Tarsus Distribution is the longest-standing IT distributor in Southern Africa and is responsible for supporting the shipping, logistics, and distribution of leading IT brands like HP, Lenovo, and more. In this article, we unpack Tarsus Distributions' supply chain solutions within the tech industry.
In its simplest form, a supply chain is a focus on the core activities within an organisation required to move finished products and services on behalf of their clients.
Supply chain functionality isn’t necessarily the core function of the majority of businesses, hence why they tend to look for companies who provide these functions or activities as a service.
Services can include any of the typical activities such as procurement from vendors, shipping or inbound logistics, warehousing and even last-mile execution, as professional companies can provide these services in a more streamlined, efficient and, most often, cost-effective manner.
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With a history that spans over 35 years, Tarsus Distribution is the oldest technology distribution company in South Africa. Our industry-leading supply chain solutions, combined with a world-class warehouse management system, give resellers the ability to rely on optimised logistics that reliably and efficiently serve their clients.
Many of our clients have moved to our environment simply because it saves them on warehouse fixed costs such as staff, forklifts and security. They also save on the costs involved in implementing international best practices to stay relevant in the market. While some distributors appear to offer a good, affordable solution, it is rarely the case that they have invested in their supply chain to make it a best-of-breed solution to the same degree that Tarsus has. Tapping into our existing infrastructure gives resellers the peace of mind they need that the service they offer the client will remain the best when looking to save money.
When it comes to staying on top of inventory, we have got you covered. The ‘bin’ level accuracy, which is a measurement of the location, the product in the location and the quantity in that location is consistent at 99.7% across 30 000 bin locations within our 26 000 sqm warehouse. In short: we know where our products are. With daily, weekly and bi-annual stock takes ranging from cycle counts to wall-to-wall inventory check-ins, we routinely produce excellent metrics with virtually no shrinkage.
Our warehousing solution includes Master Data Management, inbound management, inventory management and outbound management. We volumise and weigh every product that comes into our warehouse to ensure that we have accurate data, leading us to have the most mature Master Data in South Africa.
The team in charge of our shipping department has been with Tarsus for thirty years, giving them in-depth knowledge and unmatched expertise in the industry. They process around 4 000 outbound shipments monthly from 25 freight forwarders and over 30 vendors.
We also ship 60 000 orders a month in 100 000 boxes/parcels with around 500 000 individual items inside of those boxes.
We currently ship export shipments into the following African countries daily:
Over the past few years, we have focused on partnering with the best possible freight forwarders in each country that we operate in. With logistics in each African country having its own complexities and nuances, we have ensured that we have an optimised group of freight service providers for each region. The tracking and document signing process have also been completely digitised, thereby helping us serve our clients faster.
At Tarsus, our governance and compliance team stays on top of all governmental regulations in the countries that we operate in. Any changes to using or moving technology will be picked up by us to ensure our clients have a smooth compliance journey. Contact us for more information about our supply chain solutions today.
Every industry has its nuances and rhythm. Successful distribution companies are those that specialise in specific verticals. Tarsus has been spending the last few decades moving technology products, making us the go-to company for all technology warehousing and logistics solutions.
Third-party logistics (or 3PL) refers to the outsourcing of both B2B and B2C logistics processes to a third-party business, including inventory management, warehousing, and fulfilment. 3PL providers allow e-commerce merchants to accomplish more, with the tools and infrastructure to automate retail order fulfilment.
Inbound logistics bring supplies or materials into a business, while outbound logistics deals with moving goods and products out to customers. Both focus heavily on the transporting of goods. But inbound is all about receiving, while outbound focuses on delivery.
Robotic process automation (RPA) is a software technology that makes it easy to build, deploy, and manage software robots that emulate human actions interacting with digital systems and software. Just like people, software robots can do things like understanding what’s on a screen, completing the right keystrokes, navigating systems, identifying and extracting data, and performing a wide range of defined actions. But software robots can do it faster and more consistently than people, without the need to get up and stretch or take a coffee break. Robotic process automation streamlines workflows, which makes Tarsus Distribution more flexible and responsive. It also increases employee satisfaction, engagement, and productivity by removing mundane tasks from their workdays.