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Contents Double Vision A few years ago I had my eyes lasered, so I have a clean bill of health on this front. No tunnel vision, no myopia, no double vision. And, although I didn’t do so fabulously at school maths, I do understand the rudimentaries of counting. With both of these abilities intact, I am hard-pressed to understand the attendance figures quoted by some exhibition companies. I’m often at the keynote address which usually enjoys the largest attendance. Call it 80 percent! Then both myself and a staff member or two will be at the exhibition proper for the duration. We do rough calculations as we walk around and arrive at a figure of around 400 delegates, for example. Here we exclude anyone who is not strictly a delegate, such as the organiser’s staff. A few weeks later, we’ll receive a press release, post publicity, quoting a figure of 700 delegates? There’s fudging the numbers, and there’s truly creative. As the economy tightens and companies cannot afford to send a multitude of staff to these events, in terms of time or money, a better yardstick may be visitor quality. A number is just that a number unless the decision-making men and women turn up. But getting the balance right between ‘big picture’ exhibition stands and those showcasing ‘on-the-ground’ materials handling equipment is a factor too if each is to attract visitor traffic. Good thing the supply chain is allenveloping. Susan Custers, Managing Editor, BA.Comm

Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport SA 4 Historic graduation for CILTSA Candidacy Programme Forklifts

Barometer 23 How do we Compare? Automated Storage 30 New Moves in the Western and Eastern Cape 34 Market Forum



Afritag (div of Smart Card Society)


All Under one Roof


(Cold Chain Forum)


CGCSA (Consumer Goods Council SA)

11 Truck Sales Rocket

CILTSA (Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport: SA)

Power Tools 12 Just Right for the Job

SAAFF (South African Association of Freight Forwarders)

SAPICS 15 Array of Informative, Inspiring Speakers for 2019 Conference Safety 18 Benefits of Fire Compartmentalisation

SAEPA (SA Express Parcel Association) Sapics (Association for Operations Management of SA) CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) Also mailed to RFA members


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Historic Graduation for CILTSA Candidacy Programme International Logistics and Transport professional body, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) celebrated another first, with the recent graduation of its inaugural Candidacy Programme. 17 women graduated with the International Certificate in Logistics and Transport and the prestigious international “MILT” designation.

3. Verona Chetty - Shipping Co-ordinator: Biddulphs International 4. Nontokozo Khumalo - Air Import and Export Coordinator: Expeditors International 5. Yayeri Kisaame: CEO Sastalc

The successful candidates were:

6. Nomalizo Majavu - Entry Clerk: Kuehne & Nagel South Africa

1. Upasna Bridglall - Customer Controller: DHL Supply Chain LLP

7. Tembekile Mapanga - LTG Airport Estimator: LTG logistic Transport Globally

2. Wisani Chauke – Logistics Specialist: Amazon

8. Asanda Mapukata - Assistant Operations Manager: DSV

Transport and Logistics is a specialised field, we need more professional people in the industry – in particular more women

9. Nkaro Moema - Quality Assurance Assistant: DSV Health care 10. Morongwa Motlhabane - MH Launch Packaging Engineer: Ford Motor Company 11. Nobantu Mqulwana - Director Client Solutions: DSV Solutions 12. Elelwani Mudau – Import Supply Supervisor: Ford Motor Company 13. Cynthia Ntozini - Product Manager for Home Appliances, Africa: : Samsung Electronics 14. Roxanne Palmer - Airfreight Imports Controller: CFR Freight SA 15. Lizette Sander - Shipping Coordinator: Biddulphs International 16. Jean Trickett Swanepoel - Export Controller: CFR Freight SA 17. Busisiwe Songo – Warehouse Manager: Imperial Managed Logistics Speaking at the graduation ceremony, CILTSA President Elvin Harris said, “Transport and logistics is a specialised field, we need more professional people in the industry – in particular more women. The CILTSA Candidacy programme has made a small but impactful difference in changing the industry landscape.”

Elvin Harris

“Anything that can make our economy function more efficiently is vital.” He continued by adding that the women’s CILT qualification and designation is part of a lifelong learning journey. “Time spent developing yourself and getting educated on a professional level with a career path is vital. There is nothing better that we can do than uplift ourselves and develop ourselves. The more we improve our lives, the more we improve

Upasna Bridglall special award


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the lives of those around us.” The ceremony included messages of support and stories from leading women in Logistics and Transport. Juanita Maree, a director at Savino Del Bene, shared her journey. Babalwa Dludlu, the first-ever female chairperson of the RailRoad Association spoke of her career in logistics and transport and lessons learned.

Top achievers

CILTSA presented three special awards: • Roxanne Palmer from CFR Freight was presented with the award for Top Student • Nobantu Mqulwana from DSV Solutions received the award for Runner-Up in the Top Student Award • The CILTSA President’s Award was presented to Upasna Bridglall, DHL Supply Chain LLP, for her dedication, commitment and hard work during the Programme. Funded by the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), the intense candidacy programme includes both theoretical and workplace experience. “The grade of MILT reflects candidates’ proven expertise and experience in Logistics and Transport and is a globally portable designation,” explains Elvin. “TETA has been an incredibly supportive partner in this initiative. Their support to upskill women in the transport and logistics industry, and to prepare them for management roles in the industry is highly commendable. CILTSA, and our delivery partners, Commerce Edge and Alto Training are proud to be associated with this initiative.” The graduation ceremony was supported by Biddulphs International, Kuehne + Nagel and DHL.

Industry benefits

The Candidacy Programme is an opportunity for companies to develop their staff and at the

Juanita Maree

Nobantu Mqulwana and Roxanne Palmer: top students

same time assist the companies with their skills development and employment equity targets on their BBBEE scorecard. CILTSA Catherine Larkin Tel: 083 300 0331 Email:

Babalwa Dludlu

Ingrid du Buisson

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Multifunctional BLTWorld’s range of materials handling equipment now incorporates Meclift variable reach trucks, which are equipped with paper clamps, for the handling and loading of paper rolls and sawn timber in and out of trucks and railway carriages.

The Meclift ML1812R, which is a multi-purpose forklift truck, moves swiftly in confined spaces, like warehouses and cargo vessels and can also be operated inside containers,

Various kinds of attachments increase opportunities for using one machine for multiple purposes

for easy loading and unloading. This cannot be achieved by conventional forklift trucks,” says Ken Mouritzen, managing director, BLTWorld.


“In addition to handling in the paper industry, the ML1812R, with a lift height of 6m and a lifting capacity range of 18 tons, is great for almost any other material handling requirement in every sector.” By extending, lifting and lowering horizontal booms, paper reels can be safely handled at a distance from the cabin. This cabin can be raised or lowered to provide the driver with improved visibility in all situations. Other safety features include service, parking and emergency brakes. “The fork positioning can be altered from inside the cabin, without the operator having to get out to manually adjust the gap between the levers,” adds Ken. Furthermore, the lifting carriage of this machine has a hydraulic sideshift for accurate and effortless positioning. The cabin’s hydraulic vertical movement facility of 650mm enables the operator to comfortably drive into a container.

Various attachements

Various kinds of Meclift attachments increase opportunities for using one machine for multiple purposes. For example, a Meclift fitted with a coil ram or coil clamp, can efficiently and safely handle steel coils or rolls of wire. Another important lifting attachment is the double fork system that enhances the flexibility and performance of goods handling. The double fork attachment offers many benefits when loading and unloading containers or trailers. For example, four pallets or a similar load can be easily handled at the same time and it is possible to fully load a 20ft container with only two lifts.

Variable reach trucks, equipped with paper clamps, are used for the efficient handling and loading of paper rolls and sawn timber in and out of trucks and railway carriages.

BLTWorld Ken Mouritzen Tel: (031) 274 8270 Email:

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The Local Manufacturing Expo Aims to:

21 – 23 MAY 2019

Promote local manufacturing


Demonstrate Southern Africa’s export potential


Provide access to global markets

A Showcase of Southern Africa’s Manufacturing Capabilities Who Will Exhibit?

Networking opportunities Develop public / private partnerships Public / private sector collaborations Identify industry challenges and opportunities for growth

Manufacturers across a variety of sectors, including:



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All Under One Roof With a wide range of products and services under one roof, ing and manufacturing, among others,” he Shumani Industrial Equipment redefines the one-stop shop model says. “As a one-stop shop for a wide range of industrial equipment needs, we can bundle a when it comes to the provision of industrial equipment.


n recent years, the industrial equipment industry has not only seen a hastening trend towards consolidation within the supplier community, but also an expansion of the range of products and services offered under one roof. This has created true “one-stop shops” that are able to service a wide range of customers’ needs from one stable.

As a one-stop shop for a wide range of industrial equipment needs, we can bundle a broad range of services and limit the amount of interfaces necessary for our customers Victor Nemukula, Director at Shumani Industrial Equipment, reasons that convenience is one of the many reasons why today’s equipment buyers prefer to purchase goods and services from a one-stop-shop.

Increased uptime

“Instead of having to go to multiple businesses, they can just go to one location for all of their needs. Apart from convenience, dealing with a single supplier for a whole range of equipment needs means faster turnaround times for increased uptime,” says Victor.



broad range of services and limit the amount of interfaces necessary for our customers. This approach eliminates the need for end users to manage a number of different suppliers with different points of contact and different quality management systems.”

Extended scope of services

Apart from its extensive product range, Shumani offers a comprehensive scope of services, all the way from outright purchases and short and longterm rentals (Bobcat equipment & forklifts), to full maintenance leases and full technical support. “Our business model is informed by the understanding that in today’s operating conditions, suppliers of equipment must be able to offer different solutions to suit different needs of varying customer groups,” says Victor. “For example, the dilemma of buying versus renting often arises when equipment needs are in question. There are pros and cons to each, and there is no right or wrong in these options, but a one-stop-shop supplier is able to not only advise what suits the customer best, but to offer the right solution,” he concludes. Shumani Victor Nemukula Tel: 0861 748 6264 Email:

Shumani claims to be the only supplier that, from under one roof, can offer forklifts and material handling equipment, cleaning equipment access equipment, compact construction equipment, engines, generators and agricultural equipment, as well as compressed air solutions.

Serving several sectors

Shumani represents leading international brands such as Doosan

“This has allowed us to serve several sectors, including mining, construction, industrial, warehous-

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Truck Sales Rocket The South African commercial vehicle market got off to a flying start this year, showing a 7.3% increase to 1 653 sales.


his is according to the latest results released for January 2019 by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) and Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD).

Looking at the year-on-year comparison, medium commercial vehicle sales grew by 24.6% to 552 units. Sales in the heavy commercial vehicle segment increased by 6.5% to 327 units, while the extra heavy commercial vehicle showed a slight decline of 1.8% to conclude the month on 719 sales. Bus sales were down by 6.8% to 55 units.

In order to have a healthy and safe vehicle population, trucks need to be replaced every eight to ten years or so “We are very encouraged by the good start to the year,” says Gert Swanepoel, managing director of UD Trucks Southern Africa. “We foresee that certain macroeconomic influencers like the upcoming national elections and lower business confidence might dampen sales up to July.”

Challenging economic conditions

Gert says that 2018’s positive results proved that the truck market is resilient, even amid challenging economic conditions, and that businesses still choose to invest in new vehicles for their fleets. “One concern is that the average age of the local commercial vehicle is too high, at around 12 years currently. In order to have a healthy and safe vehicle population, trucks need to be replaced every eight to ten years or so,” he continues. Gert believes that more and more businesses are turning to modern smart logistics to ensure efficiency, productivity and profitability. Aspects like telematics are playing an increasing role in fleet and route planning, as the demand from consumers for faster turnaround times grows. UD Trucks Gert Swanepoel

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Just Right For The Job Milwaukee power tools and Stabila laser measurers have played an integral role in assisting sub-contractor FE Shelv & Rack complete a storage-extension project at the Heineken brewery in the Kliprivier Business Park.


istributed exclusively in Southern Africa by Upat, the shelving-and-racking specialist is dependent on the Milwaukee and Stabila products to ensure its solutions are installed accurately and quickly, according to site supervisor, Rocco Potgieter. The project involved the erection of about 150 frames for the expanded shelving-and-racking section.

Built to last

Milwaukee’s tools are built to last, owing to features like compact brushless motors, in addition to gearboxes made from magnesium and durable and heat-resistant material that extends the lifespan of the motor. The tools used by FE Shelv & Rack run the gamut from impact wrenches to drills, screw guns and grinders.

Brushless motors

The Powerstate brushless motors are supported by Milwaukee’s Red-Link Plus Intelligence system, an onboard electronic system incorporated in every tool to optimise performance and decrease overheating of the motor and batteries.

Power tool offer safety features like built-in shock absorbers and antikickback or safety clutches

The tools used by FE Shelv & Rack included impact wrenches, drills, screw guns, and grinders

This smart system allows for full-cycle communication between the battery, charger and motor and optimises performance by monitoring the internal workings of the tool. In addition, Milwaukee’s Red Lithium battery technology optimises motor performance while under load. This all ensures that the battery can give users a better lifespan, which is on average five times greater than that of other power tools. Maintenance is minimal and mainly preventative, such as checking that all tools are dustfree and that batteries are fully charged. Other features designed to make work both safer and more productive include built-in shock absorbers and anti-kickback or safety clutches. Particular attention has been paid to safety, like dead-man switches, while all battery-operated tools have built-in LED lights to illuminate the work area.

Laser measures The fast-track project involved the erection of about 150 frames for the expanded shelving-andracking section.


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Rocco points out that since standardising on Stabila laser distance

measurers, they have seen a dramatic increase in turnaround times and quality on project sites. Stabila offers laser distance measurers from 30m to 200m, with a 1mm to 2mm accuracy. The larger measuring tools can perform multiple tasks in conjunction with Bluetooth enabled distancers, like measuring cubic metres, square metreage and distance.

ranges, the aftermarket and technical support offered by Upat is an essential value-added service. Upat Alison Thomet Tel: (011) 624-6700 Email:

Since standardising on these laser distance measurers, the company has seen a dramatic increase in turnaround times and quality on its project sites Measurements can be added in and added up, price per square metre can be added to quotes and range finding can all be undertaken. For example, the LAX 400 multi-line laser can measure diameter distances up to 150 m via a receiver, while the LAR 350 rotation laser can measure diameters of up to 800m when used with a receiver. While the Milwaukee and Stabila innovations are key to the continued success of these product

Milwaukee power tools and Stabila lasers were integral to FE Shelv & Rack completing a project at the Heinken brewery

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Array of Informative, Inspiring Speakers for Sapics 2019 From the supply chain challenges of United Nations peacekeepers in Somalia, to those faced by the producers of reality TV show “Survivor”, from robotics to risk management, and from Coca-Cola to life-saving medicines, the 2019 SAPICS Conference for supply chain professionals will offer a diverse array of informative and inspiring presentations.


ow in its 41st successful year, the annual SAPICS Conference is Africa’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals. Hosted by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, it takes place in Cape Town from 9 to 12 June 2019.

The challenges of navigating the last mile in extreme environments will be examined in a presentation by Joseph Roussel, director and private sector engagement group lead at VillageReach Speaker Herbert Pechek, who is the supply chain management principal at the United Nations’ support office in Somalia, was the main architect of the transformation of the organisation’s complex, multidimensional peacekeeping operations into an efficient horizontal supply chain. He will explain to SAPICS Conference delegates how an often seemingly chaotic cluster of tasks has been assessed, analysed, and moulded into a new framework aligned to standardised supply chain processes and practices over the past few years. “My presentation outlines the journey that the United Nations has taken so far and the chal-

lenges it has encountered along the way,” says Herbert, whose career has been spent optimising operations and supply chains in challenging regions like Somalia, Haiti, East Timor and Kosovo.

Impressive logistics Presenter Antoinette Tebbutt is known to the South African public as “Toni from Survivor”. She was the outspoken castaway on Season 6 Survivor South Africa, which was filmed in the Philippines and aired in 2018. Antoinette has worked in logistics for over 15 years and says that as a contestant on Survivor South Africa, she was fascinated by the logistics of it all - from moving contestants and crew around, to transporting and building challenges on different islands, to building a set on the sea for the tribal councils. “All of that was then sent back to South Africa to recreate the set for the live finale show. It is incredible,” she enthuses. One memorable moment saw the show bringing Steers to the contestants in the Philippines as a reward meal. “The Steers team brought all their own equipment (including an ice cream machine), food and even their chef to set up a Steers station in a cove on a stunning uninhabited island for us to enjoy. This really made me realise how vital the supply chain is,” says Antoinette, who will share her experiences and insights at the conference. Supply Chain Today

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Sean Culey is a world leading futurist, author and globally recognised business transformation expert. He is an award-winning speaker and popular contributor to SAPICS events. The launch of his latest book, “Transition Point – from Steam to the Singularity”, gives him an ideal opportunity to return to the stage to share and update his insights. Sean says, “We live in disruptive times. The world is changing faster than ever before, leaving people dazed, businesses struggling, economies floundering and societies fracturing. Transition Point is the result of over five years of research to establish why, and what is next,” he explains. In his presentation, Sean examines the drivers of technological change, the social, economic and political factors that both enable or suppress it, and the impact that technologies like robotics, blockchain and AI will have on our businesses, our economies and our society. Supply chain disruptions are widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers and have become a top concern of global insurance providers. A glitch in its supply chain can cost an organisation up to 10% of its shareholder value, and even put the company out of business. Dr Robert Besseling, founder and chief executive of EXX Africa, is a risk expert who will share his expertise and insights. He specialises in forecasting political, security and economic risk to African natural resources and associated infrastructure development.

Beyond South Africa

Coca-Cola’s demand driven journey into Africa is the topic of the presentation by Barry Anderson, demand and supply planning specialist at CocaCola Beverages Africa. “As the first corporate to take Demand Driven Materials Requirement Planning (DDMRP) beyond the borders of South Africa, the team responsible will share their journey

and the learnings gleaned from the experience,” Barry reveals. “The rationale behind the adoption of the DDMRP philosophy and the process of gathering information and knowledge on the subject to the initial trial of the model and the ultimate roll-out of the Demand Driven Operating Model into the various countries in South and East Africa will also be outlined,” he explains.

A glitch in its supply chain can cost an organisation up to 10% of its shareholder value Scaling innovation

The challenges of navigating the last mile in extreme environments will be examined in a presentation by Joseph Roussel, director and private sector engagement group lead at Village Reach in Brussels. VillageReach is a non-governmental organisation that is striving to improve communities’ access to healthcare and life-saving medicines and vaccines in remote rural areas in developing countries. “There is a lot to learn from what is being done across the African continent to increase access to healthcare at the last mile,” Joseph says. “VillageReach’s work leverages private sector best practice but also adapts and tests private sector ideas - often yielding innovations. My presentation offers some thought-provoking insights on how to scale innovations in frontier markets, how to train customers to improve 3PL operations, how to adapt supply chains to local contexts and configure multi-modal delivery to reach hard to access consumers. I look forward to taking SAPICS delegates on a journey into uncharted territory!” SAPICS Tel: (011) 023-6701 Email:

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Benefits of Fire Compartmentalisation It is important to understand the benefits of as well as the need for fire compartmentalisation in industrial design, such as for warehouses and factories.

The idea behind fire compartmentalisation is to divide a structure such as a warehouse or factory into ‘fire compartments’ in order to limit any potential fire or smoke from spreading. This form of passive fire protection is also cost-effective, as it may reduce the need for costly sprinkler systems,” explains ASP Fire, CEO, Michael In terms of van Niekerk.

Michael van Niekerk, ASP Fire CEO

warehouses, fire protection has to take into account the fact that fire and smoke often spread vertically

In terms of warehouses, fire protection has to take into account the fact that fire and smoke often spread vertically, due to the high stack heights involved, whereas factories often contain complex production processes that can spread fire and smoke by means of conveyor belts, for example.

More than just joining up the boxes

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sary production processes. Often the industrial engineer will supply the architect with a brief in this regard,” Michael elaborates. However, it is essential to ensure that adequate fire-protection measures are in place in terms of such designs. “For example, if you have a conveyor belt running the length of a factory, then the emergency exit being on the one side of it will mean restricted egress in the event of an emergency.” This also applies to the correct location of fire-hose reels so that they can cover the entire factory area. Michael stresses that the main aim of fire engineering for factories is to ensure that all eventualities are catered for, while minimising downtime and lost production. “We do not want to shut down any processes unnecessarily, while on the other hand there are critical processes that cannot be shutdown at all, without serious consequences in terms of uptime and output.” It is essential that architects take all these factors into consideration during the design phase, which is where the technical expertise of ASP Fire can best be deployed. Retrofitting warehouses and


factories in order to be compliant with all of the necessary regulations is not only costly, but in some instances either unfeasible or impractical.

ation procedures and fire protection strategies are an essential component for warehouse and factory design. ASP Fire is able to conduct firerisk assessments for warehouses and factories in order to determine whether the actual fire load exceeds the installed fire-protection system design.

This can be avoided by simply sub-dividing buildings into various fire compartments aimed at limiting the spread of a fire. These compartments, in turn, are separated from each other by fire-resistant floors and walls in order to stop The main aim of fire any fire from spreading and engineering for factories engulfing an entire warehouse is to ensure that all or factory.

“We are able to advise a client accordingly, and assist them with a suitable fireprotection strategy and system design to cater for the likely worst-case eventualities are catered for, Benefits scenario that could while minimising downtime The main benefit of fire compartbe faced in the course and lost production mentation is that it prevents a of normal operations,� fire from spreading out of control, Michael elaborates. ASP which could result in workers being Fire offers turnkey fire trapped. It also reduces the possibility protection projects, which of such a fire spreading, and resulting means it supplies, installs, and in even greater damage, and even fatalities. maintains fire-protection equipment The degree of sub-division necessitated by fire in buildings. compartmentation depends on the use of the building (such as a warehouse or factory), its Michael van Niekerk, ASP Fire CEO height, and whether or not a sprinkler system Tel: (011) 452-2169, Cell: (083) 779-1701 has been installed. In addition to fire compartmentalisation, evacu-


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How Do We Compare? As supply chains become more globally dispersed, the quality of any country’s logistics services becomes crucial. Playing a determining role in whether or not it can participate in the global economy, most countries have pursued logisticsrelated reforms and investments to build infrastructure to facilitate transportation and trade to improve overall performance.


outh Africa’s logistics performance is considered to be right up there with the best in the world. “Supply Chain Today” attended a Transport Forum meeting at which some interesting facts were revealed.

It also targets international supply chains of manufacturers and may not fully reflect the quality of internal connectivity and logistics Harry van Huyssteen, convener of the monthly Transport Forum where the latest global Logistics Performance Index (LPI) was presented

Professor Stephan Visagie, chair of the logistics department at the University of Stellenbosch, talks to Professor Lauri Ojala of the Turku University in Finland

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BAROMETER Professor Lauri Ojala of the Turku University in Finland and an author of the 2018 global Logistics Performance Index (LPI), published biannually by the World Bank, says South Africa’s logistics performance scores in the top fifth in the world. This is right up there with the likes of North America and most of Europe. “South Africa is the only country on the African continent that has reached the top performance levels,” says Prof Ojala. “It has consistently improved over the past few years and does very well when compared internationally.” First published in 2007 the LPI report scores 160 countries on how efficiently their supply chains connect firms to domestic and international opportunities. “The LPI offers two perspectives on a country’s performance,” explains Prof Ojala.


“The domestic LPI offers quantitative and qualitative assessments of a country’s services from logistics professionals working inside the country. This component offers detailed information on a country’s infrastructure, quality of service providers, border procedures, and supply chain reliability. “The international LPI provides evaluations of a country’s services by logistics professionals located outside the country. This component provides qualitative information of how a country’s trading partners perceive the efficiency and quality of its logistics services.” According to the Prof, the LPI is a synthetic metric of a country’s supply chain efficiency indicating its status and giving Professor Jan Havenga of the logistics department at the University of Stellenbosch a crude idea of where problem areas may lie. “It is by no means a diagnostic tool on its to deliver efficient supply chains. own,” he adds indicating it has to be supported 2018 findings by other tools. “It also targets international supply According to Prof Ojala, the 2018 findings were chains of manufacturers and may not fully reflect not all that surprising with Germany once again the quality of internal connectivity and logistics.” the best performing country in the world, fol12415/E

Yet, the LPI has since 2007 had a significant impact in raising awareness and establishing logistics as a cross-cutting policy concern and has contributed to motivating many national and regional initiatives in high, middle and low-income countries with a concomitant improvement in logistics performance. Coming in 33rd, South Africa is, according to Prof Ojala, in a league of its own in Sub Saharan Africa. “Few other African countries score as high as South Africa.” The index takes into account factors such as customs and border management, infrastructure, the price of international shipments, logistics competence and skills, tracking, tracing and timing of shipments, a benchmark for governments

lowed by Sweden, Belgium, Austria and Japan. The LPI has consistently found that high-income countries score higher than low-income countries.

South Africa is the only country on the African continent that has reached the top performance levels In fact, the LPI score of high-income countries is 48% higher, on average, than low-income countries. Among the 30 top performing countries, 24 are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “There is a definite and persistent logistics performance gap between countries. The performance, however, is not primarily about costs or even Supply Chain Today

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BAROMETER red tape, but about the reliability of the supply chain and service delivery.” What was quite concerning this time round, was the low number of responses received from African countries which was significantly lower than two years ago which, naturally has an effect on the research. South Africa is the only country that continues to reach the top quintile in this research and Prof emphasizes that it’s not all down to the highest GDP. Germany comes in top even though it does not have the highest GDP but the gap between developed and less developed countries persists. It has not widened or narrowed but there is a gap. “South Africa is an example of a country doing better logistics than expected from its level of GDP per capita. South Africa has consistently performed well as have countries such as Rwanda, Malawi, India, Vietnam and China.”


China, for the first time, surpassed South Africa in logistics performance. Here, skills remains one of the biggest challenges but this is true for many countries. One of the key findings of this year’s report is that there is currently a labour shortage of logistics professionals in both developed and developing countries. Developed countries, says Prof Ojala, need more blue-collar workers, such as truck drivers, while developing countries are looking for more managerial-level Professor Lauri Ojala, author of the global Logistics Performance Index (LPI) addresses the Transport Forum workers. Although South Africa scored slightly lower than previously, for all intents and purposes it retained its rankings and position as one of the top logistics performers in the world.

Slight regression

Also speaking at the Transport Forum, from the Stellenbosch University’s logistics department, Professor Jan Havenga emphasized that this research is welcome as it is generated internationally rather than locally. “We do measure our logistics costs in South Africa which have been rising over the past few years

and I feel we have regressed ever so slightly in recent years,” adds Prof Havenga. “We are not growing at the same pace as other countries which might not be a problem as yet, but there are some warning lights that we need to take notice of. The lack of a modal shift in the country remains a concern. We have too much cargo on road and we need to address this sooner rather than later,” he concludes. Professor Lauri Ojala Turku University

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New Moves in the Western and Eastern Cape Kardex Remstar has appointed Acrow, one of South Africa’s largest storage and construction equipment manufacturers, as their dealer for the Western and Eastern Cape. This partnership was recently launched in Cape Town. “Supply Chain Today” was there.


ardex Remstar, synonymous with automated storage solutions and materials handling systems, is one of those brands that you just know. Much like Acrow. It is therefore hardly surprising that the two companies are working together in the Western and Eastern Cape.

We are not just traders and peddlers of racking and shelving but are intimately concerned with quality from finding the right solution to manufacturing or securing the correct product to final product handover According to Enrico Moya, Acrow’s business development director, it is a partnership that bodes well for the province bringing Kardex Remstar’s vast and flexible product range closer than ever before.


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Demetris Kouloundis, Kardex Remstar, regional sales director for the Middle East and Africa, during a demonstration of the Shuttle XP


While Kardex Remstar has a dealer in Gauteng and KZN, it is in the growing Western Cape area where major opportunities lie. Says Gys Mans, Regional Business Manager Southern Africa for Kardex Remstar, “There is much synergy between our two companies and this arrangement fits very well with all of our other business units.”

Delivering solutions

According to Enrico, too often solutions are pushed onto customers who are told what to buy, when to buy and how. “Customers can draw on the years of experience that our team brings to the table. We have an in-depth knowledge not just of the products we sell, but also how they perform under different conditions having implemented solutions from grassroots level.” Enrico says much effort goes into training at Acrow to insure a deep knowledge of all the products while technicians are specialized. After-sales service is a critical strength in today’s competitive environment. “We are not just traders and peddlers of racking and shelving but are intimately concerned with quality from finding the right solution to manufacturing or securing the correct product to final product handover,” he emphasises. All of this, adds Gys, contributed to the Kardex Remstar decision to appoint Acrow as an authorised distributor for the materials handling

line of business given its well-established base in the Western and Eastern Cape underpinned by a national footprint. Good support systems, experience and human capital are also in place allowing the company to take on the Kardex Remstar high-dense vertical and horizontal automated solutions with ease.

Industry trends

“Dynamic storage and retrieval solutions are increasingly called for by industry while at the same time warehouse floor space has to be optimized and safety elements addressed,” says Gys.

Depending on the height of the room, this means that the size of the footprint can be reduced by at least 85% compared with conventional systems An ideal product here is the Kardex Remstar Shuttle XP Vertical Lift Module. From storing small parts to large heavy tools this solution allows manufacturers to keep inventory all in one place, while saving on floor space, increasing productivity and delivering a positive return on investment. This range, says Demetris Kouloundis, Regional Sales Director for Kardex Remstar in Africa and the Middle East, is designed with customer-specific requirements (variation in height of units, secured access to goods, pick-assist technology as well as full Warehouse Management Software integration options) and is able to store up to 1 000kg per tray, with units up to 30 metres in height. “It is a self-contained and extremely flexible system in which trays are stored vertically on Supply Chain Today

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AUTOMATED STORAGE the front and rear of the unit. In between is an extractor which automatically conveys the trays holding the goods to the access opening at the touch of a button or when a barcode is scanned,” he explains. Thanks to its modular design, the Shuttle XP can be adapted to the requisite height both before and after it has been installed and the number of access openings can also be modified. Depending on the height of the room, this means that the size of the footprint can be reduced by at least 85% compared with conventional systems.

Capacity and height

Each tray is automatically scanned with the help of Optiflex technology, which scans the height of the goods stored on top of the tray, and then proceeds to store the tray in the most dynamic location within the unit. Storage of trays is carried out in 25mm increments. The modular design of the system provides virtually unlimited flexibility while making the best use of various room heights. Demetris says, “The unit height can be chosen in 100-millimetre steps so that the Shuttle XP always perfectly meets capacity and height requirements in each case. Even when there is a change of location, it can quickly be adapted to the new environment by adding or removing modules.” Installation is carried out in modular stages and the installation process of a single unit can be done within a few days, using minimal resources. According to Demetris, integrating dynamic storage solutions into manufacturing processes has positive, quick and direct impact on an organisation’s bottom-line.

Two-thirds The Acrow team - Sandra Moya, Enrico Moya, Matteo Anzalone and Julio Moya

Procuring these systems is easily justified through improved productivity, recovered floor space and increased pick accuracy gains alone. “Implementing an automated storage system can increase productivity by up to two-thirds,” he states. “Often, facilities implement these systems but maintain current labour levels which results in even higher picking capacities.” It is, however, in the security of the system that even more value lies. Passwordcontrolled and operated by one person, the machine records who used the system and when. This has led to a major reduction in pilferaging in operations where the system has been installed. Ultimately, Gys concludes, users can save time, cut the distance travelled, and generate faster and more precise picks, significantly improving productivity.

Kardex Remstar regional sales director for Africa Demetris Kouloundis, Enrico Moya, Acrow business development director, Andreas Eracleous of Kardex Remstar, Gys Mans, regional business manager Southern Africa for Kardex Remstar and Tasos Panagi, sales manager for Africa at Kardex Remstar, announcing Acrow as the agent for Kardex Remstar in the Western Cape

Acrow, Enrico Moya, Tel: (011) 824-1527 Email: Kardex Remstar, Gys Mans, Tel: 071-347-4616 Email:

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Keeping the BIRDS away Thirteen Apex Traffic high speed doors have been installed at Bayer’s only manufacturing plant in Africa. James Candy, production manager at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, explains that one of the primary requirements was to provide a solution that would prevent birds from entering the facility. The Apex Traffic high speed doors at the Bayer Nigel facility are required to accommodate forklift traffic moving palletised product to and from the warehouse section. This is a very busy warehouse operation with high volumes of traffic and the doors automatically opening, using sensors.

“Ensuring smooth traffic flow is one of the key requirements in any warehouse operation and the opening and closing action of the Traffic High Speed doors is at 1 metre per second, allowing optimum materials handling and minimising of bottlenecking,” he concludes.

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High speed doors have been installed on the outside of all exterior openings.

All under one resource planning system Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has announced that it will be transitioning 106 of its local distribution partners onto its SAP enterprise resource planning system. Once the transition is complete, all 143 partners will be using the SAP system.

network because it means they can now deliver to all customers in their delivery area. Previously, certain of our customers could not accept deliveries from LDPs because they were not using the right system,” says Ntuthu

The LDP programme is part of the CCBSA route to market strategy, enabling the company to reach its customers in the townships and rural areas. Working closely with the LDPs, CCBSA has ensured smoother delivery and customer service, but it has also created much needed opportunities for entrepreneurs. Ninety percent of LDPs are from previously disadvantaged groups. “Not only do LDPs create work opportunities for themselves, they employ drivers, crew and warehouse staff from local communities “This is a highly significant move for our distributor


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Mabengu, Third Party Distribution Excellence Manager, CCBSA. Nnana Mamatshele Tel: (011) 848-2600 Email:


World’s largest logistics company in the works DSV has announced an all share voluntary public tender offer for all publicly held shares of Panalpina. DSV and Panalpina have reached an agreement on the terms and conditions of a combination by way of a Public Exchange Offer to all Panalpina shareholders. If the offer is successful, DSV and Panalpina will become one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies with a pro forma revenue of approximately DKK 118 billion and a workforce of more than 60 000 employees operating in 90 countries. Following completion, DSV will propose to its shareholders, to change its name to “DSV Panalpina A/S”. Tina Joanne Hindsbo Tel: 0861-462-884 Email:

Meeting consumer needs through tech HighJump has unveiled how it will lead the digital transformation of retail execution, through the cloud, warehouse control, voice technology and warehouse simulation. Consumer expectations for purchasing convenience, delivery speed, choice and adaptability are rising. This is in addition to new business models

spanning eCommerce and subscription services, all in light of a rapidly shrinking workforce. As a result, retailers need the flexibility and visibility to make smarter, faster decisions for their supply chains. HighJump’s latest advances make this possible, enabling retailers to seamlessly implement new workflows and emerging technologies.

HighJump Now strengthens supply chains with the cloud as companies gain the capacity and secure environments required for advanced data analytics and technologies spanning artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain, IoT and machine learning. The company’s Warehouse Control System (WCS) creates a single point of data and communication among all material handling equipment (MHE). Furthermore, the simulation solution allows retailers to test warehouse layouts in a virtual world. Finally, the HighJump Voice technology is part automation, part human interaction, empowering and attracting talent with future technologies. This includes using voice to direct automated vehicles or as the primary means of direction with augmented reality (AR). HighJump Heather Smith

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Passwords like underwear Password breaches are all too common nowadays and the biggest challenge is to keep a different complex password for every website or app. Most people use the same passwords on multiple sites and when one of those sites is compromised, hackers test the login information on other sites. This means having one password compromised can lead to one’s password being compromised on many other sites. Human behaviour is to make things as simple as possible for ourselves and sometime by making things simple, it becomes simpler for those with ill intent. The excuses are mostly around the inability to remember multiple passwords. It’s too difficult if you can’t write them down or store them on a mobile device, but in the past, people would remember 10, 15, 20 plus telephone numbers and lock combinations. Today we remember none as we use a phone to do all our thinking. The perfect password is in something

Smarter shipping

“Logistyx Technologies TME 3.0, a transportation management system (TMS) designed for parcel shipping has levelled the playing field for shippers who compete with global e-commerce behemoths like Amazon as customers of all sizes can leverage this platform,” says Logistyx President, Ken Fleming. At times of high demand, many of Logistyx’s largest customers ship

from a list of favourite things, a phrase or a lyric. A great password is worth the effort. Remember that passwords should be treated like underwear, they are personal, shouldn’t be shared and they

more than 80 000 packages per hour. TME 3.0 selects the most effective and efficient combination of multicarrier services, properly documents those services to ensure compliance, tracks the services through to completion, and ensures accurate billing and timely payment. While many shippers around the world continue to place the onus on customers to track and trace the status of

must be changed regularly. J2 Software John Mc Loughlin Tel: 0861-00-5896 Email:

their orders, Logistyx facilitates a more proactive approach. Shippers set thresholds that trigger proactive alerts about delays and other problems and automatically provide options to resolve them or reduce end-customer dissatisfaction. Shippers also define their own business rules to direct TME 3.0’s rapid parcel carrier selection based on a variety of factors, including package weight, contents, carrier contracts and rates. “The TME 3.0 business intelligence engine empowers customers to see a more complete picture of what’s happening with their parcel shipping and better understand where gains can be made throughout the organisation. “It extends the platform beyond shipment processing to enable shippers to rate shop and perform rate simulation for individual parcel shipments at scale. Shippers easily gain insights from their own data to create cost reductions and service enhancements while creating efficiencies for any parcel-shipping operation,” concludes Ken. Ken Fleming, Tel: +1 877 755 2374


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Traceability for quality assurance Coding and marking is the method of printing essential product and traceability information onto packaging, labels and other manufactured goods and materials. These include barcodes, serialisation codes, and expiry or ‘best by’ dates. While codes and marks can also be used to create brand attractiveness and inviting online dialogue with consumers, its traceability requirements, assurance about product authenticity, and product freshness that are most important. Ultimately, the purpose of marking and coding is to keep everyone in the supply chain completely informed about the product.

Accelerating automation MakeMeMobile and Bartrans have merged to form Bidvest Mobility, a barcode and mobile computing solutions to track items as they move through the supply chain. According to MakeMeMobile’s Andrew Fosbrook, this is a key driver to accelerate automation and provide real-time valuable data, which will drive down costs and increase efficiencies. The new company, Bidvest Mobility will retain the same management and staff of the two merged companies. MakeMeMobile’s Andrew Fosbrook and Bartrans’ Simon Grisdale will assume the roles of spearheading this new entity and ensuring a smooth transition.

For case coding, the 1200 thermal inkjet (TIJ) printer from Markem-Imaje and distributed by Pyrotec in South Africa is designed for rapid, efficient coding. It produces highresolution text, logos and high-density graphics on fast-moving production lines in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Pyrotec Rowan Beattie

Andrew says, “Each company has its own core strengths, solutions and competencies and complement each other, which will result in creating a significant player that focuses on providing mobile computing and barcoding solutions in South Africa.” MakeMeMobile Andrew Fosbrook Tel: (011) 450-0505

Dry-liners help out with point-to-point delivery Serco has supplied eight dry-liner bodies for Durbanbased City Logistics to add to its fleet. The line haul division consists of a fleet of more than 500 vehicles operating on a 24-hour basis, providing an inter-depot service for distribution and point-topoint delivery. Serco’s key account manager, Colin Atkinson, says City Logistics required 54 cubic metres of loading space in each of the new bodies. Serco offered the dry-liner body built using Protec steel facings and an injected foam core to provide a durable and lightweight panel construction. “We were thus able to accommodate the customer’s requirements with the 8.25m bodies which were constructed at Serco’s Durban factory and handed over to City Logistics in October,” concludes Colin. Serco, Colin Atkinson, Tel: (031) 508-1000 Email:

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A substantial increase Super Group CEO, Peter Mountford, was recently named the 2018 All Africa Business Leader of the Year at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) Grand Finale. The AABLA distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy, and

are visionaries behind today’s businesses. Peter joined Super Group in 2009, when the market capitalisation hit an all-time low of R350 million. Fast forward to ten years later, under his leadership, the group now has a market cap of R15 billion. Peter Mountford Tel: (011) 523-4000

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On the Move

Kamogelo Mmutlana

Charl Groenewald

Kerr Walker

Barloworld has decided to merge its automotive and logistics divisions and will be led by Kamogelo Mmutlana, the chief executive officer of the logistics division.

Charl Groenewald will take over the logistics division as chief executive, reporting to Kamogelo Mmutlana.

Interroll has appointed Kerr Walker as its new managing director for Interroll South Africa


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