Agility’s warehouse parks makes doing business easier and less risky and therefore attracts new multinational companies to come to Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique, May 13, 2019 – “Agility is a long-term sustainable investor and is a strong advocate of the future of Mozambique,” says Deanne De Vries, Senior Vice President for Agility Africa, a global warehousing and logistics multinational rapidly expanding across the continent.
Her comments come ahead of the second annual bilingual MozamReal Property Forum taking place on 5 June in Maputo, where De Vries will present a detailed view, and site tour, of the warehousing giant’s first phase of 32,000 square meters of A-grade warehousing space suitable for storage, distribution, packaging, processing and light industrial work.
De Vries’ robust views are shared by the host of MozamReal, API Events’ Kfir Rusin. As a pan African business to business networking conference, API Events’ forums are synonymous for driving investment and formalizing the investment opportunity in local markets.
As he comments, “For investors looking to position themselves for growth in one of the continent’s biggest future economies, Mozambique provides a strategic long-term growth opportunity with exceptional opportunities in hubs from Maputo to Pemba, Tete, Nampula and more.”
With conservative growth forecasts predicting a doubling of Mozambique’s GDP in the next four to five years, the global logistics giant’s future growth strategy is increasingly geared towards the continent and in lynchpin markets such as Mozambique.
“Agility is building a pan-African network of international standard warehouse parks that will provide the warehousing infrastructure for companies to access the burgeoning African market supporting imports and exports and enabling the development of trade internationally, domestically and regionally,” says De Vries.
Driven by population growth, technology adoption and 5% average GDP growth across the continent, the need for warehouse parks are a product of the changing macroeconomic trends of “Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) and ecommerce fulfillment” in Africa, says De Vries.
As she explains, “Ecommerce can require four times more warehousing in markets than traditional logistics pathways.”
Owning more than 2.2 million square meters of logistics space worldwide and with over 60,000 global clients, Agility’s warehouse park on the Maputo Ring Road is set to transform and improve the ease of doing business in the economy.
“Agility’s warehouse parks makes doing business easier and less risky and therefore attracts new multinational companies to come to Mozambique which in turn drives further capital investment, creating more jobs and stimulating the economy.”
While a core-focus for the group is on providing a de-risked investment model into new markets for cross sector client base, their strategy is evidence of a nuanced and maturing Africa strategy says Rusin.
“Agility has been in Mozambique for four years and it’s refreshing to see a global giant enter the market with a tailored business plan that caters to both large scale investors and SMEs.”
As De Vries comments, “Agility’s warehouse parks reduce capital costs, shorten lead times and de-risk market entry for both MNCs and SMEs.”
She adds that, “Our support program for local Mozambican SME companies enables them to lease our international standard warehouse facilities by paying only three-months security deposit. SME’s don’t require a strong balance sheet or financial guarantees so are able to access quality warehousing for expanding their business without having to raise expensive capital.”
As one of several international companies, including Heineken and CDM, to have set up shop in the Marracuene area of Maputo, Agility Africa’s strategy is long-term and bullish.
Says De Vries, “When we identify locations, we constantly review how and where major cities are expanding and where the center of business will be in 5 or 10 years.”
As one of the major sponsors of MozamReal 2019, delegates will have the opportunity to accompany De Vries on an investor site-tour of the first phase of the development, which will, in time, cover the equivalent of over 24 football pitches.
Says De Vries, “Our partnership with MozamReal will help us get the word out to even more companies and individuals about our warehouse park but also about the opportunities in Mozambique for the (industrial) real estate sector – a very nascent sector in Mozambique’s real estate arena.”
Rusin believes that Agility’s local and global positioning in the market is effective and generating local excitement in a sector that is recovering rapidly.
“Our 2019 theme is Positioning for Growth, and we believe that Agility are just the first movers in a market that will rapidly transform over the next couple of years.”
How DHL Express Scoops 24 Top Employer Awards for the Sixth Consecutive Year
DHL Express received 24 certifications across 23 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa this year
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 22, 2019- DHL Express has been recognized as a Top Employer in Africa for the sixth consecutive year by the prestigious Top Employer Africa Institute, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to being an employer of choice.
Paul Clegg, VP Human Resources for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, said that being recognised as a Top Employer yet again is a massive point of pride for the company, especially in a year where DHL celebrates its 50th anniversary.
“Having been in business for 50 years is a huge milestone, and we could not have reached our current success without the scores of passionate employees that have dedicated their time and energy to the company over the last half century. With this in mind, we remain committed to investing in our employees, helping them unlock their highest potential well into the future.”
DHL Express received 24 certifications across 23 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa this year, including the coveted Intercontinental Award for having the most Top Employer certifications on the continent. Countries for which DHL Express received certifications include
Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Additionally, DHL Express South Africa has been recognised as the industry leader in South Africa, in the Transport and Logistics sector.
“We view effective employee engagement programs that drive motivation and employee engagement as an integral part of business operations. Not only does it enable us to provide great client service, it helps us to maintain our customer-focused culture across the globe,” he says.
According to Clegg, the business’ use of employee initiatives and programs, including the company’s Certified International Specialist (CIS) cultural change program, has helped to unlock the potential of the company’s employees across Sub-Saharan Africa. “We made the decision some time ago to put strong emphasis on up-skilling and empowering our middle-managers and supervisors, as this rung of leadership is crucial to supporting our growth in the coming years.”
To be certified as a Top Employer in Africa, a company needs to operate in four or more countries and have exceptional employee conditions. The Top Employers Institute conducts comprehensive and independent research by completing HR best practice surveys amongst employees of the relevant companies.
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The Top Employers Institute survey assesses human resource strategy, policy implementation, practices and employee offerings to reveal whether the company provides exceptional employee conditions, develops talent on all levels and demonstrates leadership through optimizing the development of its employees and employee practices.
“We are beyond honored and thankful to have achieved this huge milestone once again and we look forward to ensuring that we maintain our focus on attracting, retaining and developing our people across the sub-Saharan Africa region,” concluded Clegg.
Saloodo, the logistics start-up becomes the first international digital road freight platform in Africa
Cologne, 11th of November 2019- The logistics start-up Saloodo! today launched its platform for shippers and transport providers in South Africa, bringing the first digital road freight platform to the region. The intuitive and simple-to-use digital solution was first launched in 2017 in Germany and is now also represented in the Netherlands and Poland.
Moving swiftly into emerging markets outside of Europe, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group was introduced in the Middle East just six months ago and continues now on its growth path by offering its digital services in Africa.
An efficient road freight network is a key conduit of trade within a geographically wide-spread country such as South Africa but also with 16 landlocked countries within Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, much of the region’s road freight operations remain fragmented and highly traditional, missing out on the visibility, efficiency and security that technology offers.
“After successfully entering the Middle East we have taken the decision to continue on our growth path by expanding to the African continent,” said Thomas Grunau, CEO of Saloodo! “As the world’s youngest continent with 60% of the population below 25 economic decisions and growth are increasingly driven by a dynamic generation of digitally-minded young adults. These are ideal conditions for offering and further developing our smart solution.”
With South Africa as its launch pad into Sub-Saharan Africa, Saloodo! is the first digital platform available in the region that offers a single, simple and reliable interface for shippers and transport providers to best optimize cost, routes, cargo and transit times. Backed by DHL’s global and regional footprint and expertise, all contractual relationships on the platform are organized via the existing local DHL entity, providing trust and peace of mind to carriers and shippers alike.
“With real-time visibility, Saloodo! will inject greater transparency and efficiency to the road network in the region, enabling shippers – from small enterprises and start-ups to large multinational groups – to find trusted and reliable freight carriers in South Africa. This will in turn help carriers manage existing fleets and optimize capacity with full truckload shipments,” added Tobias Maier, CEO of Saloodo! Middle East and Africa.
With a market value of R 121.1 billion (~€7.5 billion) in 2018, road freight volumes in South Africa have been increasing steadily, exhibiting a growth of 5.6% in June 2019 when compared to the previous corresponding period. Equally, intra-Africa exports already accounted for 26 per cent and 12 per cent of South Africa’s 2018 total exports and imports respectively – almost 50% of which are with neighbouring countries in this landlocked region.
Collectively, the service has grown to more than 30,000 shippers and over 12,000 carriers covering 35 countries
Egypt to launch shipping lines in Africa
CAIRO – 15 July 2019: Suez Canal Authority Chairman Mohab Mamish stated on Monday that Egypt is preparing to launch shipping lines connecting Egypt with other African states in a move that will serve to boost African exports to all world countries.
Mamish made the announcement when he received a delegation of African media people who are visiting Egypt to learn about the mega and development projects being established in the country.
Later on, a documentary was aired to give an overview on the recent projects accomplished in the Suez Canal Axis. Those include the New Suez Canal, and the SCzone that now houses $20 billion of investments, which are targeted to be $55 billion within 15 years. That is in addition to the inauguration of a vocational training center to qualify labor working in the SCzone plants. The center cost €22 million.
Afterwards, the delegation went on a cruise in Suez Canal and visited the tunnels extending beneath the Canal to connect the eastern and western shores of the Canal.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was officially launched in the extraordinary African Union (AU) summit that took place earlier this month. Egypt is currently chairing the AU.