The Prodigal Truck Returns
2016, not only marked the 10th anniversary of LCS, but also marked 36 years in the logistics industry for our original founder and CEO, Awie Britz.
What better way to pay tribute to such an incredible milestone, than to reunite Mr Britz with the vehicle that started it all! His first truck, a 1980 model Mercedes 1924, had been tracked down and lovingly restored to its original condition. From the Ivory White factory paint, down to the outside-mounted air horn, boasting its original rebuilt straight 6 ADE diesel motor with 170 kW of power - laughable by today’s standards, but it got the job done. Seeing the truck that started LCS on its path to success pull into the depot, filled Awie with delight and rekindled all those memories from years gone by.
The classic truck is currently on display at our Heidelberg depot, reminding the LCS team every day of our humble beginnings and the true power of hard work, perseverance and our unwavering faith in God, who has always carried us through all the prosperous and challenging times.
LCS Group is a diversified Supply Chain Business, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for innovation. The Group of companies consist of LCS Logistics, LCS Transport Solutions, Bay Shipping, LCS Fuels, LCS Prime Agri, LCS Fleet Support and LCS Financial Services
The LCS Group is a preferred supplier of differentiated value chain solutions, thereby delivering competitive advantages and attractive returns for our range of satisfied clients. Our Head Office is situated in Heidelberg, Gauteng, with satellite offices/depots in Newcastle, Richards Bay, Durban, Kuruman, Brits, Delmas, Cape Town, Hoopstad, Camperdown, Germiston and Melrose Arch.
People are truly our most important asset and we painstakingly ensure that we put the right person in every position for our customers to experience the LCS way, regardless of the person, position or seniority. We believe that personal attention by professional, reliable and knowledgeable people not only improves the customer experience, but it also makes us one of the most efficient and reliable companies within our industry.
LCS is unique in its approach to provide our customers with total solutions that integrate every link in the extended value chain. LCS therefore utilises a range of specialised skills within the group to effectively manage our internal operations, with a view to capitalise on the synergies that are available, ultimately contributing to the overall value that we add to our customers. Some examples of these specialised services include:
All the vehicles used by LCS Logistics, including those of selected transport service providers, are serviced and maintained internally. Our main Commercial depot is based in Heidelberg, providing a comprehensive range of services, supported and endorsed by carefully selected OEM partners and service providers.
In addition, LCS Commercial assumes responsibility for all our vehicle related aspects prescribed by the RTMS standards. This gives us the confidence that all vehicles operating within our network are fully maintained, roadworthy and verified fit for service within LCS Logistics, at all times.
LCS supplies diesel for all the vehicles operating in the LCS Logistics fleet, through our national network of refuelling depots, conveniently situated on all our major routes. In addition, LCS also suppliesa number of our customers with their primary fuel needs.
Professional, reliable and knowledgeable people are a key aspect within LCS and our Human Resource (HR) division ensures that this golden thread is evident throughout the entire LCS.
LCS’s HR division manages the recruitment, selection, appointment, general administration, training and development of all our employees, as well as those of a selection of our key service providers. We take particular pride in closely managing our drivers, across the entire extended fleet, as per the official RTMS guidelines, thereby ensuring the general wellness of our drivers.
Our Financial Services division provides many valuable services, both internally and externally. One of the main functions within the LCS Group is to oversee the in-house Goods In Transit (GIT) insurance scheme and comprehensive vehicle insurance for the extended fleet. Our Financial Services division thoroughly understands the logistics industry and therefore we provide an unsurpassed level of professional service.
We understand that vehicle productivity is key and we assist wherever we can to keep our fleet as productive as possible. At LCS Logistics we offer our dedicated transport service providers the benefit of advancement of funds due to them, in cases of legitimate emergencies. Especially in instances of unplanned maintenance or vehicle breakdowns, LCS offers transporters access to funds, enabling them to resolve any vehicle related problems to prevent the loss of further income for the month.
LCS achieved its leading position through its long-term focus on our strategic priorities. These priorities deliver direct benefits to our customers and form an integral part of our value-added solutions. Our strategic priorities are:
Safety is a non-negotiable at LCS and we spend significant resources in ensuring that our impeccable safety record remains intact.
We have adopted RTMS (Road Transport Management System) as our official safety and quality management system and we have achieved full RTMS accreditation, for 4 years in a row. We are the only bulk commodity transport company in South Africa that has been granted a concession to run our Dedicated Transport Service Providers (TSP’s) under our own accreditation, which allows us to rapidly amend our accredited fleet size, based on the prevailing market requirements.
We use cutting-edge technology to help us increase efficiency, reduce waste and enhance our competitiveness. Through performance measurement, we find innovative ways to enhance our continuous drive for improvement.
Advanced track-and-trace technology enables us to manage all operations by the second. This provides customers with total visibility of their supply chain in real time and enhanced security for their cargo.
State-of-the-art optimization programs ensure full utilization of all vehicles. This reduces empty legs and the total number of kilometres travelled and thereby, our carbon footprint and impact on the environment and the road networks.
We operate a state-of-the-art control room, with the requisite IT infrastructure, equipment and systems, from where all our operations are managed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our hands-on approach ensures that any issues that arise are dealt with immediately.
We are a broad-based B-BBEE accredited organisation with Level 2 certification, which is evident in all aspects of our business.The LCS Group invests heavily in corporate citizenship initiatives to the benefit of our stakeholders, the local community where we operate and the environment, through our tried and tested enterprise development initiatives.
At LCS we believe that personal attention greatly enhances the value of our service offering. Through hands-on management we ensure quality service delivery and attention to detail at every step in the process, greatly improving our efficiency and reliability.
Even the most creative solutions will fail without operational efficiency. We focus on improving performance through insightful planning and optimal resource allocation.
Effective communication is nurtured, as we believe it is essential to understanding customer needs and also, to efficient service delivery.
We fully acknowledge that certain business activities can have a significant impact on the environment. As a result, we design and implement environmental management systems to minimize and mitigate the environmental impacts of our businesses.
The LCS Group of companies has grown by investing in businesses that add depth and diversity to its value chain. As a result the Group of companies are diversified across numerous industries and operate at various levels within those industries.