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Huge deal for FUSO Trucks in Zimbabwe

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It was a happy day in Zimbabwe at the handover of the first 50 of a total order of 250 FUSO FE7-136 trucks to Baker’s Inn. From left: Michael Dietz, President and CEO of Daimler Truck Southern Africa; Benjamin Mavros, COO Baker’s Inn; Samual Makore, General Manager at Baker’s Inn Logistics Northern Region; and Bob Crossley CEO of ZIMOCO.
It was a happy day in Zimbabwe at the handover of the first 50 of a total order of 250 FUSO FE7-136 trucks to Baker’s Inn. From left: Michael Dietz, President and CEO of Daimler Truck Southern Africa; Benjamin Mavros, COO Baker’s Inn; Samual Makore, General Manager at Baker’s Inn Logistics Northern Region; and Bob Crossley CEO of ZIMOCO.

FUSO Trucks and its authorised general distributor in Zimbabwe, ZIMOCO, have cause to celebrate following the delivery of 50 FUSO FE7-136 trucks into Baker’s Inn, one of the leading Zimbabwean suppliers of quality premium bread. The first 50 units form part of a massive order of 250 trucks which will be gradually supplied to Baker’s Inn in the upcoming years, with the intention to upgrade the entire company’s existing fleet.

Since the official opening of the Regional Centre Southern Africa (RCSA) in 2016, ZIMOCO and its sister dealership, Southern Cross Motors have been the exclusive general distributors of Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) commercial vehicles in Zimbabwe and Zambia. With the success of the Baker’s Inn deal, Zimoco Commercial Vehicles will play a significant role in widening the company’s distribution network to the under-served areas of Zimbabwe.

Commenting on the deal at the handover ceremony, Benjamin Mavros, COO of Baker’s Inn marked the occasion as “an incredible milestone for our company, our government and the people of Zimbabwe.”

“For us, this is an exciting time as we move into a new chapter of our lives. With our growing economy and population, it is our goal to increase production to 1 000 000 loaves per day (currently at 450 000 per day). We are pleased to have identified a partner in ZIMOCO, FUSO Trucks as well as Daimler Truck Southern Africa at large to provide the distribution solution to carry our bread to all corners of Zimbabwe to ensure our people have the best possible access to freshly baked bread every day. We sincerely hope this is the birth of a long and prosperous relationship.” 

One of the 50 new FUSO FE7-136 trucks decked out in Baker’s Inn livery.
One of the 50 new FUSO FE7-136 trucks decked out in Baker’s Inn livery.

A thrilled Bob Crossley, CEO of ZIMOCO commented that “any deal at the moment in Zimbabwe is a good deal and we are pleased by the trust and confidence Baker’s Inn has placed in us. We’ve been working on this deal for the past five years and through the support of the FUSO Trucks team and Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) at large, we were able to bring this deal to fruition.”

Also at the handover was Michael Dietz, President and CEO Daimler Truck Southern Africa, who said that the deal renews confidence in the potential of Southern African markets. 

“Baker’s Inn is one of the biggest specialists in freshly baked bread in Zimbabwe and together with our exclusive partner Zimoco Commercial Vehicles, we are delighted to take their business to greater heights. Looking ahead, we are committed to sustaining a close relationship with them as we continue to expand our FUSO product range to further strengthen our presence in the region,” he said.

It’s all the right stuff and congrats to all on this deal.

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