The LOGISA consortium, consisting of TransportLAB and Cofano Software Solutions, was awarded a grant by the Logistics Innovation for Trade (LIFT) Challenge Fund in November 2015 to implement their project of establishing 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.) from 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, giving alerts when the transport is not executed according to the agreed planning, at status changes, or when the transport enters certain geo-fenced areas.
The LOGISA project will also deliver 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 of the system will eventually be available for all individuals and organisations who are participating in the transport and logistics system, thereby creating a ‘voice of the market’. Secondly, it will allow access to all parties, whether they are big multinational companies, SMEs, trade – and branche organisations (like TATOA, TPSF, Chamber of Commerce etc.) to create their own communities where they can exchange knowledge, ideas, practicalities, build a WIKI knowledge base etc. for their stakeholders.
The project implementation is structured into 6 milestones:
The implementation of this project will help to promote freight and logistic development in East Africa and have significant economic and social impacts. It will offer equal access to enhanced logistics services for all supply chain companies while also creating transparency and trust between them.
“Ultimately the use of the LOGISA system will lead to what we call: YOUR SOCIAL SUPPLY CHAIN. A smart supply chain system to execute sustainable transports, supported by a wide variety of relevant and active online communities, bringing together the accumulated knowledge of all involved organisations on a social friendly manner”
– Paul Swaak, CEO TransportLAB.
Progress can be followed at www.transportlab.org or you may join the (beta) community at community.logisa.org. Furthermore, you may have a look at LOGISA infographic which can be found at http://community.logisa.org/spaces/2/logisa-public/video/pswaak/wall-videos/1597/logisa-infographic