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Import Distribution

Cutting lead times and costs, improving reactivity
Our port-based distribution hubs can receive and dispatch freight for national distribution.

Cutting out the cost and time of routing freight via Johannesburg, we can consolidate for final destination, pick and pack, price and label goods at our port-based warehouses – improving security while cutting handling and transportation costs as well as lead times (often by as much as two to four weeks).

Our mix of bundled solutions can ideally match the unique requirements of importers through a combination of:
  • Shared and dedicated warehousing at major ports
  • Less-than-truckload or dedicated long-haul distribution to any of over 35 distribution hubs
  • Daily short haul for last-mile deliveries to over 450 towns nationwidents
The Problem
To justify importation over local manufacture, the cost plus inbound logistics costs must be considerably less than the cost of local manufacture. Imports are also at an inherent lead-time disadvantage compared with locally manufactured goods. Reducing lead times is crucial in order to react with speed to volatile shifts in demand. Traditional import logistics see most goods sent to ‘the port of Johannesburg’ for clearing, or being cleared in Durban and sent to central warehouses in Johannesburg, before line hauling freight across country (often back to Durban or to Cape Town or Bloemfontein). This leads to unnecessary increases in handling and transportation costs – not to mention delays. At the same time, importers and multinationals are finding it difficult to meet South Africa’s empowerment criteria. Supply chains account for 10% to 20% of most organisations’ total costs, 50% of which comprise transportation costs. A committed supply chain services provider with a Level 3 status, who can reduce both lead times and distribution costs on imports, is the ideal partner.

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The Solution
Crossroads’ mix of bundled solutions can ideally match the unique requirements of importers through a combination of:
  • Shared and dedicated warehousing at major ports
  • Less-than-truckload long-haul distribution to any of over 35 distribution hubs
  • Daily short haul for last-mile deliveries to over 450 towns nationwide
The Challenge
Importers are under growing pressure to cut logistics costs while reducing lead times and improving reactivity. Our import distribution solution has the following inherent benefits…

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Distribution Network
Our port-based distribution hubs can receive and dispatch freight for national distribution. Freight distribution according to final destination – at the sea ports – lowers handling and transportation costs and reduces lead times. Our specialist cross-docking and distribution skills can be supplemented by our kitting capabilities. We can pick and pack, price and label goods at our port-based warehouses – improving security while cutting handling costs as well as lead times (often by as much as two weeks). Utilising our long-haul capability, we can then line haul the consolidated freight to any one of our regional crossdock facilities. The last mile is fulfilled by our short haul or courier/express-parcel delivery capability, enabling us to reach more than 450 towns across South Africa daily.
The Benefits
Combining our distribution and warehousing capabilities with a little imagination enables us to offer importers holistic supply chain solutions that generate value and positively impact on the bottom line.

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