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.

Sessions With Eric Johnson

Monday, 21 June

  • 02:25pm - 02:55pm (CET) / 21/jun/2021 12:25 pm - 21/jun/2021 12:55 pm

    Business Innovation

    Small and Smart: How the World’s Small and Mid-sized Ports can Leverage the Best of New Technology


    The smart port agenda has grown exponentially in recent years. Major hubs such as Singapore, Hamburg, and Los Angeles have embraced the use of digital tools to continuously improve operations and invested heavily in everything from cyber resilience to digital twins. But when it comes to digitalization, the majority of the world’s ports are often overlooked. Small and midsize ports make up the backbone of the global maritime economy. These ports are more focused on enabling flexible, resilient, and specialist supply chains for a variety of cargo types and not ever-increasing container volumes. Though the headlines often focus on technologies for major ports, there is a quiet transformation going on in the world’s small ports.

    In this session, we will bring together a small panel of experts to understand the emerging technology landscape for small and mid-sized ports including:

    1) What new digital solutions are being adopted in the small and mid-sized ports sector and what impact are they having?

    2) How can small and mid-sized ports work together to support innovation and R&D that meets their needs?

    3) How should technology providers approach working with ports that are at different stages on their digitalization journey?

  • 03:15pm - 03:45pm (CET) / 21/jun/2021 01:15 pm - 21/jun/2021 01:45 pm

    Data Collaboration

    Are Ports Ready for Automation?

    What should ports plan in terms of adequate landside infrastructure such as highways and rail networks capable of integrating future automation inside and outside ports? Is there a trade off between efficiency improvements and loss of labor opportunities? How can ports in developing countries realistically embrace automation?

Tuesday, 22 June

  • 03:15pm - 04:15pm (CET) / 22/jun/2021 01:15 pm - 22/jun/2021 02:15 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?