On 17th November 2015, the LOGISA consortium, signed a grant agreement with the Logistics Innovation for Trade (LIFT) Challenge Fund to implement their project, titled Logistics Innovation and Information System East Africa (LOGISA).
The LOGISA consortium will establish an East African supply chain platform that will comprise several modules geared to offer customers the best solution for their transport requirements, based on predefined transport, safety and quality criteria. Shippers that have access to the platform will be able to request quotes for transport services (including handling, insurance, warehousing, etc.) to closed user groups of service providers. Once the quote is accepted the transport orders can be executed and full track-and-trace options will guide the transport and related documents towards their final destination.
The LOGISA project also delivers a so-called community system that focuses on supporting the interactions between users and organisations. Any content such as blogs, articles, ideas, events, wikis, tasks etc. can be shared, commented on, liked, rated and distributed to a wider audience, etc. The LOGISA community part will eventually be available for all individuals who are participating in the transport and logistics system, thereby creating a ‘voice of the market’. Secondly, it allows access to all parties, be they big multinational companies, SMEs or even individuals to a forum where they can exchange knowledge, ideas, practicalities and use the online customer service modules.
LOGISA also aims to improve the work environment for women and unskilled labourers while improving service ‘quality’ and other social aspects of doing business through a sharing and nurturing of knowledge and expertise amongst all layers of the population. LOGISA will act as a catalyst to promote business thereby providing higher levels of logistic services, throughout the supply chain, which will increase the business attractiveness of the entire East African region.
“Ultimately the use of the LOGISA system will lead to increased efficiencies in the transport and logistics sector and an anticipated 10-15% reduction of transport costs when valued in costs per tonne per kilometre. This should in turn trigger a growth of cargo volumes.”
– Paul Swaak, CEO TransportLAB.
The LOGISA consortium consists of:
DSM Corridor Group (Dar es Salaam), TransportLAB (The Netherlands) and Cofano Software Solutions (The Netherlands).