AUSTRALIAN software developer OneStop has inked a “data partnership” with Kiwi port community system PortConnect to provide data services.

In an announcement, the two companies said they would “create a unified, harmonious data ecosystem that fosters collaboration, transparency, efficiency and operational excellence”.

The companies said the partnership would “drive the automation of container transactions”.

The announcement said the companies are both “dedicated to closing the connectivity gaps that currently hinder industry-wide collaboration”.

The new partnership is also to “enhance time and cost efficiencies across the Australia and New Zealand supply chain” through “real-time data insights”.

The first initiative the two companies will focus on will “focus on enhancing transparency surrounding empty container park events in the New Zealand market”, the statement said.

Through the collaboration, the OneStop Modal integration “will allow supply chain participants to seamlessly access real-time visibility into these events via the PortConnect Track and Trace and B2B platforms”, the announcement said.

OneStop chief customer officer Chris Harnett said signing the “data partnership” with PortConnect is a major milestone in both companies’ data expansion and market investments.

“This partnership represents years of positive engagement and collaboration with PortConnect, with the specific focus on solving visibility challenges in the Oceania supply chain,” Mr Harnett said.

“Through this partnership, together we have been able to power operational efficiencies while enhancing existing technology to include added functionality required to create the most real-time and accurate data set across Australia and New Zealand.”

Port Connect general manager Dan Cowie said” This partnership will without doubt enhance the single source of truth for container data across the New Zealand supply chain, enabling time savings by removing manual processes and improving transparency. This in turn reduces activities that don’t improve service quality or create value for logistics providers and consumers alike”.