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Lighthouse - July, 2010.

Chairman’s Message


The current focus of ideas about “Organizational Culture” has meant this term has started to reverberate within corporate gatherings. Recently, whilst informally meeting some company heads, the same term came up for discussion. Some of my friends, with a degree of pride, told me that their companies had been following the same organizational culture for the past 20 to 25 years or so, without any change. My immediate thought was how can this be possible? I believe organizational culture places a demand on us to review our corporate and cultural beliefs, ideas, standards and behavior so as to achieve our goals. All of these attributes are constantly changing, some more quickly than others but the change is on-going. Consequently it is responding to these changes which give companies enough knowledge to withstand unforeseen economic challenges. Gone are the days when organizational charts and reporting structures must be rigidly followed. The present business climate demands that people come out of their cocoons and innovate for development. Staff should be encouraged to improvise commands and responses so as to ease and stimulate returns. CSS is responding admirably to the needs of our time as our pro-active view of “organizational culture” will provide for our success. Wish you all the best and happy reading.


Lots of Money dot com


Lots of Money dot com

Rahat Talreja

Dy. GM – CSS Mumbai

This is not an article on IT. Nor is it an article on Money. Writing like this is a habit. Habits – which you and me, both have.

They say people live longer these days, a phenomenon undoubtedly made necessary by the 30 year mortgage they have taken on. It’s in the clauses of the agreement. This mortgage could be for anything ranging from their house to wedding to car to business to vacation to shoes or ahem – for another mortgage!

The man who saw tomorrow – does not exist today. So the glorified sayings like we live only once, live life to the fullest, do it now, why wait for tomorrow are the norm these days. People have shelved the postponement of gratification. All the action must happen today. Coffee is instant and 1000 miles is not too distant.

Paul Heyne says that this gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have – and that is a moral problem, not an economic one. This behavior reflects all over the world economy and it discounts future values of businesses into today’s euphoria.
And it leaves simple businessmen and workers stressed and thoroughly confused in the bargain. A salesman on the road is not too sure how he could deliver the 27% growth target his management sets him up every year. Each thing takes its time, after all, even today, the Earth takes 365 days to circumvent the Sun. But the moral obligation stressed by the saying “The show must go on” compels one to continue this thinking – no matter what the end result on him. And therefore this becomes one of our “ Habits” of pushing oneself to the limit, up the wall.

Economists will vouch that this habit has tremendously positive economic repercussions. Sectors like insurance grow because people are always in fear and not too sure what’s happening next , healthcare grow because this anxiety introduces them to designer diseases of today , apparel and lifestyle sector grows because you still want to show that everything is perfect and okay with you. In the bargain there is a lot of movement of goods and services and therefore our dear logistics sector feels the warmth of the whole growth story. There also crops a new breed of middlemen called venture capitalists and investment bankers (don’t worry they too have only 2 hands and 2 feet) who then play your excitement to a level where you start seeing tomorrow, get nostradamical about the business and make beautiful looking balance sheets full of hope and rosy corners – whatever happened to doomsday predictions! And therefore your value is unlocked – it’s like honoring a 5 year old child with a lifetime achievement award.

This is how it is – black and white – never mind the green with envy color of money that it is for. Now the question we need to ask ourselves is how far our habit will take us. If it is a brighter tomorrow, please let me know and I’d like to learn and if it is a dim light at the end of the tunnel, please let me know and I’d like to shun.

So with the fate of this greenbuck in your hands, a small tribute to it at this juncture:

Lots of Money dot com
That we all love you is no exception, it is the norm
You are not just paper, much more than a mere form
We wish the ones who curse you, must soon be members of the dorm
Dedication in our mind and commitment in our soul
Serving you forever is our lives ultimate goal
I want to marry you and want you to stay with me for life
Tell my dear parents that money is today’s best wife
Hell with the priests who speak of your vices
What is life without the spices
Here for you
A million poetries
A billion songs
Come to me – oh lots of money dot com
In your arms I feel so warm!


CSS GROUP PORTAL


Online tracking option which is very important comes under the e-services of CSS portal. Online Tracking enables clients to track their sea, air and land transport shipments online. To track a shipment the only necessary data is the HBL or HAWB number.The result will be based on the shipment type, if it is a transshipment then both the import shipment details as well as the export shipment details will be shown on the screen, otherwise the particular movement type details are shown. Listed here is a snapshot of a transshipment job.


CSS India Budget Meet 2010


Devas farm house, Thrikkunnappuzha, hosted once again the Budget Meeting for CSS India during the month of May. Managers  from all over the country participated and presented their budget figures, achievements and forecasts for the next financial year, which was attended by the  Senior Management,  The Group Chairman, T. S. Kaladharan and the Directors, Jairam K. R. and Arup Ray. The meeting analysed the achievements and short falls in detail and discussed about strategizing new programmes for the future.

The onset of monsoon in Kerala was welcoming and this was perfectly enjoyed by the participants who attended the meeting. To add charm to the overall ambience, Chef Vijayan’ and his team at Devas created some exquisite dishes for the lunches and dinners there. Delegates got the rare opportunity to enjoy a ride in the Bay liner, speed boat along the back waters of Thrikkunnapppuzha where they enjoyed the scenic view of the Chinese fishing nets.

The meeting was attended by Rampal Tandon, (Vice President), Prabhakar Maniyan (Vice President), Rahat Talreja (Dy. General Manager) from Mumbai, Rajesh Arora (Asst. General Manager) from Delhi, Eugene (Branch Manager) from Chennai, Sunil (Branch Manager) from Tirupur, Kiran (Branch In-charge) from Tuticorin, Sandeep Anthur (Branch Manager) from Bangalore and Latha (Branch In-charge), Jinu (Head Corporate Accounts) from Cochin attended the meeting.
Anantha Krishnan (Auditor) and Unnikrishnan G, (Head- Corporate Communications – CSS Group) also attended the two day Conference.

Devas Snake Boat ready to race

After an impressive victory at the last year’s Nehru Trophy boat race, in the Thekkan Odi category, Devas is gearing up for the launch of their new Chundan Vallam (The majestic Snake Boat) on the 19th of July 2010. Devas Snake Boat will participate in all the major boat races, including the Nehru Trophy this season. Devas Chundan is on its last touch ups and finishing works at Thrikkunnappuzha, its home town.
A 40 meter long Devas can carry up to 111 oars men including the routers and the cheerleaders. The most awaited function of the launching ceremony is a traditional ritual among the snake boat lovers and the local community. People who have offered a helping hand during the process of the boat making will be present with enthused mind and elevated spirits.
The Snake Boat will touch the water; rather float for the first time this day. After the inauguration, the Snake Boat will be taken to a nearby temple where offerings will be done to the local deity. Umamaheshwaran, the master crafts man and his team of more than 25 skilled workers took roughly 250 days to complete
“Devas Chundan Vallam”.

Breakbulk announcement

CSS Group will be showcasing its products and services offered at the 21st Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference & Exhibition to be held in Houston, Texas from October 12th until October 14th, 2010 at the George R Brown Convention Center. The conference includes an agenda in which industry leaders will review emerging markets as well as logistical challenges for breakbulk and heavy-lift shippers and their transportation and supply chain providers.

Visit CSS at booth # 120
For further information, please visit: http://www.joc.com/conferences

Change in Delivery Order Counter timings

CSS Head office announces the revised timings of its Delivery Order Counter for your reference and convenience.
The new timings are :

Sunday to Thursday :
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday :
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM


The UAE Open Badminton Tournament


CSS is proud to be associated with ‘The UAE Open Badminton Tournament’ which was held at the India Club, Dubai from the 31st May until the 25th June, 2010. CSS has always been passionate when it comes to encouraging sports activities amongst its employees and sports enthusiasts. It has been actively involved in participating and sponsoring sporting events be it badminton, football, cricket or any other challenging game promoting social welfare. The UAE Open Badminton Tournament started in the early 1980’s and thereafter was held without any gap to uphold social interest amongst badminton lovers. In order to encourage UAE talents, this year, for the first time in the event’s 25 year history, the tournament was restricted to UAE resident players only. However, the event attracted top players of different nationalities within the emirates. A total of five hundred and one players were registered in the Men’s, Ladies, Boys and Girls, Veterans and Senior Veterans category as compared to a record number of 360 entries registered last year. All players vied for the Top Honors and AED 50,000 prize money in 24 categories at this annual event. Students of Special Needs Family (SNF) & Dubai Autism Centre also participated in the tournament. As a part of India Club’s and Consolidated Shipping Services drive towards Corporate Social Responsibility, separate matches were organized for children and adults with special needs.

As many as 15 – 20 matches were played on a daily basis from 10am to 9pm and each player was restricted to participate in three events. This gave an opportunity for more players to make it to the top rather than a select few taking the top positions. All matches were played in the 21 point format in line with rules and regulations of the World Badminton Confederation.

Badminton 21 Points

Before the 2006 Thomas / Uber Cup, the official scoring format was the 15 points format. The IBF (International Badminton Federation) then tested a new scoring format which is the 21 points rally format in the Thomas / Uber Cup. This 21 points rally format has since become the official one replacing the 15 points format.


The board rules for this format are as given below:

  • To win a match, you have to win 2 out of 3 games
  • To win a game, you have to score 21 points
  • The side winning a rally shall add 1 point to its score
  • If a score becomes 20-20, the side which scores 2 consecutive points shall win that game
  • If the score becomes 29-29, the side that scores the 30th point shall win that game
  • There are no “service over”, meaning you can score a point no matter who serves
  • One service only for doubles
  • Other rules shall remain the same

CSS celebration in Bahrain


CSS Bahrain recently hosted a grand Gala Dinner on the occasion of its Anniversary to celebrate its successful operation in Bahrain and prosperous partnership with its clients and associates. The gala event was held on May 13th at the Movenpick Hotel Bahrain. The event highlighted team spirit and hard work of the staff along with the efforts and continuous dedication and support from its partners in Bahrain, without their assistance CSS Bahrain wouldn’t have achieved numerous milestones. The event was attended by Management staff and Senior Management from the Middle East, T. S. Kaladharan (Chairman, CSS Group), Anil Kumar (Director, Finance), Raj George (Sr. VP, Ocean Freight), Paul D’Souza (Sr. VP, Sales & Marketing), Ahmed Al Rais (Sr. VP, Air Freight), Ramzi K. Al Dulaijan (Managing Partner, CSS Saudi Arabia), Abdulrahman Amin (Gr. General Manager, CSS Kuwait), Sreenath V. (General Manager – Projects, Oil & Energy), Siby C. Kurian (Dy. General Manager, Sales & Marketing), Babu (Sr. Manager, Operations), Suku Sudhakaran (AGM, CSS Abu Dhabi), Fida Asghar (Team Manager, NVOCC), Amith Surya Horra (Marketing Manager), Qais Abdulla (Branch Manager, CSS Logistics), Julian Sutch (Business Dev. Manager, CSS Logistics) and Hasan Haji (PRO).

With an affirmative aim to increase its presence and continually expand its operations, CSS Bahrain has acquired a land area of over 35,000 Sq. Ft. in the Bahrain Logistics Zone (BLZ) for building a new office and warehouse apart from the existing one inside port Mina Salmaan. A customs-free logistics park in the Hidd Industrial area, Bahrain Logistics Zone is the region’s first boutique logistics area offering a high quality business environment. Regulated by General Organization of Seaports, BLZ is strategically positioned behind the port customs gate, allowing streamlined movement of goods between the port and the Logistics Zone, it is sure to boost Bahrain’s viability as a major logistics hub for the region, especially the northern Gulf.

Some Key Facts:

  • Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands in the Arabian Gulf midway between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabia. Bahrain island is a pear-shaped land mass 48 km long and 16 km wide
  • Bahrain is connected to Saudi Arabia by 23-km causeway, which opened in November 1986
  • Total land area: Bahrain has a total area of 770 sq km
  • Climate: Hot summers, pleasant winters
  • Bahrain time difference: GMT + 3 (Winter)/GMT + 2 (Summer)
  • Total population: 1,039,297
  • Official languages: The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken and is the principal language of commerce.
  • Country dialing code: 973
  • Bahrain has an excellent road network with causeway connections to Muharraq and Sitra islands and to Saudi Arabia. A road link is also planned between Bahrain and Qatar – construction is due to complete in 2013.
  • Bahrain international airport in Muharraq is one of the busiest airports in the Middle East with the most number of connections to the rest of the region. It is used by major international airlines.
  • Steamers run scheduled service from Bahrain to other Gulf ports and to Pakistan and India. Bahrain has the shortest travel time between its seaport, airport and the logistics processing zone of anywhere in the Gulf enabling more efficient and faster processing of trade goods.  Bahrain also offers the lowest costs and best value for money when it comes to operating costs.

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