Logistics with drones

August 2018 News, Logistics (Industry)

A new black-owned logistics company servicing the KZN and inland fuel depot route is being aided by some of the newest tech in logistics, as it goes toe-to-toe with big transport companies.

Using drones to create its niche in the complex business of fuel distribution, Crusade Logistics plans routes and monitors driver safety, providing customers with two-hourly updates on the estimated arrival time to the depots, ensuring that they are ready to receive the fuel.

Currently bridging fuel for Chevron South Africa and the Caltex Brand in KwaZulu-Natal, the 51% Black-owned and 30% Black female-owned fuel hauler recently secured Enterprise and Supplier Development (E&SD) funding from Chevron South Africa to expand its business. Chevron South Africa’s E&SD programme is not only aimed at growing its base of capable and reliable partners, but also, improving opportunities for new black-owned entrants to drive transformation through its value chain.

Crusade Logistics has received industry accolades for driver safety, fuel efficiency and reliability. “We mark out the routes first with drones to give drivers visual cues and familiar landmarks on an electronic journey plan. We have seen a marked improvement in driver safety and it also reduces the risk of trucks getting lost with a full load of fuel onboard,” said co-owner of Crusade Logistics, Wesley Naidoo.

“Start-up firms are held to the same exacting standards as more established suppliers, and while there can be significant barriers to entry for new entrants, we are keen to enable their success by providing them with business opportunities within our fuel supply chain,” said Chevron South Africa’s fleet operations manager, Noma Dumse.

Naidoo went on to say, “For us, one of the biggest benefits has been receiving mentorship from Chevron South Africa and integrating their best practice standards and culture into our business. We have been so inspired by how this programme has assisted us, that we are now helping other small black-owned businesses. In our own way, we are paying it forward.”




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