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Courier and Freight Services

Company aligns with South Africa regulations

     2nd December 2016 Transportation, logistics and supply chain service provider Cargo Carriers has responded to the South African government’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) regulations with enthusiasm and has a host of initiatives in the pipeline. “BBBEE regulations actually talk to our company’s... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named
DACHSER SA Freight and logistics company of the year 2016

Need for centralised courier point made clear

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As tech-savvy customers demand faster and more efficient services, the need for a centralised technology-enabled courier point has become clear. Owing to this, outsourced e-commerce warehousing and order fulfilment services provider ParcelNinja.com realised the need for a scalable cloud-based... 

Need for centralised courier point made clear
JUSTIN DRENNAN The company enables real-time integration with a variety of couriers

New technology enables control of express deliveries

     2nd December 2016 Express parcels company DPD Laser has rolled out an advanced mobile technology platform at its Dawn Wing and Time Freight businesses that it believes sets it up as an industry leader in the South African express service sector.  The platform offers customers unprecedented real-time visibility and... 

New technology enables control of express deliveries
CUSTOMERS IN CONTROL Dawn Wing provides high-quality services to its customers

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create sustainable standalone distribution... 

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses
DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create standalone distribution businesses

Courier company launches consumer-friendly, interactive website

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th December 2015 Specialised courier company Ram Hand to Hand Couriers, which is focused on the delivery of valuable cargo, has launched an interactive, e-commerce website to make it easier for consumers to use the company’s extensive range of services and deliver anything, from critically important documents to... 

Courier company launches  consumer-friendly, interactive website
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MEETING EXPECTATIONS After years of increasing demand, Ram has realised its processes are not as consumer-friendly as they could be

Logistics company expands footprint, forges national partnerships

     4th December 2015 Logistics and transportation company DHL Express this year expanded its national footprint by more than 130% through partnerships with local business and retailers located across the country. Having identified a growing need among local small- and medium-sized enterprises and consumers for... 

Logistics company  expands footprint, forges national partnerships
CONSUMER CONVENIENCE DHL's footprint expansion in South Africa mirrors the global company's aggressive retail expansion strategy across sub-Saharan Africa

Logistics platform launched to mitigate industry constraints

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th December 2015 Deutsche Telekom information technology (IT) business T-Systems South Africa launched a SmartHub Logistics (SHL) platform in February, in Hamburg, in Germany, to mitigate the constraints that logistics operators currently face. Using a SHL platform, Germany’s Hamburg port currently manages a... 

Logistics platform launched  to mitigate industry constraints
MARTIN VERGUNST Using a SHL platform, Germany’s Hamburg port currently manages a throughput of 40 000 trucks and 250 000 shipping containers a day

New freighter terminal officially inaugurated

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th December 2015 Dubai-based cargo airline Emirates SkyCargo’s cargo terminal was officially inaugurated on November 10 by chairperson and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum at Dubai South’s Logistics District, further establishing Dubai as a leading global air cargo and logistics... 

New freighter terminal officially inaugurated
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SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM Emirates SkyCargo’s cargo terminal was officially inaugurated on November 10 at Dubai South’s Logistics District, further establishing Dubai as a leading global air cargo and logistics hub

Supply chain specialists join forces

     4th December 2015 WiseTech Global, the technology development company behind supply chain solution CargoWise One, announced in October that it had joined forces with Johannesburg-based operational software systems provider Core Freight to provide a more powerful and comprehensive solution for South African... 

Road freight industry hard-pressed for sustainability – RFA

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2014 The road freight industry is finding it difficult to remain sustainable, with road freight demand to remain flat as a “best case scenario”, despite yearly inflationary growth and social growth trends, says industry body the Road Freight Association (RFA).  “Although about 860-million tonnes of... 

Road freight industry hard-pressed for sustainability – RFA
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CHALLENGING FUTURE The road freight industry will contend with several challenges in 2015, including broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes

Courier and freight fleet management to increase

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2014 As the courier and freight services industries adapt to more complex and sophisticated environments, and after several years of growth, outsourcing fleet management services will become increasingly attractive, says fleet administrator Imperial Fleet Management (IFM) CEO Nicholas De Canha.... 

Courier and freight fleet management to increase
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ATTRACTIVE PROSPECT The fleet management industry can deliver significant efficiency and uptime to the courier and freight industry

Courier sector taking express lane in transport industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2014 Representative association for express freight and the courier industry the South African Express Parcel Association (Saepa) notes that businesses that rely on the courier and express parcel (CEP) sector for urgent, secure and efficient procurement and distribution solutions are among the key... 

Courier sector taking express lane  in transport industry
Photo by Bloomberg
FUELLING DRIVER Businesses that rely on the courier and express parcel sector is a key industry driver, making the sector the “fastest-growing sector of the transport industry”

New temperature container launched

     5th December 2014 Airline Emirates SkyCargo’s freight division has launched an internally developed and cost effective LD3 container that keeps temperature-sensitive cargo cool when transported on the ground and in the air. “Called the ‘White Container’, it’s the latest addition to Emirates SkyCargo’s Cool Chain... 

New temperature container launched
LATEST ADDITION The White Container can be used for shipments requiring temperatures between 2 °C and 8 °C and between 5 °C and 25 °C

Service provider focuses on MSF

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2014 Express courier service TNT Express launched their mobile sales force (MSF) programme last month to equip its sales force with the necessary tools in a single iPad to assist customers, says TNT national sales and marketing director Shane de Beer. “TNT’s MSF capabilities enable its account... 

Service provider  focuses on MSF
TRACKING PROGRESS Customers expect logistics service providers to have technology systems for supply chain visibility

Association outlines year ahead

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2013 Last year’s wage strike resulted in the Road Freight Association (RFA) recently securing a settlement and a three-year deal that is expected to benefit the industry as a whole for the first time in the history of the RFA. RFA technical and operations manager Gavin Kelly says he hopes this... 

CSIR to launch its ninth State of Logistics Survey

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will discuss the methods, models and metrics used to measure logistics performance to point out the changes that could lead to improved long-term strategic planning of South Africa’s macro-level systems at the launch of the CSIR’s ninth... 

Driver training initiative in the works

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2013 Vehicle distributor Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will launch a driver training programme this year to upskill commercial vehicle drivers, of which the courier sector forms a major part. HASA commercial vehicles director Wade Griffin says the initiative is applicable to larger and... 

Challenges ahead for 
road freight industry

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 Significant challenges that the road freight industry is facing include implementation of the new tolling system on South Africa’s roads and the current state of the rail network structure, says Road Freight Association (RFA) technical and operational manager Gavin Kelly. 

Concerns about 
new tolling system

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 Domestic and international courier company Aerospeed Couriers coowner Michael Gillman is concerned about the new tolling system and its effects on the industry as courier companies will be forced to increase their fees to accommodate toll payments. 

Enterprise software 
increases efficiency 

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 Software development company Dariel Solutions has developed a new enterprise software, currently named WBX, to increase the efficiency of managing the goods receiving and goods dispatch processes. 

Express freight remains strong growth point

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 Representative association for express freight and the courier industry, the South African Express Parcel Association (Saepa) executive director Garry Marshall believes that, across the different segments of transportation, express freight remains the strongest growth point for the industry. 

New learnerships for freight forwarding

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 The Transport Education Training Authority (Teta) in partnership with the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff) has introduced new learnerships in the freight forwarding industry. 

New legislation aligns SA with global standards

By: Jessica Hannah     12th November 2010 The newly drafted Customs Control Bill and Customs Duty Bill and the changes to the Aviation Act will have a positive impact on the courier and freight industries, transport logistics service provider Freitan MD Paul Cheetham believes. 

New products to increase company focus on mining sector 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th November 2009 Manufacturer of flexible conduits Flexicon, of the UK, and its local exclusive distributor and representative Elquip Solutions, aims to, as part of their marketing strategy, increase their focus on hazardous environments, including the mining industry, through the introduction of a new range of... 

2010 mini warehousing project under way

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Logistics and courier service provider
 Dawn Wing, a subsidiary of diversified logistics company The Laser Group, has developed a mini warehousing project in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 
  

Green logistics critical for business

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Diversified logistics company Imperial Logistics reports that there is a growing interest, awareness and maturity around the business necessity for green logistics and aims to place this environment-friendly trend higher on its business agenda. 

Passing of new bill concern 
for private companies

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Domestic and international courier company Aerospeed Couriers says that the logistics industry is an exciting and dynamic industry that is continuously growing and which enables all modern businesses to function, despite the challenges that it faces. 

Road transport in Africa more feasible, says freight company

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 International freight and moving company Elliott International tells Engineering News that road transport into Africa is a feasible and more cost-effective way of transport within Africa and is being chosen over shipping and rail in many instances. 

SA set to become a hub for West Africa’s oil and gas industry

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Universal African Lines South Africa (UAL-SA), a specialist shipping line to West Africa’s oil and gas exploration projects, tells Engineering News that South Africa is becoming a hub for the oil and gas industry of West Africa. 

Containerised traffic offers growth opportunity

     14th November 2008 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has identified containerised traffic as one of the key drivers of growth in South Africa. 

Mobile tracking technology manages courier company growth

By: Liam Morrison     14th November 2008 Advances in mobile tracking technology have enabled courier and logistics company Dawn Wing DPD to cope with the substantial growth in the movement of parcels, says CEO Mike Fanucchi. 

Transport and logistics services provider sprints into the future 

By: Liam Morrison     14th November 2008 The South African operations of international specialist transport and logistics services provider, UPS South Africa, is replacing some of the vehicles in its courier fleet with 19 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, with a possible order of seven more such vehicles for 2009. 

Integrated software streamlines supply chain and logistics industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th November 2007 The supply chain and logistics industry is becoming more streamlined as the development of integrated information technology (IT) systems come to the fore, says Greg Vercellotti, executive director of a software development company, Dariel Solutions. 

Local industry lagging - lack of skills to blame

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th November 2007 The local supply chain and logistics industry is lagging behind international markets says the Association for Operations Management in South Africa (SAPICS) president Ken Titmuss. 

New logistics facility to enhance supply chain 

     16th November 2007 The opening of a new logistics facility by supply chain and logistics company Safcor Panalpina hopes to save substantial supply chain costs through faster flow of traffic, the company reports. 

Warehousing demands advanced logistics software

     16th November 2007 The demand for logistics software in warehousing is driving the development of advanced systems to enhance the logistical needs of companies, says business applications software company Softworx MD Jane Thomson. 

Weighbridge software keeps supply chain balance

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th November 2007 The development of integrated software modules by software development and remote services provider, Infowave, enables a more rapid turnaround during weighing in supply chain processes, as well as providing a vital security function, reports business unit manager Stuart Jack. 

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