Red Star Logistics to introduce less than truckload for agric produces
Nigeria’s leading transportation and logistics organization, Red Star Logistics Company a subsidiary of Red Star Express Plc, in partnership with Fedex Express International has announced its plan to introduce less than truckload for agriculture produces.
Speaking at an Nigerian Association of Agriculture Journalist’s forum in Lagos last week, the company Divisional Managing Director, Mr. Ocholi Etu, revealed the less than truckload for agriculture produce is to support the young entrepreneurs in the country who would transport their goods from one state to another through the organisation.
According to him, they want to take their effective and efficiency service to the sector meaning that they would have consolidated centers in the major agriculture producing states, so that young agriculture entrepreneurs can have their produces brought to RedStar Logistics agro centers.
“You don’t need to have a full load of truck of agriculture produces to move your goods to your customers in any part of the country. If it is weigh you pay whatever that was ascribed fees to you and that goods will be brought to their targeted market like Mile 12 in Lagos and other agro cities market. The ones we can deliver to shop of their customers would be delivered in good condition and safe.
“We are starting in Kano State because is a major hub of agriculture produces for now , you don’t need to have full of truck load of produce before transporting your goods to anywhere in the country . With Red Star Logistics, even as little as one bags you can approach the company and we consolidate together with others as we are partnering with agriculture sector stakeholders, “he explained.
The former Regional Manager Lagos & West of MDS Logistics said that they have done successful job with less than 12 different pharmaceutical companies in the country and other sectors but agriculture is area they are trying to render their quality service.
He noted that agriculture is one of the resilience sectors the economy in this recession period and reports in each quarter recorded that the sector is still leading in boost the economy.
“Agriculture is the largest employee of labour and up today the sector still holds that position, in fact recently survey by World Bank emphasized that agriculture is still the largest income generated activities in Nigeria.
According to Red Star Logistics boss, ” It stated that sales is not completed until consumption is taking place meaning that if you are producing the right produce, right quality and you fail to get your logistics right, what is going to happen is that you will have wastage. If the gap the logistic want to fill all over the world in Nigeria is much challenging because the infrastructure that we use to deliver goods to consumers are quite challenge.
“What do I mean by infrastructure the roads because the palm produces we need to move from the station of production to consumption station and along the way we need to have warehouse that has temperature control, vehicle that are temperature control to get the produces as fresh as it is supposed to be. Now we lack all these things and majority what is produce don’t get to the consumers. We are looking at what we called self-effort, as we don’t have infrastructure, we don’t have the rail system because outside the countries when they are getting it right, they have cheap vehicles for transportation which we don’t have.