SOURCE: GT Nexus, Inc.

GT Nexus, Inc.

September 08, 2010 06:05 ET

World Food Programme Turns to GT Nexus for Logistics Visibility and Supply Network Agility

Cloud-Based Technology Platform Helps World's Largest Humanitarian Agency Manage Complex, Constantly Changing Global Logistics Network

HAMBURG, GERMANY--(Marketwire - September 8, 2010) -  GT Nexus today announced that the World Food Programme (WFP) has successfully deployed a global logistics visibility platform to better manage the organization's vast network of food deliveries around the world. The platform went live in 2009 and is now operational globally.

Part of the United Nations and headquartered in Rome, Italy, the WFP operates in 78 countries and employs over 12,000. Each year, the WFP ships over 4 million tons of relief supplies to where they are needed most. The organization supports populations suffering from famine, conflict and emergencies like natural disasters.

"We run a complex global supply chain that needs to be highly agile and nimble, capable of delivering the right mix of supplies to very remote and inaccessible locations," said Stephen Cahill, head of operations at the World Food Programme. "Cargo visibility is the cornerstone to running an agile network and GT Nexus is central to our strategy."

"When the WFP approached us about helping them out, we decided to make the platform available at no cost," said Andy Stinnes, managing director of GT Nexus Europe. "While they feed millions of people every day, they also must rapidly shift into emergency relief mode when disaster strikes. The visibility and control we provide makes them more nimble and responsive to their customers, those who are in need. We are happy to be part of it."

"Each emergency is unique and has its own constraints, and WFP works closely with other UN agencies to identify the specific needs and requirements," added Cahill. "Different populations all have their traditional diets which we try to respect. In addition, if there is no access to clean water, then rice is not an option. And, if there is no fuel we must rule out food that requires long cooking times."

For any organization, cargo visibility is fundamental to being responsive and agile. GT Nexus not only provides status of shipments in real time, but also pushes information to supply chain participants through exceptions and alerts. Historical data in GT Nexus can also be used to adjust plans or plan for different scenarios.

Agility is further enabled through the presence of a pre-existing network of logistics providers on GT Nexus. As the WFP responds to emergencies, they can rapidly change their partner mix since most are connected to and active on GT Nexus, supporting other customers.

The entire platform is provided in the cloud, over the Internet. The partner network and applications are hosted and managed by GT Nexus. Customers access the platform through standard Web browsers, which is especially important for an organization like the WFP because the majority of their field personnel are located in places with limited technology infrastructure.

About the World Food Programme

As the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, WFP is continually responding to emergencies. We save lives by getting food to the hungry fast. But WFP also works to help prevent hunger in the future. We do this through programs that use food as a means to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities. This helps communities become more food secure. WFP has developed expertise in a range of areas including Food Security Analysis, Nutrition, Food Procurement and Logistics to ensure the best solutions for the world's hungry. WFP operations reached just over 102 million people with food assistance in 2008. The beneficiaries were in 78 countries. For more information, visit www.wfp.org.

About GT Nexus
GT Nexus is the cloud-based technology platform that enables efficiency and agility across the global supply chain. Today, more than 40,000 registered users, from over 15,000 organizations collaborate on the platform to optimize the global flow of goods and trade information from order point to final payment. GT Nexus also connects the physical and financial supply chains. This allows buyers, sellers, banks and logistics providers to work over a common platform with a core set of information that supports multiple trade and logistics functions. Customers include Xerox, Nestlé, Sears, Procter & Gamble, Del Monte, CNH and The Home Depot. For information, visit www.gtnexus.com.

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