“FUSO products continue to offer us an excellent total cost of ownership. Their payload is unmatched, and fuel efficiency is extremely competitive, not to mention excellent reliability with superb back-up. To date, these remain our key buying factors,” says Anthony Naicker, Director of City Logistics.
Earlier this year, FUSO Trucks cemented their long-standing partnership with City Logistics with a substantial handover
of 43 FUSO Canter FE7-136 units. The vehicles were delivered through their dealerships in KZN namely NMI-DSM Durban and McCarthy Kunene.
Total fleet now approximately 1 200 vehicles
This marks a significant milestone in the expansion of City Logistics’ fleet, which has now doubled the volume of FUSO products, taking the total fleet of the
company to approximately 1 200 vehicles. Naicker says: “Our journey with FUSO dates back to five years ago when we decided to put different FUSO trucks
to the test for six months. The data we gathered after testing left us with no doubt. FUSO products continue to offer us an excellent total cost of ownership”.
Solution-orientated and unwavering after-sales support
“Attributing also to this meaningful partnership,” Naicker says, ”is the solution-oriented approach and outstanding back-up, service and
support from an amazing team and dealership personnel. I can confidently say that as we continue to expand our footprint, we are excited about future partnerships”.
Simply better trucks
Maretha Gerber, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa explained the ongoing partnership as such: “With our strategy of delivering ‘Simply Better
Trucks’ to our valued customers, we are pleased to have exceeded the expectations of one of our long-standing partners. We will continue to work closely with this thriving company to
ensure that they get the best vehicles and service in line with their business requirements”. Gerber said: “City Logistics is more than just a customer to us. They are an integral part of our brand through their
valuable contribution to our product development and future mobility solutions. What a pleasure to be associated with a company that lives and breathes service excellence and innovative solutions”.
Large national footprint
Today, this forward-thinking company has approximately 3 500 dedicated and qualified employees with a national footprint stretching across all major centres. It also includes across the border to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and
Swaziland–explaining why it is of utmost importance to have super reliable trucks.Their customer base is mostly made up of major retailers and distributors, and they offer an array of services in distribution, line haul, advertising,
warehousing. They have 16 branches with Durban Riverhorse Valley being their Head Office.
During the recent unrest, City Logistics assisted with initiatives in KZN.
From the onset precisely 33 years ago,City Logistics has shown a clear commitment to South Africa and its people. During the recent unrest in some parts of KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng, City Logistics also took part in several initiatives in KwaZulu Natal driven by the Mr Price Group, City Hope Disaster Relief and Celebrate Life through transporting
much-needed items to the affected communities.
Naicker explained that the company has exciting plans ahead: “As a company, we are stronger, more resilient, and forging ahead with our business plans and aspirations for the remainder of the year and going into 2022. We have made a lot of infrastructure
investments which we are hoping will be completed in the first quarter of next year. With the rapid shift towards new technology, we will be focussing heavily on automation, improving data and efficiency going forward. Whilst we are in high spirits and gearing up to be future-ready, I am eagerly waiting for the FUSO eCanter and Mercedes-Benz eActros vehicles, and for the record, I would like to be the first owner of these exciting electric vehicles in South Africa – no pressure to these brands.”
Original Article published in Business Fleet Africa September/October publication