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Unitrans launches Centre of Excellence to enhance African supply chain solutions

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Jacques Greeff, Executive of Solutions at Unitrans: “With the integration of advanced predictive analytics tools and large-scale data analysis, it is conceivable that the supply chain industry could not only reduce operational risks but potentially eradicate them altogether.”
Jacques Greeff, Executive of Solutions at Unitrans: “With the integration of advanced predictive analytics tools and large-scale data analysis, it is conceivable that the supply chain industry could not only reduce operational risks but potentially eradicate them altogether.”

Cost efficiencies and safety – for both drivers and vehicles – are primary considerations for any logistics or freight company and Unitrans has taken this to a new level with the launch of its newly upgraded Centre of Excellence (COE).

“The launch of our upgraded COE marks a significant milestone for Unitrans and the industry as a whole,” says Jacques Greeff, Executive of Solutions at Unitrans. “We are thrilled to unveil this state-of-the-art facility that will drive value creation and operational excellence for our clients across Africa.”

The modern supply chain is driven by ‘big data’ with information coming directly from trucks on the road, fleet management systems and other services. The COE collects and analyses this data and provides real-time solutions and information to all relevant departments, as well as to drivers on the road – for example, instant route changes to avoid traffic jams and the like.

By harnessing the power of technology through the COE, Unitrans is able to process large-scale data into actionable business intelligence.

You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered a NASA space rocket control room when you walk into Unitrans’ upgraded Centre of Excellence. Who would have ever thought years ago that truck operations would reach this level of operational expertise?
You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered a NASA space rocket control room when you walk into Unitrans’ upgraded Centre of Excellence. Who would have ever thought years ago that truck operations would reach this level of operational expertise?

“Our focus is on empowering our clients with real-time insights and predictive analytics that drive informed decision-making and enhance overall operational performance,” says Greeff. “Through our centralised platform and data-driven approach, we are unlocking new possibilities for supply chain optimisation and cost efficiency.”

Unitrans is committed to developing bespoke solutions to provide optimal results for its customers. “We believe that the future of supply chain management lies in the integration of data-driven insights and advanced technology and our COE is designed to be a game-changer, offering our clients a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving marketplace.”

Greeff describes the COE as an enabling tool that serves to optimise operations, mitigate risks and enhance safety and security measures – ultimately contributing to the increased efficiencies of its customers’ supply chains. Some of the tangible benefits of the COE include fleet optimisation, reduced standing times and an overall boost in vehicle efficiency. While none of these concepts are new, the Unitrans COE uniquely balances risk mitigation imperatives and efficiency targets with sustainability objectives. 

Predictive analytics 

Predictive analytics means leveraging historical and real-time data to forecast future outcomes. By analysing large-scale data sets, businesses can gain valuable insights into patterns, trends and potential risks, allowing them to make informed decisions and mitigate operational challenges effectively.

Some of the tangible benefits of Unitrans’ Centre of Excellence include fleet optimisation, reduced standing times and an overall boost in vehicle efficiency. It’s a state-of-the art facility.
Some of the tangible benefits of Unitrans’ Centre of Excellence include fleet optimisation, reduced standing times and an overall boost in vehicle efficiency. It’s a state-of-the art facility.

In the context of a logistics business, predictive analytics can transform risk management practices by identifying potential issues before they escalate, reducing operational risks and improving operational cost efficiency significantly.

Through the continuous analysis of data related to factors such as weather conditions, traffic patterns, equipment maintenance and driver behaviour, transport and logistics companies can proactively address potential problems and optimise their operations for efficiency, safety and sustainability. 

“Ultimately, with the integration of advanced predictive analytics tools and large-scale data analysis, it is conceivable the supply chain industry could not only reduce operational risks but potentially eradicate them altogether,” says Greeff.

Who was it that said “Big Data is the new gold”. Seems Unitrans is mining this gold through this new state-of-the-art centre.

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