CMA CGM and SAP with a strategic partnership

By Finance

CMA CGM invited SAP to create together a new advanced IT system to handle all CMA CGM Group commerce operations

CMA CGM established strategic partnership with the world leaders in business software, SAP. The intention of CMA CGM is to apply an advanced IT system and gain a strategic advantage in the permanently upgrading shipping business.

CMA CGM is represented in 150 countries and has 650 agencies with approximately 18,000 employees. CMA CGM is the biggest container shipping company in its homeland France and the third biggest in the world. With the establishment of the new strategic partnership the company will apply the first software system created entirely for containers and back its positions.

The new system developed by SAP will provide CMA CGM Group with the opportunity to manage its processes worldwide and to foster companies' results. SAP's system would be the first to be designed entirely for sea shipment and is expected to improve CMA CGM Group performance and make it more competitive.

The new system will control the whole shipping process from the port of loading to the port of discharge, all of the CMA CGM 10,6 million containers and all more than 3,360,000 CMA CGM annual bookings.

CMA CGM Group's aspirations to employ an advanced worldwide IT system prevailed in their choice to invite SAP to create create it. It is considered that the new system and software will take about 2 years to elaborated and the new CMA CGM SAP system will start working in 2015 covering all CMA CGM Group members and subsidiaries.  

Both companies made statements in regard of the new  strategic partnership and the new IT system. The executive officer of the CMA CGM Group, Rodolphe Saadé, commented:

“Over recent years, the Group has established its own global network of agencies and a highly efficient fleet. To continue our development, we have chosen the best solution for our business, one that is recognized for its efficiency and strong capabilities. Alongside SAP, the world leader in business management software, we will customize this platform to leverage performance both for the Group and for our clients.”

Frank Cohen, president of SAP Europe, Middles East and Africa said in turn, that SAP will provide “a complete and fully optimized solution for processes at the heart of the container shipping industry” to CMA CGM. He also added that SAP are  delighted to work with CMA CGM and the new partnership will improve SAP's positions in sea transportation sector.