The revolution will not be presented on a panel
Converging technologies promise a period of rapid transition for container shipping, that much is clear. But the pace and scale of change is the subject of significant debate that warrants a closer look
Digital disruption viewed from the podium of the conference circuit may not make an accurate metric of progress, but it offers a useful barometer of sentiment
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