Smart Trucks, Smart Savings

November 02, 2017

The Logistics Achiever Awards (LAA) recognise and reward organisations who have shown excellence in supply chain in Southern Africa. It is a renowned industry event with top Supply Chain and Logistics companies in attendance, those who have shown remarkable work in their Supply Chain initiatives and solutions and, more importantly, who stand out amongst the rest are celebrated for their contribution to Supply Chain innovation. In recent years the impact of Supply Chain and Logistics processes on the environment has come into question with consumers becoming more and more concerned with whether or not these processes meet environmental standards when making a purchasing decision. Governments and Supply Chain bodies have since begun issuing mandates on the adaptation of these processes to minimise their risk on the environment.

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When is big abnormal, and what should you be doing about it?

November 02, 2017

A transport load is abnormal when it is an indivisible object that, either due to its size or weight, cannot be moved on a vehicle without exceeding the limitations as described by the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000. Such freight may only be transported under permit, using a vehicle appropriate to the load. The Department of Transport has extensive rules governing the type of loads that may be moved on our national road network, and these are laid out in the schedule specifying different regulations. Not only does the transportation of oversized cargo require special permits, but it also requires specialised knowledge and skill to transport such freight safely and successfully.

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What Pareto knows about your warehouse

October 26, 2017

 

When Italian Economist Vilfredo Pareto realised that 20% of the pea plants he grew in his vegetable garden produced 80% of the peas, an economic theory was born. Today, the principle is applied to numerous disciplines and found to be true more often than not. A warehouse is often criticized as the costliest part of a Supply Chain, so it seems logical that if the effort can be applied to the areas likely to render the greatest results, efficiencies can be created relatively quickly. Adopting an integrated strategic approach and assessing your warehouse can create a smart, streamlined and efficient system that is designed for today, with tomorrow in mind.

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Importing – useful information on this complex process

October 19, 2017

South Africa has an abundance of both natural resources and local manufacturing; however there comes a time when most local organisations want to join the global market place, and as most often is the case, this means importing goods. Importing is simply the act of bringing goods into a country from another country for the purpose of sale. Although this sounds simple more often than not, isn’t.

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The holy grail of logistics – the successful last mile

October 12, 2017

Thanks to the ever-burgeoning demand driven by e-commerce and convenience shopping trends, the new greatest challenge for organisations is the so called “last-mile”.  The term “last-mile” has emerged as a metaphor to describe the last leg of a product's journey – from fulfilment centre to the hands of the customer. Imagine for a moment an online food delivery order placed by a customer living in a security estate. The delivery vehicle may not access the estate without authorisation, most do not offer drop off services at the gate, and even if granted access, there is no guarantee that the customer will be home when the delivery vehicle arrives. What does this mean for the food retailer? Likely repeat attempts will increase the total cost of the delivery, maintenance of product integrity within a vehicle for extended periods increase the risk of product damage, and the duplicate effort to fulfil the client's order directly impacts the efficiency of the network. The challenge lies in three fundamental points – customers want the immediacy and professionalism of traditional retail, with the convenience of home-delivery, for very little to no increase in cost.

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