The new logistics facility, which is adjacent to OR Tambo International Airport, covers a 10 500-square- metre area and is secured with 350 surveillance cameras, including armed and covert surveillance.
“Not only have we managed to give space a new meaning through our
customised facility, but we have also incorporated world-class security measures,” says Safcor Panalpina MD Pete Williams.
The facility is a significant step for the company and a milestone in its objective of providing a seamless supply chain, states Williams.
He says that the supply chain industry is wholly misunderstood, as opera-ting functions vary from the most rudimentary distribution of goods to managing more interactive customer and supplier relations.
“There is still confusion as to what supply chain means. One client will
want a straightforward pick-up and delivery and another will expect that and demand forecasting plus reverse logistics,” corroborates Williams.
“Our definition of supply chain management is the management of the movement of goods, as well as the management of suppliers and the coordination between them and their final customers,” adds Williams.
Safcor Panalpina is a wholly owned Bidvest company, with a blue-chip base of multinational clients, working closely with global partner Panalpina World Transport Group, with which Safcor has been in partnership for over 30 years
Panalpina operates on six continents and, although it has its own airfreight charter network, it also supports commercial airlines.
“The streamlining of our processes called for a facility in close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport with extremely tight security, a degroup bonded warehouse and ultimately a shortened lead time,” explains Williams.
The new facility has impacted on the speed of handling by 20% from arrival to delivery, translating to half a day in real terms, states Williams.
“For high-tech, high-value items, this means the one who gets the shipment first, gets the business,” he reckons.
There is an obvious security risk in moving high-value cargo, added to the fast turnaround of goods in the supply chain.
“We have made a substantial investment in security at our new facility, and we work very closely with our overseas counterparts in a global effort to combat theft,” states Williams.
Safcor Panalpina is Transported Asset Protection Association ‘A’ accredited, which is the highest level of security.
“We have to dovetail our solutions to those offered by Panalpina, while adapting to the South African environment,” says Williams.
Safcor Panalpina promises a “global supply chain of seamless motion” and flexibility is key, whether it be 0,4 kg or 20 t, says Williams.
“Our challenge is to optimise supply chains in terms of risk, cost and time. Consumers want more value. “We believe a good brand is a promise kept and we are trying to keep the promise embedded in our brand. “This new facility is another milestone in our journey of supplying a global supply chain of seamless motion,” he concludes.