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Sustainable Truck Testing

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The largest producer in heavy trucks has brought in two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trucks to be tested locally.  These gas-powered trucks have specifically been developed for heavy regional and long-haul operations.  This local testing is being done with the vision in mind that trucks will eventually have zero emissions and the way of achieving a zero-emission system is not through one single solution but rather through several solutions in parallel.

The LNG shows promising potential as a substitute for the traditional diesel trucks, with a good supply globally, and increasing availability locally.  When cooled down to a lower temperature the gas liquefies and reduces in volume thus, an increase in capacity to carry more fuel is made possible.

The powertrain in the new gas-powered trucks is thanks to the renowned diesel engine technology.  Also, by using LNG rather than compressed natural gas (CNG), it can carry larger quantities of fuel and enables the necessary operating range for long-haul assignments.

The new gas-powered trucks offer the same fuel efficiency as diesel-powered equivalents and can operate at the same speed.  However, since LNG is often cheaper a good opportunity exists in reduce fuel costs.  With the 205kg LNG tank, European operators have seen a usable range of up to 1000km dependent on terrain and payload carried.

Testing will soon start to establish the viability of the LNG alternative to reduce climate-impact emissions from heavy commercial traffic that will bring about the change of environmentally friendly transport solutions that are good for the industry and the planet.

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Smarter business practices for the world today

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Times are changing quicker than ever and for businesses, it may be difficult to keep up in some respects. It’s important to prioritize collaboration, innovation, adaptability. AI automated machinery learning capabilities, quick insights, customisation, and hybrid deployment support, make it possible for you to reach beyond your means.

1 – Prioritise the value of automation

Majority of business leaders agree that there’s a need to enable process automation, to thrive in a pandemic world. Losing 8 hours a week on manual tasks is no longer cutting it. This often leads to bottlenecking and unhappy employees, that are exiting their workplaces because of mundane, tedious tasks, that leave them vulnerable to burnout and disempowerment.

Organisations can now work less and get more done, by automating everyday administerial tasks with various tools. Data collection and reporting, communication, employee and client onboarding, approvals, and sign-offs can become both convenient and visible across the business. Empower your team to have more time on their hands for more high-value and strategic goals.

2 – Move at the speed of change, using data

Analytics are more critical than ever. Industries are changing, customers and buying behaviours are changing and so is your business. The only way you can stay ahead and build competency is to use real-time business data analytics, that will indicate and interpret every transformation and activity in your business.

Unifying data will help you discover hidden insights, make calculated decisions, and take informed and empowered actions, to move you closer to your vision. 

3 – Build your own solutions

The time to innovate fast is here. Not all consultants and IT specialists will know what you need at the exact time you need it, but you do. 

The magic lies in programmatically interacting with your data and metadata, creating components, applying business logic, creating custom connectors, and integrating with external data. Turn your ideas into action by creating a solution for you. 

4 – Chatbot your way to greater customer satisfaction

While emails are not a thing of the past and remain relevant, there are other ways to modernise how you engage with your customer and employees, without the need to be on the receiving end. You can now transform and enrich your customer’s experiences with Power Virtual Agents, personalising responses and customer status updates.

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New DHL Global Forwarding Investment Into Johannesburg Facility

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While it is much to early to fully grasp the economic impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic DHL has invested R127-million in a new 13 000 m2 facility.  Twice the size of its current set-up and located next to the OR Tambo International Airport aimed at cementing its position within South Africa.

This new facility will consist of a 10 000 m2 warehouse that enables DHL Forwarding consolidation on all customer warehousing requirements. It will also boast will an exclusive and specialized cold chain facility that consists of three adjustable temperature-controlled refrigerators geared to handle life science and healthcare products in and out of South Africa.

The warehouse is also able to support other value-added services including cross-docking, storage for air, ocean, and road freight services, as well as a platform for breakbulk cargo.  The customised built on the world-class specification with the location only a short distance from the airport and arterial thoroughfares and upcoming industrial parks, will make this new facility a complete game changer for DHL within the country.

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When Times are Tough, Focus on the Core (Competencies).

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The economic crisis unleashed by the outbreak of COVID-19 has hurt economies around the world. When times are tough, shedding non-core business processes is one of the most prudent and effective ways to cut costs while improving performance.

Know your Core from your Context  

There is more pressure than ever for companies to provide superior customer service. In his book, ‘Dealing with Darwin’, Geoffrey Moore argued for the distinction between Core and Context, an approach that separates the few activities a company does that create true differentiation in customers’ eyes (Core), from everything else that a company needs to do to stay in business (Context). A focus on core competencies increases the sustainable competitive advantage of a company by creating value for customers.

The core competency of any business is the strategic, competitive advantage it holds over its competitors. This can include equipment, processes or intellectual property, as well as know-how or specific abilities that a company performs especially well. It’s about establishing what you are really good at doing and then concentrating on that.

The importance of innovation

One of the key competencies of service organisations is innovation. Outsourcing business tasks like supply chain management to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider frees up employees’ time, creating an environment in which ideas are more easily able to flow and be further developed into innovations. This in turn drives improvement of the business model and the delivery of better products or services.

Access to infrastructure and expertise

Working with a 3PL provider gives your business access to experts who not only understand your supply chain, but also have insight into a range of logistics problems and how to solve them.

Leading 3PL providers offer state-of-the-art warehousing, the latest technology systems, increased speed to customer and improved flexibility and visibility across the supply chain, enabling your business to meet customer demands more effectively.

The research proves it

In the Gartner 2019 Logistics Outsourcing Strategy Survey, approximately 70% of respondents stated that functional, end-to-end (E2E) supply chain and overall business objectives have been met or exceeded with the help of supply chain outsourcing counterparts.

References

https://www.gartner.com/en/documents/3969683/logistics-outsourcing-survey-and-analysis-a-deeper-look-

https://www.supplychaindigital.com/logistics/top-5-benefits-third-party-logistics

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