The distinctive Rhenus logo and corporate identity is replacing the World Net Logistics branding, reflecting its strengthened positioning as part of the global organisation. “We are excited to be fully integrated and a part of the Rhenus Group – with its ‘One Group – One Brand – One Rhenus’ philosophy,” says Dirk Goedhart, Chief Executive Officer of World Net Logistics (now Rhenus Logistics South Africa). “It brings about new opportunities to leverage off the global Rhenus network, giving our clients even greater value and enabling us to pursue our growth strategy.”
The integration of World Net Logistics has been phased in since its acquisition by Rhenus in 2019. “Because of our shared values, similar vision and mission, aligned strategies, and the group’s decentralised structure, the transition from World Net Logistics to Rhenus Logistics South Africa has been seamless,” adds Goedhart. “With the exception of the name change, new logo and new corporate identify, it is still very much business as usual – only better.”
“We continue to focus on our core differentiators, but with the added benefits of a truly global brand,” continues Goedhart. “Our full supply chain services, which include flexible and reliable last mile deliveries in South Africa through Rhenus Express, is an advantage for all our customers.”
With a history spanning more than 100 years, Rhenus is a growing company that is committed to strengthening its international network.
“The establishment of operations in Southern Africa marks an important step for the group in building a footprint in Africa, linking the continent to the global Rhenus network,” says Tobias Bartz, a member of the Rhenus board.
“The formation of Rhenus Logistics South Africa is a vital development for our business, opening up new service offerings for clients,” concludes Bartz. “It also provides an excellent mechanism through which we aim to grow our market share over the next years. We are delighted to be ending off 2020 in an even stronger position.”
Logistics Going Green
A logistics start-up has launched eco-friendly packaging that allows online retailers to minimize their impact on the environment with last-mile deliveries. The new packaging will offer the same quality, durability, and security everyone has come to expect with an added benefit of leaving minimal impact on the environment.
In South Africa alone, billions of plastic bags are discarded every year. Clinging to trees, spreading across fences, and filling up gutters. Sadly, the logistics industry also contributes to this single-use plastic wastefulness.
Many single-use plastic items are only used for a few minutes and outlive their users for hundreds of years. Being industry disruptors within the logistics field, the logistics start-up has the privilege to address this pressing concern and pilot their new sustainable paper packaging range, which includes mailing bags, envelopes and packaging tape ensuring tough tamperproof and trusted products.
There is no denying it anymore, single-use plastic is not sustainable. By adding this paper packaging option to last-mile delivery every fulfilment strategy can be environmentally sustainable and change the logistics industry altogether.
Abu Qir Port Project Contract Awarded to DEME
DEME, the dredging, offshore, environmental, and infrastructure service specialists, announced that at the end of last year it secured a large dredging contract for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt.
Described as the largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract in history, the project includes the reclamation of 1 000ha of new land, the deepening of the port’s approach channel to 23m and the dredging of a turning basin to 22m. More than 150-million cubic metres will be dredged.
This ambitious megaproject creates land for the expansion and further development of Abu Qir, which boasts an ancient history and is slated to become a bustling economic hub, supplementing nearby Alexandria, in Egypt.
DEME will deploy the world’s most powerful CSD (Cutter Suction Dredger) ‘Spartacus’ on the project.
The project’s preparation has already started, with the main works set to commence in early 2021. The project is set for completion in 2023.
“We are very proud to have secured our largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract to date, and to support the Arab Republic of Egypt in its ambitions to develop a world-class project,” says DEME CEO Luc Vandenbulcke.
Convergence Partners acquire CTrack
Technology investor Convergence Partners has entered into an agreement with Inseego to acquire 100% of Ctrack’s operations in Africa and the Middle East.
The transaction will be the maiden investment for its third fund, the Convergence Partners Digital Infrastructure Fund (CPDIF).
Ctrack is a telematics software-as-a-service digital infrastructure platform, providing fleet management, insurance and weather telematics solutions, as well as asset tracking products, to its subscribers in Africa and the Middle East.
Convergence Partners says the business’s Internet-of-Things (IoT) and data analytics capabilities are a key component of an emerging sector in Africa and the company is a good fit with CPDIF’s strategy of identifying high-growth market players that build digital infrastructure on the continent.