With the delivery of Botswana’s first ever Crown TSP VNA (very narrow aisle) turret truck to Zebra Hub of Excellence (ZHE), Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), distributors of Crown in South Africa, has cemented itself as one of the fastest growing material handling equipment (MEH) suppliers in the sub-Saharan region.
‘This is an important milestone for us,’ says GLTC MD Darryl Shafto. ‘ZHE is one of the most respected companies in the warehousing and logistics industry in this region and to get our first VNA turret tuck in Botswana into their operation is something we can be proud of.’
He adds that in these challenging economic times with warehousing space at a premium, VNA warehousing equipment is becoming more and more important with respect to bottom line saving and the Crown TSP 6000 Turret Truck, the model which ZHE bought, is the best of its kind.
The Crown TSP 6000 Turret Truck has a lifting capacity of 1000-1250kg and a lift height of 11.7m. Its 48-Volt AC motor allows for faster handling and control. Innovative features like its Monolift Mast, excellent visibility and easy serviceability ensure the highest performance in the VNA applications. ‘This machine – and all our turret trucks – has the unique ability to cope with some of the most demanding tasks in material handling, tasks that set the pace for every other process in the warehouse,’ Shafto says.
ZHE, a 100 percent Botswana citizen-owned private company has its head office in the country’s capital, Gaborone with additional hubs in Francistown, Maun, Palapye and Jwaneng. The company’s main services include freight forwarding, customs clearance, couriering and 3PL. Its warehousing facilities stand at over 8,500m² with complete technology-driven automation capabilities.
Brenda Gerber, director of Coastal Hire in Gaborone who did the deal with ZHE, says that this has been a most exciting exercise. ‘The machine is state of the art and is performing beyond all expectations. The installation went very smoothly and the Goscor team’s training was very professional,’ Gerber says.
She adds that the efficiency of the Crown TSP 6000 Turret Truck, especially in the important VNA warehouse environment, augurs well for more of these to be placed in Botswana warehouses in the near future.
The successes in Botswana are indicative of GLTC’s successful drive into Africa, especially the sub-Saharan and Indian Ocean Islands regions, which, according to Haripersad, are directly benefiting from the rollercoaster cycle of investor confidence in South Africa.
‘We are already represented in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, East Africa and Mauritius and, so far, our ‘Africa footprint’ initiative looks good but there’s still much work to be done and we will not be resting on our laurels,’ Shafto says.
He adds that one of the priorities is the setting up of fully professional Goscor service centres. ‘There are large numbers of people who have bought, for example, Crown material handling equipment direct from Europe or elsewhere because there was no Crown representation in their respective countries. We are now taking Goscor to these people, initially through servicing their equipment and then by developing a full commercial relationship with them,’ he concludes.