Global logistics providers
Imperial is an African and European-focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions. With a focus on five key industries – healthcare, consumer, automotive, chemicals and industrial – we take our clients’ products to some of the fastest growing and most challenging markets in the world. Ranked among the top 30 global logistics providers and listed on the JSE in South Africa, we seek out and leverage new technology to deliver innovative, end-to-end solutions. Through our significant African footprint and international expertise, and with the support of our 25 000 people, Imperial’s purpose is to connect Africa and the world – and to improve people’s lives with access to quality products and services.
Global logistics providers
in 26 countries
Our focus remains on delivering the best from our current operations by making them lean, servicing our clients profitably, executing flawlessly and growing organically, while still executing on our strategy – which is summarised in six strategic pillars.
Mohammed Akoojee - Chief executive officer
Our market access business – where close to 100% of revenue is generated in African Regions – is integral to our ‘Gateway to Africa’ strategy. Our market access solutions see us taking ownership of inventory and responsibility for the full order to cash function. We build complex route-to-market solutions that provide our principals’ access to consumers through comprehensive channel strategies that integrate sourcing, sales, distribution and marketing. Our solutions also create opportunities to leverage our freight and contract logistics capabilities.
Logistics Africa (previously South Africa and now encompassing logistics activities throughout the continent) – encompasses road freight, contract logistics and LLP in Africa. Logistics will continue to play an integral role in achieving our ‘Gateway to Africa’ and ‘One Imperial’ strategic imperatives – leveraging freight, contract logistics and supply chain support, including cross-selling and upselling opportunities with our market access business.
Logistics International encompasses road freight, contract logistics, air/ocean and LLP activities outside of Africa – most notably our contract logistics and freight businesses in Europe and the UK.
Most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, revenue and operating profit from Logistics International decreased by 7% and 78% respectively in Euro terms. Revenue of c. €78 million was lost during the peak of Covid-19 as this business has significant exposure to the automotive and industrial sectors (c.65% of revenue), where the impact of the pandemic was most severe.