G Fox & Co - from rags to PPE riches

G. Fox & Co. retail store in Paarden Eiland. G. Fox & Co. retail store in Paarden Eiland. Image by J. McCann

G Fox & Co is a South African supplier of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE,) cleaning chemicals, paper products, and industrial consumable supplies. They distribute products throughout South Africa, with eight branches in and around the country.

The Cape Town branch and new state-of-the-art showroom is conveniently located in Paarden Eiland, and homes the regional sales team, distribution hub and retail store.

The company works hard to keep prices competitive, and through the huge stock levels, is able to keep prices level from month to month. However, G. Fox & Co’s seasonal sales see substantial spikes in trading as the branches drop prices on selected items and customers stock up. These sales occur quarterly, and the Spring sale ends on 20 September 2013.

All the G Fox & Co branches carry a significant amount of stock, ensuring that the company can fulfill any requirement, no matter how large, on time and completely. “We can dress a worker from top to toe,” assures Samantha Jacobs, when CBN met up with her at the Paarden Eiland branch. “We also do all the branding, be it printed or embroidered, and, in keeping with the changes in Health and Safety laws, can add reflective tape to garments in-house, to a clients specific needs.”

All workwear sold by G Fox & Co is manufactured in the company’s modern facility in Swaziland. This factory is company-owned, and dedicated to manufacturing to the G Fox & Co specification and standards.  “All garments are manufactured from the finest quality fabrics, sourced exclusively for our factory, and are finished to the highest standards in the industry,”says Jacobs.

The G fox & Co fleet of over 40 vehicles, ensures that its deliveries are prompt and accurate, and the Cape Town branch has just commissioned two new trucks that will be operational soon. The company delivers as far as Wellington, weekly, and within the Cape Town metropol, deliveries go out daily.

As a one stop shop, G Fox & Co aim to supply all of your requirements, in one delivery, with one order from one source. The product range is vast and amongst other products includes the following (for both men and women):

  • Footwear
  • Workwear
  • Gloves
  • Respiratory
  • Harnesses
  • Hearing protection
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Janitorial products
  • Paper products
  • Cleaning equipment

G Fox & Co, was founded in the early 60’s, as a family business, run by Cecil Fox and his son Gerald. Under Gerald, this once humble family concern grew into one of South Africa’s largest suppliers and manufacturers of rags. The business expanded its product range to include personal protective equipment (PPE,) cleaning products and paper products. At the height of its rag production, G Fox & Co was the largest importer of second hand clothing used in rags in Africa.

The next chapter of the ever-developing G Fox & Co began in tragedy, with the untimely murder, of the founder Gerald Fox in 2003.  The Bidvest Group purchased the company shortly after this. It was as member of South Africa’s leading industrial conglomerate, that G Fox & Co was able to reach new heights and unprecedented levels of expansion.   

Under Bidvest G Fox & Co was merged with Commercial Sundries, a large distributor of paper products throughout South Africa. G Fox was now a national player, with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Bidvest owned Giant Clothing was consolidated with G Fox & Co, into a division called, Bidserv Industrial Products. The Giant Clothing factory was moved to Swaziland in 2009, where a brand new factory was set up. The Swaziland factory has grown to over 900 machines, producing 15,000 garments a day.

The consistent, reliable supply of workwear from the factory to the branch network of G Fox & Co, has proven to be a significant value proposition to the G Fox & Co customer base.

During 2011, G Fox & Co, acquired, two more business. Alsafe (Pty) Ltd, and Multimerja (Pty,) both of whom were leaders in their respective areas and product lines. The incorporation of these businesses, into the group, has cemented G Fox & Co, as a premier South African supplier of PPE, cleaning chemicals, paper and industrial consumable products.

The company has flourished from its humble beginnings in a house in Kensington Johannesburg, to a significant and reliable partner in the South African industrial supply chain. The business now includes a branch network of eight fully stocked branches, 11,500 active customers and over 1,200 staff members.

G Fox & Co, is proud of its illustrious history, but it’s the great potential of a very bright future that the company is most passionate about. 


By Jenni McCann

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