On-demand Delivery and Crowdsourcing: How Do the 2 Fit Together?

Crowdsourcing

So, what is crowdsourcing? Over the past couple of years, we have seen customer expectations change due to the on-demand economy that has developed. People now want a faster, more personalized yet still cost-effective delivery service, and they want it now! As surprising as it might sound to many people, the solution to on-demand delivery expectations is crowdsourcing. How does …

Supply Chain Trends for 2020

Supply Chain Trends for 2020

As we arrive at the end of another year, it’s time to take a look at the trends we can expect to see in 2020, and how these will challenge and benefit our business and the industries we operate in. Here are 3 trends to anticipate in the global supply industry for 2020, and beyond that. Greater Focus on Integration …

Transformative Technology Trends for 2020 and Beyond

Transformative Technology Trends for 2020 and Beyond

You may not know it, but your company is in the technology business. All businesses today are, as they rely on technology for everyday operations. That applies to everything from startups to growing companies and major enterprises. If you aren’t aware of the latest technology trends, you could end up playing catch-up to the competition. Your company’s success is closely …

The R480 billion industry that has flown under the radar in South Africa – until now

The R480 billion industry that has flown under the radar in South Africa – until now

With thousands of kilometres of road and rail, a wide sea network stretching across the 2,800km coastline and some of the busiest domestic air routes in the world, South Africa’s freight and logistics industry is unsurprisingly one of the biggest contributors to the country’s GDP. However, because the industry is rooted in other sectors, the full extent of this contribution …

Survive the Supply Chain of 4IR

Survive the Supply Chain of 4IR

Over the past ten years, businesses around the world have been analysing and making changes in their supply chains to stay competitive in the market. Technology and the 4IR have presented supply chains with many challenges and opportunities, such as rapidly changing consumer preferences and new technologies to streamline processes. We look at some important aspects businesses will need to …

The Challenges of South African Shipping Ports

The Challenges of South African Shipping Ports

Over the past few months, it has been doom and gloom for our South African ports, with strikes and delay upon delay. Carte Blanche also recently reported on the situation on their show on Sunday 20th October. To add fuel to the fire, the infrastructure at our ports also poses its own challenges which, if not addressed, could lead to …

How Does Demurrage, Detention and Port Charges Work..??

How Does Demurrage, Detention and Port Charges Work..??

There are several charges associated with a shipment and demurrage, detention, port charges can be considered as “unexpected, non-budgeted, uncosted, unforeseen” charges because no one in their right minds wants to incur these charges… Even though there are distinct differences between demurrage, detention and port charges, many are still oblivious to these differences and there have been several questions on this blog …

What Exactly is Hyperlocal Fulfillment?

What Exactly is Hyperlocal Fulfillment?

In this article and resulting white paper, we look at the challenges giving rise to the hyperlocal fulfillment trend, and why they must be addressed; we explain how hyperlocal fulfillment also known as micro-fulfillment works, look at the logistics implications and detail the benefits as well as some of the risks. What is Hyperlocal Fulfillment? Inner-city congestion and rising delivery …

Why Should You Automate Your Supply Chain?

Why Should You Automate Your Supply Chain?

Automation can seem like an intimidating concept, but it has a number of benefits. While many people think that automation will lead to job losses, this is not accurate. When it comes to automating your supply chain, you can reap the benefits of increased capability, efficiency and a reduction in complexity and costs. Automation in the supply chain is still …

SME’s Should Avoid These Supply Chain Mistakes

SME’s Should Avoid These Supply Chain Mistakes

It’s a tough industry out there and it has never been more important for small businesses in the logistics industry to avoid making costly mistakes and to ensure they keep their supply chains healthy. For a business in the logistics industry, if their supply chain is not functioning properly, then neither will their business. Supply chains play a vital role …