General Motors South Africa has recognised two of its logistics providers at the Supplier of the Year 2008 awards held at the company’s Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Centre in Port Elizabeth last Thursday.
Höegh Autoliners and To Anywhere Carriers took awards in the Logistics category.
Höegh Autoliners transports Opel imports from Europe to South Africa and, until recently, moved Hummer H3s from South Africa to Australia. (Production of Hummer H3 came to an end at GM South Africa in May this year. All Hummer operations are being consolidated at the Shreveport factory in the US as the result of the sale of the brand.)
Talking about the Höegh award, Evan Dold, GMSA Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, told Automotive Logistics: “[It] performed well throughout 2008, providing a personalised service through dedicated staff who have gone the extra mile whenever required. This was demonstrated when GM had a larger than usual shipment of Hummers for export to Australia. Höegh altered its port rotation, by diverting their vessel to Durban (at considerable cost) to off-load vehicles, creating space required for the Hummer shipment,” he said.
To Anywhere Carriers is GM South Africa’s road-based vehicle distribution carrier to the majority of South African regions.
Speaking of the award Dold said: “They consistently exceeded their on-time delivery performance target by a significant margin in 2008, which was an important contributor to GMSA receiving improved ratings in our Retailer Satisfaction Survey.
“They were also pivotal in the relocation from our previous vehicle storage facilities to our new Vehicle Conversion Distribution Centre (read more here), exceeding stretch targets set for that particular move.”
The two awards were part of 19 given out by GMSA in recognition of quality, service, technology and price.
Pictured left to right: Evan Dold, GMSA Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain; Fernanda Desousa, Hoegh Autoliners; and Steve Koch, President and Managing Director of GM African Operations