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Warehousing and Storage

New R370m warehouse backbone of distribution network

30th October 2009 The local subsidiary of global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company Unilever has opened a new R370-million warehouse, Ndlovu Park, built in Pietermaritzburg. 

Electric lift truck 
range launched

30th October 2009 With warehousing operators continually looking to achieve increased efficiency, warehousing equipment supplier Barloworld Handling has launched a next-generation electric lift truck range built to boost driver productivity.  

New logistics centre to increase capacity

30th October 2009 Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB South Africa’s new 4 400-m² Longmeadow green building, in Gauteng, will be commissioned in November this year. 

Industry challenged, but growth expected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th October 2009 Specialists in the transport and storage of hazardous goods Stobel Warehousing & Distribution says that, while the warehousing and storage industry is taking strain as a result of the recession, it believes that the industry has started showing signs of improvement and will be healthy again. 

South African logistics group sees real potential 
in Zimbabwe, but crisis is hurting 

By: Dennis Ndaba     16th January 2009 Logistics and supply-chain management company Imperial Logistics says that it is “doing well in Zimbabwe”, but is worried that has to rely on upfront payments because of high inflation of 231-million percent. 

Specialist supplies automated storage system

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st October 2008 A division of the APC Group of companies, APC Storage Solutions, will introduce an automated drive-in storage system, the Satellite Pallet Mole Racking System, to the South African market in January 2009. 

New storage facilities for South Africa

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st October 2008 SA Self Storage Investments (SASSI) is in the process of rolling out a number of new self storage facilities throughout South Africa. 

Property development company leads green building revolution

31st October 2008 JSE-listed property development company Growthpoint is striving to develop the first carbon-neutral industrial estate in South Africa. 

Storage company provides cool solutions

31st October 2008 Storage systems company EM Shelving & Racking has completed three large projects for fruit distribution companies in South Africa. 

Warehouse management systems improve efficiencies

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st October 2008 Technology and consulting company Virtual Supply Chain Solutions (VSc) has recently completed a successful implementation of the RedPraire warehouse management system (WMS) at a 20 000 m2 warehouse in Boksburg for South African dairy company Clover. 

Warehouse roof waterproofing proves its worth

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st October 2008 Industrial waterproofing and roofing solutions company Roof Recon reports a 100% leakproof success rate of its waterproofing system at Consol Glass' warehouse. 

Warehouse and storage facility auditing ensure safer working conditions

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     2nd November 2007 Materials handling company Swisslog is expanding its range of services to the warehousing industry by introducing an auditing system, aimed at creating a safer warehousing environment. 

New range of warehousing equipment to provide turnkey solution

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     2nd November 2007 Distributor of high-end telehandlers and rough terrain equipment company Manitou is introducing a turnkey range of warehousing equipment aimed at providing solutions to materials-handling challenges in the warehousing industry. 

Warehouse management systems boost productivity, efficiency 

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     2nd November 2007 The implementation of a proven warehousing management system (WMS), can improve companies' warehouse productivity and efficiency, and save on operating costs, Super Group's technology solutions division WMS operations manager Daan Steyn says. 

Logistics specialist invests in second mobile system

2nd November 2007 Global logistics specialist UTI Logistics has invested in its second Mobicon mobile container handling system for greater efficiency in warehousing and distribution services at the company's new premises in South Coast Road Durban. 

R10m warehouse renovation improves service

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     2nd November 2007 Office furniture manufacturing and distribution company CN Business Furniture has invested about R10-million in its 17 000 square metre warehouse in Bedfordview to ensure safe working conditions for its employees and an efficient product handling service for its customers 

Swift benefits expected from new European warehouse

3rd November 2006 ProScan Media Products (PMP), specialists in barcode labelling products and printing solutions, recently announced the opening of a European Datamax warehouse that will immediately benefit their customer base in South Africa through an elevated level of service and enhanced logistical capabilities. 

Cabinets designed for corrosive conditions

3rd November 2006 Legrand’s stainless steel cabinets are designed for use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. 

Racking firm plans African expansion on solid local fundamentals

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd November 2006 Racking and shelving systems expert Formrack Dexion has seen a 30% growth in demand for its products over the last year, the company reports. 

R400m warehouse construction under way...

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd November 2006 ...To be operational by February 2007 The new R400-million Wool-worths warehouse underconstruction near Midrand will be operational in February 2007, says Woolworths supply-chain development senior manager Johan Shaw. Once the storage area is completed,it will be one of the largest... 

‘New’ entrant enjoys market success

3rd November 2006 A fairly late entry into the warehousing arena, Hyster is scaling new height in the local market with one of the most comprehensive and innovative materials-handling solutions for supply chain customers, says Southern African Hyster distributor Barloworld Equipment Handling warehouse equipment... 

Rehabilitation the prime concern – landscape architects

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd November 2006 Fourways-based Newtown Landscape Architects (NLA) has been contracted by major food-chain group Woolworths for the completion of its distribution centre in Midrand. 

Building-management system creates energy-saving benefits

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd November 2006 The building management system installed at the new Woolworth’s Distribution Centre (WWDC), facilitates the integration of various sub systems into a user friendly, manageable solution operated from a central point. 

SA needs a streamlined business approach to materials-handling

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2006 “The English started the industrial revolution, the Germans added engineering, the Americans added marketing and service, the Japanese added productivity, the Taiwanese and Chinese added nationalism and in South Africa we can add raw material and value to all of the above,” says DDL... 

Company 'racking' up business in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th November 2005 Racking and shelving systems expert Formrack Dexion, situated in Kya Sands on the North Rand, reports that the past year has seen an increase of between 35% and 40% in the volume of work amassed. 

New reach stacker a first for Durban depot

4th November 2005 Barloworld Equipment Handling continues to extend its reach in the warehousing, transport and distribution industry in Kwazulu-Natal, having recently supplied Hyster reach stackers to two companies in that province. 

Outsourcing of document storage a growing trend

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th November 2005 A record paper growth rate of between 10% and 12% a year has seen Metrofile on a drive to enhance its service and efficiency levels and, in the last six months, the company has implemented two new online products aimed at educating and assisting the public. 

Trolleys keep chain hoists in suspension

4th November 2005 Plain and geared trolleys from Bellambie Mining & Industrial are designed to suspend manual and electric chain hoists in lifting applications in warehousing and storage. 

Fresh produce market goes bananas over trucks

4th November 2005 The Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market’s banana ripening section is a time-sensitive operation and, with 240 t of bananas being handled on a daily basis, speed and reliability are important factors when it comes to moving fruit from storage areas to floors and sales halls. 

New mega distribution hub on the East Rand

By: Nelendhre Moodley     4th November 2005 With the major consolidation of compatible client products at its new centralised distribution hub, Super Park, Super Group aims to achieve a quantum leap in distribution efficiency. 

Acquisition ups storage management levels

4th February 2005 Storage management looks set to become easier for local companies following the recent acquisition of US-based enterprise storage-software developer Storability by international storage-hardware giant StorageTek. 

Productivity boosted by mobile technology

5th November 2004 One of the largest and most advanced GPRS mobile communication and data-collection systems in South Africa has been installed by Sun Couriers, a division of UTi Worldwide. 

Mezzanine floor houses fasteners

5th November 2004 A recently added mezzanine floor in the warehouse of Western Cape fastener company Boltfast has been entirely dedicated to stainless-steel fasteners. 

Mobile computer allows tight control over inventory

5th November 2004 Mobile computing and barcoding company Harmonic Group has introduced the latest wireless handheld computer with barcode laser scanner to the local market. 

Project preserves port heritage

5th November 2004 Kwazulu-Natal-based Protekon is handling the design and construction of the restoration of the Queen’s Warehouse in Point road, Durban. 

Distribution centre is operational

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th November 2004 The acquisition of Supermart Stores by Edcon 

Archive storage project accommodates 680 000 boxes

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th November 2004 Racking and shelving systems expert Formrack Dexion, which is situated in Kya Sands, continues to be involved in a large project for Metrofile over the past year. 

R20,8-million cosmetics warehouse to be completed during next month

By: Nelendhre Moodley     5th November 2004 The R20,8-million Revlon warehouse currently under construction is scheduled for completion in December. 

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