As Infrastructure Week begins, GE's "In the Wild" series gives an inside look at the partnership that helps goods reach consumers faster
LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2017 - (NYSE:GE) - Last November, GE Transportation and the Port of Los Angeles announced a partnership to develop a first-of-its-kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port. Since, the partners have been working together to build a platform that digitizes maritime shipping data and makes it available to cargo owners and supply chain operators through secure, channeled access.
As Infrastructure Week begins nationwide, the digital solution has launched on a pilot basis at APM Terminals with Maersk Shipping Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company. Major retailers such as The Home Depot and Lowe’s, among others, are participating in the project. It promises to provide not only advanced visibility but a collaborative view of data for all the stakeholders across the ocean supply chain. Initial performance results from the pilot are expected in July.
"By working together to share data in a secure and controlled environment, we have already seen the potential for tremendous benefits for importers, truckers, shipping lines, terminals, chassis providers and the entire supply chain," said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. "Greater insight leads to better planning and lower cost, all of which have a direct impact on every company that is involved in international trade."
To illuminate the complex operations of America’s largest container port and the transformational benefits of this digital solution, GE gave Alie Ward and Adam Savage first access as part of it’s new In the Wild web series. The episode shows how disparate data sources are being integrated from players across the supply chain to create a single source of information for the entire shipping process.
It also shows how port operators are working with the Port of Los Angeles to execute the pilot, by sharing information and gaining earlier visibility and increased efficiency into how cargo moves into, within and out of the port for shippers, terminal operators, trucks, and railroads.
"Our work with the Port of Los Angeles has the potential to transform how ports across the country, and even the world, operate, driving productivity from ship to shore and from the terminal to the customer," said Jamie Miller, GE Transportation president and CEO. "It’s an honor to partner together on a game-changing solution that could have industry wide implications."
For ongoing updates about the pilot, visit http://getransportation.com/port-of-la.
About GE Transportation
At GE Transportation, we are in the business of realizing potential. We are a global technology leader and supplier of equipment, services and solutions to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. Our innovations help customers deliver goods and services with greater speed and savings using our advanced manufacturing techniques and connected machines. Our digital solutions, which provide data-driven insights to improve efficiency, utilize Predix - GE’s cloud-based operating system for the Industrial Internet. Established more than a century ago, GE Transportation is a division of the General Electric Company that began as a pioneer in passenger and freight locomotives. That innovative spirit still drives GE Transportation today and is strengthened by our ability to serve customers more holistically through the GE Store – a global exchange of knowledge, technology and tools across all GE businesses that ultimately provides better outcomes for customers. GE Transportation is headquartered in Chicago, IL, and employs approximately 10,000 employees worldwide.
About the Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles, America’s Port® and the premier gateway for international commerce, is located in San Pedro Bay, 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. This thriving seaport not only sustains its competitive edge with record-setting cargo operations, but is also known for groundbreaking environmental initiatives, progressive security measures, diverse recreational and educational facilities, and emerging LA Waterfront. The Port of Los Angeles encompasses 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront. It features 27 passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, breakbulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, multi-use, and warehouse facilities that handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year.