Reflecting its industry-leading capabilities and deep experience in dedicated retail distribution solutions for time and temperature sensitive products, Imperial Logistics has secured a long-term contract to distribute Nulaid eggs.

The group’s initial three-year contract with Quantum Foods has been extended for five years, based on its continued success in delivering efficiency enhancements and cost savings while distributing 12 million eggs annually, expands Imperial Logistics chief strategy officer Cobus Rossouw.

The scope of Imperial Logistics’ contract encompasses all outbound distribution to Nulaid customers. Inbound distribution is also undertaken in Gauteng, where the organisation transports eggs from laying farms to packing stations. In addition, Rossouw reveals, Imperial Logistics delivers primary inbound loads from Gauteng to Durban and Komatiepoort.

In a close working partnership forged with Quantum Foods, Imperial Logistics has dedicated operations staff is based at four Nulaid sites, Lanseria, Krugersdorp, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, says Rossouw.

To optimise its solution to Nulaid, the supply chain and logistics leader has invested in purpose-built “egg spec” vehicles, with insulated bodies, vents and fans. The trucks also feature drop safes in the cabs for cash handling.

Imperial Logistics has added further value for Nulaid by leveraging the capabilities of the group’s services and technology solutions business, Resolve Solution Partners. “An important contributor to Nulaid’s distribution success is our partnership with Resolve on this contract. Technology solutions delivered by Resolve have ensured optimal distribution planning, with the analytics and reports driving continuous improvements like enhanced vehicle utilisation and a fleet reduction initiative. These have yielded cost savings and enhanced efficiency and customer service.”

Rossouw says that in addition to Imperial Logistics’ expertise and experience in handling Nulaid’s fragile cargo, the organisation’s excellent relationship with its client is founded on a shared commitment to quality, efficiency and continuous improvement. “We meet formally every month without fail for KPI review meetings. We are dedicated to tailoring our solution to meet our client’s needs, whether this means reducing the fleet or moving it around in line with volume forecasts. Imperial Logistics has proved to Nulaid that we are egg experts,” Rossouw quips. “We look forward to our partnership continuing to go from strength to strength. When additional packing stations are added to the scope of our contract, which is an expansion that is on the horizon, we will be able draw on the experience and expertise gained to continue driving Nulaid’s competitiveness,” he concludes.