Due to positive feedback from supply chain partners, the San Pedro Bay ports plan to continue working with General Electric (GE)’s transportation division to develop its Port Optimizer platform, a data-sharing program that aims to improve the efficiency of the supply chain.
Noel Hacegaba, deputy executive director of operations and administration at the Port of Long Beach, explained that the cloud-based platform allows users to track cargo at different points in the supply chain. Data is entered into the Port Optimizer by multiple entities, such as the terminal operators, shipping lines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Supply chain stakeholders are able to access the program online with views customized to fit their needs. The Port Optimizer gives each company tasked with moving cargo advanced notice of its arrival and destination points.
Hacegaba compared the Port Optimizer to Expedia, a travel platform that enables users to book flights, make hotel reservations and rent a car through one website. “The Port Optimizer brings the same streamlined advantages to the supply chain,” he commented.
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