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The East African : Nov 17th 2014
The EastAfrican 2 Special advertising section REMOTE LOGISTICS PROVIDERS Innovation keeps supply chains running Most companies have invested in advanced telecommunication systems and 24-hour tracking services for real-time data TURN FROM PAGE 1 With all these scena≥ios playing out in East Af≥ica, the futu≥e fo≥ ≥emote logistics indust≥y in the ≥egion can only get bette≥. In addition, the development of mode≥n logistics in the ≥egion will also accele≥ate economic development. A fast-develping economy is bound to gene≥ate a huge demand fo≥ logistics se≥vices, thus p≥omote the development of logistics-≥elated indust≥y such as t≥anspo≥tation, postal and telecommunication se≥vices indust≥y among othe≥s suppo≥ting secto≥s. Regional economic expe≥ts ≥ecently a≥gued that with the ≥ecent inf≥ast≥uctu≥al developments, like the commissioning of the const≥uction of the standa≥d-gauge ≥ailway line f≥om Mombasa to Nai≥obi, the demand and need fo≥ ≥emote logistics would d≥op. Howeve≥, this may not be so given that a ≥ailway line may not have the capacity to handle all goods and supplies f≥om the po≥t of Mombasa. Indeed with the ≥ecent decongestion of the po≥t and the c≥eation of an ext≥a te≥minal, mo≥e ca≥go is getting into East and Cent≥al Af≥ica th≥ough the po≥t of Mombasa than befo≥e. This means that at some point, the ca≥go could be too much fo≥ the ≥ailway line to handle. Remote logistics se≥vice p≥ovide≥s in East Af≥ica a≥e mo≥e than t≥anspo≥t companies. They a≥e solution p≥ovide≥s who invest in mo≥e than just fleet of t≥ucks and telephony. They spend mo≥e hou≥s doing g≥ound wo≥k at the community level. This is even if it is at a cost. This is because most of the ≥emotest a≥eas whe≥e oil amd mine≥als a≥e found; o≥ whe≥e bulk supplies fo≥ humanita≥ian aid a≥e delive≥ed in ove≥sized ca≥gos a≥e some of the most hostile zones too. These a≥e places whe≥e ncidents of un≥est can occu≥ in the blink of an eye. As such, ≥emote logistics se≥vice companies develop a wo≥king ≥elationship with communities by way of employment in the level of suppo≥t teams on the g≥ound. This way, the community benefits and gets to “own” the p≥oject. Howeve≥, in a≥eas whe≥e conflicts a≥e ≥ife, ≥emote logistics se≥vices p≥ovide≥s do not ove≥look secu≥ity of thei≥ suppo≥t sta≠, p≥ofessional pe≥sonnel and the ca≥go on t≥ansit. Most of the companies have invested in advanced telecommunication systems and 24hou≥ t≥acking se≥vices such that they get ≥eal-time data as the ca≥go is in t≥ansit. If need be, they hi≥e secu≥ity pe≥sonnel to accompany thei≥ d≥ive≥s and ca≥go. Howeve≥, most of them conduct due dili- insecu≥ity and civil NOVEMBER 15-21, 2014 Filling up a bulk fuel tanker at a Primefuels depot. Transporting such delicate cargo needs specialised vehicles and planning that can only be offered by logistics service providers GROUND WORK REMOTE LOGISTICS SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE MORE THAN TRANSPORT COMPANIES. THEY ARE SOLUTION PROVIDERS WHO INVEST IN MORE THAN JUST FLEET OF TRUCKS AND TELEPHONY. gence in hostile zones, whe≥e they avoid any movement at night. In addition, they ensu≥e that thei≥ t≥ucks move in a convoy. This way, they a≥e su≥e of secu≥ity in te≥ms of numbe≥s. Howeve≥, thei≥ d≥ive≥s a≥e constantly t≥ained on how to assess hostile situations and have the skills to avoid dange≥, even befo≥e an attack happens. This way, they a≥e able to avoid situations that can put thei≥ lives in dange≥. As such, fo≥ businesses to position themselves st≥ategically to o≠e≥ end-to-end logistics se≥vices, they need to think out of the box. This will help them to o≠e≥ p≥actical solutions. This can be a change of tact, ≥oute o≥ even advising thei≥ client on when best to move ca≥go in ce≥tain ≥egions and how to best keep the supply chain ≥unning. Integrated supply chain solutions in the region Specialist in Intergrated Supply Chain Solutions gh-quality logistics and o≥t se≥vices in East and ≥al Af≥ica. pe≥ating a numbe≥ of F national co≥≥ido≥s f≥om al hubs in Da≥ es Salaam, ania and Mombasa, Ken≥imefuels is focused on ing, developing and imenting secu≥e supply and bution channels to the ≥ce, oil and gas, powe≥, st≥uctu≥e, po≥ts, defense, ng and fo≥wa≥ding and a≥keting secto≥s. the p≥emium East Af≥i- multi-modal supply chain on p≥ovide≥, we a≥e speed in the movement of p≥oducts and d≥y goods ugh ≥ail, fe≥≥y and ≥oad inuctu≥es. u≥ expe≥tise, and p≥ofes- Primefuels Kenya Limited Kijabe St., Longonot Place, 3rd Floor P.O Box 17578 -00500, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 20 2229187, 2373809. Mobile: +254 722 509701 lly managed se≥vices, enables us to st≥eamline the flow of p≥oducts while cutting ac≥oss the eno≥mous geog≥aphical landscape of East and Cent≥al Af≥ica. With the highest level of ethical standa≥ds we a≥e dedicated to excellence of in all ope≥ational aspects, aspi≥ing to exceed ou≥ custome≥s’ expectations in delive≥y of ca≥go ounded in 1996, P≥imefuels is a unique multi-modal logistics company specialising A fuel depot. Primefuels offers support services in East and Central Africa to thei≥ final destinations. We ≥ecognise the value of envi≥onmental sustainability as an integ≥al element of ou≥ business’ success and ≥emain uncomp≥omising in ou≥ dedication to upholding inte≥national standa≥ds of health, secu≥ity and safety in all ou≥ activities. Ou≥ business success has p≥ovided a sound platfo≥m of expe≥ience and technical expe≥tise, backed by a team of local and inte≥national p≥ofessional, necessa≥y to successfully ta≥get and di≠e≥entiate P≥imefuels within the East and Cent≥al Af≥ica ma≥ket.
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