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Courier Activities in South Africa 2015

  • August 2015
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  • 100 pages

Courier Services Sector: This report focuses on South Africa’s courier and express parcel (CEP) service industry which employs 20,000 people and is worth an estimated R8bn per annum. Companies within the sector range from multinational companies offering global services to single individuals with a light delivery vehicle. They deliver items from all sectors of the South African economy in millions of Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Customer (B2C) and Customer-to-Customer (C2C) transactions.


Opportunities and Challenges: The CEP sector is a competitive industry with high overheads and input costs, and with labour costs outstripping inflation, service providers are feeling the pressure on profit margins. The series of strikes in the South African Post Office since 2011 has presented courier service providers with growth opportunities as companies have been forced to find alternative reliable distribution or delivery options. The 35% growth of online retail (e-tail) in South Africa in 2014 with sales worth R6bn, or 0.8% of total retail, has also benefitted courier companies. However, although the increase in e-commerce is providing growth opportunities for the courier sector, the emergence of Uber-like on-demand courier services and alternative delivery options, such as conveniently-located pick-up points, is having a disruptive impact on the traditional CEP industry.



Report Coverage:

The report on the South African Courier Services sector focuses on the current state of the sector, developments within the sector and factors influencing the success of the industry. The report profiles 22 companies including Courier-IT SA (Pty) Ltd which has a fleet of 150 vehicles to service clients such as SABS, Celldirect, Milu Trading and Woolworths, and TNT Express Worldwide (SA) (Pty) Ltd, part of a global network operating in approximately 200 countries.

Table Of Contents

Courier Activities in South Africa 2015
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 12
4.1. Local 12
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 15
4.1.2. Regulations 16
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 20
4.2. Continental 22
4.3. International 24
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 28
5.1. Economic Environment 28
5.2. Rising Operating Costs 29
5.3. Labour 30
5.4. e-Commerce 31
5.5. Information Technology 33
5.6. Cyclicality 34
5.7. Environmental Concerns 35
5.8. Transport Infrastructure 36
5.9. Crime and Security 36
5.10. Electricity Supply Constraints 37
6. COMPETITION 38
6.1. Barriers to Entry 38
6.2. Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 39
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 40
8. OUTLOOK 41
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 42
10. REFERENCES 42
10.1. Publications 42
10.2. Websites 43
COMPANY PROFILES 45
ARAMEX SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 45
COURIER AND FREIGHT GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 48
COURIER GUY (PTY) LTD (THE) 51
COURIER-IT SA (PTY) LTD 53
CROSSROADS DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD 55
DHL INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 58
EWC EXPRESS SA (PTY) LTD 61
EXPRESS AIR SERVICES (PTY) LTD 64
FEDEX EXPRESS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 66
FREIGHT INNOVATIONS (PTY) LTD 68
GLOBEFLIGHT WORLDWIDE EXPRESS (SA) (PTY) LTD 70
INTERNET EXPRESS (PTY) LTD 73
ISICABUCABU FRANCHISING (PTY) LTD 74
LASER GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 75
ONELOGIX GROUP LTD 77
RAM TRANSPORT (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 80
RTT GROUP (PTY) LTD 83
SKYNET SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 85
TNT EXPRESS WORLDWIDE (SA) (PTY) LTD 87
UPS SCS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 89
UTI SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 92

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