Berco – an Aramex Company is a logistics solutions provider and offers a broad range of services including: International Express, Freight, Logistics Solutions, Domestic, eCommerce & Automated Mailroom Solutions. The business comprises of 16 branches and 3 warehouses nationwide, and employs more than 870 people.
In December 2011, Berco was acquired by Aramex, a global logistics and transportation solutions provider. Founded in 1982, Aramex is a publicly traded company on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM: ARMX). Aramex employs more than 12 300 people in over 353 locations, across 60 countries, and leads a strong alliance network by bringing together 40 independent express companies from around the world.
Aramex now has a strategic entry into Africa’s largest and most developed economy, thereby helping it to cement its leading position in emerging markets. The official name change to Aramex South Africa will take place mid-2013.
Improved technology, best logistics practices and a committed global team are only some of the benefits that the acquisition has brought to the company, its customers and its suppliers. The full range of services offered by Aramex will be introduced to the local market, following a phased approach. These include integrated logistics solutions, secure records and information management solutions, as well as e-services such as e-business solutions, and Shop and Ship™. In addition, there are finite plans to expand across southern Africa with the opening of additional offices and warehouses. At the same time, South African employees will receive additional training to support the expansion strategy across Africa.
Investment in infrastructure and technology is a key driver for the business in order to capitalise on increasing demand in emerging markets for outsourcing of supply chain and information management services. Investment in people is equally important for sustainable growth. Value creation for customers is central to the company’s strategy and the dedicated business solutions team’s focus is on service improvement, innovation and tailored solutions.
The Drop Box is a prime example of such innovation – offering a fast, reliable and convenient store-to-door courier service to consumers and small businesses. The Drop Boxes are available at over 215 Pick n Pay stores nationwide, with a plan to install another 200 before the end of the year. Courier sleeves are available for purchase over the counter on a prepaid basis and the packages are delivered throughout SA to main centres, Monday to Friday before 10h30.
STATISTICS / DEMOGRAPHICS / HISTORY
Founded: Berco: 1992 and Aramex: 1982
South African CEO: Andy van der Velde
South African Country Manager: Dianne Chamberlain
NATURE OF BUSINESS
Activity: International Express, Freight, Logistics Solutions, Domestic, eCommerce & Automated Mailroom Solutions
Mission: To be recognized as one of the top five global logistics and transportation companies
Purpose: To enable and facilitate regional and global trade and commerce
1. Berco was acquired by Aramex in December 2011
2. Employees: Berco – an Aramex Company: 870 and Aramex: 12 300
3. Offices: Berco – an Aramex Company: 16 and Aramex: 334
4. The Drop Box service is a first for South Africa and was launched in 2010