Strategic Investment for Supply Chain in South Africa

December 14th, 2018

Bolloré Logistics South Africa have, in order to reinforce their strategic Supply Chain and warehousing goals, invested substantially in the transformation of their Pomona facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The transformation and infrastructure development project began towards the end of 2017, converting the 20,000 sqm facility (on a 40,000 sqm site) from a floor storage operation with an original 10,000 pallet positions, to a facility that now boasts a high level capacity of over 24,000 pallet locations.

A seven level racking system together with a fine pick mezzanine section and conveyor system allow for expedited finalization of prepared packages and shipments for the clients. Value-added Services (VAS) such as kitting, testing and labelling are offered to the ever growing list of clients, along with bonded capabilities for both local and regional distribution.

The greatest challenge of the project entailed reviewing the entire layout of the warehouse and implementing the required changes whilst ensuring business continuity for our existing clients. The state of the art facility is fully compliant in terms of all Quality, Health and Safety regulations and has been awarded with TAPA level C accreditation. Another challenge was the fairly short implementation timeline to accommodate the clients.

The warehouse services various industry sectors such as retail, FMCG, perfumes, cosmetics, high-tech, telecom and automotive. With innovation and digitization at the heart of Group strategy, Bolloré Logistics is consistently investigating and testing various technologies with the supply chain environment, in order to provide optimization and further value added services to the clients.

The success of the transformation project has been accelerated by partnering with clients such as Bosch, Pernod Ricard, Huawei, Decathlon, Nokia and Clarins.

Koen Rombouts, Managing Director at Bolloré Logistics South Africa says: “Our 5 year strategy in South Africa is to position Bolloré Logistics as Supply Chain experts by developing integrated, tailored solutions for our clients with a superior quality of service, efficient operations and cost effectiveness.”

Watch the video highlighting our operations in Pomona: https://youtu.be/qDKNZgHjV9I

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