The importance of Logistics companies to the functioning of an effective economy is often overlooked and this industry is critical to reducing the cost of doing business in South Africa as president Mbeki requested. The introduction of new players in the Logistics market, which has been dominated in the past by traditional establishments, is creating an exciting and rejuvenated business arena, in which WoA has positioned itself to become a major player.
Women in Logistics will be comprised of the following divisions: Freight and commuter Transport, Shipping, Warehousing, Handling and Distribution. State privatisation programmes will determine whether the transport division of Women in Logistics will extend beyond its focus on road and rail.
Women in Logistics has formed a joint venture with an established road-transport company Westmead Carriers that has in excess of 150 trucks; yielding the capacity (capital, manpower) to build a formidable road-fleet. The company has an extremely good record for service and reliability. Our contribution is to grow this business into the other related logistics services and create value add synergies from other relationships.
WoA has created strategic relationship with entities such as Renaissance Management Services that would launch this division into the mainstream of the warehousing and handling sector. This was made possible due to the synergies from the property leasing division that our partners view as critical value add to lowering the cost of doing business. The relationships developed from property leasing also make this a natural progression for growth of WoA.