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Transnet, GE Transportation partner to digitize supply chain in South Africa

LBR Staff Writer Published 16 November 2016

South Africa’s state-owned freight and logistics firm Transnet has collaborated with GE Transportation to digitize supply chain in the country.

The partnership will create a digital solution to connect shippers and transport operators, helping to move goods effectively.

Transnet operates eight commercial ports across the 3300km of coastline in South Africa, in addition to 30,300 km of rail network and around 3,800 km of pipeline carrying gas and liquid fuels.

Transnet is implementing GE’s Predix digital solution, which is the first operating system for the Industrial Internet.

The digital solution will link shippers and transport operators through offering real-time and data-driven insights on the status of shipments.

It will be used to carry out laborious processes such as payment, customs and inspection ranging from paper to digital.

According to GE, the solution helps to create an on-demand solution for transporting freight, which is based on consumer on-demand transportation models.

The platform will allow Transnet and its partners to increase cross-border trade, as well as reduce cost across the African landscape.

In addition, it will enable to digitize transportation and logistics across rail, trucks and ships, increasing seamless integration across the entire supply chain.

Transnet Group chief executive Siyabonga Gama said: “Optimizing the speed and effectiveness of our supply chain is critical to improving our economy’s health and competitiveness.”

GE Transportation president and CEO Jamie Miller said: “We’re committed to leveraging our digital expertise to drive forward industries and local markets worldwide.

“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.” 

Image: Transnet has partnered with GE Transportation to digitize supply chain in South Africa. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.