Load-ME founder says Eid holidays good for logistics productivity

While Stefan believes holidays ultimately boost performance, he points out the disruption they create in sectors that are reliant on elements such as border crossings and clearances.
Sebastian Stefan, co-founder and CEO of Load-Me.
Sebastian Stefan, co-founder and CEO of Load-Me.

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Eid Al-Adha holidays will see productivity increase among employees, according to the CEO of a Dubai-based logistics portal.

Speaking to Arabian Business, Sebastian Stefan, co-founder and CEO of Load-Me, said time off work helps employees recover from strenuous routines in industries such as logistics.

“Productivity is very good after the holidays, because our employees will take the time to recover. It’s good to take a break. We’re not machines to work all the time. In the end, it’s good to break the routine. And that will boost productivity immediately after Eid. I’ve noticed this as a manager,” he said.

Impact of holidays

While Stefan believes holidays ultimately boost performance, he points out the disruption they create in sectors that are reliant on elements such as border crossings and clearances.

“Holidays disrupt the supply chain for various reasons. Firstly, consumer behaviour changes during this time. Stocks will need to be increased before the holiday. Another reason is that days off in the public sector are effecting transit time so you have delayed border crossing and clearance. All these will add extra time on the transit,” he said.

Stefan advised companies to plan accordingly in order to cope with disruptions generated during the holiday, warning against losing customers due to inefficient service.

“If you’re not prepared, you can end up without food on your shelves and consumers will switch their product to the competitor’s product. And this might be a permanent switch. That’s the worst that can happen. Expect to lose lifetime customers. It happens. If you’re not prepared, this will happen,” he said, adding that emergencies will cause firms to ship by air, which can be 10 times costlier than shipping by land. 

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