By Jennigay Coetzer     The scope of services on offer from South African courier services companies has broadened extensively over the past few years, and they are playing an increasing important role in the supply chain.   Graeme Lazarus, joint MD of RAM Hand-to-Hand Couriers, says courier companies help to close off the last […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day The fiercely competitive courier services industry is made up of a large number of players ranging from organisations with international reach down to single individuals with a bakkie. It is estimated that there 30 to 40 medium to large courier companies in the local market and 2000 to 3000 […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day The trend of purchasing goods on the internet will play an increasingly significant role in boosting the demand for express courier delivery. Aramex, a global express delivery and logistics company that recently acquired South African based Berco Express has invested in this area. Aramex has created Shop and Ship, […]

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By Jennigay Coetzer – Business Day, 30 January, 2012 Many South African courier companies are extending their reach into Africa, and see it as a major potential growth area. Tim Steel, MD for South Africa at TNT Express, says global customers are eyeing Africa as an attractive emerging market, with enquiries coming in every week. […]

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Smaller courier operators can make bulk deliveries for clients to multiple customers over a specified area, for example for a marketing campaign.

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By Jennigay Coetzer – first published in Business Day newspaper, 28 January 2011 Most leading South African courier services companies have been focusing on areas like on time deliveries, reliability, and streamlining their distribution processes. But these should now be a given, says Andy van der Velde, MD of Berco Express. He says, the next […]

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TNT has introduced a cheaper service that gets parcels from London to Johannesburg in 48 hours instead of 24 hours, and is available globally for other starting points and destinations.

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Hyundai is currently converting a 2.4 litre petrol driven panel van to a hybrid vehicle that will run on natural gas or petrol for a customer.

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Some courier services companies use subcontractors to deliver parcels where their networks do not reach. But these operators don’t have technology to allow customers to track their parcels.

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Companies are outsourcing their vehicles because they do not want to have to manage a team of drivers, and they can save up to 20% on the cost.

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South African courier companies are following international trends by automating their delivery processes.

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Challenges for the courier services industry this year include the knock on effect of reduced manufacturing volumes, credit risk, motorway toll charges, and exchange rate fluctuations…

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With the growth of the internet and consumer demand for instant gratification more items are being delivered directly to end customers.

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