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Paul Mallon

WiseTech Global

Commercial Executive

Bolero has built a strong reputation and a market leadership position in driving the digitization of global trade documents.

A maritime lawyer with a specialization in bills of lading, Paul was a co-founder of Bolero and was responsible for devising its ground-breaking Rulebook which ensures the functional and legal equivalence of electronic bills of lading. A leader in the field for more than 20 years, Paul has extensive experience in trade, maritime and cloud technology.

WiseTech Global acquired Bolero in 2022, extending its digital documents offering to further enhance WiseTech’s position as a market leading provider of software to the logistics services industry globally. Across 170 countries, WiseTech’s software enables logistics service providers to facilitate the movement and storage of goods and information domestically and internationally.

Sessions With Paul Mallon

Tuesday, 28 February

  • 04:00pm - 04:45pm (PST) / 01/mar/2023 12:00 am - 01/mar/2023 12:45 am

    The eBL Inflection Point

    An electronic bill of lading sounds like such a reasonable and practical idea that it's difficult to understand why there has been so little adoption of them. The world has dispensed with paper versions of documents in dozens of high-values, high-importance scenarios, including bidding on houses. Yet eBLs account for only a tiny percentage of overall bills of lading each year. The barriers to adoption actually are numerous: no single eBL product; diverse pilots involving different container lines; unique banking regulations in each country touching international shipments; and a lack of priority among shippers to force service providers to change. In 2022, however, some strides were made that might end up being seen as a true fork in the road. The Digital Container Shipping Association convened numerous eBL software vendors in a pilot that seeks to create interoperability among the various products. This is key because shippers don't want to be forced into several eBL formats depending on the shipping lines they use. And progress has come in terms of making banks more comfortable with the creation and transfer of eBLs. This session will dig into where the industry is, how vendors that are competitive with each other can work together to drive adoption of eBLs, and the role shippers can play in driving broader use of eBLs.