Cleaning up the world's
waste is a highly regulated, data-driven business. Mopping up the collection of
wastes, grey water, and used fuel from cruise ships, oil tankers and cargo
carriers is an especially data- critical challenge. Waste recycling and
disposal are governed by multiple international and regional regulations. So, waste
recyclers need real-time data to stay on top of everything from types of wastes
arriving in port to waste transport and ultimate disposal.
Tratamiento Ecologico de Residuos S.A.DEC.V (TRAER) is a fast-growing marine
waste recycling company that services big ships docking at any of 13 ports in
Mexico and South America. This year alone, TRAER expects to service 800 ships. That
means tracking a lot of data.
that TRAER needs to run its business effectively includes things such as the
types of wastes and volume, ship's owner and origin, services and equipment
used, and the ultimate destination for disposal or reuse. The data is needed to
meet government and international regulations, as well as to forecast where
equipment and other resources will be needed next, and react rapidly to
accidents or unexpected changes -- such as if one of TRAER's transport partners
brings a load of waste to a recycling plant that has already closed for the
Until a couple of
years ago, TRAER relied on each of its locations to enter data on incoming ships
and their requirements into a spreadsheet, which went to the central office in
Mexico City. Since the spreadsheets were
often formatted differently, and the systems weren't integrated, producing a
company-wide report required days of manual work.
difficult to get all of the information together to report on what was
happening. Every port manager had a different system for taking the
information," said TRAER's founder Alejandro Trillo.
Trillo decided to
standardize on NetSuite's cloud-based ERP software
suite, which enabled all data to be accessed from any location, and saves
TRAER from having to maintain its own IT system. TRAER received financial help
from NetSuite.org, as well as customization and implementation assistance from
NetSoft, NetSuite's partner in Mexico.
Today TRAER has all
its accounting systems, CRM, and
compliance records on NetSuite, as well as real-time data on ship movements and
waste processing. With both historical and real-time data in one system, Trillo
can more easily project traffic and events and plan ahead. That will in turn
enable TRAER to expand to new locations without worrying about software,
hardware or data integration.
What Trillo is proudest
of, however, knows his business is contributing to cleaner ocean waters and shorelines.
40,000 tons of oil in the last four years, and something like 5,000 tons of
garbage. That's a huge amount," he said. "If we hadn't recycled that,
some of it could have ended up in the water or other places close to the ports.
We're helping to protect the shorelines of Mexico."
Program Manager at NetSuite.org
Posted on Tue, September 24, 2013
by NetSuite filed under