Unitrans South Africa

Unitrans
South Africa

Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions Proprietary Limited (‘Unitrans South Africa’) is a proud contributor to broad-based black economic empowerment. We achieved a Level 2 B-BBEE rating with effect from
1 October 2021 with more than 60% black ownership, 38% black women and 13% black youth ownership.

We are a leading provider of integrated transportation, warehousing, and supply chain-based services to customers with a variety of needs, offering bespoke value propositions in each segment. We manage a large fleet of application-specific vehicles, and both dedicated and non-dedicated fleets throughout the country to ensure that goods reach their destinations safely and on time.

We use information technology and best-practice solutions to deliver value-added services for both internal and external customers. In partnership with leading technology providers, the Unitrans Control Tower (‘UCT’) monitors the movement of almost 2 000 vehicles in real time to ensure the efficient and safe transportation of commodities and consumer goods.

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Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions Proprietary Limited (‘Unitrans South Africa’) is a proud contributor to broad-based black economic empowerment. We achieved a Level 2 B-BBEE rating with effect from
1 October 2021 with more than 60% black ownership, 38% black women and 13% black youth ownership.

We are a leading provider of integrated transportation, warehousing, and supply chain-based services to customers with a variety of needs, offering bespoke value propositions in each segment. We manage a large fleet of application-specific vehicles, and both dedicated and non-dedicated fleets throughout the country to ensure that goods reach their destinations safely and on time.

We use information technology and best-practice solutions to deliver value-added services for both internal and external customers. In partnership with leading technology providers, the Unitrans Control Tower (‘UCT’) monitors the movement of almost 2 000 vehicles in real time to ensure the efficient and safe transportation of commodities and consumer goods.

Revenue

R5 207 million

up 5%

Operating profit

R249 million

up 12%

Operating margin

4.8%

Customer value proposition

Innovative, integrated, and managed transportation, warehousing, and supply chain-based services for customers to meet their specific needs

Revenue

R5 207 million

up 5%

Operating profit

R249 million

up 12%

Operating margin

4.8%

Customer value proposition

Innovative, integrated, and managed transportation, warehousing, and supply chain-based services for customers to meet their specific needs

“Our purpose is to provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective services to our customers, adding value throughout their supply chains.”

Terry Bantock

Chief executive officer, Unitrans South Africa

“Our purpose is to provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective services to our customers, adding value throughout their supply chains.”

Terry Bantock

Chief executive officer, Unitrans South Africa

Terry Bantock, CEO | Unitrans South Africa

Terry completed a business science honours degree at the University of Cape Town in 1987. Thereafter he commenced his career in the supply chain and transport industry, including 15 years with the Imperial Group and 11 years in senior roles with Brait and Buildmax Limited. Terry joined Unitrans as chief operating officer in March 2017, and in December 2018 he was appointed chief executive officer of Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions.

Highlights 2021

We established the Unitrans Empowerment Trust to promote gender and racial diversity.

We launched the Leadership Champion Development Programme to maintain and strengthen our culture and to create a space for our people to be “seen, heard, appreciated, and understood”.

We invested significantly in strengthening our brand equity in order to secure and grow market share in a highly competitive environment.

We adapted rapidly to changes in customer needs and remote working requirements resulting from Covid-19.

We achieved a net gain during the period in future contractual revenue.

Highlights 2021

We established the Unitrans Empowerment Trust to promote gender and racial diversity.

We launched the Leadership Champion Development Programme to maintain and strengthen our culture and to create a space for our people to be “seen, heard, appreciated, and understood”.

We invested significantly in strengthening our brand equity in order to secure and grow market share in a highly competitive environment.

We adapted rapidly to changes in customer needs and remote working requirements resulting from Covid-19.

We achieved a net gain during the period in future contractual revenue.

Operational review

Operating environment

While economic activity for the year remained below pre-Covid levels, on an aggregated basis, the division performed well, with a consistent improvement in activity levels supporting growth in revenue. The added value offered by the UCT provided a solid platform for margin improvement by facilitating optimised route adherence, improved turnaround times, better driver performance, fewer accidents, and enhanced access to real-time business information.

We recorded an annualised net revenue gain on contract renewals to the value of R333 million and new contracts to the value of R349 million, indicating a slight gain in market share. While competition remains robust, we also have a healthy pipeline of potential new business opportunities.

Value added

As a diversified supply chain-based services company, we add value for our customers in a number of significant ways. The core of our business is to develop safe and innovative transport, warehousing, and supply chain management solutions specifically to meet each customer’s needs, as these vary widely according to sector.

We provide real-time vehicle monitoring and driver behaviour management services through our UCT, which not only improves efficiencies and secures the safety of goods in transit, but provides critical real-time management information.

One of the benefits of this is that on-road operational issues can be resolved rapidly, again securing both efficiency and the safety of vehicles, goods, and drivers. Our monitoring system enables us to improve the fuel efficiency of each vehicle, which reduces costs and carbon emissions, making a positive

contribution towards a more sustainable and environmentally sound future. We also continuously investigate and invest in new-technology vehicles to improve the fuel efficiency of our fleets.

We consistently strive for zero harm to our drivers and third-party road users. All of our drivers are fully trained and undergo regular refresher courses and testing. In addition, we use leading in-vehicle systems to monitor driver behaviour and fatigue. All vehicles are monitored for speeding, driving hours, and route adherence on an exception management basis. Drivers and monitoring staff are warned of potential accidents through impact alerts and panic alarms so that they can respond immediately. This technology has assisted in systematically reducing road traffic violations and distracted driving behaviours, which potentially lead to accidents.

The value of our integrated business model, our sound relationships with both our clients and our staff, and the support of other divisions – such as Unitrans Africa – was recently demonstrated during the civil unrest that occurred in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

We were able to respond quickly to get supply chains up and running after the unrest. In partnership with our client, Pick n Pay, we sent a convoy of 30 trucks carrying essential food supplies from warehouses in Gauteng to stores in KwaZulu-Natal. The guarded convoy, closely monitored by the UCT, stretched for 3.7 kilometres and was successful in delivering essential supplies to the region.

We proactively manage our business culture, which we regard as an important competitive advantage. We promote a culture of customercentricity, operational excellence, safety, and accountability, delivering value for all of our stakeholders.

Key facts

1 970

vehicles

78

depots

174 million

kilometres travelled

Centralised control tower

Level 2 B-BBEE rating

Operational review

Operating environment

While economic activity for the year remained below pre-Covid levels, on an aggregated basis, the division performed well, with a consistent improvement in activity levels supporting growth in revenue. The added value offered by the UCT provided a solid platform for margin improvement by facilitating optimised route adherence, improved turnaround times, better driver performance, fewer accidents, and enhanced access to real-time business information.

We recorded an annualised net revenue gain on contract renewals to the value of R333 million and new contracts to the value of R349 million, indicating a slight gain in market share. While competition remains robust, we also have a healthy pipeline of potential new business opportunities.

Value added

As a diversified supply chain-based services company, we add value for our customers in a number of significant ways. The core of our business is to develop safe and innovative transport, warehousing, and supply chain management solutions specifically to meet each customer’s needs, as these vary widely according to sector.

We provide real-time vehicle monitoring and driver behaviour management services through our UCT, which not only improves efficiencies and secures the safety of goods in transit, but provides critical real-time management information.

One of the benefits of this is that on-road operational issues can be resolved rapidly, again securing both efficiency and the safety of vehicles, goods, and drivers. Our monitoring system enables us to improve the fuel efficiency of each vehicle, which reduces costs and carbon emissions, making a positive contribution towards a more sustainable and environmentally sound future. We also continuously investigate and invest in new-technology vehicles to improve the fuel efficiency of our fleets.

We consistently strive for zero harm to our drivers and third-party road users. All of our drivers are fully trained and undergo regular refresher courses and testing. In addition, we use leading in-vehicle systems to monitor driver behaviour and fatigue. All vehicles are monitored for speeding, driving hours, and route adherence on an exception management basis. Drivers and monitoring staff are warned of potential accidents through impact alerts and panic alarms so that they can respond immediately. This technology has assisted in systematically reducing road traffic violations and distracted driving behaviours, which potentially lead to accidents.

The value of our integrated business model, our sound relationships with both our clients and our staff, and the support of other divisions – such as Unitrans Africa – was recently demonstrated during the civil unrest that occurred in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

We were able to respond quickly to get supply chains up and running after the unrest. In partnership with our client, Pick n Pay, we sent a convoy of 30 trucks carrying essential food supplies from warehouses in Gauteng to stores in KwaZulu-Natal. The guarded convoy, closely monitored by the UCT, stretched for 3.7 kilometres and was successful in delivering essential supplies to the region.

We proactively manage our business culture, which we regard as an important competitive advantage. We promote a culture of customercentricity, operational excellence, safety, and accountability, delivering value for all of our stakeholders.

Key facts

1 970

vehicles

78

depots

174 million

kilometres travelled

Centralised control tower

Level 2 B-BBEE rating

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