Chilean automotive logistics providers KLA have identified Trans-rak’s versatile R-Raks vehicle racking system as the best way to ship more cars from more ports and cut freight costs at the same time.

Seeking an alternative to RoRo, KLA wanted to maximise the containerisation of the vehicles it was handling and increase consignments of different brands and models, including the Yaris Sport and Sedan, Chery IQ and Fullwin; SUVs like the RAV4, Rexton, Chery Grand Tiggo and pickups such as the Actyon Sport, among others. Their search for a solution led to the discovery of R-Raks, which allow loading of 3 to 4 vehicles per container depending on the model, compared to only 2-3 previously, which in turn reduces shipping to every two weeks.

Javier Kuhlmann, general Manager of KLA commented: “We were looking for a sustainable solution to supply every single port in our long and narrow country, and an alternative to being over-reliant on the RoRo vessels and terminals. R-Raks helped us to get the most out of containerization to make it more cost effective and to give us the flexibility to move more cars more often from more locations. I can confirm that Toyota’s feedback to our improved service has been very positive indeed!”

Before KLA discovered the R-Rak system, cars were transported by trucks and coastal shipping lines, using a different structure which by comparison was very large, heavy and restricted to stacking only 3 vehicles per container.
KLA reported that R-Raks have been found to be more efficient and versatile, as well as reducing handling, so less damage to vehicles.  Safe and secure, R-Raks’ increased capacity and streamline design accommodates more vehicles per container, thus reducing overall freight costs.

KLA was established in response to managing the differing needs of its clients by consolidating a range of logistics services into a single point of contact, making the whole process so much easier and faster for clients.  KLA offers wide experience and great flexibility so clients can have confidence that KLA can handle any consignment of imported goods efficiently.  R-Raks have been introduced into the Chilean market by KLA via Outsourcing Services Ltd and are being used by a fully trained team able to provide vehicle transportation services across the country.

National construction and property management consultancy Wakemans is on site with a speculative industrial unit for developer St Modwen at the 16-acre Gateway 12 development on Waterwells Business Park in Gloucestershire.

The £3 M project is scheduled to complete later this year and is the first unit to be constructed on this development. It will provide 41,000 sq.ft. of warehouse and industrial space. The development will also include a new site access road and preliminary ground work in anticipation of start of work on a second unit.

Wakemans are providing, CDM, employers agent and quantity surveying services. The construction will be carried out by Barnwood Construction.

Pete Davies, senior development manager for St Modwen, the land owner and developer of Gateway 12, said: “Our £22m Gateway 12 development at Waterwells Business Park is one of four sites being developed by St Modwen in Gloucestershire.”


FFS Brands, whose flagship franchise is the globally recognised Southern Fried Chicken brand, has launched a hot new sister franchise, AJ’s Piri Piri.

Initially aimed at the UK marketplace, AJ’s Piri Piri offers a fresh new style Quick Service Restaurant with bright, bold graphics and a menu of succulent, spicy chicken dishes, which have already proved a huge success on mini menus in Southern Fried Chicken outlets.

According to Chris Gibson, President of the FFS Brands Group, AJ’s Piri Piri provides a complete turnkey solution, enabling would-be franchise owners to enter the exciting and rapidly growing fast food marketplace, with an affordable investment. “In recent years the fast food market in the UK has experienced rapid growth with more consumer spend on quick service catering than ever before, but also a rising demand for healthier food options,” says Gibson. “The timing of the launch of AJ’s Piri Piri therefore is absolutely spot-on for investors looking to embark on a new venture, under a well-established and proven brand, with the support of a highly experienced franchise development team. Although we are rolling the brand out in the UK initially, subsequently we have ambitious plans to grow the network internationally, as we have with the Southern Fried Chicken brand.”

AJ’s Piri Piri represents a completely different style of franchise model, he adds. The franchise is now available to existing independent takeaway owners looking to stand out from the crowd of small QSR outlets, with a striking new brand and a fresh offering; it is also expected to have strong appeal for new site owners seeking a low cost investment. For existing outlets, a brand refresh can mean an investment of as little as £5,000 including training fees.

“Over 90% of the enquiries that FFS Brands receive come from fast food operators searching for a new look but without high capital investment. Therefore, we decided to offer owners a new way to join us and benefit from systems that have worked for hundreds of franchisees all over the globe. The new offering comes with the option to use existing equipment to complement the core equipment that is really needed to deliver the quality food AJ’s Piri Piri offer their customers. With fixed ongoing franchise fees instead of percentage royalties, franchisees will not be penalised by their success either.  In fact, the model is geared for rapid return on investment and sustainable, long-term profitability, making AJ’s Piri Piri a truly tasty option!”

For those starting from scratch, Gibson confirms that it is entirely possible to start an AJ’s Piri Piri Restaurant for less than £30,000. “We’re confident that AJ’s Piri Piri will take off in a big way,” he concludes. “The mini menu in our Southern Fried Chicken restaurants has contributed to a 20% increase in sales for many of our franchisees, and with a dedicated brand targeted at traditional takeaway locations, we look forward to an explosion of AJ’s sites across the UK.”

For more information contact Phillip Armstrong email 0118 944 1100

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