The new Rhenus facility measures 7,700 square metres – growing the company’s warehousing capacity in Durban by more than 50 percent in just two years. This facility plays an integral role in serving the Port of Durban, which handles 32 percent of all South Africa’s ships. The additional premises are set to attract new clients from various industry sectors – including ones that Rhenus currently services like automotive, healthcare and food and beverages.
Strategically located at Northfield Business Park in the north of Durban, just 21 kilometres from the King Shaka International Airport and 24 kilometres from the Durban Container Terminal, the warehouse also offers market proximity to a large part of the country’s airfreight.
The facility offers a range of solutions such as loading and offloading, packing, cross-docking, picking, as well as the capability of handling graded food items. With its new cross-dock area, the warehouse boasts high efficiency and quick loading and unloading turnaround times.
According to Kishore Kanayelal, Regional Director KwaZulu-Natal at Rhenus South Africa, increased demand for warehouse space, as well as more service offerings, have been driving strong growth. With KwaZulu-Natal having experienced many challenging circumstances, the launch of a new warehouse comes as welcome relief to a community in need of good news.
“We are proud that we have created more than a hundred new jobs to service the demand in our area. These additional 7,700 square metres strengthen our local capabilities significantly,” Kishore Kanayelal explains.
The offering of cross-docking means more efficient goods handling, reduced labour costs and accelerated delivery times – which are real benefits to Rhenus clients. “The launch of this new warehouse marks an exciting time for us as a business. It showcases our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet our clients’ transport and warehousing needs,” concludes Kishore Kanayelal.
By this expansion, Rhenus Warehousing Solutions is enlarging its portfolio of individual solutions and value-added services for the South African automotive, healthcare, food, and beverages sector.