May 19, 2020

Imperial nets Red Bull's distribution contract for South Africa

South Africa
wholesalers
Imperial Retail Logistics
Red Bull Holdings
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Imperial nets Red Bull's distribution contract for South Africa

The contract for Red Bull’s national warehousing, primary and secondary distribution services has been awarded to Imperial Retail Logistics, a member company of Imperial Logistics.

Operations director Friedel Spies outlined the scope of the Red Bull contract: He said:“Imperial Retail Logistics will act as a single point of contact, to provide Red Bull Holdings with national warehousing and secondary distribution services of all its finished goods.

“This includes managing the organisation’s national distribution network in South Africa, where routes to market include retail, supermarkets, cash and carry, as well as wholesalers.”

Deon Brummer, operations manager at Red Bull South Africa, said: “We needed a world class 3PL service provider who could further enhance and support our strategic objectives to enable future brand development and growth, specifically with regards to technology integration to increase visibility throughout the distribution and warehousing process.”

 Spies added: “With more than 35 years’ experience in providing warehousing and distribution services to various customers in the South African FMCG sector, Imperial Retail Logistics is in an excellent position to act as a strategic partner to Red Bull, and to assist the company on its journey to define and further upgrade its supply chain network capacity, to enable future business strategies.”

Imperial Retail Logistics’ partnership with Red Bull started in 2010, and this contract is a renewal of the previous one, he reveals.

Among the factors that contributed to the successful contract renewal, he said, is Imperial Retail Logistics’ technical ability to provide Red Bull with a world class warehouse management system and ERP that can interface with its enterprise resource planning software, SAP.

“It is also crucial for Imperial Retail Logistics to be able to provide an accurate view of inventory, batch integrity and order status, and to use a transport management system with expected time of arrivals, and timely proof of deliveries.”

In addition, the company’s information management systems and business processes are critical elements of the new contract, he added. 

“Red Bull’s longterm strategy incorporates state-of-the-art technologies which have made Imperial Retail Logistics a leading provider in southern Africa,” Spies concluded.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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