Good systems are essential in running a smooth container yard operation but at the Gaborone Container Terminal (Gabcon) in Botswana it was a game changer.
“The decision to team up with Macro 2000 has greatly benefitted our business,” said Gabcon’s Oratile Lebang. “Not only did they tailor their container yard management software to our needs but they continue to work hand-in-hand with us to ensure that the programme remains appropriate to our needs.”
Growing the terminal has been a top priority for the inland port operators in the past few years. The decision to invest in good Container yard management software has allowed them to embark more successfully on this strategy.
“We realised the necessity for a good system very quickly more so in the light of our growth strategy and about two years ago we brought Macro 2000 on board,” said Lebang. “Anthea van Breemen and her team have made all the difference. They have delivered a product that addresses our needs specifically enabling us to have far better control over the container yard that has in turn allowed us to focus on growing our business.”
According to Van Breemen, who has extended the Macro 2000 Container Management Software extensively since its inception, this is an essential part of technology delivery. “When it comes to warehousing and container yards it is ultimately about customer satisfaction,” she told FTW. “You have to be able to give your customer exactly what they need and then make sure this is maintained.”
It is for this reason that ongoing research and development into software is necessary, said Van Breemen.
At Gabcon the software not only manages empty containers full import and export containers.
“With this system we have managed to bring efficiency into our business as operations are far more streamlined than before,” said Lebang. “We know exactly what is coming in and out of the terminal and are able to manage it appropriately.”
She said the system is also upgraded as and when needed allowing it to keep pace with the ever-changing business environment.