Johannesburg to Windhoek at a fraction
Specialist logistics service provider, Crossroads Distribution, has instituted a new scheduled, time-sensitive, line-haul service between South Africa and Namibia, to meet the needs of couriers, manufacturers, distributors, and freight forwarders.
Sending a parcel from Johannesburg to Windhoek, or the reverse, has always been expensive; but the company has set out to create value from what has been a wasteful system.
“With the global economy under pressure, our clients are all seeking to streamline the cost of their operations. Ongoing pressures, like the higher cost of diesel and the increasing cost of trucks, add to the challenge. Crossroads decided to take a closer look at how it could create value,” says Howard Sayers, Crossroads GM of marketing.
The line-haul service loads both ways on the route, further reducing costs to clients. The consolidation centre is based in Midrand, Gauteng, on the South Africa side, and in Windhoek on the Namibia side.
“Consolidating deliveries that are less than a truck load for couriers, manufacturers, distributors and freight forwarders, amongst others, and introducing a scheduled service on the Johannesburg to Windhoek route, made sense. Crossroads maintains the unwavering belief that to be relevant to our clients we must add further value and make a difference to their bottom lines and to their balance sheets,” he adds.
Crossroads also provides a last mile delivery option from depot to door, for those who choose it. The cross-docking consolidation centres in Johannesburg mean clients can also deliver and collect at their convenience. The line-haul service caters for clients’ consolidated or individual needs over 50 kg, and without limit in terms of size or weight.
“The consolidation solution considerably lowers the cost of line-haul transportation,” says Sayers.
“Clients have the assurance of dealing with an industry leader whose anchor clients can testify to both the reliability and the confidentiality of the service, both of which are vital in the courier, express parcel and freight forwarding industries,” he concludes.