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Egyptian logistics platform Naqla launches NAQLA Store with BNPL plans

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Cairo, 6 June 2022: Naqla, Egypt’s trucking technology platform and marketplace connecting truck owners with cargo companies has launched the NAQLA Store, which offers tires, batteries, lubricants, and spare parts to Egypt’s truck drivers.

Naqla’s core mission is to modernize and expand Egypt’s supply chain through technology by automating orders between shippers and drivers through its two main apps.

NAQLA Store’s stock is suitable for both light and heavy vehicles and its range of tires are supplied in partnership with Ghataty, the official agent of Michelin in Egypt, along with many other suppliers. Distribution is available to all areas of Egypt with options to order online or offline and plans to continue expanding stock are in progress.

NAQLA Store uses BNPL plans to aid financial planning for Egypt’s truckers, allowing drivers to pay at a later date, and account for any unplanned financial commitments. Purchasers have the option to pay upon receipt of their item, known as cash on delivery, or enter a balance deduction scheme if they have an electronic wallet set up with Naqla.

80-90% of Africa’s freight moves by road, but poor infrastructure makes transportation costly for drivers. Truckers on the road account for backhauling expenses such as fuel, weight bills, and toll station fees depending on their route – handling costs are estimated to be 50% higher in African countries than other parts of the world. Around 80% of transporters own fewer than five trucks, depending on the cash from one trip to fund their next. BNPL options and financial flexibility support drivers in avoiding payment leakages, allowing them to complete back-to- back deliveries and maintain the condition of their vehicles, ensuring their safety and reducing the probability of a breakdown.

“Launching the NAQLA Store strengthens our offering to the industry to ensure that the trucking needs of both drivers and shippers are simplified,” said Sherif Taher, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Naqla. “BNPL supports the 1.5 million strong Egyptian trucking community while maintaining business continuity. We can solidify our commitment to drivers by ensuring their financial stability as well as the safety and maintenance of their vehicles, which in turn assures the timeliness and effectiveness of deliveries.”

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Road Freight Association revs up for annual conference at Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa

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The Road Freight Association (RFA) is gearing up for its annual conference, which this year takes place in the picturesque town of Hermanus in the Western Cape. The three-day event, held from May 24 to 26 at the Arabella Hotel & Spa, will bring together key stakeholders, thought leaders, and professionals from the road freight industry for networking, innovative ideas, learning, and relationship-building.

RFA CEO Gavin Kelly.

Promising to be a melting pot of knowledge and collaboration, attendees can look forward to a dynamic conference agenda featuring engaging panel discussions and insightful presentations. “The conference is a highlight on our calendar,” says RFA CEO Gavin Kelly. “It offers a pivotal platform for industry to come together to share and create dialogue that propels our sector forward.”

With television presenter Jeremy Maggs anchoring the event as MC, the keynote address at the conference is traditionally delivered by the Minister of Transport – and this year the address will centre around the conference theme, “Changing the Rhythm of Trucking.” Joining the Minister is a line-up of distinguished speakers including political analyst Ongama Mtimka, logistics expert Professor Jan Havenga, and Athena Executive Director, Devon Palanee.  Additionally, RFA CEO Gavin Kelly and RFA chairman Penwell Lunga will give insights into the RFA’s vision for the year.

Adding an extra spark to the proceedings, attendees can look forward to the enlightening presence of self-proclaimed political activist Evita Bezuidenhout as she shares her unique perspectives on South Africa’s political and social realities.

In addition to the conference programme, delegates can explore an exhibition and truck display, providing interactive engagement with cutting-edge technologies, industry advancements, and innovative solutions. Golf enthusiasts are invited to bring their clubs for a round at Arabella’s esteemed golf course.

“We look forward to welcoming industry at the conference as we celebrate the backbone of our nation’s economy – the road freight sector. Without Trucks, South Africa stops. Let us convene, robustly discuss issues affecting the industry, share insights, and propel our industry forward together,” says Kelly.

Registration for the conference is now open on the RFA website. Take advantage of the opportunity. Look out for the early bird offer.

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Affordable, Reliable & Highly Tailored Overnight Road Services Delivers With Superior reach & in Record Time

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In a world where businesses demand swift and dependable logistics solutions, Seabourne Logistics is leading with its innovative ONR (overnight road service), setting new industry standards, delivering goods punctually and rapidly expanding its reach to cater to a rapidly growing clientele.

Designed to provide quick and efficient deliveries throughout South Africa, reaching destinations typically accessible solely by air, the overnight service gives clients a competitive edge in today’s fast-paced market.

“The success of our overnight road service can be attributed to our dedication to quality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness,” says Garry Harris, Director at Seabourne Logistics ZA. “We understand that our clients’ success depends on their ability to have goods delivered on time and within budget, and we take that responsibility very seriously.”

Transporting goods overnight by road presents numerous benefits. The foremost advantage is its cost-effectiveness, offering potential savings of up to 50% compared to airfreight services. Moreover, it excels in cargo handling, boasting greater space and flexibility than airlines. This facilitates the transportation of hazardous materials and liquids, which may be subject to stricter airborne regulations.

“While road transport does have its limitations, it is considerably more accommodating, permitting the carriage of items like aerosols or lithium batteries that may be restricted on flights. Importantly, our service consistently upholds high quality standards, ensuring minimal disruptions,” continues Harris.

Seabourne have created distribution hubs and fulfillment centres which are strategically positioned across the country to cater to the growing clientèle. Not only has it increased the service’s reach, but also allows for more efficient transportation networks.

The company has invested heavily in the development of this service.  All linehaul vehicles are equipped with long-range tanks and anti-fatigue cameras that are consistently operated by a double crew, whose activities are closely monitored by a 24-hour control room.

Iveco Turbo Daily 50C 70 vehicles with reinforced heavy-duty tow bars and 1.5-ton trailers are operated within their warranty period on the overnight road service – ensuring reliability. The fleet is subjected to bumper-to-bumper service checks every second to third day, depending on the rotation schedule.

The vehicles have dimensions measuring 4500 (length) x 1700 (width) x 1900 (height), with a carrying capacity of 2.5 tons and 16 cubic metres of space. The trailers have dimensions of 3300 (length) x 1600 (width) x 1700 (height) and can carry 1-1.5 tons with 9 cubic metres of available space. To enhance their robustness, the rear sections of the vehicles are equipped with aluminium cladding walls and Marley-type floors, complete with sunken securing points.

“Businesses, driven by price sensitivity and competition in service delivery, are increasingly opting for this intermediate service that ensures next-day delivery,” explains Harris. “It holds great value in industries like the automotive sector, where the quick movement of parts is crucial. It offers convenience and flexibility, allowing for multiple deliveries in a single trip to remote places often left out from next-day delivery. Moreso, we’re constantly working on expanding our service reach and footprint across the country, providing our clients with a cost-effective solution,” concludes Harris.

The growing logistics company moved to a new and improved facility in November, doubling their warehousing space and preparing to further enhance their reach and maintain their excellent personal service.

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Landsdowne Property Group, Where Real Estate Dreams Become Reality.

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Back in 2006, Landsdowne Property Group took its first steps into the world of real estate. It all started with a spark of inspiration from the company’s founder and current CEO, Jonathan Kohler. Fast forward to today, and this South African gem has blossomed into a national sensation with offices spanning across Gauteng, Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

What sets Landsdowne apart isn’t just its impressive portfolio; it’s the human touch it brings to the real estate game. You see, at Landsdowne, the Directors and Shareholders are not distant figures in a corporate hierarchy – they’re right there in the thick of things, day in and day out. When a service hiccup pops up, it’s not a faceless entity handling it; it’s the owners themselves who dive in headfirst, ensuring that issues are sorted, pronto.

With a whopping 15 years in the industry, Landsdowne Property Group isn’t just experienced; they’re seasoned pros. Their vast wealth of knowledge, a web of invaluable industry connections, and the tools of the trade make them your ideal partner to nurture and grow your real estate investments.

So, if you’re on the hunt for a real estate partner with personality, a dedicated team, and a CEO who sets the gold standard, look no further than Landsdowne Property Group. Your real estate dreams are about to become reality, courtesy of this remarkable human-centric enterprise.

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