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Mars awards DHL multi-year contract

18 October 2017

Mars Africa, the South African-based division of Mars Incorporated, a global family-owned food business, and DHL Supply Chain South Africa, the world’s largest contract logistics company, have signed a contract that will see DHL providing warehousing and distribution services for a number of Mars products. The portfolio includes some of South Africa’s best known household brands across categories including food, gum & confectionery, and pet care - such as Royco®, M&M’s®, Airwaves®, Orbit®, Skittles® Snickers®, Twix®, Mars®, Pedigree® and Whiskas®.

Brian Ayling, General Manager of Mars Consumer Products Africa, said, “Consolidating our portfolio under a single service provider allows us the opportunity to deliver excellent customer service whilst improving operational efficiencies. This new partnership with DHL Supply Chain South Africa, which has a strong track record in logistics management and extensive country-wide footprint, affords us the opportunity to better serve our customers and offer our global brands to a broader consumer base.”

Paul Stone, CEO DHL Supply Chain Africa and MD South Africa said, “This is a significant business win for DHL in South Africa. Mars being one of the largest food companies in the world with its strong brand portfolio, global infrastructure and shared values, make us proud to partner with them and we look forward to strengthening this relationship and synergising our efforts to maximise efficiency and profitability for both parties.”

DHL Supply Chain South Africa is able to meet Mars’ requirements by utilising its extensive multi-user network across the country. Distribution will take place from stock holding points situated in the major cities through DHL’s existing primary, secondary, and cross docked networks with trans-shipment depots servicing outlying areas as required.