Pierre van der Linde (Tiger Brands) with Ruben Carrilho (Aluvin)
Since the grains division of Tiger Brands implemented a new security sealing system in October 2011, the company has seen a reduction in losses on damage stock returns. At the heart of the system is the Aluvin Secure-Grip tamper-evident security seal, which the inland division of the corporation uses to seal bags containing ‘damage returns’ from retail customers.
All damage returns are placed in tough transparent bags secured with the Aluvin Secure-Grip security seal, a polypropylene pull-through indicative seal with a 4.5mm strip, a smooth strap for easy application and a metal insert for increased security. The seals are sequentially numbered and the user’s name and logo can be printed if required.
‘Recently, we measured the reduction in stock loss since we started using the seals,’ comments Pierre van der Linde, Tiger Brand’s Inland Division operations manager. The exercise compared the period from October last year to January this year to the same period in the previous financial year. ‘During the period October 2010 to January 2011, we lost 233 tonnes of damage return stock, while during October 2011 to January 2012, after implementing the system, we lost 138 tonnes, an improvement of nearly 100 tons,’ he says.
Van der Linde adds that this saving is just the beginning and he foresees even better results in the future. ‘It’s a continuously improving process and I have no doubt that this year stock losses on returning damage goods will again be drastically cut.’
Aluvin is the sole distributor in southern Africa for some of the largest security sealing companies in the world and therefore has a wide range of sealing products for many applications. Its head office and factory are in Germiston with distribution centres in Durban and Cape Town.