Logistics, a division of the JSE listed IMPERIAL
Group is a global logistics and supply chain leader that moves
business and industry through innovation, inspiration and
foresight. An employer of approximately 19 000 people
internationally, fast moving, forward thinking IMPERIAL
Logistics delivers excellence in end-to-end logistics and supply
chain management – enabling blue chip customers in almost every
industry to grow in an efficient, proactive and cost effective
As a preferred
Logistics Service Provider (LSP), IMPERIAL Logistics positions
itself as an extension of its customer’s business, building
customer brands alongside its own. IMPERIAL Logistics Southern
Africa is a multi-branded business comprising more than 70
member companies. It has five divisions, namely Transport and
Warehousing, Consumer Products, Specialised Freight, Africa and
Apart from established operations in southern Africa, IMPERIAL
Logistics has extended its activities to Europe with an
International division headquartered in Germany. Comprising four
brands, namely Panopa Logistik, neska, IMPERIAL Reederei and
Brouwer Shipping, collectively IMPERIAL Logistics International
offers services including air, sea and land transportation,
warehousing, clearing and forwarding, container operations and
Logistics owns more than 5,500 vehicles, manages and operates an
additional 2,000 vehicles through subcontractors and warehouse
capacity of more than 711,000 m². Through IMPERIAL Logistics
International and operations that span 14 African countries,
customer logistics and supply chain reach is extended from
Europe to the USA, India and the Far East.
IMPERIAL Logistics’ differentiators lie in a combination of
preeminent supply chain management skills and an extensive
resource base of transportation, warehousing and storage, as
well as best-of-breed technology systems. Yet its business is
much more than warehousing, transportation and distribution.
IMPERIAL Logistics truly understands its customers’ businesses
to add value, improve services, reduce costs and exceed
individual supply chain requirements.
Globally, logistics operations and supply chains are
increasingly outsourced to Logistics Service Providers (LSPs).
IMPERIAL Logistics sees this dynamic as requiring a journey from
being a “good service” provider to a customer’s strategic,
trusted logistics and supply chain partner. The Group is
involved in various types of outsourcing, ranging from the
provision of consistent fundamentals including warehousing,
transportation across numerous modes, freight forwarding and
clearing, right through to the provision of advanced advisory
and technology services.
Businesses outsource for many
reasons, gaining benefits such as increased focus and reduced
cost. They outsource to secure speed of delivery and customer
satisfaction, to reduce and share risk and to gain access to
leading-edge technology and global best practice. IMPERIAL
Logistics’ view is that outsourcing to a Logistics Service
Provider (LSP) is not an all or nothing proposition. Outsourcing
success lies in finding the right “strategic fit”. Realising the
level of expertise and resources required to invest in supply
chains. Determining which services to keep in-house and which to
Logistics not only has the capacity and capability – it provides
end-to-end supply chain management solutions on an outsourced
basis to various blue-chip customers, having established itself
as an extension of their businesses.
As a preferred
Logistics Service Provider, IMPERIAL Logistics customises
various types of individual, non-integrated logistics solutions
and integrated logistics services to satisfy customer
requirements through its Third-Party Logistics (3PL) and
Fourth-Party Logistics (4PL) services. The Group also has
established long-term relationships with customers, wherein it
acts as their single source service provider and/or on a Lead
Logistics Provider (LLP) basis. IMPERIAL Logistics further adds
continuous value through the supply of advanced services,
including supply chain engineering, network modelling, planning
and forecasting and asset protection services.
service delivery, IMPERIAL Logistics focuses on greening the
supply chain, by pioneering new ‘green logistics’ approaches,
best practices and technologies. The Group is South Africa’s
first to introduce the revolutionary Euro 5 standard fleet and
uses zero-emission transport refrigeration. Its innovative
‘extra distance’ studies cut carbon emissions and cost within
the supply chain.
with business, industry, logistics and supply chain industry
bodies, government as well as research and academic institutions
is a significant focus for the IMPERIAL Logistics. Through
initiatives such as the Annual State of Logistics™ survey,
sponsored by the Group and produced in collaboration with the
CSIR and Stellenbosch University, best practice is consistently
Development and Transformation
Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) is a
strategic imperative for IMPERIAL Logistics. In December 2010,
BBBEE certification agency NERA verified IMPERIAL Logistics as a
status four (4) contributor with a 125% Procurement Recognition
Level according to the B-BBEE codes. In 2007, IMPERIAL Logistics
was a status five (5) contributor with a 100% Procurement
Recognition Level, which the company improved on in 2008 with a
rating of status four (4) contributor with a 125% Procurement
Recognition Level. With the 2010 rating, IMPERIAL Logistics
improved further with a higher overall score than what was
achieved in 2009 under a status four (4) contributor category.
The progression signifies IMPERIAL Logistics' commitment towards
B-BBEE. IMPERIAL Logistics officially qualifies as a Value Added
An Employer of Choice to a
consistently growing workforce, IMPERIAL Logistics has grown
13,000 employees in 2001 to 16,000 in southern Africa and 2,760
internationally in 2010. During 2009/10, IMPERIAL Logistics
invested 53% more into people development and training than the
previous financial year, despite the global recessionary impact
being in full swing in southern Africa.
IMPERIAL Logistics Advantage ... to support an
enterprise's competitive position, which relies on its
Agility ... supreme adaptability in the global market.
Back-to-basics ... getting the fundamentals right.
costs ... IMPERIAL Logistics’ primary goal
continues to be wringing cost out of the supply chain.
De-risk ... mitigation of supply chain risk and disruption.
Efficiency ... IMPERIAL Logistics’ sole focus is optimal efficiency in
the supply chain.
Growth ... delivery of ramped up capacity for renewed growth.
Innovation ... driving product and process advances.
Speed ... enabling businesses to get to market faster.
Green … through investment and operational behaviour,
IMPERIAL Logistics is leading the green logistics evolution
is founded on developing intelligent and tailor-made solutions
for our diversified blue chip customers by leveraging processes,
people, technology and infrastructure. We value the strength of
our strategic partnerships and alliances with leading technology
partners in the process. Our track record is underpinned by our
ability to determine the correct operating model, building the
business case and implementing the agreed solutions effectively
and timeously.” Marius Swanepoel, Chief Executive Officer, IMPERIAL Logistics
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