Resolve and its subsidiaries have featured in an impressive five awards at this year’s Logistics Achievers Awards. For 27 years running, these awards have recognised supply chain and logistics excellence.

As an Imperial Group company, we also share in its broader success, with the total group achievements including a coveted Platinum Award, two Gold Awards and four Silver Awards, as well as two Enviro Awards for its efforts to green Southern African supply chains.

The awards are the culmination of a stringent judging process during which nominees went through numerous rounds of submissions and site visits, as well as presentations to the judging panel that comprises representatives of the various professional institutes, vocational societies and trade or industry associations involved in logistics and supply chain management in Southern Africa.

The Platinum Award was won by Resolve subsidiary InSync Solutions, for its successful design and implementation of an innovative new production logistics solution for client VW South Africa. “We are delighted to have received this recognition of the outstanding technology and expertise supplied by InSync for changes required in VWSA’s supply chain,” said Imperial Logistics Chief Business Development officer Cobus Rossouw. “This undertaking saw the introduction of a number of lean logistics concepts for VW in order drive productivity, flexibility and continuous improvement, and it included the implementation of a new, leaner inbound plant logistics process,” he expands.

A project in which Resolve was involved, enabled Imperial client The Twincare Group to reap the benefits of an improved bottom line and an increase in service levels, and was the recipient of a Gold Logistics Achiever Award. “Twincare partnered with Imperial in order to address the challenge of an extremely complex supply chain, where there were opportunities to improve efficiencies,” reveals Rossouw. “Together, Imperial and Twincare redesigned and simplified the company’s supply chain, resulting in a national footprint for Twincare, reduced stock holding, improved on time service levels, cost savings and a simplified reporting process.”

A Gold Award was also presented to a Resolve intervention that successfully got a chilled foods specialist out of hot water and on the path to success. “The Cold Chain was a company facing a host of issues that were jeopardising the business’s competitiveness – until it partnered with Imperial’s services and technology solutions specialist Resolve Solutions Partners. This partnership has yielded a host of benefits, including annual cost savings of R35-million as a result of simplified distribution. It has also set The Cold Chain – now Imperial Cold Logistics – firmly on the path to establishing itself as a leader in the provision of logistics and supply chain management services for chilled and frozen products.”

Resolve Capacity’s innovative Warehouse-in-a-Box™ solution to Tanzania’s expanding need for a scalable, secure, reliable and sustainable means to store and distribute medicines and healthcare commodities, won this division of Resolve a Silver Award.

Warehouse-in-a-Box is a unique concept that provides for the rapid installation and commissioning of a pharmaceutical compliant pre-fabricated warehouse, with all the necessary components packed and ready for export in 40 ft containers. Warehouse-in-a-Box can deliver between 500m2 and 10 000m2 of pharmaceutical warehouse space. Long term scalability is made possible through the modular design, which is readily adjustable to encompass future growth demands.

Resolve Capacity’s turnkey approach ensured that that the company’s involvement did not end with the supply of the boxed components. The scope of work extended from site preparation and earthworks in Keko, Mbeya, Dodoma, Tanga and Tabora through to the assembly and kitting out of the facilities and the training of staff. Resolve Capacity’s five-week training programme on each site offered the guidance, advice and support to ensure the warehouses started up successfully and can operate independently according to a set of established standards. A total of 523 Medical Stores Department warehouse personnel have been trained by Resolve Capacity.

Resolve subsidiary company InSync Solutions partnered with Savino Del Bene to provide a collaborative, end-to-end supply chain solution developed for motor manufacturer Mahindra, netting a Silver Award.

The Imperial Group also won silver awards for a partnership with global vision care company Bausch & Lomb; and a supply chain intervention that has yielded significant benefits for South Africa’s leading total beverage alcohol company, brandhouse.

The Imperial Group’s two Enviro Awards were won for its energy and water saving drives, as well as waste management and recycling initiatives, and recognise the group’s commitment to sustainability and greening South Africa’s supply chains.

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