, forwarders and customs to adapt their processes to improve the speed of release of cargo between shipper, receiver, shipowner and charterer ?

Thursday, 24 June

  • 11:50am - 12:20pm (CET) / 24/jun/2021 09:50 am - 24/jun/2021 10:20 am

    Data Collaboration

    Accelerating Data Collaboration


    With the recent agreement between private and public sector organization to establish standardized industry data sets and application program interfaces (APIs) at the ISO Technical Committee 8, how realistic is the possibility that existing and future nautical and supply chains systems will be able to communicate easily with each other? Will accelerating data collaboration be achieved by consensus despite political and commercial conflicts of interest between stakeholders? Or will regulators need to enforce standards to avoid ships having to use different data sets for every port of call?

  • 03:20pm - 03:50pm (CET) / 24/jun/2021 01:20 pm - 24/jun/2021 01:50 pm

    Business Innovation

    Innovator Outliers in the Port and Maritime Sector


    Hackathons, port start up hubs and pioneering projects financed by ports, shipowners and technology providers alike have resulted in fascinating potential innovations that have the potential to transform the port business. Yet many of them struggle to survive beyond the initial pilot and investment round. What can ports to do to truly support these innovators to ensure their ideas become reality not just in the pilot ports but on the ports sector globally ?