According to Detlev Duve, Managing Director of DACHSER South Africa, people still remain at the core of logistics. People are the difference between whether you have smart logistics or intelligent logistics.
“Smart logistics means having to do many things at the same time. But you only have intelligent logistics if you have the right people to bring it all together. Intelligent logistics operates across several dimensions but if these systems are not accurately and timeously brought together, the process could collapse. It is not just about having the best technology and systems in place,” says Duve.
For Duve, smart logistics also requires ongoing commitment to education and skills development in the logistics industry.
“DACHSER South Africa runs an apprenticeship as well as being involved internationally in various educational programmes. Educating new generations of logistics workers is a very logical investment to make.
“DACHSER South Africa trains up to 15 learners each year, and since the inception of the programme in 2012, the company has been able to employ 70% of its graduate learners.”
The company was awarded for its exemplary performance, dedication and commitment to contributing to a skilled South Africa through the DACHSER Learnership Programme by the Institute for Quality (EID) in South Africa.
“Companies need to train their employees consistently. A solid base of logistics management skills, including the tactical and strategic aspects, is critical for a company to exist within the competitive logistics environment.”