Our Corporate Social Responsibility

Sprint Couriers is a company that is passionate about giving back to and sharing our success with the community.

We believe in helping Batswana and that children are central to the future of a prosperous nation.

So, each year we try and identify a children’s charity organisations and use our unique capabilities as a citizen-owned company to give back to our children, be it through a donation, a sports-related activity or a monetary contribution.

When it comes to giving back to the community, we believe that every day is a chance to be better. And it begins with the way we, as a company, conduct ourselves from day to day. Our businesses practices demonstrate our values and how integral the well-being of the community is to the way we work through our commitment to:

  • Maintain the highest safety standards in our industry,
  • Reduce the environmental impact of our day-to-day operations,
  • Build a sustainable supply chain that protects the safety, well-being, and dignity of our employees.
  • Expand the inclusiveness and reach of our brand stories and products and through our investments in our employees, our workplace, and the communities we are honoured to serve.

In the previous years Sprint raised funds through an annual event called ‘Pull for A Cause’’which is an event intended to benefit a children’s charity in desperate need of help.

  • Tsogang Trust P20,000.00
  • Touch a Life Foundation P20,000.00
  • I am a Special Education Society P20,000.00
  • Motswedi Rehabilitation Centre P20,000.00
  • The Children’s Diabetes Association Botswana P20,00.00

We also helped the children at the following schools by providing them with much needed toiletries:

  • Rethuseng CJSS in Charles-Hill
  • Mahupu CJSS in Takatokwane
  • Patikwane CJSS in Mabeleapodi
  • Lehututu CJSS in Hukuntsi

We also hold and/or sponsor the following sports-related activities, for the benefit of all Batswana:

  • Kopong Annual Football Tournament
  • Botswana Netball Association
  • Kast 1000km Walk
  • Mr & Miss BDF

As a result of these and other accomplishments, we have received recognition in the country and globally. We’re tremendously proud of this recognition and the responsibility that comes with it.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility journey is ongoing, and it will endure in the future. These contributions shape who we are as a company. By living our values and acting with purpose, we continue to evolve our own promise striving to uphold Sprint Courier’s commitment to be the most reliable, the fastest, the most responsible and the best courier and logistics provider in Botswana.

For more information contact: KhumoMaswabi (Marketing Manager) on 390 3300.

Freight Transport in Alaska: The Haul of the Wild

Alaska distinguishes itself from the lower 48 states by its abundance of natural resources—crude oil, natural gas, and seafood—as well as breathtaking mountain ranges and vast acres of unspoiled land.

It also presents logistics challenges: a small but widely dispersed population, many in locales reachable only by water or air; highly rugged terrain in much of the state; extreme weather; and limited rail and road infrastructure.

Only 31 percent of Alaska’s roads are paved. Central Alaska is where the roads are, but they don’t reach southeast Alaska—which typically requires barge transport—or rural Alaska, where barge can reach the outskirts, but air is required

Reducing Freight Costs

Transportation prices have risen over the past year, but shippers can cut those costs through smart planning. Tim Benedict, senior director of transportation at APL Logistics, offers the following tips for reducing freight costs.

1. Don’t wing it. Electing to use international air instead of expedited ocean for the majority of hot shipments could leave a boatload of savings on the table. Consider time-definite ocean shipping—it typically costs 75 percent less than air, and is often just as reliable.

2. Ship air-sea or sea-air. Even when circumstances require the use of international air, don’t rule out ocean shipping. Depending on when your goods are due to be delivered, it may still be possible to fly them a portion of the journey, then load them onto an ocean vessel for the rest. The result is fewer miles for your products to travel, and lower freight bills.

3. Let transportation drive your warehouse selection. Choose your distribution centers (DCs) for their transportation efficiency rather than their attractive leasing rates or tax incentives. If a low-cost location adds too many miles or hand-offs to your supply chain, higher shipping bills will offset any location savings.

4. Take advantage of DC bypass. If your company sources globally, but only operates DCs hundreds of miles inland, consider a deconsolidation center near your ports of entry to direct-ship products to nearby customers. This will reduce redundant transportation expenses.

Perishable Logistics: Cold Chain on a Plane

In perishable logistics, time is of the essence to ensure produce, flowers, fish, and other products reach their destinations while they still offer maximum appeal and shelf life. As a result, many of these goods move via air.

But the potential complications of shipping perishables via air are legion: The trans-Atlantic airfreight space for a produce shipment is booked—but the peppers aren’t ready for harvest. Top New York chefs are writing premium Icelandic cod into their menus in anticipation of delivery—but the fish is sitting in a fog-induced backlog at the Keflavik airport. Holland tulips are loaded into the belly of a passenger aircraft—but then the pilot orders several coolers pulled off to free up weight for extra fuel.

The uncertainty inherent in grown or caught product—combined with the potential vagaries of air transport—means managing perishable logistics demands specific expertise. “The greatest challenge is to maintain the cold chain, which varies from product to product,” says Alvaro Carril, senior vice president of sales and marketing for LAN Cargo, a cargo airline based in Santiago, Chile, and a subsidiary of LAN Airlines. LAN Cargo transports salmon and fruit from Chile, asparagus from Peru, and flowers from Ecuador and Colombia to the U.S. market.