Connect with us

Freight Forwarding

Dates for CILT Africa Forum 2021 Announced

Catherine Larkin

Published

on

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILT) Africa Forum will take place from 3 to 5 March 2021 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The 2020 event was postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CILT Africa Forum is a major continental event providing a platform for governments, corporate organisations, individuals and students to share, learn, and promote professional and business interests. The theme for the CILT Africa Forum 2021 is “Sustainable Implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement: The Role of Logistics, Transport and Industry”.

The CILT Africa Forum is an annual event which brings together member countries throughout Africa to network and discuss issues pertinent to supply chain, logistics and transport. Industry technocrats and policy experts bring their ideas to this powerful platform for the development and optimisation of the logistics and transport sectors in Africa.

Topics on the Agenda include:

  • Overview of Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
  • The Critical Role of African Ports in the Realisation of AfCFTA
  • Borderlessness in the Advent of AfCFTA: The Way Forward

The programme also includes a number of interactive panel discussions:

  • Governance and Leadership: The Role of Transport and Logistics in the Sustainable Implementation of AfCFTA
  • Technology and Telecommunication: The Role of ICT in Enhancing Logistics and Transport Efficiency and Optimisation

The CILT International Business Forum will also be launched at the Forum. This a new platform to promote cross-border business exchanges and develop international business opportunities between our members. The International Business Forum will offer opportunities to meet with relevant potential partners during the conference.

For further information on Africa Forum please call the events team on +233 50722 5190 or email [email protected]

Continue Reading

Freight Forwarding

Trucking the Freight Industry

Bernita Marais

Published

on

Trucks with valuable freight travel South Africa as well and neighbouring countries continuously. Across South Africa truck hijackings and cargo theft is being reported on the daily – as much as 90% of these hijackings involve an inside source tipping off criminals with crucial information.

Over the last decade, the freight industry reported 11,112 truck heists, an average of 1,110 within a year. The top commodities being stolen during 2018/19 included soybeans, diesel, yellow maize, and biscuits –  costing the economy R10 billion a year.

Trucks carrying alcohol also see a large number of hijackings and attacks, especially over the Easter and festive months when sales spike and prices rise. The truck robberies have become more violent with many criminals presenting themselves as police or traffic officers bringing vehicles to a standstill, and once criminals have stopped a truck it is at their mercy. Small arms and high calibre weapons are being used by these criminals – making these syndicates “sophisticated” and able to strike with an unprecedented level of precision and force.

Apart from the freight on board, criminals also target trucks to strip the parts. The freight industry incurs major financial losses on top of COVID-19 and drivers become reluctant to drive unsafe routes or times.

Continue Reading

Freight Forwarding

EU Trade Portal Receives More Than 450 Applications in Its First Week – Here comes Brexit

SCN Africa

Published

on

Since its launch last week EU Trade Portal have received in excess of 450 member applications; all UK exports will soon have to abide by full customs procedures and many controlled goods will need to have additional licenses or followa dditional procedures.

“Leaving the customs union means that instantly it is more difficult for goods to travel. Those with complex supply chains will be hardest hit,” says Chris Slowey of Manfreight N.I., one of the largest freight companies in the UK, “I watch the EU/UK negotiations appalled, preparing avalanches of paperwork post Brexit.”  Chris Slowey thinks few companies are ready for the Brexit paperwork and procedure shock.

Chris’s quotes highlight the urgent need for a clear concise approach to the problem of Brexit for businesses. The EU Trade Portal provides a transparent and automated environment for cross-border customs procedures and practices, documentation requirements, freight and transit operations, trade, and transport arrangements.

The EU Trade Portal was established to help all businesses to complete the customs documentation and necessary registrations to be Brexit ready.

Read the complete article https://www.pr.com/press-release/822215

Continue Reading

Freight Forwarding

Technology, Automation and the Future of Transport – Thriving in an Age of Disruption

Catherine Larkin

Published

on

We are living in a VUCA world – a place that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. The new waves of change are rapid and innovation is faster than ever. The new waves present both opportunities and threats and can be both creative or destructive. This is one of the key messages presented by author and business transformation expert Sean Culey during a recent webinar hosted by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

During the session Culey said that the changes were circular that these Waves of Creative Destruction were getting stronger and faster and had greater impact.

“We are living in the Sixth Wave – this is a time of power battles and paradigm shifts,” said Culey. Some of the fundamental paradigm shifts in the supply chain were that we had moved from:

ThenNow
Company in control  Consumer now in control
Single channelOmni-channel
Consumer travels to retailerRetailer delivers to consumer
Linear push supply chainsCyclical pull value chains
ProductsServices and experiences
OwnershipAccess

“The problem of this for supply chains is that this creates far more complexity,” said Culey. “This new business model increases the complexity exponentially. In the past it was a push supply chain: we now have consumer-centric networks.”

In the Sixth Wave, retailer deliver wherever the consumer wants. The supply chain is no longer about bulk delivery to a store, but rather about many deliveries of smaller units. Returns/reverse logistics has soared: According to Gartner, two thirds of e-commerce customers check their returns policy before making a buying decision and 30% of e-commerce sales are returned.

Retail Apocalypse

As a result of this, the Retail Apocalypse is accelerating: researchers estimate that up to 25 000 retail stores could close in 2020. Fashion store Zara has closed up to 1 200 fashion stores around the world. More than 13 200 stores had closed in 2020 so far.

The Consumer Experience

“New retail malls have to offer more than just shopping,” continued Culey. “They need to focus on building consumer experiences and creating the ‘wow’ factor. People don’t go to a mall anymore just to buy things!”

Opportunities

This massive shift has created opportunities – Culey highlighted just a few:

  • Personalisation (differentiated consumer offerings, increased focus on experiences and convenience, combined experiences – eating, entertainment, shopping, personal experiences and offers
  • Automation – fully automated warehouses in urban locations
  • Localisation
  • Sustainability – servitisation – space as a service, sharing business models – shared occupancy/flexible space, green buildings with renewable power sources, eco-parks/smart cities

Culey warned that the disruption had only just begun and would have a massive impact. But along with this came opportunities.

“Successful digital transformation is not actually about technology,” he concluded. “It’s about transforming the mindset, culture and strategy of the organisation. The ‘what’ and ‘how’ of technology only makes sense when it is applied to a compelling ‘why’”.

Continue Reading

Trending