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About GeMick

gemick (Generation Mick)

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by Andrew Carle

The administration involved in documenting, controlling, customs clearing and tracking these volumes of goods is considerable. GeMick provides GMR with a single platform system that is both innovative, sophisticated, scalable, and bespoke. 

The Journey

In 1986, GMR contracted Computers 10 to install and modify an accounting package that had been developed for cross border transporters. The onboarding of this new system was Innovative at the time as it was able to process all standard accounting functions, produce and print linehaul manifests, customs clearing documents (then CCA1 and CCA2) and all corresponding over border document requirements. When the South African Revenue Services (SARS) started engaging with cross border stake-holders to develop a system whereby agents could interact with SARS for clearing and processing of documents, GMR swiftly developed their then in-house software to interact with SARS on an automated basis. This became what we know today as the SARS Electronic Data Interchange for Customs (EDI) 

When Botswana & Swaziland adopted the ASYCUDA clearing systems, GMR was again active in providing support to the Customs Stakeholders and in turn, redeveloped their software to interact with ASYCUDA. Years later, when Botswana again changed the way declarations were processed into their country (ASYCUDA to the Central Management System – CMS), GMR Freights was invited into the development, connectivity and enhancement to the Customs software that aided in-house systems advancement too. 

Tailoring programs whilst supporting industry and parastatal development for thirty years was made possible via a bespoke backend processing system. Daily interrogation and development of this system allowed GMR to operate effectively and efficiently in its specialised cross-border segment of the greater transport and freighting industry. 

Eventual redundancy in the original proprietary version of the main backend system occurred as a result from the breakdown in international support and external development. This un-correctable corruption would have caused a significant retardation to the day-to-day operation had GeMick not been quietly developed and incorporated into the group. 

The bold move to deep-end GMR’s thinking and to seek out well-fitting methods of integrating systems and development into mainstream day-to-day, benchmarked the mind-set and set the stage for continuous adhoc and in-house development and growth in systems and Information Technology infrastructure that has ultimately built GeMick. The progressive thinking and industry specific development in systems by its founding member Mick Carle, along with a generation of like-minded role players that paved the way in development and strategy that allowed 21st century thinking to take shape and grow from roots embedded in hard work and unified vision. 

Backed by GMR’s motivated and committed development team, headed by Rob Watt in South Africa and John Zabula in Botswana, GeMick gives staff and customers an interactive experience, using the latest technology through a single platform interface whilst giving GMR the ability to generate detailed monthly reports, tailored to suit specific customer requirements. The backend, open-source as well as its secure user-based systems are continually being updated and can also respond immediately to changes in procedures applied by the authorities at short notice. 

GeMick’s Spinal Cord is a tasking System that interacts with itself, users and plug-in systems. The tasking component dictates protocol and completes cycles via the acquittal of or the escalation of directed dictation. Self-Learning Artificial Intelligence makes up its spine whilst the meat and bones are held together by the respective account holder, supplier and management Gateways that are all Digital & Paperless whilst being Interactive & Integrated on and via a single-based platform. This innovation has produced a clean and service driven product that can be both scaled and customised. 

By continuously improving service in all areas, GMR will continue to justify their clients’ trust in them and thereby remain the benchmark Company in its specialised field.

The bold move to deep-end GMR’s thinking and to seek out well-fitting methods of integrating systems and development into mainstream day-to-day, benchmarked the mind-set and set the stage for continuous adhoc and in-house development and growth in systems and Information Technology infrastructure that has ultimately built GeMick… none of which would have been possible without the progressive thinking and industry specific development in systems by its founding member Mickey Carle. A generation of like-minded role players that paved the way in development and strategy that allowed 21st century thinking to take shape and grow from roots embedded in hard work and unified vision. 

The years filled with sweat and tears backed by GMR’s motivated and committed development team, headed by Rob Watt in South Africa and John Zabula in Botswana, allows GEMICK to give staff and customers an interactive experience, using the latest technology through a single platform interface.

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