Managerial input should guide the decision to outsource logistics

Organisations are increasingly outsourcing their transport logistics operations to an expert to allow them to better focus on their core activities. Bridgewater Logistics continues to demonstrate that, if managed correctly, this strategic decision can bring improvements in efficiencies that, in turn, lead to increased customer-service levels and lower operating costs. However, Quinton de Villiers, managing…

AI – a complex conundrum

The international transport logistics industry continues to take centre stage as a major driver of innovation, and this includes the successful introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into various components of the value chain. Leading truck original-equipment manufacturers are competing to be the first to commercialise driverless vehicles which, they claim, will improve productivity and safety…

The one hand washes the other

By combining cutting-edge distribution services with state-of-the warehousing capabilities, Bridgewater Logistics brings significant value to its many clients’ supply chains. “The right hand always knows what the left hand is doing and vice versa. This allows us to manage the entire process, spanning the receiving of inventory, inspection, sorting through to storage and delivery. In…

Planning for the unexpected

By Quinton de Villiers   Motorists have to again navigate large potholes in highly-congested urban centres in Gauteng, following an episode of flash floods that also wreaked havoc in our cities by bringing traffic to a standstill for days on end.   While the recent storms have exposed the shortfall in maintenance of this important…

Accelerating product to market and reducing transport costs

Bridgewater Logistics, a leading South African third-party logistics provider, is helping its clients accelerate product to market, reduce transport and logistics costs, as well as significantly improve their service levels. Quinton de Villiers, managing director of Bridgewater Logistics, says that the company’s cross-docking services are a critical component of its comprehensive transport and logistics service…

High demand for specialist 3PL services

Shippers continue to increase their reliance on third-party logistics (3PLs) service providers considering the value that these transport and logistics specialists add to their supply-chain management strategies. However, Quinton de Villiers, managing director of Bridgewater Logistics, notes that a stand-out feature of the 2017 Third-Party Logistics Study and other surveys is the fact that more shippers…

Driving behavioural changes

By Quinton De Villiers   While an organisation’s values and principles go a long way in creating a competitive edge, they also play a large part in driving important behavioural changes that promote a culture of safety within an organisation.   This is critical in an industry that has its roots in South Africa’s large…

It’s all about the right fit

The benefits of outsourcing logistics to a specialist have been widely documented. However, many businesses still grapple with deciding who to appoint to provide critical transport logistics services. “Complicating this process is the fiercely competitive nature of the industry,” Quinton de Villiers, managing director of Bridgewater Logistics, says. “It comprises large third-party logistics (3PL) providers…