KIZAD launches first ‘on-demand’ warehousing in the Middle East
Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) has launched the first ‘on-demand’ warehouse solutions offering in the Middle East in response to demand for more flexibility from retailers, shippers and logistics companies.
The new KIZAD Logistics City offers warehousing services in a pay-per-use model which allows potential customers to avoid capital expense and pay only for what they need.
The new hub is located within KIZAD, adjacent to Khalifa Port, one of the fastest growing ports in the world, close to major UAE airports, and connected by road to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and into Saudi Arabia.
KIZAD Logistics City offers free zone and non-free zone warehousing solutions spanning over 1.3 million square feet (118,965 square meters), equivalent in size to about 17 football fields.
The warehousing is suited to luxury goods, high-value retail items, food and pharmaceuticals with each unit having its own dedicated loading yard with ramp access for forklifts and ample on-site parking.
Facilities can be further customised or expanded to suit specialised or growing business needs.
All facilities can be booked on demand, without the need for long-term lease contracts and are available for a range of business needs, starting from 10,000 square feet (1,000 square meters).
Online warehousing bookings are available through KIZAD’s dedicated E-Services website on the Maqta Gateway platform - klc.kizad.ae - and other leading booking platforms like GO DC.
To add further flexibility and convenience, customers will also receive full investor support through Abu Dhabi government entities located at KIZAD’s Taweelah headquarters. Flexible space bookings through online platforms will also be bundled in a service offering that may include packing and unpacking, palletizing and labelling.
“The rapid expansion of e-commerce in the region and same-day delivery models are reshaping warehousing needs. In addition, with roughly half of the population still under 25, this region is home to one of the world’s youngest and wealthiest populations and some of the world’s highest sustainable growth rates,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
“We wanted to get ahead of the curve and provide a smart, on-demand, seamlessly connected warehouse hub for everybody, from e-commerce giants to small retailers and entrepreneurs,” he added.
“Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex. The deployment of leading technologies to enable ‘smarter’ solutions such as blockchain and data analytics are forcing logistics companies to innovate to succeed,” added Raymon Krishnan, president of The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society.
“Digitalisation and flexibility in warehousing are key ingredients towards overall supply chain optimisation and growth. These are two essential pillars for supply chain stakeholders and operators to leverage in the new economy,” he added.