Monday, April 7, 2014

The UPS Foundation Invests More Than $9 Million In Grants And Support For Global Community Safety

Today, the UPS Foundation announced that they are donating more than $9 million in grants "toward community safety initiatives focused on enhancing disaster response, recovery, and emergency preparedness through enhanced technology infrastructure and road safety initiatives." Aidmatrix is one of the many beneficiaries of the Global Community Safety initiative of the UPS Foundation, as well as Aidmatrix partner CARE.

The following are a few excerpts from the announcement:

"To underscore the importance of humanitarian supply chain capabilities, UPS will deploy UPS Relief Link, humanitarian supply chain solutions that strengthen the tracking of critical relief supplies. UPS is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR) to provide better visibility of the journey of urgently needed items through the last mile of delivery to refugees."

"In addition to making the UPS Relief Link program more widely available, The UPS Foundation is also awarding $1 million to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, to implement the Aidmatrix supply chain management platform, called SCM4Good. These technology tools include commodity tracking, asset management and fleet optimization modules to increase the visibility of global inventories, thus speeding relief and recovery efforts."

"The UPS Foundation's community safety grants will support several organizations that provide humanitarian relief, totaling more than $6.6 million and include:
  • The Aidmatrix Foundation, Good360, UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Food Programme will receive grants that benefit technology and supply chain initiatives to improve back-end processes and tracking behind humanitarian relief efforts.
  • The American Red Cross, CARE, MedShare, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, Operation Hope, Salvation Army and St. Bernard Project will benefit from ongoing support for disaster relief efforts, including providing food, shelter and other essential recovery needs."

Read the full announcement

Friday, April 4, 2014

Aidmatrix Participates on Panel at Humanitarian Logistics Summit in Paris

Aidmatrix's Shari Temple will be speaking on a panel at the Humanitarian Logistics Summit in Paris on April 4. The Summit is titled Progress Through Partnership, and is hosted by the Humanitarian Logistics Association. The Humanitarian Logistics Summit 2014 “Progress through Partnership” will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the latest thinking on potential synergies between the Aid, Commercial and Academic sectors.

Ms. Temple will be participating on the panel "What's New for Humanitarian Logistics", hosted by George Fenton of the Humanitarian Logistics Association. She will be speaking about Cash Transfer Programs, and their impact on logistics professionals and supply chain management solutions. Here is a brief overview of what Ms. Temple will be covering in her presentation:

Cash Transfer Programs Impact 

  • Cash will never replace goods in all situations
  • Still need external supplies after a disaster has wiped out the local markets and supplies
  • Still need external supplies when items are not available from local markets
 View the full agenda for the Summit

Friday, March 28, 2014

Microsoft Retires Support for Windows XP April 8, 2014

Dear Aidmatrix Partner,
At Aidmatrix, our goal is to create and sustain success for your humanitarian relief supply chain efforts. Part of that work is to provide you with transparent information about factors that may impact your environment.

Topic: Microsoft Announces End of Support for Windows XP beginning April 8, 2014

Since Windows XP will no longer supported by Microsoft as of April 8, 2014, Aidmatrix will no longer be testing or supporting PCs that are running Windows XP after that same date. This includes PCs running our SCM4Good Offline Mode and includes all of our platforms of products.

Please begin taking the necessary steps to upgrade any PCs running Windows XP that are used to work with Aidmatrix' SCM4Good, SCM4Giving, and SCM4Hunger (including AgencyExpress, DonorExpress, and Choice) platforms so that you are ready prior to the April 8, 2014 deadline.

Contact your Aidmatrix account manager if you have further questions.

For more details on Microsoft's announcement

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CARE Kenya & CARE Chad Go Live with Aidmatrix SCM4Good Technology

CARE Chad Officially Live on the Aidmatrix SCM4Good Warehouse Module French-only Implementation for 6 Warehouses Throughout Country
The Aidmatrix SCM4Good team is proud to also announce that CARE Chad is officially live on the SCM4Good Warehouse Module for 6 warehouses throughout the country. The first transaction on the system was made at 15:40 on 14 February at the Gore warehouse location. CARE Chad is the first French-only implementation for Aidmatrix SCM4Good. This is a GREAT achievement for CARE and Aidmatrix, and country for CARE that is live with Aidmatrix SCM4Good. 

Learn more about Aidmatrix SCM4Good

CARE Kenya Now Live with SCM4Good Asset Module
CARE Kenya is now live with the new SCM4Good Asset Module. "We entered the first asset to the Asset Registry about 2 hours ago. This is the first transaction ever for the module so lots of excitement by the team to be making history," stated Shari Temple, Aidmatrix Global SCM Senior Principal. CARE Kenya is the first country to use the Aidmatrix SCM4Good Asset Module, and it has been a significant tool to improve their asset management.

The Asset Admin Officer for CARE Kenya was asked after entering the first transaction what he liked about the system, he responded “history, history, history” and went on to say that this was something they never could have with Excel.

Learn more about our SCM4Good Asset Module


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MedShare and HOPE Worldwide Philippines Provide Medical Relief to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Our partners at MedShare were recently able to provide 5 pallets of medical supplies to HOPE worldwide Philippines to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. They were able to transport the medical supplies to the victims thanks to the Aidmatrix International Transportation Program, a web portal technology and supporting program infrastructure which aims to match freight forwarders with the needs of INGOs. This particular move was donated by our partner at UPS.

The medical supplies were distributed from February 20-22 throughout the municipality of Daanbantayan, in the province of Cebu, the Philippines, located at the northern tip of Cebu island. This region was heavily damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, and the recovery is slow, but these medical supplies and the other aid being provided to the residents of Daanbantayan are helping the survivors to be empowered again. 

"All of us at MedShare thank you so much for the generous donation of shipping the 5 pallets of medical supplies and medicines to Cebu for us shortly after Typhoon Haiyan struck. The recipient of the donated supplies, a charity called Hope worldwide Philippines, just sent us back a beautiful report on the distribution and impact of the donated supplies and medicines around the Daanbantayan region.Without UPS and Aidmatrix’s generous donation of the free airfreight, this donation never would have been possible," stated Amanda Paniagua, Shipments Manager for MedShare.

Some of the donated medical supplies included surgical masks, syringes, medical gloves, assorted medicines, dextrose hoses and gauze sponges.