The objectives of the "Open Harbor
" training exercises are to test the infrastructure; to implement possible future reinforcements and deliver logistics and supplies to UN peacekeepers and Lebanese forces; to deploy a Lebanese operation close to the southern border to ensure their sovereignty and the implementation of UN Resolution 1701 over their territorial waters.
DHL, which is investing heavily to compete with UPS and FedEx in North America, had been offering trade automation services through a partnership with software provider Open Harbor. But a visit to DHL's website turns up a message informing customers that the company's Trade Automation Service is "undergoing further improvements."
Industry insiders say the service was taken offline due to the collapse of Open Harbor, whose assets were acquired by rival TradeBeam Holdings in December.
Executives at DHL and TradeBeam declined to comment on their relationship or on the implications of Open Harbor's demise.
I took measurements from a paced 60 yards from the near stage (there were two, one at each end of the open harbor
) 15-yards to the right of the dead center sound-tent.
Other early entrepreneurs also recognized the importance of Seward's year-round open harbor
. The town became the shipping point for raw materials headed Outside, including gold brought in over the Iditarod Trail, the historic overland route that was surveyed and established from Seward.
"Most new customers want a transaction-based model rather than a straight purchase with a big payment up front," says Beth Peterson, vice president, solutions marketing, for software vendor Open Harbor.
DHL, for example, recently partnered with Open Harbor, and FedEx Trade Networks is working with NextLinx.
Global trade management software is a relatively young product category that's dominated by a handful of vendors, including Vastera, NextLinx, Precision Software, TradePoint, and Open Harbor. Several other vendors have either abandoned that space or gone out of business in the last two years.
At Open Harbor in San Carlos, Calif., CEO and President Chris Erickson says he's seen shippers' interest in his company's products grow over the last year or so.
Huntons are not superyachts, but in today's climate of restrained opulence, they should have no trouble finding open harbors