LPS – Matthew Wright General Manager, Digital Technology at Kotahi Logistics


We’re here today at one of our supply chain partners container terminals in South Auckland. Kotahi was created eight years ago by some of New Zealand’s largest exporters to make sure that the export supply chain was more efficient and more sustainable. We were able to do that within two years more quickly than we thought we were going to be able to do and so now we’ve got more than 50 customers and moving from here one of the things that we want to be able to do is use Technology to continue to make ourselves more efficient and be able to provide more products and services through to our customers We’re on a digital transformation journey at the moment and the key things that we’ve been able to do is create a single data lake that we’ve been able to put beneath the business so we can run on and common data set through all of our systems and services. We’ve put a big integration layer on top of that to be able to make sure that the data goes to the right places at the right time and also, we have just started to create new digital products and services that support our core ocean freight product. So Kotahi been working with the LPS for three years now we started off with just manual testing services but that’s now evolved into a much more strategic relationship. So with LPS the services that we use range from Automated testing to test strategy to development work to agile The relationships really developed over that three years LPS has been great in terms of collaborating with us and understanding our needs One of the key things that we’ve really tried to do is develop the new products and services as part of the digital transformation Really smoothly and effectively. Kotahi has worked well with LPS to really understand how to do that. One of the things that we really try to do is make sure that the organisers of organisations that we work with are real strategic partners so we’ve actually over the last two or three years materially reduced the number of suppliers, and we’ve really increased the depth of the relationships that we’ve got with those strategic partners now LPS has definitely been one of those strategic partners because they’ve really tried to understand what it is that we’re trying to do and really help look at the problems and opportunities that we’ve gotten in different ways and so I think often times and they’ve really helped us solve problems in ways that we weren’t expecting to do. Adapt in terms of the early stages of our journey because we had to change from where we were originally. Evolve in terms of pulling together all of the parts of the puzzle that we need in order to be able to succeed in the new world and then flourish to be able to use that as a springboard and then grow and develop. LPS has really put us first in terms of understanding our needs and shaping the services that they provide around the the work that we need to get done. So a good example of that was recently someone from the LPS team was working as part of one of the programs of work and made a really good suggestion around some data automation in our development environments, which we wouldn’t have noticed We would have noticed that if it wasn’t for LPS and so LPS really sat down with us and helped us build the capability that we needed in those development and environments to to make sure that the deployment of the new services was much quicker and much more efficient. So that was great Would we be happy to recommend LPS? Absolutely we would. We’ve been really happy with the services that LPS have provided and especially in terms of the development of the relationship that has grown over the last three years and In terms of where we want to go with LPS next I really I think is just continuing on that strategic and collaborative journey to make sure that the Efficiencies and the new services that we’re trying to deploy get to market much faster and we continue on the journey of development and an evolution that we’re on

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