Expert Q&A : Drop shipping vs. fulfilment centres as supply chain solutions for eCommerce

March 29, 2018

E-commerce is no longer a future trend – it is a retail segment threatening to overtake bricks-and-mortar in even the most traditional economies. This business model has arguably had the single most significant impact on how modern supply chains operate, and with ever-evolving consumer demand – is likely to do so for years to come.

We asked our supply chain experts to unpack the concepts of drop shipping vs. 3rd party fulfilment centres as viable supply chain options for e-commerce businesses.

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Commemorating Earth Hour, every hour

March 22, 2018

At Barloworld Logistics, sustainability is more than a buzzword. It’s a vibrant, vital reality. It’s a statement about what the world needs and wants right now – to be conscious, consistent and conscientious in everything we do. Earth Hour 2018 is to be commemorated in a few days, highlighting once again the need for every industry, organisation and individual to be mindful of the footprint we leave behind. This year the South African Earth campaign focuses on food, energy and waste urging organisations to examine their relevance in preserving food security, minimising energy usage and limiting the amount of waste that ends in landfill

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When Africa dreams, it Dreams big

March 15, 2018

The African Dream, a 3-decked, 33-metre long luxury houseboat, equipped with 8 twin cabins, accommodating 16 guests, was built in the year 2017 with the aim of sailing on the Chobe River just in time for the festive season. Weighing in at approximately 220 metric tonnes, this heavy load required specific expertise in abnormal cargo to be able to transport it from where it was built in Zimbabwe to its final destination in Namibia. These expertise were found in the Barloworld Logistics Manline Mega Team, who were tasked with the enormous feat of taking the houseboat on this long journey.

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Near or Far – your outsourcing decision will impact your Supply Chain

March 08, 2018

As industries become more and more commoditised, there is a growing understanding that value is not necessarily intrinsic to the product sold, but in the manner in which this product is brought to market. Such commoditisation has resulted in organisations seeking opportunities to create competitive advantage through various partnerships, be it through outsourcing non-core functions to niche support organisations, or manufacturing bases in geographies that offer low costs per item produced. Globalisation has indeed created a one-world market and increasing digitisation is building an economy where the location of services is no longer as relevant as the value such create.

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Cross industry collaboration

March 01, 2018

Disruptions across the board from the flow of raw materials to the distribution of end markets have in the last few years challenged the competitiveness and success of even well-rooted industries. In order to continue to harness future growth, organisations need to look beyond the traditional silo approach to doing business and instead seek collective opportunities that expand across various business sectors.

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