The digital briefing: In conversation with Simon White

Anna Larsson, VP communications, sat down with our chief digital officer Simon White to ask why his role was created – and the impact digitalisation will have on the advanced supply chain.

Simon White

When it comes to embracing digital technology, shipping lags behind other sectors, which is why at Wallenius Wilhelmsen we recently created the role of chief digital officer. Simon White was appointed to the new position last summer and has been driving our technological capabilities ever since.

For the lowdown on our digital journey so far, and an insight into how technology is crucial to the future of the industry of a whole, we sat down with Simon to discuss this further in our new video series: The digital briefing: In conversation with Simon White.

In the first episode, Simon explains the role of CDO as well as why IT is no longer simply a business support function but a crucial means of creating business value. Watch it below.

But what exactly does Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s digitalisation strategy involve? Find out in episode two below, which explores why collecting data is just the first step on a journey in which artificial intelligence and machine learning will come to play a key role in our operations.

Episode 3 addresses our immediate priorities. Developing the intelligent supply chain of the future involves numerous initiatives right now, including transitioning to cloud computing, developing an eco-system of digital partners and re-imagining services for customers. Watch episode 3 below.

Taking a more long-term view, there’s huge potential to apply artificial intelligence to video and photo-based data from CCTV cameras and drone footage for everything from cargo measurement to terminal utilisation. We also want to use AI to solve biosecurity challenges and optimise the supply chain. Check out episode 4 to discover more.

In five years’ time, data will have enabled us to cut through traditionally siloed parts of the supply chain – ocean, land, equipment and vehicle processing – to realise previously unseen levels of optimisation. This data revolution will be accelerated by vehicle electrification and the need to reduce carbon emissions, as we discuss in episode 5.

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