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with a dedicated modular suite of services, including web-enhanced security. At present, Laser employs in the region of 2,350 staff and generates annual pre- distribution revenue of ZAR650 million. The success of its operations and the future direction of the business have been greatly influenced by the introduction of two international parties and the additional expertise and synergies that these partnerships provide. " In December 2006, we sold 50 per cent of the parcel express business to " By 2002, it was apparent that small cap stock sentiment was not high so we put together a consortium and purchased the group in March 2003," he continues. " Since then, we have experienced significant growth, fortunately just as interest rates were falling. We have had five very good years as a consequence of large consumer spending around the world," he adds. At present, Laser operates in three distinctive areas of the logistics market. Its express distribution offers a conventional courier service for freight typically weighing up to 100 kilograms on a same- day, next- day and 72- hour basis around South Africa and internationally. This division ( referred to as DPD Laser Express Logistics) is well- known throughout the country via its high- profile Dawn Wing and Time Freight brands; it employs roughly 1,800 people and operates a fleet of nearly 600 vehicles. According to Hayes, by 2007, the company had acquired just short of 20 per cent of South Africa's market share for parcel express. Laser also provides independent clearing and forwarding services to importers and exporters, while a third line of service takes on other logistics services not covered by parcel express or international trade. Services here include bulk and public warehousing; refrigerated distribution; retail distribution; linehaul, and project and event logistics and truck rental. Significant investment saw the company recently introduce ' public warehousing', a service providing small and medium sized enterprises The Laser Group September / October 09 www. bus- ex. com 53