May 17, 2020

Tampa Port Authority at IPO Global Pineapple Conference

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The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) is blazing new trails into the fresh fruit service and logistics chain and will participate as a sponsor of the IPO Glob...

The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) is blazing new trails into the fresh fruit service and logistics chain and will participate as

 a sponsor of the IPO Global Pineapple Conference, an annual program of the International Pineapple Organization (IPO), to be held November 1, at the San José Marriott Hotel, in San José, Costa Rica.

As part of the port authority’s participation in the conference, Raul Alfonso, the TPA’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will take part in a panel discussion on the fresh produce industry’s long-standing logistics and distribution challenges, with the port’s new business partner, Green Express. Just last month, the port authority signed a letter of intent with Green Express to develop an express rail service for refrigerated cargoes between the Port of Tampa and the American Midwest market.

he agreement addresses the development of an on-dock transload and rail-served facility connecting Tampa to the Midwest region, offering great efficiencies to the food and agricultural industry in Florida and the Midwest markets, as well as providing ocean carriers serving these markets with a more efficient option.


 “I am extremely honored to be a part of a panel to talk openly about challenges facing the fresh produce industry and how we can work together as service and logistics professionals to create greater efficiencies, such as what we are venturing to do with our partners Green Express and Iowa Pacific Holdings, in Tampa. It’s very exciting to be a part of meaningful dialog in an open forum that will spark new ideas and result in increased business opportunities for all involved,” Alfonso said.

"Logistics is the cornerstone of the perishable industry in general, and the pineapple industry especially.  The initiatives that the Tampa Port Authority and Green Express are involved in will be a major plus for our industry.  Pineapple growers and exporters will benefit from this new trade route and logistics solution to their supply chains, and are anxiously waiting to learn more about this alternative,” Will Cavan, Executive Director of the International Pineapple Organization, said.

“Green Express is excited to be partnering with Iowa Pacific Holdings and the Port of Tampa in presenting a logistics platform that will give the pineapple industry an option that will help get their quality product to market faster and more efficiently. Through our direct and quick route to the Port of Tampa on our refrigerated boxcars, the express GX train will reduce transit times by as much as six days or more, which accounts for about 20% of a pineapple’s quality shelf life. When time and temperature matter, the GX platform can deliver on the quality promise,” Nick Pacitti, Vice-President of Business Development for Green Express, said.

About the International Pineapple Organization (IPO)

The International Pineapple Organization (IPO) is a Global Trade Organization (GTO) in Winter Park, Fla., dedicated to addressing critical issues that affect the entire Pineapple Industry Supply Chain.

About Green Express

The Green Express platform provides a sustainable logistics solution for perishable products combining speed, reliability and available capacity to control and optimize long-haul transportation. This results in optimized food quality, improving product freshness that converts into more sales, less waste and higher margins for growers, processors and retailers. 

About Iowa Pacific Holdings

Iowa Pacific Holdings operates a dozen railroads in the U.S. and the U.K. and has extensive experience operating a refrigerated car fleet.

About the Tampa Port Authority (TPA)

In addition to being a U.S. top ten cruise homeport, the Port of Tampa is one of the nation’s largest and most cargo-diverse seaports. The port handles a full array of cargoes, from building materials to petroleum products, for the entire west/central Florida region. The port is the largest economic engine in the region, supporting about 80,000 jobs and generating $15.1 billion in annual economic impact. For more information about the Port of Tampa.

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Jun 23, 2021

SAP Ariba to digitise procurement for Expo 2020 suppliers

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SAP Ariba will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle for more than 25,000 suppliers at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai

SAP Ariba will provide a unified digital procurement and payment platform for more than 25,000 suppliers at Expo 2020 Dubai

The global trade event, this year hosted in Dubai, was rescheduled from last year and will now take place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. 

As the event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner, SAP Ariba solutions will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined experience for thousands of market leading, global suppliers and strengthening the global supply chain with enhanced transparency and efficiency. The cloud-based platforms operate through on SAP Ariba’s UAE public cloud data centre and connects to the Ariba Network. 

Expo 2020 "a long-term investment"

Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said the world trade event is  “a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth”, which stretches beyond Expo 2020’s six-month window. 

“Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever,” he added. “The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.”

To date, more than AED 1bn has already been transacted by Expo 2020 suppliers through SAP Ariba. The platform promotes collaborative partnerships and allows registered users to participate in sourcing events, negotiate and initiate contracts, and centralise their invoicing and payments in real time. 

Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing.”

About Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai and is the first of the long-running World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia territory. The original World Expo, called the Great Exhibiton, was hosted in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, designed as a showcase for the innovations of the Industrial Revolution. 

Expo 2020 was originally due to run 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was last year postponed in light of COVID-19 restrictions - though some business has already taken place virtually. The event will place greater emphasis on innovation in sustainable solutions through the Sustainability District, blending technology and culture. It is expected that around 70 per cent of the 25 million attendees will be international visitors. 

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