November 05, 2018

GE Transportation Port Optimizer Technology Pilot Project Demonstrates Efficiency Improvements at Port of Long Beach

  • GE Transportation and Port of Long Beach technology pilot results include advanced visibility of incoming cargo, with 14+ days faster access to information
  • Port Optimizer pilot participants advocate expanded usage of the platform across the greater San Pedro Bay port complex
  • New features help lead to improved turn times while increasing throughput as well as more productive turns; leading to increased supply chain performance

CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 5, 2018GE Transportation (NYSE:GE) and the Port of Long Beach have recently completed a three-month technology pilot to improve cargo flow at the busiest port complex in North America. The initial outcomes of the pilot include proven advanced visibility of incoming cargo, with 14+ days faster access to information; improved turn times while increasing throughput; and more productive turns; all leading to increased supply chain performance.  Equally as important, the pilot deepened technology and stakeholder collaborations.  Pilot participants are excited about the opportunity to expand usage of the platform across the greater San Pedro Bay port complex following the system’s debut at the Port of Los Angeles last year.

“Many of our industry’s inefficiencies are the result of a lack of transparency between stakeholders, which creates an inability to plan operations in advance,” explains Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association. “On a typical day, a trucker/dispatcher will need to access more than 40 websites to facilitate their operations in the port. This system will aggregate data from all stakeholders, condense it in one single access point, and allow truckers to begin planning their operations at least 10 days in advance of containers being ready for pick-up. This portal has the potential to solve many of the problems we deal with today.”

Port Optimizer enhances cargo flow as participating terminal operators and other stakeholders receive much improved advance notice of cargo arrival, coordinated with data on the availability of equipment, labor and other resources needed to move that cargo through the supply chain.

“Instead of relying on decentralized systems and partners for our inbound visibility, GE’s Port Optimizer presents great potential in providing real-time information regarding our time-sensitive imports through platform functionality including:  vessel tracking, vessel operational status, container availability status, empty container management, and chassis inventory,” says Donna Servais, Sr. Director, International Logistics & Direct Import Operations, Office Depot, Inc. “In partnership, these functionalities will work together to drive more effective forecasting, better asset management, and greater flexibility within any organization’s Supply Chain.”

For the Port of Long Beach pilot, GE launched additional Port Optimizer functionality for marine terminal operator and landside transportation integrations, to facilitate better planning and gate transactions.  For example, GE expanded drayage final mile capabilities through a collaboration with Envio 360 that enables real-time, port-to-door visibility to bring goods to market in a more reliable and predictable manner.

“Integrating the Envio 360 Drayage Optimization Platform enhances Port Optimizer’s capabilities to deliver greater supply chain visibility and response,” said says Jennifer Schopfer, Vice President and General Manager of GE Transportation Transport Logistics.  “Standardized and real-time intermodal drayage data enables better capacity management and utilization, with visibility to intermodal container drayage at maritime ports, railroad networks and yards, and intermodal terminals, to increase supply chain reliability and improve planning.”

The Port of Long Beach Board of Commissioners will be reviewing the results of the pilot in the coming weeks.

“We were very pleased with the level of participation and engagement from our customers and supply chain stakeholders during the pilot demonstration,” said Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive/COO at the Port of Long Beach. “We look forward reviewing the results of the pilot with our Board and determining the next steps in our participation in the Port Optimizer portal.”

About GE Transportation

GE Transportation helps move the world and improve the world, as a global technology leader and supplier of equipment, services and digital solutions to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. GE Transportation’s innovations help customers deliver goods and services with greater speed and savings using advanced digital solutions, manufacturing techniques and connected machines. The company employs approximately 9,000 employees worldwide.

About the Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. The second-busiest container port in the U.S., Long Beach is served by 175 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports worldwide. Customer service, community engagement and environmental sustainability are at the core of the Port’s operations.

About Envio, Inc.
The Envio 360 optimization platform harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to manage the complex reality of intermodal container drayage. Envio 360 automatically evaluates the best strategic plan for hundreds of containers, every second, to ensure the best assignments for efficiency and on-time performance. Users achieve real-time, 100% visibility across their entire container drayage network.  Intermodal trucking companies, logistics providers, shippers and ocean and rail carriers gain connectivity, visibility and performance gains from Envio 360.

GE Media Contact:
Deia Campanelli, deia.campanelli@ge.com or 773-297-0482

Port of Long Beach Media Contact:
Lee Peterson, lee.peterson@polb.com or 562-519-2177

Envio, Inc. Media Contact:
Larry Cuddy, Jr., lcuddy@envio360.com or 657-845-9417

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