GREAT NEWS FOR SA RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS

September 15, 2016 |
SARetailers GREAT NEWS FOR SA RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS

Image Source: Transnet Port Terminals

TNPA to implement new e-commerce platform for SA ports

In another step to digitalise South Africa’s port operations and transform ports into ‘SMART People’s Ports’, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will replace the nine-year-old Ports Online system which customers previously used for online submission of cargo documentation, with a fully integrated e-commerce platform. The new Order to Cash initiative is expected to go live in April 2017.

TNPA chief financial officer and executive sponsor of the project, Mohammed Abdool, said: “Ports Online had significantly reduced the manual capturing process and the time taken to conclude the online order processing cycle. The aim now is to cater for the changing needs of TNPA ports and customers by creating a better customer experience through improved visibility across various interactions with the port authority.”

NEW TECHNOLOGY

Abdool said a formal project team had commenced with the design of the new system and during the course of the next few months, engagements would take place with customers and other stakeholders through existing structures, business forums, and customer sessions. The new technology will provide an e-commerce platform with advanced customer relationship management and electronically enabled customer order management on a single in-memory computing platform powered by the more modern, much-vaunted SAP HANA.                                                                                             .

Customers will be able to interact with TNPA across various channels including TNPA’s call center and online. The platform also offers self-service functionality for       customers, where they can log in, maintain their own profiles, place sales orders, view current credit limits and view and download invoices and statements.

Executive sponsor, technical and chief information officer, information systems, Mmutle Lentle said: “Like the Integrated Port Management System (IPMS) which TNPA introduced last year, Order to Cash will see Transnet create further visibility of port processes to enable transparency and better-integrated planning between all port stakeholders.”

Under the R300-plus billion Transnet Market Demand Strategy, TNPA is investing in various resources and technology solutions to improve the operational performance of its ports. Recent technology advances include the IPMS which automates key marine processes across TNPA ports and the roll-out of port operations center’s equipped with advanced ICT systems. TNPA will also be introducing technologies for the management of port interfaces with rail, road and other trading partners in the ports ecosystem at a later stage.

Chief executive Richard Vallihu said: “Global ports must embrace digital technologies and data analytics to remain competitive and to make monitoring, tracking, evaluating and optimising more efficient for both the port authority and the customer.”

The benefits of the new Order to Cash system include:

  • Significant reduction in manual processing of orders
  • E-commerce platform with seamless customer interaction independent of the mode of engagement with TNPA
  • End to end visibility of the entire sales order and query handling processes
  • Provide customer specific information online and 24/7
  • Streamlined and optimised back-office processes across the entire value chain
  • Provide channel to allow the updating of various required parts for the Joint Operations Centers for planning, monitoring and reporting of the port value chain.

 http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/586/150767.html

 

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