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Rush has announces a new partnership with Amrod. The partnership, Amrod Direct, means that Amrod’s customers can now obtain quick access to a range of couriers, who will deliver their orders the moment they are ready for collection.

Says Amit Brill, co-founder of Amrod: “At Amrod we take pride in being at the forefront of innovation and enabling technologies. Partnering with Rush is part of our strategic and competitive approach to our business, as well as to our ongoing commitment to provide world-class services to our customers.”

As a courier aggregator, Rush provides an integrated platform for users to choose from a range of trusted courier partners. The platform enables customers to obtain quotes and compare couriers and their pricing, before making their choice based on reputation, price or delivery time.

Glenn Whittaker, founder and CEO of Rush South Africa, says that, once an Amrod customer’s order is ready for collection from its warehouse, the company informs customers via e-mail and provides them with a link to the Rush website (www.rush.co.za). Clicking on the link allows them to obtain the courier service of their choice and, once they have paid, Rush collects the parcel and delivers it to them immediately.

“We have spent the last 12 months integrating our systems with Amrod’s, tying back into their stock, warehousing and billing systems,” he says. “This means that we now know the volume matrix of every product in their warehouse and can factor this into our algorithms and determine the cost of a specific customer’s parcel instantly.”

This process eliminates the time-consuming process of the customers having to first contact Amrod to obtain a weight and size determination for their package, before wasting even more time tracking down various courier companies and obtaining quotes from them.

“Instead, Amrod customers now get the best of both worlds – they get immediate access to a number of couriers and can choose their service based on a range of factors, while also gaining the benefit of the large-scale cost efficiencies Rush offers. Furthermore, they also avoid the headaches associated with collecting the parcel themselves.”

The company’s current couriers are The Courier Guy, Skynet, Courier IT, Globeflight and Road Trip Courier, with more to come, says Whittaker. He adds that users of the Rush service now also have the ability to rate the courier they use, based on a five-star system. This means that they can also choose a service based on how well it is rated by other customers.

“Once their order is placed, customers receive a tracking number and are able to track the progress of their parcel via an online dashboard; right up until it reaches their door. Furthermore, the complete delivery process is monitored by Rush’s call centre (087 820 1748) and Rush also provides a parcel insurance option, underwritten by Hollard.

“I think the fact that an organisation as large as Amrod has chosen to partner with Rush demonstrates how effective our courier aggregator solution is. At the same time, their customers will appreciate the fact that they have more choice and that the entire courier process is now simpler, cheaper and faster for them. And of course, the more parcels we send every month, the greater the economies of scale we are able to leverage, and the more cost savings we are able to pass on to the consumer. This, ultimately, is what the Rush proposition has always been about: putting the power back into the hands of the customer.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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