DACHSER will continue to expand its presence in Africa working with reliable partners strategically positioned across the continent, according to CEO Bernhard Simon.
Speaking to FTW during a recent visit to South Africa Simon reitterated the logistics service provider’s commitment to the continent saying there were many opportunities being presented despite the economic slowdown. “We don’t just invest in boom times,” he said. “We take a long term approach much like we did in South Africa and build our footprint accordingly. We have high hopes pinned on Africa and the growth that is expected. We see it as a continent where there is a lot happening.” He said while the company still saw itself as a relatively small player in Africa, the goal was to be well-established in the various markets as and when the tide turns.
Simon said the company had invested heavily in areas such as Morocco and Tunisia where operations were seeing real growth in the region of 20% and more. He told FTW despite the drop in commodity prices there was still a fast growing demand for the vast raw commodities available on the African continent, while the retail and manufacturing sectors were gaining ground. This, he said, offered good prospects to logistics companies such as DACHSER.
“There is no denying that there are challenges in operating in Africa,” he said. “This, however, should not deter one from investing in the continent and establishing a strong foothold.” Detlev Duve, Managing Director of DACHSER South Africa, agreed, saying logistics strategists could not afford to ignore the African market of the future. “We bring a global network to Africa while also understanding the complexities and unique challenges that come with logistics on the continent.”
He said the company had become renowned for taking an innovative approach to logistics allowing it to deliver the tailor-made solutions that African operators often required.
According to Simon it is integral that the same streamlined processes within very specific timeframes as delivered by DACHSER in the developed world are also seen in the complex African environment.
“We apply the same core values and principles no matter where we operate in the world,” he said. “We have invested in appointing the right people for our African operations to ensure we are delivering a service of value that ensures an unbreakable chain from start to finish. Training and skills development are important aspects of this and we continue to invest heavily in these departments.”
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