Logistics

Drones delivering blood for transfusions: Supply Chain Innovation

 

drones_.jpgA drone service delivering blood for transfusions has been launched in Rwanda.

The drones are expected to make between 50 and 150 life-saving deliveries each day to far-flung and inaccessible clinics across the western half of the country. Excessive blood loss during childbirth is the leading cause of death in pregnant women in Rwanda.

Zipline, the company behind the technology, said it could complete a delivery in around 30 minutes after receiving an order via a call or text message.

Food safety reliant on efficient and transparent supply chain systems

 

FriedelSpies.jpgFood safety is a priority throughout the whole supply chain. From manufacturer, its suppliers and logistics service providers, to a retailer and ultimately the end-user, critical care needs to be applied to ensure that food safety and hygiene are not compromised.

But, how best to manage food safety across the global supply chain while adhering to regulatory requirements remains a difficulty for the food industry.

“It has become more than a necessity, but an obligation for logistics service providers to provide clients with necessary controls to ensure best practices and operations when it comes to food safety and hygiene” say Friedel Spies, Business Development Director in South Africa, ID Logistics in this month’s SmartProcurement.

SA freight set to triple by 2030 due to costs of other modes

 

ZaneSimpson.pngEscalating road tariffs, increasing driver fees, rising maintenance costs and erratic fuel prices, along with the amount of long distance freight compared with Europe, are set to cause problems for South Africa’s logistics sector, according to Stellenbosch University’s Logistics Barometer.


The current 781-million tons of freight moved is likely to triple over the next three decades, based on the current demand growth rate.


The well-being of the sector in South Africa is crucial, but it is running out of options, said Zane Simpson, from the university’s department of logistics.

2014 Trends in South African logistics

 

Logistics.jpgThe CSIR’s 10th Annual State of Logistics Survey for South Africa¹, released in May 2014, highlights progress made and areas for improvement in South African logistics. The survey’s results mirror Tech-Pro’s experiences in this increasingly specialised area of supply chain management, Tech-Pro tells SmartProcurement.

SA Logistics must make bold steps to drive costs down


Increased fuel price still biggest cost driver

 

10StateOfLogistics.jpgRising costs and the global economic situation spell out increased competition and tighter margins in the logistics industry. Driving down the cost of logistics and making South Africa more competitive will require no less than bold steps forward, finds the 10th State of Logistics Survey.


Published by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in collaboration with Imperial Logistics and Stellenbosch University, the survey reports that South African logistics has moved beyond survival to an optimised mode, where costs, inventories and lead times have been minimised within individual supply chain functions.

Value for Money trumps low cost when assessing logistics partners

 

ValueVsCost.jpgResearch in the Courier and Express Parcel (CEP) industry shows that brands choosing a delivery partner consider reliability, efficiency and accuracy of data before cost. “You get what you pay for.”


South African businesses seeking CEP partners are familiar with this maxim, according to a benchmark research report prepared by independent research specialists TerraNova.

Transport's contribution to logistics costs reaches 9-year high

OilBarrels.jpgThe vulnerability of South Africa’s transport costs to a volatile cost driver - the price of crude oil - and South Africa’s entrenched dependence on road transport does not bode well for the economy, according to the 9th State of Logistics survey for South Africa 2012.

 

The contribution of transport costs to overall logistics costs in 2012 is pinned at 61%, the highest it has been in the past nine years and far higher than the global average, said Nadia Viljoen, scientific editor of the survey, at the survey launch in June.


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