Bar­loworld inks deal with Aspen

Ad­vanced fleet man­age­ment will boost reefer trucks

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - — Wheels Reporter.

IN a strate­gic busi­ness move, Bar­loworld Trans­port has ac­quired 51% of lead­ing re­frig­er­ated trans­port com­pany Aspen Lo­gis­tic Ser­vices.

The con­trol­ling share was ob­tained in a suc­cess­ful deal be­tween Bar­loworld Trans­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil Hen­der­son and Aspen Lo­gis­tic Ser­vices man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dr Su­jen Pa­day­atchi.

“We are ex­cited to have fi­nalised this deal with Aspen,” said Hen­der­son.

“We have great re­spect for their busi­ness, which has been built from the ground up, ul­ti­mately be­com­ing one of the most re­spected oper­a­tors in the re­frig­er­ated trans­port in­dus­try.”

Aspen was es­tab­lished in De­cem­ber 2000 and has grown to ser­vice a large num­ber of cus­tomers across a wide range of man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Fa­mous Brands, which voted Aspen their Sup­plier of the Year for 2015. They have long served the in­dus­try as a spe­cial­ist ser­vice provider to the Fast Mov­ing Con­sumer Goods ( FMCG) mar­ket, trans­port­ing tem­per­a­ture- con­trolled and am­bi­ent prod­ucts for clients that sup­ply prod­ucts pri­mar­ily to the ma­jor re­tail­ers.

“In­cor­po­rat­ing Aspen Lo­gis­tic Ser­vices into our sta­ble means we are able to broaden our spe­cialised of­fer­ings of smart, rep­utable and re­li­able trans­port so­lu­tions to our cus­tomers through­out south­ern Africa,” added Hen­der­son.

Apart from the ob­vi­ous com­mer­cial ben­e­fits, both Hen­der­son and Pa­day­atchi note that the shared val­ues and re­la­tion­ship- based busi­ness style of both com­pa­nies have been crit­i­cal in form­ing a solid foun­da­tion for this agree­ment.

“The Bar­loworld part­ner­ship made sense on many lev­els, but pri­mar­ily be­cause there is a strong cul­ture fit and cus­tomer- cen­tric ap­proach.

“We are part­ner­ship- driven and make sure we work as part­ners with our clients. Bar­loworld Trans­port also has some of the most ad­vanced fleet man­age­ment sys­tems and tech­nol­ogy on the roads that will surely strengthen our busi­ness,” said Dr Su­jen Pa­day­atchi, Aspen Lo­gis­tic Ser­vices man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

“We be­lieve this is go­ing to be a pow­er­ful part­ner­ship that works from a busi­ness per­spec­tive and most im­por­tantly, works for our cus­tomers.”


Bar­loworld Trans­port’s Neil Hen­der­son and Aspen’s MD Dr Su­jen Pa­day­atchi shake on a new deal.

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