Polaris Transport: charting a course to next-gen logistics

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|Aug 6|magazine4 min read

(Norwich, UK, 06/08/2019)

Polaris Transport, a leading Canadian cross-border LTL solutions provider, is undergoing an innovative journey in partnership with its newly-formed digital transformation unit, NorthStar Digital Solutions (NDS). “It’s not uncommon that, under one IT wing, things can quickly become disjointed – IT begins to manage network, infrastructure, application, and helpdesk which distracts from a focused transformation,” explains Dave Brajkovich, CTO at Polaris Transport, in his interview with Business Chief Canada. “We saw an opportunity to drive technology and optimization as a separate entity, and become a profit center that can take the solutions we’re providing to Polaris and package them up as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for transportation and customs brokerage clients, and beyond.”

Through a combination of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), the Internet of Things (IoT), automation tech and more, Polaris and NorthStar are developing and implementing some of the industry’s most cutting-edge solutions. The company is currently exploring a means to maximize visibility for clients across the logistics process through IoT connectivity and the exciting prospect of disposable GPS tracking devices. “We’re working with a couple of GPS manufacturers to develop a disposable GPS tracking device that we could directly tag to the freight, as well as working with telco companies that could provide us with low-cost cell coverage at a palatable price point that clients can absorb,” enthuses Brajkovich. “In return, they would get active tracking at the freight level.”

For more on the pioneering digital transformation efforts of Polaris Transport and NorthStar Digital Solutions, the full article can be found in the August issue of Business Chief Canada.