Containerchain has announced the extension of its cooperative partnership with ocean carrier CMA CGM, which has agreed to implement the solution provider’s digital platform across its empty container depot network.
The CMA CGM-owned Progeco network, covering nations such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, began using Containerchain’s Depot Management System and Notifications products in 2018.
Following an increase in efficiency since integrating the Containerchain platform, Progeco has decided to roll out the solution to all of its remaining depots in Europe.
The depot management software handles all aspects of container depot operations, from gate management, inventory management, and container repair to fully automated billing and charging.
According to a statement, the management system will now be responsible for a combined total of 1.5 million gate moves annually.
Mark Wilkinson, Head of North Europe at Progeco, has stated that the rapid implementation of Containerchain across its depot network is expected to reduce congestion and help the company provide a superior level of service.
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Speaking about the extension of its partnership with Containerchain, Wilkinson said: “The initial motivation for us was the need to get a slot-booking system in place so that we could automate our gate-in procedure and make sure our haulier partners can get in and out as quickly as possible.
“The added value has come from a fully-featured Depot Management system that automates much of our back-office processes, including billing, M&R, and reporting.
“Once we saw what it could do in our Hamburg depot, we wanted it across our entire network so that everyone is working to the same efficient standard. In addition, we will also be implementing Containerchain’s eGate system across our network in a further drive to deliver efficiency at the gate.”
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Chris Collins, Chief Operating Officer at Containerchain, added: “We’re obviously thrilled to become the preferred digital platform provider for CMA CGM’s Progeco business.
“Their immediate productivity gains and cost reductions as a result of onboarding our platform have helped Progeco to become one of the best performing depot networks in Europe and we’re looking forward to seeing them go from strength to strength as we implement across their key markets.”