In a move that has taken the
shipping and logistics industries by storm, former Mediterranean Shipping
Company Gauteng regional director, Andrew Modinos, has changed course and
joined logistics management company TSI Central Station.
After 20 good years with MSC,
Modinos was up for a new challenge – presented by the 4 Party
Logistics service provider which has built a solid reputation since its launch
five years ago.
By his own admission Modinos had
become an integral part of the MSC family and cutting the ties demanded an
TSI presented just that.
“I always found the landside
operations an exciting part of the entire logistics solution,” Modinos told
FTW. “It’s where you can really make a difference and find innovative ways to
improve efficiency and ultimately the customer’s bottom line.”
This was the motivation for the
launch of TSI.
Through basic inefficiencies, companies
were wasting huge sums of money on storage and demurrage. What TSI came up with
was an IT system that established how to reduce the wastage through simple
interventions. “What makes it so effective is that it’s a customer-driven
system focusing on imports and exports throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan
Africa,” says Modinos.
“Our customers can focus on their
core business while leading edge technology helps to reduce their costs,
managing either the customer’s service provider or our specially selected
service providers,” Modinos explained.
“We ensure that importers are not
paying storage and demurrage due to late clearances or collections. The TSI
system monitors the port and the haulier.
“For exports, we manage and monitor
until the ship has left the port
company’s growing client base includes logistics providers as well as larger
cargo owners. In some cases, TSI ‘implants’ operate from the customer offices.Currently based in Johannesburg and Durban and
employing a staff of 50 people, growth and expansion is on the agenda as TSI
sets sail with a new captain to steer its course.