What's behind the #digitization of the bill of lading?
Check out the interview of our developer Hauke Precht and get a first insight into the future of maritime, completely paperless software solution!
We are proud to announce that Darius P. Pallus joins HAPTIK from now on! 🎉 🎉 😃 😃
This year we were once again able to present HAPTIK to professional audiences, make new high-quality contacts and demonstrate the need for the #digitization of the bill of lading and turning them into true #ebl. 💪💪
Looking back, we can reflect on some great #successes. To name just a few significant ones:
- The HAPTIK project was transferred to the #EXIST research transfer, which is funded by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz. The goal is turning HAPTIK into a #startup and enter the market for eBL's 🎉🎊🎉
- HAPTIK won the "Digital Transformation Best Practice Award" of the CIO Online magazine 🎖🎖
- The team has demonstrated the #innovation and #relevance of HAPTIK and the digitization of the bill of lading at numerous events. For example, at the Tage der digitalen Technologien (Days of Digital Technologies) and the #BMWK's "Smarte Datenwirtschaft (Smart Data Economy)" event ✨ ✨
The project was presented at the #G7 Expert Workshop on digital communication in freight transport 🗣 👥
For us, 2022 was associated with many tasks and #challenges that had to be mastered. We are looking forward to the many new challenges in the new year, which certainly await us and which will help us to grow.
You can already expect the first great news in the first few days of the new year😉
At this point, naturally, we would also like to take the opportunity to #thank everyone who has supported HAPTIK and continues to do so. 🤜 🤛 ❤
Together we will drive the #madeingermany digitization of the bill of lading forward! 📝 -->💻
Wishing everyone the best
Your Team HAPTIK 🥂
Facing the COVID-19 pandemic and its broad effects on almost everyone's work and workplace, we are all confronted with a new need for flexibility and rethinking. The majority of employees in the trade business are currently working from home, which means that many processes needed amendment. In most cases, that means, that IT-departments were working on providing digital solutions for communication and managed intersections to all those new home offices. But when it comes to trade financing, things become more complex, and legal barriers prohibit full digitization of the process.
Until now, only a few countries allow the usage of electronic trade documents. The vast majority still requires hard-copy trade documents to be sent to the banks, where they need to be checked by their staff. Although international trade rules have already implied such clauses for electronic documents, many countries missed to include them into national law so far. Especially in these times, digitization of document processing is more urgent than ever before.
Also the ICC acknowledged the urge and published the "ICC memo to governments and central banks on essential steps to safeguard trade finance operations" to strongly appeal for an internationally accepted use of electronic trade documentation. The gap that exists between international regulations and most national legislations needs to be closed to reach international allowance. As we have faced so many changes in our working environment in the past few weeks, we get to experience that quick reactions towards digital processes are possible. Companies and employees managed to enable work from home, and now it is time for governments to follow.
Since Germany already included a clause for electronic bills of lading a few years ago, HAPTIK is preparing a platform to provide legally conform electronic B/Ls. The German Commercial Code requires functional equivalence to paper-based B/Ls, which will be implemented by a constant attendance of our lawyers throughout the software development. Compliant programming, i.e. the legally compliant programming of software, can only succeed if the software developers are fully informed about the legal implications. Our decentral approach will lead to further trust since there is no single point of failure, and no data will leak to external parties.
Besides all the terrible influences that this pandemic has, we might take some of the struggles and turn it into something useful. Being forced to digitize a running business within only a few days or weeks has been a challenge for many companies. But while we all (slowly) start to get used to it, we can begin to see the advantages and think of which we can keep beyond the quarantine. A digitized bill of lading process saves time, money and environmental resources. Now is the time to leave hard-copy trade documents behind and switch to digital processes. If you are interested in HAPTIK and require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on LinkedIn or via E-Mail.
We are still amazed by how our conference "Digitization: Future Maritime Law" has striked a chord. It was our very first time to not only participate in such an event, but take over the organization next to the Universität Hamburg. To then see a fully occupied room, hear interesting discussions and finally receive such a great feedback, has by far been more than we expected.
Thank you to everyone that came along and especially to our speakers that shared their expertise. Get ready for another edition next year, because so are we!
Last month we had the opportunity to take part in the 20. Herbstakademie in Bremen. After a great opening in the townhall of Bremen, moderated by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Taeger, Prof. Dr. Dieter Dörr and state council Henning Lühr, we started off into three days of scientific exchange and sharing ideas on #digitization, #databreach, #IoT, #GDPR etc. On Friday our team member Thomas Janicki has been the first one to go and pointed out the interrelation of #digitization and #demographicchange in means of #dataprotection. Later Hauke Precht and David Saive illustrated the role of jurists in the #scrumprocess.
Looking back at our very first #haptik Workshop, which has been a thorough success! All insights we could gain, input we could give and new contacts we could establish made this day very special. Thanks to all participants and especially to the Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland e. V., who helped us organize this event.