Our electronic world – is the digitisation of trade documents a natural progression?

Posted by Gemma Kimber

04 Sep 2014

20 years ago this month, a CD was sold on the internet for $12.48 plus shipping.*

Today, many of us buy goods online on a daily and weekly basis and this probably doesn’t sound like that big a deal. However, when you consider this was widely regarded as the world’s first secure online purchase, it demonstrates not just the importance of the event but also the implications for other types of electronic transactions.

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Bringing BPO to life – Will fresh interest from the banks lead to industry-wide adoption?

Posted by Gemma Kimber

21 Aug 2014

It’s over a year and a half since the release of the Universal Rules for Bank Payment Obligation (URBPO) by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Yet, despite a lot of initial interest – and many months of discussion – it is only in the last few months that we have begun to see a noticeable increase in the volume of requests for information (RFIs) and requests for proposal (RFPs) coming through, particularly from the banking industry.

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BHP Billiton, Cargill and Bolero discuss ePresentation and eBLs at GTR’s Asia Trade Finance Week

Posted by Gemma Kimber

19 Aug 2014

We’re delighted to announce that Bolero will be hosting another corporate case study at the upcoming GTR conference in Singapore. The event is one of GTR’s largest and most anticipated, with more than 600 trade and export finance leaders across the globe expected to attend the two days. Bolero’s CEO, Ian Kerr, will introduce BHP Billiton (BHPB) and Cargill to the stage to discuss their use of ePresentation and electronic Bills of Lading (eBLs) as a dual presentation.

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Sparing the trees – how electronic trade documents contribute to green credentials

Posted by Gemma Kimber

06 Aug 2014

In the years following the global economic downturn, corporate social responsibility (CSR) was less of a boardroom priority. However, as trading conditions have improved, more and more organisations have sought to find ways to trade in a more environmentally-friendly way, including corporate buyers, sellers and the wider carrier community.

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Carrier community recognises eBLs as new norm

Posted by Gemma Kimber

10 Jul 2014

By Aline Bezerra, Carrier Product Manager, Bolero International Ltd.

At our latest webinar, we asked members of the carrier community “do you believe the electronic bill of lading will replace the paper bill”. The response from every one of the 26 attendees that took part in the poll was “yes”.

What they didn’t agree on was when this would happen: 52% expected rapid adoption in the next 3-5 years while 47% more cautiously said it “wouldn’t be in the near future”.

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Trade finance networks: Don’t bank on standardisation – it’s all about delivering value

Posted by Gemma Kimber

26 Jun 2014

A few years ago, we reached late stage discussions with a major global bank. It was considering rolling out a global license of Bolero but all had gone quiet. Having met with a senior decision maker – who was very enthusiastic – we got to the bottom of the situation.

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BIMCO endorses eBLs over Bolero as standard practice

Posted by Gemma Kimber

05 Jun 2014

Consultations between the shipping association BIMCO and the industry have culminated in a new clause which will now appear as standard in agreements and effectively gives electronic Bills of Lading the same status as paper Bills of Lading under the terms of the charter party. Additionally, normal protection and indemnity insurance liabilities are covered to the same extent when using eBLs as their paper equivalent.

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Topics: Electronic Bill of Lading, ePresentation, Shipping, Electronic Documents, Logistics

Cloud and the enterprise – transforming trade operations

Posted by Gemma Kimber

23 May 2014

By Mark Harrap, VP Technology, Bolero International Ltd.

Ask a technology vendor, CIO or analyst to talk about the cloud and you can expect a lengthy dialogue. Yet, at its core, the biggest advantage of the cloud for enterprise clients lies in obtaining on-demand access to high-performance, secure and scalable infrastructure and associated services.

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Topics: Carriers, Banks, Corporates, Thought Leadership, Technology, Electronic Documents, Fraud

The Importer's Perspective: Baosteel's CFO discusses benefits of Bolero's ePresentation solution

Posted by Gemma Kimber

20 May 2014

Company Profile
Group Corporation is a typical enterprise arising from China’s reform and opening-up. After over 30 years of development, Baosteel has grown into China’s most competitive iron and steel group with the highest level of modernisation, producing 43.83 million tonnes of steel in 2012.

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Time to shine: Taking ePresentation into the mainstream

Posted by Gemma Kimber

09 May 2014

While businesses have been interested in finding solutions to take paper out of international trade chains for twenty years or more, it’s only recently that success stories in large corporates have prompted others to sit up and take notice. In many cases, firms have been playing a wait-and-see game, understandably reluctant to jump in too soon.

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Topics: ePresentation, Thought Leadership, Technology, Electronic Documents