UPDATE AS OF THE 2017 ANNUAL REPORT
TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS
PROMOTING LOCAL SOURCING
Over 70% of the Company’s inputs and services are sourced from the local market. The traditional contract farming arrangements for sorghum, barley and maize ensure sustainable sourcing of these key brewing materials whilst providing livelihoods to the Zimbabwean communities. The supplier partnering program aims to achieve gains in quality, cost and service levels through reduction in waste and poor materials performance.
TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS : IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR DISTRIBUTION LOGISTICS
The Company operates an internal fleet comprising over 200 prime mover vehicles and in excess of 400 trailers, primarily for secondary distribution, which allows the Company to deliver its products directly to retail and wholesale customers. There are ongoing initiatives to build internal capacity for primary freighting from the production centres to benefit from enhanced efficiencies. Our fleet travelled a combined 14,2 million kilometres this financial year. There are current initiatives to deploy technology in the routing of deliveries, load pickings in the warehouses and vehicle and driver monitoring in order to improve vehicle productivity and distribution efficiency. There are however some challenges relating to poor road conditions, road congestion in urban centres and generally poor driving conditions in the country. Vehicle turnaround is also impacted by the high prevalence of police and VID roadblocks.
With over two hundred delivery vehicles plying our roads each day, it is a safety imperative for the Company to uprate driver skills. The division continues to invest in driver training and safety awareness. We work collaboratively with the Traffic Safety Council in the furtherance of programmes to reduce drinking and driving while promoting defensive driving. Our drivers continue to participate in the annual driving competitions within the Company and against other fleet operators.