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From Grant's Desk

Published:Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

There is no doubt that the ICT industry is playing an important enabling role in logistics.

Today, logistics companies are investing in local area networks (LAN), comprising communications media such as leased lines, VSATs, MPLS, ISDN lines, Wi-Fi and radio frequency.

These media help companies manage large

network traffic, connect remote locations and reduce travel time via videoconferencing and real-

time video inspection.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship

management are also being used by logistics companies like UPS and FedEx.

ERP facilitates the automation and linking of all processes, thereby synchronising the flow of data and information across various systems.

The good news for Jamaica is that the infrastructure has been laid, and the systems to support the optimal performance of a logistics hub are already in place.

The Columbus network can support a business at any stage of the broadband-development continuum, whether for social, entertainment, e-learning, e-commerce or e-government.

- Grant Hume, vice-president,

Columbus Business Solution