Transportation And Logistics

Although transportation and logistics as an overall concept has been around for thousands of years, it having originated in the military's need to supply themselves with arms, ammunition and rations as they moved from their base to a forward position, as a business concept only evolved in the 1950s. This was mainly due to the increasing complexity of supplying one's business with materials and shipping out products in an increasingly globalised supply chain, calling for experts in the field who are called supply chain logisticians. This can be defined as having the right item in the right quantity at the right time at the right place for the right price in the right condition to the right customer, and is the science of process that incorporates all industry sectors. The goal of transportation and logistics work is to manage the fruition of project life cycles, supply chains and resultant efficiencies.

In business, transportation and logistics may have either internal focus (inbound logistics), or external focus (outbound logistics) covering the flow and storage of materials from point of origin to point of consumption. The main functions of a qualified logistician include inventory management, purchasing, transportation, warehousing, consultation and the organizing and planning of these activities. Logisticians combine a professional knowledge of each of these functions so that there is a coordination of resources in an organization. There are two fundamentally different forms of transportation and logistics. One optimizes a steady flow of material through a network of transport links and storage nodes. The other coordinates a sequence of resources to carry out some project.

Mac Transco is South Africa’s leading transportation and logistics company, with a share of two logistics companies, Mac Thobe Logistics and Fenya Logistics. We boast all-round comprehensive answers to freight logistics through the finest possible fleet management systems. For any further information contact us at +27 15 534 2171