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Transnet partners with GE Transportation to digitise SA supply chain
Transnet partners with GE Transportation to digitise SA supply chain

Transnet partners with GE Transportation to digitise SA supply chain

FMCG SUPPLIER NEWS - Nov 21st 2016, 08:33

Transnet, the custodian of South Africa's rail, ports and pipeline networks, has partnered with GE Transportation to create a digital solution connecting shippers and transport operators seamlessly and enabling the efficient transportation of goods. 

The company operates eight commercial ports across the 3,300km of South Africa's coastline, 30,300 km of rail network and some 3,800 km of pipeline carrying gas and liquid fuels.

Africa’s intracontinental trade has nearly doubled since 1995, and the increasing volume of goods moving through the supply chain is creating transportation and logistical complexities that slow down shipments. To ensure goods reach consumers and businesses more efficiently, Transnet, together with GE Transportation, is implementing a digital solution powered by GE’s Predix, the first operating system for the industrial internet.

An on-demand solution

It will seamlessly connect shippers and transport operators by providing real-time, data-driven insights on the status of shipments. It takes laborious processes, like payment, customs and inspection, from paper to digital, and creates an on-demand solution for transporting freight inspired by consumer on-demand transportation models.

“Optimising the speed and effectiveness of our supply chain is critical to improving our economy’s health and competitiveness,” said Transnet Group Chief Executive, Siyabonga Gama. “Our partnership with GE Transportation is an important step in moving our operations forward and overcoming our biggest shipping challenges.”

Digitising transportation

The platform will enable Transnet and its partners to bring products to market faster and for less cost across the vast African landscape, ultimately increasing the opportunity for cross-border trade. It will also digitise transportation and logistics across rail, trucks and ships, encouraging seamless integration throughout the entire supply chain.

“We’re committed to leveraging our digital expertise to drive forward industries and local markets worldwide,” said Jamie Miller, president and CEO, GE Transportation. “We have a rich history of partnership with Transnet, and are excited to continue working with them to unlock game-changing potential for the local supply chain that is at the heart of Africa’s global economy.”

"Transnet and GE Transportation have partnered since 2009 to manufacture and deliver over 230 Evolution Series diesel-electric locomotives, including the “most African” locomotive, which featured 55 percent locally produced content."All rights reserved ©. 

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