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Contents Featured on the cover: Goscor Lift Truck Company Tel: 0861 GOSCOR (467 267) Fax: (011) 976-2176

Cover Story


4 Hubtex Hits SA

34 Driver of the Year 2012


Market Forum — Supply

7 Bigger Slice of the Pie 9 Electrifying the Market

36 Market Forum - Supply

Market Forum — Unit


13 Market Forum - Unit

Green Supply Chain Awards 16 Top Honours for Supply Chain Organisations


Cold Storage




27 Cost Challenges

31 Strategies for a High-Service, Low-Cost Supply Chain

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Left to right: Darryl Shafto, Goscor Lift Truck Company JHB managing director, Lars Beuel, Hubtex sales manager material handling and Patrick Barber Goscor Lift Truck Company JHB national sales manager

Leading materials handling equipment supplier in SA, Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), part of Imperial’s Goscor Group, has secured the sole agency for German-based Hubtex products in southern Africa.


LTC MD Darryl Shafto says Goscor is pleased to be partnering with a company that makes trucks of such outstanding quality. “Hubtex has really made an indelible impression worldwide for their quality, ingenuity and service,” Darryl says.

First company in the world to introduce soft elastic tyres for fourway sideloaders for operation on uneven and semi-solid ground Darryl adds that Hubtex’s wide range of products will enable GLTC to broaden its offering of materials handling solutions in the local market. “With Hubtex’s four-way reach trucks, as well as their lift trucks that can handle long loads, new markets in which GLTC has not operated before are now open to us. These markets include the steel and timber industries, the glass industry, builders’ merchant outlets, and others,” Darryl adds. In fact, with products that range from simple manual forklift trucks to high-lift picking trucks and rail-mounted lift trucks with load capacities ranging from 0,8 tons to 350 tons, Hubtex’s product range covers several industrial sectors, including, of course, lifting and transport equipment for the textile industry – weaving mills and warp knitting factories - where Hubtex started business. Darryl says that one of their primary targets in


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South Africa will be the timber industry including timber wholesalers, sawmills, wood-processing companies, kitchen manufacturers and others. “Many of the more common products that are lifted and carried include chipboard, plywood, timber roof trusses, construction and finished timber along with kitchen worktops, and doors,” says Darryl. Some of the more important Hubtex products include:

Fourway sideloader

One of Hubtex’s signature products, the Fourway Sideloader is a very robust and compact vehicle developed for indoor and outdoor use which, because of its soft elastic tyres, can also be used on semi-solid ground. Hubtex was the first company in the world to introduce soft elastic tyres for fourway sideloaders for operation on uneven and semi-solid ground. “Hubtex cutting-edge tyre technology is one of its greatest advantages,” says Darryl. “This allows them to operate comfortably, reliably and efficiently outdoors, on rough terrain, as well as indoors, making them very well suited to many of the areas in which Goscor does not yet operate.” Available in either diesel or gas and with load capacities of up to 10 tons, these three-wheel hydrostatically driven Fourway sideloaders are all-purpose vehicles, which can be used for the


transport of long loads in narrow aisles, or as conventional front loaders for conventional pallet stacking.

Electrical multidirectional sideloaders

The second series of signature products are the Electric Multidirectional Sideloaders (EMS). These are suitable for the versatile handling of long loads, stacks of metals sheets, chipboard, tools, cable drums, rollers, oversized pallets and round-bar stock. With capacities from 0.8 tons to 50 tons, the EMS is suited to both indoor and outdoor applications and can be used in guided or unguided operation in very narrow aisles. They also feature multidirectional steering to maximise maneuverability.

One of Hubtex’s signature products, the Fourway Sideloader is a very robust and compact vehicle developed for indoor and outdoor use

Robust machine

The three most popular Hubtex EMS series are the 2150 series, the 2120 series, and the 2130 series. The 2150 series is a robust machine with extremely high load capacities. It transports and handles long and heavy loads in combined indoor and outdoor applications. Due to its powerful travel motors and large plastic tyres, it can reach speeds of up to 16km/h. These sideloaders can be used in outdoor areas and are proven workhorses even in poor weather conditions. The 2130 series machines are known for their versatility. With multidirectional steering, they are the entry level for heavy load handling. With their soft plastic tyres, they handle long and heavy loads of up to 6 tons in both indoor and outdoor applications. The heavy-duty 2120 series, also with multidirectional steering, is characterised by its robust design and high load capacities. With its largesized Vulkollan (PU) tyres, these are mainly used indoors or in canopied outdoor areas.

Order picking

Hubtex picking trucks are based on a conventional multidirectional sideloader or the more specialised platform configuration. The MU-OP one-man and MU-SO one and twoman order picking trucks are used for picking long loads. They are specially made for aluminium, plastic or steel profiles and for order picking in narrow aisles. These pickers are equipped with articulated two-piece chassis, robust lift masts, three-phase brushless motors, a unique information terminal with colour display and ergonomic and comfortable operator workstation for enhanced efficiency. “Hubtex’s picking machines meet warehousing and transporting needs for a wide variety of industries and product lines,” says Darryl. “Again, as with

the more conventional Hubtex trucks, they will help us in those areas we have not been into like the large volume timber and steel businesses and many more.”

In-plant transport

Hubtex has a wide variety of other products, including a compact front-lift for moving heavy loads in a very confined space where conventional front-loaders cannot operate; the series 4120 forklift reach truck, with capacities from 3500 kg to 6000 kg, which is an alternative to conventional reach trucks with restricted standardised capacities; and rail-mounted lift trucks, exclusively designed for in-plant transport, with capacities of up to 150 tons. Lars Beuel, Hubtex sales manager material handling, says he is optimistic about the new venture in South Africa. “We saw very quickly that GLTC is a consummately professional company and that our products will add strategic value to their current range. I look forward to working with Darryl and the Goscor team and to building a memorable partnership in this country,” he says.

Specially made for aluminium, plastic or steel profiles and for order picking in narrow aisles Goscor Lift Truck Company has established a powerful reputation in South Africa as the sole local distributor of Crown, Doosan and Bendi products and has, since 1984, offered a worldclass sales and support service in the materialshandling equipment industry. Darryl Shafto, Goscor Lift Truck Company Tel: 0861 GOSCOR (467 267) Fax: (011) 976-2176 Email:,

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Bigger Slice of the Pie “With the launch of our new 1F Series diesel and LPG forklift truck and having recently moved in to larger premises in Jet Park, Gauteng, I believe that this sends out a clear signal that Nissan Forklift is serious about increasing its market share as well as increasing its product range and stock holding,” so says Pieter Fourie, managing director of Bidvest Materials Handling.


idvest Materials Handling have the sole distribution rights for the well-known Nissan Forklift brand in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa. They offer Diesel, LPG, electric powered forklifts as well as a full warehouse equipment product range, as well as baggage handling tow tractors with towing capacities up to 45 000kg.

Backup service and aftermarket support is critical

Minimal downtime

Pieter continues, “Backup service and aftermarket support in our industry is critical. The larger premises in Jet Park allow us to carry more stock of fast moving forklift models as well as a larger parts-holding capability, ensuring minimal downtime to our customers. “We are represented in all provinces, and have

established a full dealership network, particularly servicing the outlaying areas, and offer complete technical back-up and training for our products. supported a two year warranty”

Reduces noise levels The Nissan 1F Series range of engine and electric forklifts were developed with three key objectives in mind: to meet environmental low emission and low noise ratios, to give operators safety, comfort and ease of operation, and to reduced total lifecycle cost for owners. The 1F Series also offers a range of pallet transporters, pallet stackers, order pickers and reach trucks which are all specialised warehousing handling machines. This significantly reduces noise levels, thereby reducing operator fatigue and increases the operator’s ability to hear noises/distractions from surrounding areas in the factory.

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Safety features

Improved safety features include swaying control systems, mast lock systems, parking brake warning buzzer, an automatic power cut-off system ‘smart’ operating controls. Reduced lifecycle costs are obtained through the new and improved ECCS gasoline/LPG engines and the Nissan QD32 diesel engine offering higher performance and lower fuel consumption. The QDS32 diesel engine meets EU Stage IIIA and complies with US EPA Tier III regulations. Their gasoline and LPG engines have greatly reduced CO, HC and NOx emissions compared with carburettor models.

Combating environmental pollution through re-design and advanced technologies Pieter comments “Japanese forklift machinery and associated handling equipment are well known for their quality, robustness and reliability. Not so well-known is the incorporation of new technology designed to combate environmental pollution. Uniquely we offer the complete Nissan range from diesel, electric and gas.


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Green is the way to go Commenting on the electric versus diesel debate Pieter says “Obviously green is the way to go, but we have to take cognisance of how our industry has, and is, evolving. The financial implications and the concerns over sustained power supplies have received much press coverage over the last five years. We anticipate that exposure to internal vehicle pollution will be high on the government’s legislative agenda, intime to come, even if it is initially led by the industry players themselves. The uninterrupted supply of power is of course an issue in its own right”. Nissan Forklift has been in business for over 53 years globally, with managing director Pieter Fourie having been involved with the local operation for seven years. Bidvest invested in the local operation of Nissan Forklift in 2009 and is actively involved in the strategic management and development of the company. The company has produced over 600 000 forklifts since inception, with representation in 85 countries around the world. Pieter Fourie, Nissan Forklift Tel: (011) 397-0500, Email:


Electrifying the Market The materials handling industry will soon have to take on board the forthcoming change in legislation calling for clean burning forklift trucks. “While many see utilising the electricity supply for such machinery as problematic, it doesn’t have to be that way. The savings that can be obtained by using electrically-powered materials handling equipment are not to be sneezed at”, says Mike Norton, national sales manager for Eqstra Industrial Equipment.

Environment, Ecology and Energy. The Toyota with a fully-charged battery gives a five-hour shift rate, giving operational efficiencies of up to five percent if driven correctly. Depending on the application, we still anticipate savings of 20% on running costs over traditional forklifts. It is quite a ‘smooth operator’ on the floor”, Mike adds.

Great expectations

The 8FB Series financial savings are not rocket science if the cost per hour of usage over the lifetime of the forklift is calculated with the 8FB having a lifespan of at least 20 000 working hours plus. “The forklift is currently on trial at Wescape, the fruit facility, and has been running there successfully for over six weeks. We have already moved 120 units which we aim to increase to over 150 units per annum from 2013, thus increasing our world market-share within five years,” says Mike.

Practical and safe design

Dawie Hechter, National Technical Specialist and Mike Norton, National Sales Manager


n conversation with “Supply Chain Today”, Mike says, “While the ‘threatened outages’ by Eskom obviously are of concern, you cannot ignore the increase in LPG shortages that have taken place around the country over the last two to three years. Readers also need to take cognisance of the fact that legislation restricting the use of fume-making handlers is going to be implemented very soon, which will prohibit the use of LPG, petrol-or diesel-driven forklift trucks in environments such as the food sector completely.

He elaborates, “About eight to ten years ago there was a shift in mindset as to what forklifts should encompass in their design. There were a lot more ‘cosmetics’ on offer, more plastic finishes and cab comforts taking the units to an unaffordable level. We have reversed this trend by designing a robust and rugged steel forklift. It is a more durable machine that can operate inside or outside and is water-resistant to IXP4 status. Many of our customers operate in the ports, fruit and food and brickyard industries where inclement weather can be problematic. This machine will eradicate, downtime because of its resistance to water”.

A lot more ‘cosmetics’ on offer, we have reversed this trend by designing a robust and rugged steel forklift “Having watched the ‘fume vs fume free‘ debate progress, we at Eqstra decided to put our money on the table and launch what we believe to be the most efficient and environmentally friendly electric forklift on the South African market. The Toyota 8FB series electric powered forklift. We say the 8FB offers the 3 E’s: Supply Chain Today

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The 8FB Series is of modular design making it cheaper to repair. If the side fender is damaged, it is easily replaced with a new section fitting, as opposed to an entire side bar fitting.

Safety is king

“We have not done away with ergonomic considerations but our focus is firmly on operator and machine safety, performance and durability”, Mike emphasises. “Roll-back is one example. If the operator takes his or her foot off

the accelerator or brake pedal while stopped on a gradient, the 8FB handler immediately stops. When it has stopped completely, the forklift


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will slowly descend the gradient giving the driver time to regain control. Another common problem is rollover when a turn is taken too quickly. Our product is equipped with an auto-speed control. Whereby sensors slow the forklift down to the appropriate speed for the turn being navigated, irrespective of pressure on the accelerator by the driver,” adds Dawie Hechter, national technical specialist.

Good, simple and practical safety features “We have tried to ensure that the 8FB offers needed safety elements. Good, simple and practical safety features. In addition to the anti-roll and anti rollback, the truck also has ‘operator presence sensing’ technology installed. If the operator is not in the cab, or not properly positioned in the cab, the forklift will either not be powered up or it will come to a standstill. We are aware that forklifts can be driven by unauthorised or unlicensed drivers, so we have also included a personalised PIN option to circumvent this potential problem”.

The charge of the battery

The forklift requires a 48 volt battery for 1-2.5 tonnes and an 80 volt battery for 3 tonne. Using an eight hour charger, as the norm, a battery discharged to 80% depth of discharge will take eight hours to recharge. It will require a two-eight hour equalising charge cycle once a week. With an IUI charge profile, a 48 volt battery is charged during the first stage (I) to 57.6 volts and to about 63.6 volts during the ‘U’ stage. The numbers of batteries required will be determined by the operation and application activities. Eqstra is fully accredited in operator driving licence training and licence renewals. As, and when, forklifts are updated they recommend that customer drivers come back for refresher training. The company also conducts annual forklift load capacity inspections. Mike Norton,Eqstra Industrial Equipment Tel: (031) 716-6300, Email:

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Going Green Engen’s pursuit of a ‘greener’ bulk transport fleet and operation was boosted recently with the purchase of two environmentally-friendly vehicles from Scania. According to Engen Transport operations manager, Llewellyn Snyman, the bulk transport vehicles both contain Euro 4 spec engines, which run on ADO 50 ppm diesel. They also sport exhaust gas recirculation and particulate filter technology which translates into fuel consumption savings. “These are the first vehicles with

reduced emissions technology to be owned by Engen. Not only do they offer great fuel consumption and advanced technology but they also have safety features such as driver airbags and pre-tension seat belts, which are unique in the market,” says Llewellyn. These vehicles will be operating out of Engen’s Cape Town and Langlaagte terminals. Additional ‘green’ vehicles’ will be purchased in accordance with the company’s fleet replacement programme and roll-out of ADO 50ppm nationally.

“The Engen Transport Department will be monitoring the performance of these two vehicles and, pending their efficiency and sustainability, will pursue further roll-out,” says Llewellyn. With ADO 50ppm diesel being the future, investing in a ‘greener’ fleet is definitely a step in the right direction for the company and surety to sustainability. Gavin Smith, Engen Petroleum Ltd, Tel: (021) 403-4312, Email:

Lifting and Loading Eqstra Holdings announced the acquisition of 600SA Holdings (Pty) Ltd, in July. 600’s business activities include the importation and distribution of vehicle utilisation equipment (lifting and loading), forestry and waste equipment, workshops and parts, as well as the manufacture of a renowned local model crane and skiploader. The company will be housed in the Industrial Equipment division as it is an ideal fit for the division’s strategy

of distribution, rental and after-sales service in the industrial, materials handling and agricultural equipment markets. The acquisition complements the division’s existing product portfolio and will strengthen its market position. “The acquisition of 600SA will significantly contribute to our division’s product offering, and will further enhance our ability to offer our customers optimal life-time value with best in class brands. The acquisition will also allow

us to penetrate new markets,” says Gary Neubert, CEO of the Industrial Equipment division of Eqstra. 600SA will continue to operate from their premises in Spartan, Johannesburg, with branches in Polokwane, Durban and Nelspruit, and will now be co-branded under the Eqstra umbrella. Candice Davis, Eqstra Email:

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RFID Capabilities Psion has released a new version of its Neo light and rugged handheld computer that integrates Ultra High Frequency (UHF) with its Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Psion has a wide range of RFID-enabled mobile data collection devices that allow users to quickly and effectively identify tags. Its technology is also easily integrated with other data capture technologies and can be deployed in a number of different applications including inventory management and retail. “This product is ideal for customers with heavy demands of inventory management, asset tracking, apparel and container tracking. The UHF

mount gives it additional flexibility to address the retail market,” says Pierre Bonnefoy, global director RFID Solutions at Psion. “This new UHF reader is providing a unique combination of light ergonomics and high tag reading capability” The new RFID capabilities of Psion Neo were developed in collaboration with Caen RFID, a pioneer in these types of readers. The Psion module can combine linear or circular polarised antennas and it is based on the Quark Caen RFID reader so that it offers multiregional capabilities. In addition, it supports the EPC C1 G2 and ISO 18000-6C protocols as well as being CE, FCC

and IC certified. “We worked with Psion to develop the smallest UHF reader on the market so that customers continue to capture precise information from even the smallest items,” says Giovanni Grieco, Business Development Manager of CAEN RFID. “Our collaboration is once again bringing an innovative and affordable product into the global RFID market”. The Psion NEO UHF is available through Psion’s partners network. Michelle Hollis: Psion Africa, Tel: (011) 10 001-7030, Email:, ZZZSVLRQFRPRUZZZFDHQU¿GLW

In Plain View Criterion Equipment, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for TCM forklifts and reach trucks, hosted an open day for customers recently. “This event, which was held at the company’s Isando premises, was the perfect forum for Criterion to showcase our wide product range and to

demonstrate the extensive tasks this equipment can efficiently and safely perform,” says Brenton Kemp, managing director of Criterion Equipment. “A highlight of the event was a forklift obstacle course. Customers were impressed with the user-friendly features of these machines.”

Criterion Equipment supports its product range with a maintenance and repair service to ensure optimum performance, enhanced safety, low maintenance and extended service life of every machine. Brenton Kemp, Criterion Equipment, Tel: (011) 966-9700, Email:

Criterion Equipment, exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for TCM forklifts and reach trucks, hosted an open day in Isando for customers recently


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Fraport Cargo Services tests prototype of Linde-Roadster

Proving to be a Hit It is the only truck of its kind in the world — and since 22 June 2012, a prototype Linde E25 L Roadster from Linde Material Handling (MH) has been in operation at Fraport Cargo Services GmbH at Frankfurt Airport. The truck is being used to assemble air freight pallets and is being subjected to extended periods of testing. For Fraport, this truck increases flexibility. To ensure safety when loading air freight pallets, forklift truck drivers often have to work with a second person, whose role is to provide the driver with instructions — but when using the Linde Roadster, an innovative clear-view electric counterbalance truck, this form of assistance is no longer required.

The Roadster version was made possible thanks to the tilt cylinders mounted on the top of the lift mast, a selling point unique to all Linde counterbalance trucks with a lifting capacity of up to 8 tonnes. The tilt cylinders redirect the forces on the lift mast into solid cast supports at the rear of the truck. The protective roof consists of two panes of special, laminated safety glass, which mirror the back and forth movements of the mast. The new overhead guard replaces the A and B pillars, as well as the roof column and roofing sheets, opening up the roof of the truck to provide an unobstructed upwards view for the

driver, without roofing sheets in the way. The glass roof fitted to the lift mast also provides protection against loads that could fall through between the mast and the driver’s seat. Loading air freight pallets with so many packages, all with completely different dimensions, is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. For economic reasons, it is also very important that a plane is loaded in a way that makes optimum use of the space available inside that model. The Linde Roadster is also being put to use in the pallet racks in the warehouses at Frankfurt Airport. Tel: (011) 723-7000

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Top Honours for Supply Chain Organisations

Winners: Paul Wright (AST Africa), Rob Williams (DHL Supply Chain), Deon Fourie (Babcock Commercial – DAF), Dr David Molapo (Standard Bank Fleet Management), Prof Louis Grobler (Energy Cybernetics), Justin Kerslake (TFD Network Africa), Keith Anderson (e-WASA), Adele Henn (TFD Network Africa), Vimal Ramkylas (Barloworld Logistics), Ettienne Thiebaut (Rainbow Farms) and Leon Labuschagne (Growthpoint)

Having been spoilt for choice, the judging of the Green Supply Chain Awards culiminated in the country’s top green organisations and individuals being honoured for their committed efforts at the 4th annual Green Supply Chain Awards – the only awards in South Africa dedicated to greening the supply chain. The trophies and certificates were presented at an awards luncheon held at the Sandton Sun Hotel on 21 August 2012.


joint initiative of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA), the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) and “Supply Chain Today” magazine, the awards cover three categories: Industry Leader, Best Project and Best Product.

Industry Leader Louis Grobler – Industry Leader

Louis Grobler, a founding member of the Southern African Association of Energy Efficiency, scooped the honour of Green Industry Leader. The Association was launched 10 years ago - before ‘greening’ became a hot topic. He has been one of the forerunners in creating energy-intensive industries, to ensure that “the lights stay on”. Louis has been involved in more than 300 projects


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Mapule Ncanywa ( General Manager of Corporate Services; CGCSA) congratulates Prof Louis Grobler, who was judged Green Industry Leader

including PowerAlert, PowerWatch, WaterWatch, M&V, and the training programmes of many South African Centres for Environmental Management (CEMs) and Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs). Louis has been instrumental in the development of protocols and guidelines for the measurement and verification of demand-side management initiatives. He also established the North-West University



The aim of the Green Supply Chain Awards is to recognise and reward companies that are making genuine efforts to minimise the environmental impact of their supply chain processes and actively seek ways to improve environmental performance through: Identifying goals to reduce their company’s impact on the environment; Developing a detailed action plan for achieving each goal; Reporting progress towards achieving these goals.

From left: Ockie Nagel, Leon Taljaard, Henk van den Heever, Johan Engelbrecht and Ernest du Preez of Denel Land Systems

Barlow Manilal (CILTSA National President) and Keith Anderson (eWASA) who were awarded Best Project under R1 million



(NWU) MandV Team that quantified the energy efficiency, demand side management and emission impacts of more than 220 projects on a monthly basis. In 2007 he was elected the first non-American President of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in the USA.

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Winner, Best Project under R1 million e-Waste Association of SA


The e-Waste Association of SA (e-WASA) won the category for its establishment of an environmentally sound and sustainable e-waste management system for South Africa.


Established in 2009, the e-Waste project was intended to create a national not-for-profit association to educate and train businesses and consumers about the dangers of e-waste, and how to dispose of it responsibly. In so doing, e-WASA has raised the standard of e-waste recycling and created employment in the green economy.



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Left to right: Gideon de Swardt, Andre du Toit and Steven McClurg, Scania

Thami Mohlomi, Special Advisor to the Minister of Transport and Johan Schafer, Woolworths

Barlow Manilal, Ciltsa, with Ettienne Thiebaut, Rainbow Farms, Winner: Best Project between R1 million and R10 million

Dawn Dodds and Tap Du Plessis of Trenstar (Trophy sponsor) and Susan Custers, Promech Publishing.

“e-WASA is now recognised as the industry body in terms of e-waste,” says Keith Anderson, the Chairman of e-WASA. “Through its rapidly growing membership, it has raised the awareness of e-waste and assisted its members in establishing collection points for consumers to drop off their e-waste at no cost.” Other achievements include developing and supporting collection centres at Woolworths and Pick ‘n Pay outlets, raising e-waste recycling standards, introducing an auditing system for recyclers, an Industry e-Waste Management Plan, an informative website (, performing a baseline study of e-waste in South Africa, and lobbying the Department of Environmental Affairs. The major results of the project include e-waste awareness in schools, job creation amongst collection centres, dismantlement and recyclers, an increase in the volume of recycled e-waste, and the introduction of new recycling technologies into South Africa.


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Winner, Best Project between R1 million and R10 million - Rainbow Farms

Rainbow Farms scooped this award for its LED lighting conversion project implemented in 36 of its facilities in the Western Cape, Northern Province and KwaZulu-Natal in October 2011. This was the first poultry house lighting solution to comply with the International COBB poultry husbandry standard and with national regulations for electrical installation. It is registered with Eskom as a demand side management initiative. “The aims of this green project were to reduce electricity consumption, improve light quality and install light level control using LED lighting with dimming switches,” explains Ettienne Thiebaut, Sustainability Manager for Rainbow Farms. “It also enabled us to add more safety to washing procedures within our poultry houses.” Incandescent lights were replaced with LED lights to ensure better uniformity – from 50% to 80% - and bulb life was increased from 900 hours


From left: Izak Nagel of Fry Group Foods, John Loxton of Eqstra and Clare From left: Reetsang Mothibi, Imperial Logistics, Elvis Haas from Eqstra, Marelize Hoffman from Imperial Logistics and Clinton Ferreira from Eqstra Fincham from Sapics

to 4 500 hours. Power use was reduced by an average of 117 000 kWh per month.

Winner, Best Project over R10 million TFD Network Africa

TFD Network Africa, a member of Imperial Logistics, won the award for their Sustainability Champions ‘Driving the Green Movement’ project. The aim is to create a financially self-sustaining community programme by harnessing sustainability savings initiatives.

“The project has succeeded in raising funds of over R123 000 with R80 000 derived from recycling warehouse pallet cardboard and plastic,” explains the Brand Manager for Imperial Logistics, Marelize Hoffmann. “The funds were reinvested in core community projects previously identified by TFD employees. Through waste management initiatives, TFD was also able to buy Eco bins for the head office and a primary school in the area.” TFD has been able to begin changing the way water and energy is consumed by employees. To

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Alternative fuels The transport sector needs to tackle a double challenge – to break its dependency on oil and at the same time reduce its increasing CO2 emissions. Scania has been addressing this challenge by producing commercial biofuel solutions for over 20 years, and is actively developing and testing technology for the future. Biofuels are part of the natural carbon cycle and don’t contribute to a net increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. Fossil fuels release carbon from fossil deposits and increase CO2 levels. The use of biofuels will thus help reduce CO2 emissions, particularly in heavy transport, where electrification is not easy to achieve. Only three biofuels today fulfil the important requirements of sustainability, commercial availability and volume production – bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas. Other interesting biofuels will not be commercially available for quite some time. Scania’s unique biofuel portfolio covers all the three major biofuels, providing solutions that ensure the best operating economy and the most cost-efficient CO2 reduction for each individual customer. Scania strongly favours the development of a uniform system for certifying biofuels from a sustainability point of view. A good example of this is the EU's biofuel criteria.


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Technology Truly sustainable transport is our vision. And through continual research and development into new technology and renewable fuels, we’re striving to make that vision a reality. Sustainable, efficient transport

With goods transportation projected to grow by 50 percent in the next twenty years, the European Union has set the target of a 20 percent reduction in emissions by the year 2020. But Scania has set the bar even higher.

To make a real contribution to sustainability, Scania’s vision is that carbon dioxide emissions per tonne transported can be reduced by 50 percent during this period.

How can this be achieved? These are the most important contributions:

Consistently improved logistics with the help of ITS (intelligent transport services). Further developed driver competence and driver support. Continuous optimisation of every aspect of truck technology – from increasingly efficient powertrains, to aerodynamics. Hybridisation with substantial fuel savings and robust technology. Revised legislation to promote the use of longer vehicle combinations that carry more cargo. Gradually introducing alternatives to conventional fuels.

More than half of Scania’s research and development budget is dedicated to refining powertrain technology and increasing sustainability.

Environmental strategy from a life-cycle perspective Scania’s environmental strategy goes way beyond the efficiency of Scania vehicles on the road and resource efficiency in maintenance and repairs. From production to end of life treatment, we actively strive to minimise the environmental impact.

With one of the most efficient production systems in the world, and by using modular components, Scania minimises waste in every form. Hazardous materials are only used where absolutely necessary – and handling and disposal tightly controlled. And for disposal of vehicles at the end of their lives, Scania provides detailed dismantling and disposal protocols. Many parts are designed to be recycled, and are marked for easy identification.

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GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN AWARDS 2012 date, two drivers have received certification in economical, carbon emission reducing driving skills.

Highly Commended – Best Project over R10 million – Barloworld Logistics / Ellerine Holdings Limited / Growthpoint Properties Limited

Barloworld Logistics in a joint entry with Ellerine Holdings Limited and Growthpoint Properties Limited, was the runner-up for its Green Distribution Centres Project in Cape Town for Ellerine Holdings Limited. Green building technologies were used to convert a contaminated old foundry into a state-of-the-art warehouse.

Students from the Vaal University of Technology, whose attendance was sponsored by Scania

The custom-developed 16 500m2 facility was built applying environmentally sound practices at every stage – from design and demolition through to materials recycling, hazardous waste disposal and energy efficiency. The warehouse is one of five distribution centres that form part of a larger green supply chain network.

Best Product

Winner, Best Product under R1 million ECO 2Fleet

Barlow Manilal, (Ciltsa) with Vimal Ramkylas, Barloworld Logistics, and Leon Labuschagne of Growthpoint Properties Limited who, together with Ellerine Properties, took the Highly Commended, Best Project over R10 million award.

ECO 2Fleet is a web-based reporting service developed by Standard Bank that measures the carbon footprint of fleets in a supply chain. “ECO 2Fleet helps measure and manage a fleet's carbon footprint to reduce fleet and supply chain costs,” explains Chris Prinsloo, Standard Bank’s Manager: Fleet Products. By using fuel transaction data, and driver, vehicle and performance monitoring, the carbon footprint is calculated at vehicle level and rolled up to show the total fleet footprint. From the first month, customers can see their last 12 months' footprint in total tons of CO 2-e and in CO 2 grams per kilometre. The product improves companies’ sustainability and reduces their impact on the environment.

Runner-up, Best Product under R1 million – Pyroshield Gaseous Fire Extinguishing System

Susan Custers, publisher of “Supply Chain Today” and Dr David Molapo Standard Bank Fleet Management, Winner: Best Product under R1 million

All the apples used at the event were donated to Nkosi’s Haven for Mothers and Children with Aids


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Alien Systems & Technologies was the runner-up in this category for its Pyroshield Gaseous Fire Extinguishing System. The Pyroshield agent is a mixture of two naturally occurring gases: nitrogen and argon. “As the agent is derived from gases occurring naturally in the earth’s atmosphere, it does not deplete atmospheric ozone, nor contribute to global warming, or contribute to long-term atmospheric residues,” explains Samantha Wright, the com-


Gideon de Swardt, Platinum Sponsor: Scania Southern Africa

Liesl de Wet, Silver Sponsor: Barloworld Logistics

Susan Custers, “Supply Chain Today” and Paul Wright, AST, Runner-up: Best Product under R1 million Susan Custers, “Supply Chain Today” and Rob Williams DHL Supply Chain, Winner: Best Product over R1 million

pany’s Marketing Executive. “It’s also non-toxic, unlike man-made products such as Halon. The system is designed for total flooding protection against Class A, B and C fires by lowering oxygen content below the level that supports combustion.” The system is particularly useful where an electrically non-conducive medium is essential; where clean-up of other agents presents a problem; or where the hazard is normally occupied and requires a non-toxic agent.

Winner, Best Product over R1 million – DHL DHL won this category for its UK-designed, South African-built Teardrop trailer with Aerodynamic kit, launched in December 2011. The Teardrop shaped trailer with its Aero kit comprising skirts and flaps transform the combination into a single unit, enhancing the aerodynamics of the trailer to reduce wind resistance at speed, thus saving on fuel and emissions. With aluminium construction and lightweight air suspension, the product also provides reduced overall weight with optimum cargo volumes. “The Aerokit was designed specifically for the teardrop in South Africa,” explains Retha Muller, Business Development Manager for DHL Supply Chain South Africa. Supply Chain Today

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Susan Custers, “Supply Chain Today” and Deon Fourie, Babcock International Group/DAF, Highly Commended: Best Product over R1 million

Highly Commended, Best Product over R1 million – Babock International Group / DAF Babock International Group DAF Trucks received a Highly Commended award for its DAF XF105 FTT 6x4 Truck Tractor Euro-5 EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle). The truck is Euro 5 compliant and uses SCR technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to reduce CO, CO2 and NOx emissions in its exhaust gases. Its exhaust system also reduces particulate matter by 94%.

Prof Louis Grobler and Rob Williams, DHL Supply Chain, lucky draw winner who won a weekend away for four at The Cowshed in Mpumalanga, valued at R11 000.


Platinum Sponsor: Scania Southern Africa Silver Sponsor: Barloworld Logistics Bronze Sponsors: DAF/Babcock, DCI Africa, Linvar, Symo Trophy Sponsor: TrenStar 20 Students sponsored by Scania for lunch 2 Students sponsored by DAF for seminar

From left: Mapule Ncanywa (CGCSA), Catherine Larkin (Ciltsa), Jeremy Maggs (MC), Susan Custers (“Supply Chain Today”) and Barlow Manilal (Ciltsa)


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Next year!

Every year the number of entries grows exponentially as more and more companies implement green strategies. Everyone is encouraged to enter, no matter how large or small the product or service. Everything from cutting out one layer of packaging to replacing an entire fleet of trucks adds up! We encourage all readers to keep the GSC Awards in mind and enter next year as this awards function becomes a fixture on everyone’s calendar. From left: Attie Lubbe, and De Vos Jacob Rabie, Imperial Logistics Refrigerated Services

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The Green Supply Chain Awards luncheon was preceded by a power-packed morning seminar during which Thami Mohlomi, advisor to the Minister of Transport, Johan Schafer of Woolworths Transport Operations, Jayne Mammat of PwC and KPMG’s Dr Dinesh Kumar kept delegates abreast of our performance versus global survey results while working sustainably into Africa. Speaker at the seminar, Dinesh Kumar, Associate Director, Management Consulting: KPMG

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Deutsche Post DHL – The Mail & Logistics Group

AWARD WINNING DESIGN DELIVERS MORE THAN JUST ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS ······· Continuous innovation plays a vital role in maintaining DHL’s position as global market leader. That’s why winning a Best Green Product Award in the prestigious annual Green Supply Chain Awards, for the introduction of the first superlink teardrop trailer on South African roads, helps to confirm that we’re right on target – simplifying customers’ lives whilst reducing carbon emissions. Already operating across Europe, various formats of this pioneering design will now be tested in the demanding African climate. With its aerodynamics helping to reduce fuel usage, the new trailer will deliver both environmental benefits and a welcome response to increasing fuel prices. For more information please contact Tel. +27 12 5411222 or visit


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Cost Challenges The South African chilled distribution industry faces the challenge of operating in an environmentally-responsible manner while simultaneously remaining cost effective.

Tony Roderigues, Clover group manager for customer logistics

A balance between costs and responsibility

“Distribution costs have skyrocketed with the high price of fuel but we still need to offer value to our customers. Industry needs to find ways of reducing distribution costs, which are higher in South Africa than in many other countries, yet to do so in a manner that goes hand-in-hand with environmentally-responsible activities,” says Tony.


randed consumer goods and beverages group Clover is one of the largest chilled distributors in South Africa, carrying out approximately 7 000 customer deliveries a day.

Clover seeks to implement environmentally-friendly processes all through the supply chain Clover group manager for customer logistics Tony Roderigues tells “Supply Chain Today” that although industry players do comply with the environmental legislation affecting their operations, the challenge is to balance the environmental imperatives with the need to remain cost effective.

He explains that Clover seeks to implement environmentally-friendly processes all through the supply chain, from the use of technology with minimal carbon dioxide emissions, through to the procurement of fuel-efficient vehicles and by effective route planning to ensure that the shortest distance possible is travelled between distributors and customers. “When we invest in upgrading our assets, we ensure our facilities and vehicles boast the latest and most environmentally-friendly technology,” says Tony.

Extensive distribution network

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fleet of sub-contractors managing a large portion of primary deliveries. Tony reports that the company is looking to expand its distribution network in order to distribute its products to more rural areas as well as areas not adequately serviced at present. “We want every South African consumer to have easy access to our products.

The retail sector would like to take delivery of product from central stores but we will ensure we hold onto this competitive advantage is by doing distribution and warehousing more efficiently and effectively than the retailers are able to “Another challenge facing industry is that of warehousing capacity and to this end, we are investing an estimated R150 million in expanding and improving our warehousing facilities,” reports Tony. “We are one of only a handful of providers of cold chain distribution and warehousing in South Africa, which places us in a very strong position,” he adds.


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Clover Principals Business is a division specialising in the distribution of products for Clover’s various brands as well as a host of outside principals.



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1.3T - 5T Services offered to principals include secondary distribution, primary distribution, sales and merchandising, management information systems and credit control. Principals include companies such as Unilever, Eskort, Epic Foods, FoodCorp, Danone and Orley Foods.

Direct delivery is best

Tony says that one of the company’s competitive advantages is its direct store deliveries. “The retail sector would like to take delivery of product from central stores but we will ensure we hold onto this competitive advantage by doing distribution and warehousing more efficiently and effectively than the retailers are able to,” says Tony.


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“Ultimately we wish to ensure a high customer service level by ensuring stock is available when needed. We can handle distribution better than others as we have been doing it for more than a century and it is part of our DNA.” However, Tony says that an opportunity does exist to become involved with collaborative distribution and warehouse efforts with the retail sector. At present Clover employs approximately 6 500 people, with 5 000 of these involved in warehousing and distribution. “We are a high volume high value business, handling between 62 million and 70 million litres or kilograms of product each month,” he explains.

Creating value

All Clover warehouses undergo stringent temperature monitoring, as do all vehicles, and within stores its own merchandisers handle the products.

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“We are very strict in terms of quality and the maintenance of the cold chain. We know we are achieving our objectives in this regard due to the very low level of customer complaints,” says Tony, who has been with Clover for 20 years. “At the end of the day our job is to ensure that we create value in the supply chain, and I believe we achieve that and more.” Tony Roderigues, Clover, Tel: (011) 471-1400, Email,

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Strategies for a High-Service, Low-Cost Supply Chain

Consumer product and retail companies are facing two competing yet equally necessary imperatives: to meet the needs of increasingly demanding customers while, at the same time, reducing costs, reports PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


he traditional supply chain model - forecasting demand, placing orders with suppliers, transporting product to warehouses, and storing the product until customers order - is the worst of both worlds. It is neither efficient, nor does it allow for customisation. Leading consumer product and retail companies have learned how to meet the twin imperatives of higher customer service and lower costs by redesigning their product flow from suppliers to customers. They understand that logistics and distribution, typically representing more than 70% of non-product supply chain costs, can make or break the ability to deliver on this vision.

Logistics and distribution, typically representing more than 70% of non-product supply chain costs By using a combination of different product flows and supply chain management strategies, these companies have managed to reduce logistics and distribution costs by as much as 30% while improving service to their customers.

Here are three of their most valuable strategies:

Overseas consolidator services

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that source goods from locations worldwide are increasingly turning to global consolidation centres. In addition to reducing transportation costs, these centers can offer basic services like inventory sorting while providing value-added services such as customised packaging, minor product customisation, and store-level labeling. Some retailers are even having their consolidators take over inspection centres and customs management as another way to reduce the multiple interactions between manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.


Not all products must go to the distribution centre. Some can be directly shipped to the stores, thereby reducing costs related to put away, storage, pick, pack, and shipping. A leading clothing retailer that sources primarily from Asia and distributes in the U.S. redesigned its product flow with this strategy in mind. Supply Chain Today

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Instead of product going first to a US distribution centre, initial seasonal floor-sets were pre-labeled for store delivery, shipped by sea in consolidated containers, and dropped into a small package provider facility for final delivery. This simple model

Companies are increasingly using cross-dock facilities in conjunction with DSD and new joint delivery networks allowed for the customisation of individual store needs while eliminating storage in the distribution center and, not insignificantly, an entire leg of transportation.


Companies are increasingly using cross-dock facilities in conjunction with DSD and new joint delivery networks to improve warehouse and transportation utilisation. For example, a leading


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bottler typically ships product from its bottling facility to an adjacent warehouse, from that warehouse to a distribution centre, and then to individual stores. With the system that the bottler is currently testing, product is shipped to a business centre







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and then delivered by a third-party logistics company to a warehouse. When stores need replenishment, product will be delivered, along with other products, from a single warehouse. Cross-docking can result in 30% higher inventory turns - a boon to companies eager to reduce handling and warehousing costs. These examples are a result of looking at the supply chain through an end-to-end customer-centric perspective. This perspective often identifies new opportunities for service-level improvements and cost reductions that functional stovepipes could never deliver. In a business landscape where competition grows on a daily basis, no consumer or retail company can afford to ignore its customers’ needs. Yet providing differentiated products and services does not have to add new costs to the equation. By developing new logistics and distribution strategies, companies can do right by the consumer and their own bottom line. PwC, Mithun Samani, Tel: (011) 797-4000 Email:, Brett Cayot, Email:

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Winners of the truck drivers competition: (1st) Ryno Niewoudt, (2nd) Steven Stroebel, (3rd) Ebrahim Mathobela, (4th) Martin Barnard and (5th) Charles Leibrand

Driver of the Year 2012 The 28th UICR (Union Internationale Des Chauffeurs Rouiters) World Drivers’ Championship, hosted for the very first time on African soil, came to an end at Sun City, North West Province on August 11th with Team South Africa walking off with 10 medals and country named as the overall winner of the competition. The World Championship, which was hosted by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in conjunction with the Department of Transport and the North West Department Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison, saw participants from fifteen countries compete for the top honours in five categories: light delivery vehicle, rigid trucks over 12 tons, bus, semi truck and trailer and articulated truck. $VKUHI,VPDLORQRU$VKUHÂż#UWPFFR]D

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From Left: Miss Road Safety SA, Pabi Notoane, Most improved: Truck driver, Abraham Steenkamp and a representative from Avis

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Expanded Footprint The Time for Silence in Africa is Over After careful analysis of the needs of its customer base, the Bridge Shipping Group is acquiring a warehouse facility adjacent to the Port of Beira in Mozambique.

“We have been a port user in Beira for the past 20 years and we have always had a representative office there,” says Colin Emanuel, CEO of the Bridge Shipping Group. “In the past, the draft at the port entrance was too shallow to effectively move large volumes in or out of the port of Beira thus not justifying the type of investment required to make a significant investment. When

Customers will have a choice between the ports of Durban and Beira. “By carefully analysing seasonal price adjustments in terms of port fees, customers will be able to plan their deliveries around the most effective port option, thus saving them money, without incurring delivery delays,” Colin points out.

Situated only 300 metres from the port gates, Bridge Shipping’s Beira warehouse will provide a fully fledged bouquet of offerings to the market. A fleet of 2.5-ton forklifts with clamp machines, supported by a well-trained

Silent food product recalls remain the order of the day in some instances in South Africa and this places the most vulnerable portion of the country’s population at risk. It’s the population in rural areas who are most at risk because these silent recalls don’t reach the retailers and smaller traders in outlying areas at all or in time to stop consumers from purchasing the damaged product. Ronél Burger, head of the Food Safety Initiative at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa has called for a centralised database that food wholesalers, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers should use when recalling any type of food available to South African consumers. “In this way the majority of consumers have the potential to be reached via the various media channels, thus reducing the risk of becoming exposed to the damaged food product. A centralised database would enable transparency, trending of incidents to assist government and industry with research and ensure appropriate regulations and systems are implemented. It will also allow industry to measure improvement.”

Colin Emanuel, CEO of the Bridge Shipping Group

the harbour was dredged to a depth of 11 metres some 18 months ago, it resulted in increased efficiencies and volume throughput at the Port. We therefore took the decision to source a suitable tract of land to develop a comprehensive facility in Beira.” The construction of the 7 200 m 2 warehouse, together with a 9 000m 2 yard and 250 m 2 office will provide Bridge Shipping with a solid presence in Mozambique. “We will leverage our facility in Beira to maintain and increase our presence in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe,” says Colin.


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complement of employees, will ensure that customers’ goods are handled expeditiously and with the utmost care. “We will send a team of facilitators, who will work together with the management team, to ensure that the locally employed staff receive up-todate training on occupational health and safety issues, freight forwarding and cargo handling basics; as well as familiarisation on the use of the Bridge Operating System (BOS),” Colin concludes. Colin Emanuel, The Bridge Shipping Group, Tel: (011) 625-3000,

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Ronél says that some retailers and some suppliers are under the impression that quietly recalling damaged or contaminated food products reduces reputational risk and damage. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” she says. “In fact trying to do it quietly and then being found out would be far more damaging to the commercial reputations of suppliers, manufacturers and retailers we have seen instances where responsible suppliers and retailers have gone ‘public’ with their recalls. The public has responded positively and there has been no reputational damage. In fact consumers perceive the supplier and retailer as being responsible.” Ronél Burger, Food Safety Initiative, Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, Cell: 082 818-3602


Fuel Logistics Business Grindrod Limited has finalised the transaction to purchase a 75.5% interest in the Botswana based fuel logistics company, Petrologistics. Grindrod first entered the Petrochemical industry in 2008 with the acquisition of WM TransLogistics and in 2010 concluded the acquisition of Fuelogic, a bulk liquid transporter operating in Southern Africa. Petrologistics is a bulk liquid fuel transporter operating in Botswana under long-term contracts with customers such as Puma, Engen and Shell. The fleet of

114 specialised road tankers provide a primary and secondary distribution service. Primary distribution is the transportation of fuel from refineries/ import terminals to inland terminals, depots and large customers. Secondary distribution is the transportation of fuel from inland terminals and depots to retail/smaller wholesale customers. Hylton Gray, CEO Grindrod Freight Logistics says that this recent transaction was in line with the group’s strategy of investing in assets that are an integral part of the supply chain. “Providing

transportation and other integrated services for specific commodities along import and export corridors, is key in Grindrod’s service offering,� he adds. Fuelogic and Petrologistics will operate as one business going forward operating a fleet of 380 road tankers servicing Sub-Saharan Africa. The business will trade as Grindrod Petrologistics. Alison Briggs, Grindrod Limited, Tel: (031) 302-7113, Email:,

Mobility Benefits Cloud-enabled mobility services are being used more and more by forwardthinking companies that are already seeing the benefits and realising returns on their investments. So says Caroline Scofield, executive of WestconSA, a converged communications solution provider. Caroline notes that the key to this take-up of enterprise mobility has been the holy grail of cloud-based pricing models, which have been applied to mobility services. Market research firm, Research and Markets, forecasts that the global enterprise mobility market will grow at a CAGR of 7.3% between 2011 and 2015. The firm points out that one of the key factors contributing to this growth is improved real-time decision-making. The global enterprise mobility market has also been witnessing increasing

popularity of the ‘bring your own device’ trend. Caroline notes how, with the Motorola Services Platform [MSP], users can manage their Motorola Solutions mobile computers, ET1 tablet and peripherals, as well as ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) consumer smartphones and tablets, all from a single pane of glass. Whether customers have ten devices in a single site or tens of thousands of devices around the world, MSP gives central control regardless of device type, operating system, manufacturer or whether devices are inside the enterprise or out in the field. Choose automatic staging to get users up and running fast or use web-based enrolment to bring the entire device population under management and control. And, with easy-to-set policies

that keep operating systems, firmware, applications and configurations up to date, day-to-day management and maintenance is almost effortless. “This has allowed enterprise mobility services to fall within reach of companies wanting to save money, improve efficiencies, be more competitive and offer a better service – in fact, I’d argue that any enterprise is guaranteed to be able to solve an operational problem with mobility.â€? For instance, Caroline explains, TNT, a courier service based in Europe, saw a return on its investment in a mobile label printing service within 104 days – less than six months. &DUROLQH6FRÂżHOG:HVWFRQ6$ Tel: (011) 233-3333,

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On the Move

Billy Rodrigues

Jacques Carelse

Kobus Fourie

Tanya Willet

The Board of UD Trucks Southern Africa has announced the appointment of Jacques Carelse as the new managing director of the company. His appointment was effective on 1 July 2012. Billy Rodrigues has recently been appointed as the Managing Director of the Mozambique and Malawi regions and will be running the Bridge Shipping Group’s new facility in Beira, Mozambique. TNT Express Worldwide South Africa has announced the appointment of Kobus Fourie as managing director of TNT South Africa and Namibia. Worldwide Freight Logistics (WFL), a customs brokerage and supply chain consultancy, has appointed Tanya Willet as general manager. Criterion Equipment has appointed Lana Connan, as key account manager. Lana Connan

Redeployment of Port Managers Against the backdrop of achieving greater port operational efficiencies the TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority) has formulated a number of strategic initiatives to ensure that it can achieve these objectives effectively. These include changes in Supply Chain, Human Resources and Port Operations.

reviewing the best fit between the Port Managers’ passion, experience and skills and the operational requirements and challenges we are facing as the National Port Authority.

With port operations being a key factor, TNPA has appointed a new GM of Port Operations, who has formulated a Port Operations Strategy specifically designed to improve port performance.

Tandi Lebakeng who was the Acting Port Manager of the Port of Saldanha moved to the Port of Mossel Bay. This provides her with the opportunity to further develop crucial skills as a Port Manager within an environment

Tau Morwe, CE of TNPA says, “We are

“It was therefore decided that the Port Managers of Saldanha and Mossel Bay be re-deployed effective 1 July 2012.”

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