The Commerce Department and the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management have formed a partnership to help ports across the U.S. move their supply chains onto digital platform.
The partnership will focus on the digitalization of the supply chains in the U.S. and the adoption of the Internet of Things systems, the Commerce Department said Friday.
“We hope to encourage ports around the country to increase efficiency by adopting new technologies that will provide more information on the flow of goods to port users and stakeholders,” said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
Commerce and the USC Marshall Center signed the agreement at the University Park campus and both entities plan to hold the Port Community IT Systems Exhibition and Technology Challenge at USC from Nov. 18-Nov. 20 as the first event related to the initiative.
That event aims to help officials from ports communities and supply chain owner organizations explore how digital technology aids in port operations.
A technology challenge will be one of the event’s main items with $15,000 in prizes available for new applications meant to share information through Port Community IT systems.