What does a high school principal in South Africa have in common with a supply chain expert in Hong Kong?
Christina Tjiana is principal of a solar-powered high school in the village of Sokhulumi, South Africa. Off-grid infrastructure company Telenetix designed the school, housed in a former shipping container, using Schneider Electric technology.
“Most of our students are from highly disadvantaged families, living on farms with no access to electricity. So the Internet school has made a huge impact. Our learners are now leaving high school with at least some computer literacy. At school, they can use the Internet for lessons and access information that the teachers couldn’t in the past. They also come here in the evenings to study and use the computers. Last year we improved our average high school examination results from 61 to 80 percent. So having the solar power system has really worked wonders, after just one year.
Unemployment is very high in this area, so I want the school to produce learners that don’t depend on being employed by someone else. Learners that create their own jobs like maybe start an Internet café. I would also like to expand the school to provide skills development for unemployed people in the community.”
Last year we improved our average high school examination results from 61 to 80 percent. So having the solar power system has really worked wonders, after just one year.
— Christina Tjiana, High School Principal, Sokhulumi, South Africa
Johan Wolmarans, Chief Design Engineer at Telenetix, reinvents shipping containers as mobile, solar-powered schools, data centers, health clinics and even police stations — increasing quality of life in African villages.
“Shipping containers lend themselves well to building applications in Africa, where the lack of infrastructure requires solutions that are highly adaptable and portable. Since containers are modular and easy to ship, we can build one in our factory and deliver it fully operational to a rural community within a few weeks.
Many areas throughout Africa still lack grid electricity. This holds entire communities back from accessing technologies such as online education, agricultural information and electronic banking. That’s why integrating reliable solar energy into our systems is so important, bringing both electricity and Internet access.
In 2015, we engineered more than 14 solar-powered containerized systems using Schneider Electric technology. They are currently deployed as schools, mobile medical and dental clinics and mobile police stations across southern Africa. Schneider Electric’s solar products are not only flexible to our unique needs, but also provide the quality and reliability demanded by Africa’s harsh environments. In 2016, we are excited to use this same technology to develop modular water purification systems.”
In 2015, we engineered more than 14 solar-powered containerized systems. They are deployed as schools, mobile medical and dental clinics and mobile police stations across southern Africa.
— Johan Wolmarans, Chief Design Engineer, Telenetix
Schneider Electric brings clean energy to off-grid communities. Annette Clayton, Chief Supply Chain Officer, based in Hong Kong describes Schneider’s vision for solving the global energy challenge, with support from FedEx.
“The competing challenges of energy demand and sustainable development are unprecedented. Globally, 1.3 billion people are deprived of access to electricity, which at Schneider we consider a basic human right.
To bring light to off-grid communities, 87 percent of which are in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, we design affordable solar solutions for village electrification, actively involving local stakeholders. For example, our award-winning solar-powered LED lamp, Mobiya, can be positioned seven ways to adapt to daily tasks. Globally, we deploy smart, connected technologies that enable customers to do more with less energy.
Many of our product lines are among the most advanced in the world, and our industry is changing every day. FedEx is involved with basically every business of Schneider Electric, helping us stay ahead by innovating and maximizing efficiency in our supply chain. For example, they support shorter end-to-end lead times thanks to more efficient upstream movement, which allow us to test products faster, innovate faster and reach our customers first.
The results are tangible both for our customers and our business. The FedEx relationship brought us delivery efficiency and higher customer satisfaction in 2015.”
FedEx is involved with basically every business of Schneider Electric, helping us stay ahead by innovating and maximizing efficiency in our supply chain.
— Annette Clayton, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Schneider Electric, Hong Kong
Jill Brannon, Senior Vice President of International Sales at FedEx, describes how FedEx supports longstanding customers like Schneider Electric through business practices that drive economic growth and empower communities.
“This is a transformative time for FedEx. We are working with our customers to optimize and innovate across their value chains. In an interconnected world, our global reach has an enormous impact in helping customers reach new markets, scale their growth — and do good.
More than ever, corporate responsibility (CR) and running a successful business go hand in hand. We are deepening our relationship with customers by helping them develop solutions that not only meet their logistics and transportation needs but also meet sustainability goals such as energy efficiency, recycling or carbon targets. And we are opening doors for them to deliver socially and environmentally beneficial products and services to more markets, including emerging economies that urgently need them.
With Schneider Electric, for example, we share a passion for sustainable energy solutions that can make a difference to millions of lives. Both our businesses are about building better communities, and between their innovative energy solutions and our global network we reinforce each other’s strengths.
This is only one example of so many businesses, small and large, that FedEx has helped find new ways to grow and prosper. These businesses, in turn, are giving back to their communities while building stronger economies. So all around the world, every day, we are paying it forward.”
These businesses, in turn, are giving back to their communities while building stronger economies. So all around the world, every day, we are paying it forward.
— Jill Brannon, Senior Vice President of International Sales, FedEx