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Growth in online shopping impacts supply chains

THE COVID-19 lockdown prompted many people to either increase their use of online shopping or use e-commerce for the first time. In effect, this...

Robotic mini-warehouses coming to city near you

Robotic warehouses are turning small urban spaces into “micro fulfilment” spaces, says Inospace CEO Rael Levitt, who owns and manages 26 business parks in...

Best quarter ever for logistics sector

THE South African Logistics sector has just completed its strongest ever quarter of growth to date, according to the Ctrack Freight Transport Index. “As often...

Supply chain body’s pledge to fight corruption

SOUTHERN Africa’s professional body for supply chain management, SAPICS, has affirmed its support of an industry-wide pledge to fight corruption in the supply chain...

Logistics barometer points to two-speed recovery

A year after the Ctrack Freight Transport Index turned negative the recovery is now well and truly underway. According to Ctrack SA, the biggest...

‘Black belt’ best practices behind EC export powerhouse

FORD’S Struandale Engine Plant is one of the Eastern Cape’s leading exporters, having recently won its fourth Best Exporter OEM award from Exporters Eastern...

Good news at last for battered transport and freight sector

SOUTH Africa’s transport and freight volumes increased 20.6 percent in June compared to May across all sectors. That’s a welcome finding of the latest Ctrack...

Humungous! Scale of automaker’s R365m parts warehouse expansion

WORK has begun in earnest at the Toyota Parts Distribution Warehouse in Atlas Road, East Rand, where Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is expanding...

Hefty bills for importers as containers pile up in storage

SOUTH African businesses are faced with a huge bill, estimated at R1.4-billion, for storage and other costs accumulated during the 27 days of Level...

‘Irrational’ import duties are crippling SA steel downstream

THE protection of loss-making ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is irrational and crippling the local steel industry downstream, writes Gerhard Papenfus, Chief Executive of the National...

Coronavirus port action plan

TRANSNET has implemented additional procedures for all vessels entering South African ports in a bid to contain the Novel Coronavirus. The virus, which originated in...

R400m tanker investment for Petrochem giant

NDUNA Maritime and Sasol have entered into a R400-million enterprise and supplier development (ESD) funding agreement through the Sasol Siyakha Trust, in South Africa’s...

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Metals, engineering indaba to tackle SA power supply problems

THE Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, which takes place on 24 and 25 May at the IDC Auditorium in Sandton will probe the...

Does extension of COVID loan scheme mean it’s a failure?

By Thakhani Masindi THE National Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and the Banking Association South Africa launched the Loan Guarantee Scheme on 12...

Desalination plant won’t be enough to avert NMB water crisis, chamber warns

ORGANISED business in Nelson Mandela Bay has welcomed the Council’s recent green light for the construction of a seawater desalination plant but warned that...

A Sage new way for SMEs to automate business accounting

FNB and cloud business management company Sage have announced a partnership that they say will simplify the process of transferring financial transaction history to...