Leaders in Logistics: Almajdouie prepares to network
Almajdouie Logistics will be exhibiting at the Leaders in Logistics Conference 2017, which Oussama Abba, general manager, Middle East operations, says is an invaluable networking opportunity for the project logistics and 3PL giant.
Why is it important that you support the Leaders in Logistics Summit?
For more than 50 years, Almajdouie Logistics has led by example, exceeding customers’ expectations and providing reliable and cost-efficient solutions to major industries. Events such as the Leaders in Logistics Summit help us to consolidate this approach and stay close to our markets.
The summit provides us an invaluable opportunity to network with other companies, exchange best practices, discuss the latest issues affecting our industry, and explore potential cooperation channels.
We believe that building and maintaining long-term relationships with our customers and partners is a pillar of our success. The summit is also an ideal platform to meet with existing and potential customers and showcase our innovative solutions.
What do you think are the main challenges facing the logistics industry in 2017?
Recent unstable economic conditions in the region have adversely affected the speed and scale of delivering projects. This situation has also impacted the growth pace and volumes of investment in the logistics and trade sectors.
As a result of the economic downturn, customers are placing additional pressure on suppliers to reduce their operational costs. This constant push-pull process has driven a logistics’ market behavioural change, and we now observe larger market fragmentation. This is due to the fact that customers are leaning towards more economical solutions, to the benefit of market disturbers, mainly aggregators. Further, customers are becoming more insistent on real-time visibility for their consignments and access to real-time data and reporting. This trend is gaining momentum and looks set to become commonplace as we move into 2018 and beyond.
Recent changes in the reformation of regulatory frameworks – especially the modernisation of customs clearance processes – will have a significant effect on the way companies do business. Further, the simplification of investment opportunity/procedures, and support programmes for SMEs will have a knock on effect.
What most excites you about the UAE supply chain and logistics industry in 2017?
The Middle East will lead global air cargo growth by 2018 with the UAE set to become the third-largest market worldwide, according to IATA. This sets expectations for all global and regional players, driving additional investments and business volumes. Apart from being a large transhipment platform, the UAE is mainly serving its neighbouring countries and its position will pave the way for other GCC operators to reach new customers across the globe.
Logistics providers are poised to leverage on projects like KIZAD and DAFZA expansion, and with the continuous development of FTZs and FTAs, in addition to regional diversification process, more valuable opportunities are created for companies like us, the recent deal signed by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre with Xi'an International Trade & Logistics Park is a good example to mention.
What are the main topics you expect to come up at the Leaders in Logistics Summit?
The summit is covering a broad spectrum of interesting topics this year again, with insightful analysis and debates.
One of the main topics we are looking forward to is technology usage in the industry. This is an exciting area and the digital supply chain is a main talking point. Systems integration, connectivity, visibility, usage of drones…are all elements logisticians are dealing with as a mandatory component of their supply chain strategy for the few coming years.
Logistics companies will be increasingly hard to distinguish from technology providers going forward, as 3PLs and 4PLs continue to leverage IT platforms as major service-selling points. This is undoubtedly a subject we expect to come up at the summit.
The growth of ecommerce is another area of interest for us and many other players in our industry, and the debate about its booming, issues and opportunities in the region is undoubtedly a session we are keen to be part of.
What are the latest product/service launches from your company?
We are proud to announce the launch of our automotive logistics service. Our operations have already started in Saudi Arabia with a single site, and we are looking at expanding this further during 2018. We are currently offering multimodal transport optimization, PDI, storage, and delivery.
We have also recently completed the revamp of our integrated information system with the implementation of new ERP capabilities. This improvement will provide all customers with complete visibility about their goods movements, enabling them to reduce freight costs, optimise service levels, and improve their processes’ efficiency.
What other news can we expect from your company in 2017/2018?
At Almajdouie Logistics continuously invests in assets, infrastructure and developing our people. There will be big news in the coming months as we further develop our network and footprint across the region, as part of our Accelerate 2020 strategic programme.