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continues to increase, but in turn greater and greater volumes of product are being delivered for each km. A single crate may travel up to 12,000 kms today, and with more than 2.4 million crates delivered on a monthly basis the crates per km becomes important in defining an increasingly efficient network and reduced negative impact on the environment. EMPLOYEE POWER “One of the things we’re very proud of is the growth in our employee base,” says Mr. Marcel. “We understand the critical importance of job creation in South Africa and strive to be an employer of choice. This year alone we have added 76 new employees to our organization and in an economy where all you hear about is the economic downturn, to be able to add those new employees is a great achievement. Today we employ over 900 employees.” Digistics also helps employees connect with and contribute to local charities and charitable work. Employees participate in everything from going into local schools to provide career advice to children to working at one of the Government Hospital ‘Family Rooms’ for a day through the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Digistics ensure that every employee is not only given time off from their regular working schedule to undertake this voluntary work,

but that they continue to receive their full wage for those days off. BEYOND THE BACK DOOR Looking to the future, Digistics is preparing for what they call the next level of QSR distribution: Reaching beyond the back door. At present, the company’s responsibilities end when the products they carry leave the back of the truck and enter the QSR outlet’s own storage space, but the company believe that the supply chain could become even more efficient if they took control of the warehouses at both ends. “We’ve got 3500 ‘assets’ at the moment, so in theory there are 3500 mini warehouses out there,” says Mr. Marcel. “What if we could use each of those mini warehouses? That concept just explodes the whole distribution footprint in a different dimension. It simplifies restaurant management, enabling them to focus on making good food rather than having to worry about stock levels or storage space, while we are able to improve the efficiency of our expertise, which is distribution.” Clients have expressed enthusiasm for the concept, and Digistics are approaching a point of being able to pilot it. “For me and the entire organization, we’re really looking forward to its implementation,” says Mr. Marcel. “We believe that this will take the distribution of QSR to the next level.” c


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Sustainable Business Magazine EMEA 02/16  

Sustainable Business Magazine EMEA 02/16