by Gerhard Stander

Foreword

Agricultural Director, CHEP SA

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Welcome to Nampo Cape!

Since its earliest origins in 1967, Nampo has been a mainstay of South African agriculture and the South African farming community. As a trade show, Nampo Cape is a unique opportunity for farmers from the region to get up to date with the latest developments in our industry.

However, we all know that Nampo Cape also has the deeply human function of bringing people together. Producers get to compare notes and to renew friendships. Policymakers and politicians get to strengthen relationships with role players on the ground to better understand their interests.

Perhaps more than other industries, agriculture is about relationships, and at Nampo Cape we get to build on these relationships.

CHEP SA is intimately involved in agriculture, and has been facilitating the fresh supply chain in sub-Saharan Africa for decades. This year, we celebrate 40 years of business in South Africa. As a global organisation with a presence in more than 60 countries, CHEP helps growers to export within Sub-Saharan Africa and across the world.

Our pallets, crates and containers form the invisible backbone of the global supply chain. As pioneers of the sharing and circular economy, CHEP created one of the world’s most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of platforms under a “pooling” model. CHEP serves fresh produce industries extensively. We pride ourselves in being a sustainable company, committed to meeting the imperatives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

CHEP employs approximately 1 556 people in Sub-Saharan Africa and owns more than 10 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 64 service centres, supporting customer touchpoints for both local and global brands.

For 40 years, CHEP has been helping growers move their product from the farm to the retail floor or the fresh produce market. From the orchard to the packhouse, to the fresh produce market or the retailer, our bins, Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) or pallets are part of the process, meeting the stringent import/export regulations of most countries.

CHEP makes smart farming possible by helping producers track and manage their bins within the farm environment and beyond, using RFID tracking. Data mining and analyses obtained from the tracking devices can give growers in-depth data on their operation, so they can make better-informed decisions on anything from the health of orchards to produce forecasts.

CHEP is represented at 18 of South Africa’s fresh produce markets, where we service growers, market agents and cash buyers by returning CHEP equipment to our service centres. CHEP is in the business of making agriculture more successful—exactly like Nampo Cape. We’re proud to partner with you to make this happen.

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