News — October 30, 2018

You don’t have to spend top bucks for a PCS

The term Port Community System (PCS) means different things depending on what part of the world you are in, even which part of the supply chain you are a part of. However, every single actor in the logistics supply chain will agree that some of the most desired goals desired when adopting software in an already matured domain as this one is (and I suppose these are shared objectives to any business process):

Visibility: People need to look at information to make informed decisions. Should I get more labour for this shift in the terminal? Should I send another truck to pick up a container? Should I go and buy another slot in the vessel? These are simple questions that should be sorted out by a combination of info coming from different sources.

Efficiency: At the end of the day, the cost savings and the improvement in throughput are the gold in our industry, hence if a software tool can improve efficiency (truck dwell times, TTT, dual runs), then that’s the tool you should have in your pocket!

Integration: The logistics domain’s complexity lies in the fact that there are numerous actors with clashing needs interacting in real time. However, they all need to move a cargo from A to B, then by offering an integration layer where a piece of information can be transmitted between them is again, highly appreciated.

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