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Warehousing and Storage

Automation maximises efficiencies at warehouses

3rd November 2023 Renowned for its drive technology, automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE partners with clients in the design and implementation of automation projects at their plants, factories and warehouses – using its powerful Maxolution offering. SEW-EURODRIVE mechatronics works manager Werner Engelbrecht says... 

Carrier appoints cargo handler in US

3rd November 2023 The cargo and logistics arm of United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) airline Etihad Airways, Etihad Cargo, has appointed global carrier provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, as the carrier's US cargo handling partner to enhance its capabilities in the region. Etihad Cargo... 

An Etihad cargo plane flying over Central Park in New York city
FLYING HIGH Etihad Cargo will now make use of three American facilities owned and operated by Worldwide Flight Services

Company opens high-tech warehouse in Cameroon

3rd November 2023 Integrated logistics company A.P Moller–Maersk, commonly referred to as Maersk, opened the doors to a brand-new and technology-driven warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Douala, Cameroon in September. Situated within the Douala Port Zone, Maersk’s new facility is the ideal site for the... 

Warehouse shelves with boxes on them
SUPPLYING THE NATION The new Maersk facility in Douala, Cameroon, will be used predominantly for the storage and redistribution of fast-moving consumable goods

Battery-operated forklifts offer sustainability in warehousing

3rd November 2023 As the world looks towards a more sustainable future, more businesses are being guided by regulations to reduce carbon emissions. For example, in applications such as food storage and handling, businesses are recommended to use battery-powered units instead of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) units,... 

A new battery powered Toypta forklift being driven by a woman in PPE
SUSTAINABLE LIFTING Using-battery powered forklifts instead of liquified petroleum gas units helps decrease a warehouse's emissions

Pandemic-induced change demands upskilling

By: Halima Frost     3rd November 2023 The warehousing and storage sector has noted a substantial uptick in demand for space and associated services, following the significant increase in e-commerce buying after Covid-19. The e-commerce “explosion” has, in turn, increased the need for industry-related skills, which employers and... 

A woman and man in a warehouse looking at a tablet
POST COVID GROWTH The Covid-19 pandemic benefited the e-commerce sector by increasing the demand for efficient and streamlined warehousing and storage facilities

New warehouse to bolster logistics provider’s position in sector

3rd November 2023 Independent logistics service provider Seabourne Logistics announced in September that it would be moving into a new, “expansive” facility in Gauteng, South Africa. The new 22 000 m2 premises reportedly signals a significant step forward for the company's growth and operational capabilities. 

a photo of the outside of Seabourne's new facility
BIGGER IS BETTER Seabourne's new premises is considerably larger than its previous facility, which will drastically increase its operational capacities

Software company uses tech to supply solutions

By: Halima Frost     4th November 2022 Software company SYSPRO Africa announced last month that it was completing the implementation a new software system – almost 100% remotely from South Africa – for a manufacturing and warehousing client, in North Africa. “Besides sending consultants to site as the job was completing to iron out... 

Ten-week project cements supplier storage capacity

By: Halima Frost     4th November 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialists Lovemore Bros successfully concluded a substantial materials handling, stowage and delivery project of 73 parts weighing 307.1 t for a client based in Witbank, Mpumalanga. The project, which started in the second week of May, was finished when the last item... 

A large element of a gas plant which was dismantled and transported by Lovemore Bros being offloaded and then placed on a ship using heavy materials handling machinery at he Richards Bay port
STOWAWAY The stowage project undertaken by Lovemore Bros was concluded when the last part of a gas plant was delivered to the Richards Bay port

Company successfully moves stock without interruptions

By: Halima Frost     4th November 2022 Outsourced solutions provider Programmed Process Outsourcing (PPO) moved more than 600 000 stock items to a new warehouse facility for a client in September while maintaining full sales capacity for the client. The e-commerce client had grown its stock to such an extent that a second warehouse... 

A woman holding a tablet wearing glasses working with a man looking at the tablet, in a warehouse environment
MOVING WITH THE TRENDS PPO Has successfully helped a company move over 600 000 stock items while maintaining full functionality at its warehouse

Company opens flagship distribution centre locally

4th November 2022 Distributor of consumer goods to Africa, Massmart, has opened its new flagship Riversands distribution centre in Riversands, Gauteng. The company announced that it had officially opened its new Massmart Distribution Centre, on June 14. 

An aerial view of a hugs warehouse and distribution centre designed and built by Massmart
MASSIVE MILESTONE Massmart has opened its flagship distribution center in Riversands Gateng

New storage solution increases capacity at automotive giant

By: Halima Frost     4th November 2022 Storage solutions manufacturer Acrow has successfully completed the installation of a new storage solution for global automotive company Toyota’s Africa Parts Centre in Boksburg, Gauteng. The project started in November 2020 and the new warehouse was opened in July this year. 

A group of workers with hardhats stood assessing a shelving system
COOL COLLABORATION The collaboration and constant communication between Acrow and its client Toyota has streamlined the design and manufacturing process of a new storage system

Company provides application for linear heat cable in warehousing

29th October 2021 Equipment supplier Carrier Fire & Security is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of life safety equipment.  With industry-leading brands and products, the company has pioneered solutions for the modern world borne out of a legacy of knowledge and experience. 

Image of Carrier Fire & Security's AlarmLine II linear heat detection system
PROACTIVE MONITORING AlarmLine II linear heat detection is a cable-based temperature monitoring system that detects abnormal changes in the ambient temperature in commercial and industrial applications

Company prepared to meet increased localisation demand

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Demand for logistics storage space remains high, as the e-commerce consumer base continues to grow year-on-year, amid the challenges caused by Covid-19, says design business Paragon Architects director Estelle Meiring. She stresses that the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of extended and... 

Image of Mattress and Couch's facility in Centurion
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES Paragon is the architect for a new warehousing, storage and manufacture facility for Mattress and Couch at the Old Mint Industrial Park in Centurion, Gauteng

Company geared to service African regions

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Integrated logistics service provider Concargo remains resilient and flexible, and stands ready to show its potential for ingenuity, collaboration and cooperation in servicing the local market, as well as sub-Saharan and equatorial Africa, says CEO Dean Page. “There is an overabundance of... 

Image of a Concargo truck carrying an abnormal load
REGIONAL GROWTH While fast-moving consumer goods has remained Concargo’s strongest growth area, the company is aiming to grow in a range of industries

Intelligent data crucial for distributors

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 It is essential for distributors and retailers that track deliveries to have visibility on stock moving from the warehouse to the retailer, states software provider Cognizance MD Andrew Dawson. “Stock is the lifeblood of any distributions company, as most distributors will distribute stock on... 

Image of Cognizance MD Andrew Dawson
ANDREW DAWSON Covid-19 has accelerated the technology drive. Distribution companies have found mechanisms to drive more profitable, healthier and more efficiently run operations and businesses

Storage flexibility shown during turbulent time

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Logistics company Unitrans has shown flexibility in meeting the warehousing and storage needs of customers – particularly amid the effects of Covid-19, and the looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, on the local market – says Unitrans specialised warehousing and freight GM Ryan Brooke.... 

Image of a Unitrans warehouse
VERSATILE STORAGE The company runs two types of warehousing ¬– specialised warehouses that are customer specific and its own non-exclusive warehouses

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors

30th October 2020 Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has more than 39 years experience in the manufacture and supply of PVC strip curtains, insulated and impact traffic swing doors, roll-up and fold-up high speed door, roller blinds for refrigerated display cabinets and welding and safety screens. Established in 1981,... 

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors

Expected e-commerce growth to stir demand for warehousing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     30th October 2020 A local increase in online sales owing to the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to stir demand for warehousing in Africa, says architecture firm Paragon Group director Estelle Meiring. “Traditionally, South Africa has been far behind the growth curve for e-commerce internationally, especially... 

Company aims to install storage solutions beyond SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 Industrial racking and shelving manufacturer Universal Storage Systems (USS) is looking to broaden its footprint by exporting its storage products to African countries beyond the South African Development Community (SADC) region. The company currently manufactures and supplies storage solutions –... 

OPTIMUM STORAGE SOLUTIONS
USS markets a range of warehousing and storage products and systems, including steel racking, shelving and mezzanine floors, for commercial and industrial use
OPTIMUM STORAGE SOLUTIONS USS markets a range of warehousing and storage products and systems, including steel racking, shelving and mezzanine floors, for commercial and industrial use

4IR strategies fast-track company’s procedures

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 Incorporating Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) strategies into its operations has enabled storage equipment manufacturer and supplier Universal Storage Systems to fast-track certain aspects of its procedures that had previously lagged behind. 

RAPID ENHANCEMENT
Meeting the prerequisites of 4IR can rapidly improve business procedures
RAPID ENHANCEMENT Meeting the prerequisites of 4IR can rapidly improve business procedures

DHL Americas opens new innovation centre

1st November 2019 International courier company DHL has expanded its global innovation footprint to the Americas region with the opening of its Americas Innovation Centre in September. 

UK refinery upgrades sulphur storage facility

1st November 2019 UK-based Lindsey Oil Refinery produces ten-million tons of crude oil a year and is one of the biggest oil refineries in the UK. 

NEW PIT
The new pit will enable Lindsey Oil Refinery to store more extracted sulphur at the refinery before it is removed to be used in a variety of industrial applications
NEW PIT The new pit will enable Lindsey Oil Refinery to store more extracted sulphur at the refinery before it is removed to be used in a variety of industrial applications

Stored goods a fire risk for warehouses

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 Large industrial warehouses are at risk of catching fire, especially when the goods stored are not the property of, for example, courier or logistics companies that own the buildings, says fire risk management company ASP Fire. 

MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK
When dealing with courier and freight forwarding companies, ASP Fire assigns the highest possible fire load and risk
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK When dealing with courier and freight forwarding companies, ASP Fire assigns the highest possible fire load and risk

Warehousing strategy aids facilities management company

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 There is an opportunity for the facilities management sector to leverage expertise from the supply chain and logistics sectors by replicating similar processes in its warehousing and logistic systems, says integrated facilities solutions company Servest CEO Xolile Sizani. 

XOLILE SIZANI
While the market remains under pressure, Servest has embraced new technologies to remain competitive and still maintain sufficiently good margins
XOLILE SIZANI While the market remains under pressure, Servest has embraced new technologies to remain competitive and still maintain sufficiently good margins

Company uses technology to boost processes

2nd November 2018 Warehouse-based retailer The Warehouse Group, from New Zealand, is making strides in artificial intelligence (AI), with the launch of a new ‘Snap and Shop’ feature on the company’s mobile app, noted a release in August. This feature allows people to take a picture of items they like on their... 

NEW TECHNOLOGY 
The Warehouse Group's new ‘Snap and Shop’ feature allows people to take a picture of items they like on their smartphones, and instantly matches them with thousands of available products in the company’s catalogue
Photo by Creamer Media
NEW TECHNOLOGY The Warehouse Group's new ‘Snap and Shop’ feature allows people to take a picture of items they like on their smartphones, and instantly matches them with thousands of available products in the company’s catalogue

Forklift facilitates enhanced warehousing processes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2018 Forklift dealer Shamrock Handling Concepts in South Africa is offering Combilift Combi C-range multi-directional forklifts on an exclusive basis, with these machines designed to improve workflow efficiencies, enhance safety and maximise storage space in warehousing facilities. The Combi C-range,... 

HEAVY LIFTER 
The Combi C-range of forklifts, with capacities between 2 500 kg and 25 000 kg, encompasses multi-directional forklift trucks
HEAVY LIFTER The Combi C-range of forklifts, with capacities between 2 500 kg and 25 000 kg, encompasses multi-directional forklift trucks

Universal Storage Systems

2nd November 2018 From its head offices at 6 Kruger street, Strydom Park, Johannesburg, Universal Storage Systems offers steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring storage solutions to the national and international markets. With the company’s research, technology and highly trained engineers and designers, it... 

Universal Storage Systems

Energy-saving lighting installed at Boxer DC

2nd November 2018 Magnet has added another energy-saving lighting installation to its repertoire, with the completion of an installation for the new Boxer Superstores distribution centre (DC) in East London, the company indicated in a statement in October. “Following the success of Magnet’s lighting installation... 

ENERGY LIGHT 
Magnet’s locally-manufactured MARS LED lighting system, which ensures maximum energy savings, was installed at the new Boxer Superstores distribution centre in East London
ENERGY LIGHT Magnet’s locally-manufactured MARS LED lighting system, which ensures maximum energy savings, was installed at the new Boxer Superstores distribution centre in East London

Eaton develops 10 000 operation switchgear for Shoprite’s warehouses

2nd November 2018 Shoprite Holdings commissioned engineering professional services firms WSP Africa to design a medium voltage (MV) power distribution system for its new Cilmor Distribution Centre, to provide reliable, continuous power to three large warehouses despite regular utility load shedding issues which... 

SHOP RIGHT 
Shoprite is expected to continue to benefit from their choice of Xiria E over the lifetime of the switchgear
Photo by Creamer Media
SHOP RIGHT Shoprite is expected to continue to benefit from their choice of Xiria E over the lifetime of the switchgear

Storage shelving, better option for plastic pallets

2nd November 2018 Pallet supplier Premier Pallets posits that for companies to optimise storage space, a racking-system (racking without centre support or shelving) is the logical way to go, however, this premise comes into question when companies use plastic pallets in factories. The company indicates that the... 

ORGANISATION 
Companies should also pursue pre-planning, organising and labelling the racking system according to their products, as this can prevent a warehouse from becoming disorganised
ORGANISATION Companies should also pursue pre-planning, organising and labelling the racking system according to their products, as this can prevent a warehouse from becoming disorganised

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Flexible solution caters to SMEs

3rd November 2017 Self-storage and business storage solutions company XtraSpace launched a new warehousing service this month, aimed at “disrupting the traditional warehousing industry.” The service is also providing an opportunity for smaller businesses and entrepreneurs to use storage space. 

FLEXIBLE SPACE XtraSpace’s storage solution allows for any size business to take advantage of its flexi-storage facilities
FLEXIBLE SPACE XtraSpace’s storage solution allows for any size business to take advantage of its flexi-storage facilities

New technologies further construction abilities

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Using new technologies enables industrial tank manufacturer Metal Tank Industries to construct storage vessels, steel walkways, platforms and gantries, pumps, pipelines, control panels, electrical cabling, load cells, cooling towers and boilers that are used at food and beverage production plants. 

LARGE METAL TANKS The company is using new technologies to decrease the turnaround time for new plants
LARGE METAL TANKS The company is using new technologies to decrease the turnaround time for new plants

Company completes second sustainable storage project

3rd November 2017 Self-storage solutions company Stor-Age earlier this year installed a complete solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the generation of its three-phase power requirements at its Tokai store in the Western Cape. This is the second store in Stor-Age’s portfolio to be fitted with PV panels, and forms... 

SUSTAINABLE STORAGE Stor-Age aims to create sustainable infrastructure with minimal damage to the environment
Photo by Bloomberg
SUSTAINABLE STORAGE Stor-Age aims to create sustainable infrastructure with minimal damage to the environment

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

CUSTOMER INFLUENCE
Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities
CUSTOMER INFLUENCE Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities

Universal Storage Systems

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd November 2017 From its head offices at 6 Kruger road, Strijdom Park, Johannesburg, Universal Storage Systems offers steel racking, shelving and mezzanine storage solutions to the national and international markets. With branches in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Nelspruit, Universal Storage Systems’... 

Universal Storage Systems

Cold storage capacity continues to grow globally

21st October 2016 The 2016 Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) Global Cold Storage Capacity Report shows that cold storage capacity has experienced steady growth since the last time the survey was conducted in 2014. According to the report, total capacity was 600-million cubic meters in 2016, an increase of 8.6%... 

High-tech cold storage warehouse gives clients competitive edge

21st October 2016 Logistics and supply chain management specialist Imperial Cold Logistics’ new 25 500 m2 warehouse developed at a cost of R160-million, situated in Linbro Park, Johannesburg, is now one of the largest cold storage facilities in Africa. The warehouse houses 37 000 pallets, operates 24/7 and offers... 

LARGEST COLD STORAGE FACILITY IN S.A
25 500 m2 warehouse developed at a cost of R160-million
LARGEST COLD STORAGE FACILITY IN S.A 25 500 m2 warehouse developed at a cost of R160-million
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