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May, 2018

Business excellence award for CSS


The Best International Logistics & Freight Forwarding Firm 2018 award

CSS Group was honored with Best International Logistics &Freight Forwarding Firm 2018 award constituted by MEA Markets. MEA Markets is a quarterly publication dedicated to researching and publicizing the major moves and events as they happen across the entire Middle East and African regions.

Since its inception in 1995 CSS Group has become a renowned name in the freight forwarding industry, and today it is one of the leading integrated freight forwarding solutions provider with close to 25 years of experience.
Constantly adapting to its customers’ changing needs, the company has enriched its expertise to become a tier-one logistics and freight forwarding partner in the GCC, with integrated logistic networks in Africa, Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the CSS Group is spearheaded by its Chairman T. S. Kaladharan.

The company, through its corporate diversity and willingness to keep learning and relearning, has earned its collective experience within the industry. With a team consisting of over 750 experienced and dedicated professionals across 20 locations, the CSS Group is able to meet a client’s freight forwarding requirements: be it by sea, land or air.

In today’s market, the UAE and GCC have become a hub for companies originally based in the UAE and China, for instance. The CSS Group being the strongest in the Middle East, has had a head start in this regard. Its strong relationship with customers, as well as being a one-stop solution, has given them comfort in knowing they are in great hands.

To support clients in this fast paced corporate hub, CSS understands the need to constantly evolve and change. The team have to keep moving, study the market and ensure that they are, in terms of logistics, up to date. Thanks to this focus on constant improvement, alongside its vast industry experience, the group has a built an exceptional reputation, especially with UAE customs.

Alongside its focus on industry developments, technology is also a key focus for the group. The CSS Group has been investing in the use of technology since its commenced operations, as the Chairman and founder saw how big technology would play a part in the future of this industry. The group developed its own software, now known as FINS, more than 10 years ago that it is constantly improving on, based on new requirements.

As part of this approach, the group’s IT team constantly reads, explores, and carries out R&D with, say, CRM and budget reports. During all its international business visits, the group brings back best practices from every location that it interacts with, exploring whether any of this can implemented in the group’s current structure.
For instance, when it comes to 3PL, CSS Group tailors its in-house software around what the customer wants. Even if they say they would like to see reports or data through software of their own, the group integrates it with theirs, to ensure an easy, hassle free experience for every client.

Ultimately, CSS Group’s ongoing focus is to become the one-stop solution for its customers that not only cover B2B but also B2C. To achieve this, the group has further expansions across Asia planned. Additionally, the team are keen to support their customers through their entire cargo cycle, from production to delivery and distribution. This includes spare parts, Yacht and Marine, Hospitality and Hotel Logistics as well as Auto logistics divisions. Driving these changes and growing in these areas will offer the group many exciting opportunities to grow and flourish over the coming years.


March, 2018

PROMISING DAYS AHEAD-CSS KSA


With the recent addition of Faisal R as the Co-Director of CSS Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Lighthouse editorial team sat down to gain insight into his past experience, opinions and more.
By Minaal Pervaiz

How did you first get involved in the Shipping, Liner and Logistics industry?
I have been involved in the field for quite a long time. I grew up in close contact to everything shipping related and became more interested when I began to consider my further studies.

Tell us how you joined the CSS KSA branch. Why did you want this job?
I joined CSS KSA because of my interest and experience with [the CSS Group]. I knew that with the knowledge I acquired whilst pursuing my career, plus the experience I have accumulated throughout the years, it would be my next best step.

With your recent addition as a Co-Director (working alongside Britto Satheesh) of CSS KSA, what does this mean for the portfolio you will be managing?
We will be taking CSS KSA further, representing a big challenge that I am looking forward to.

How would you handle failure?
I can best describe how I see failure through the words from Thomas A Edison: “I have not failed. I have found 10,000 ways it will not work.” These words have followed me since my upbringing and are something that best describe our way of working in the logistics world.

What do you enjoy most about working at CSS KSA?
I am excited – it is a good opportunity to work with people from all over the world and share ideas to constantly bring innovation within the company.

What do you think the current state of affairs are in the industry and possible predictions?
The current state of affairs is positive because of the 2020 and 2030 vision. Also, business will be improving because of all these new projects across Saudi Arabia right now.

What motivates YOU?
An ambition to grow and make an impact in the industry. Legacy and the passing of knowledge are factors of motivation in my everyday life, and are my driving forces to always want to become bigger and better at what I do.


November, 2016

World’s Largest Shipyard To Be Built In Saudi Arabia


HaskoningDHV UK and Hyundai Engineering & Construction have been selected to perform the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the infrastructure of a new maritime yard in Ras Al-Khair in Saudi Arabia.

The maritime yard will comprise a separate shipyard facility for large shipbuilding, large ship repair, offshore rigs fabrication, and offshore support vessel repair. As planned, this facility will become the largest maritime yard in the world providing a range of services. It will be located north of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf. Royal HaskoningDHV’s specialist shipyard consultancy experience combined with Hyundai E&C’s track record in Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) projects will provide comprehensive technical knowledge for all elements of the shipyard’s design.

Adrian Arnold, project director at Royal HaskoningDHV said: “Maritime yards must be globally competitive with facilities which are cost-effective, operationally flexible, and durable. This project combines four different yards into a single development, creating significant opportunities for economies of scale and enhancing the country’s economic development.”

The maritime yard will have an impressive range of facilities including seven fully-equipped dry docks, two basins and five piers, a shiplift system, workshops, warehouses, utility services areas, as well as office buildings, living quarters, and recreational facilities for more than 10,000 workers.

Royal HaskoningDHV undertook the initial market study for the maritime yard in 2014. The FEED development work is now scheduled to take five months.


March, 2012

Phoenix International Visit CSS Group In Saudi Arabia And UAE


Phoenix International, Francois Wolberg, Business Development Manager, Global Textile Logistics and Brandon Joiner, Sales Executive (Atlanta) traveled to CSS Saudi Arabia and CSS UAE offices last November to visit the newly appointed partners, CSS Group in the Middle East.

The first stop was in Riyadh where they spent three days with Ramzi Al-Dulijan (Managing Director, CSS Saudi Arabia) and his team. Together they visited important customers that Phoenix handles in their Atlanta branch. “We found that CSS Saudi Arabia is a dynamic team and willing to help and support our activity,” added Brandon Joiner, Sales Executive (Atlanta).

The second stop was CSS headquarters in Dubai, where they met with CSS delegation including Ken Dinnadge (VP, Business Development, CSS), Roshmon Manoli, Route Development Manager, North America and Kaveen Amarasinghe,  Sales Executive.

Brandon, Francois and the entire CSS team visited several customers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and had an opportunity to develop sales and learnt the art of collaborating and sharing information in order to close new deals.

“Globally we have been very impressed by CSS, and we feel we have a great partner to work with out of countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman,” added Francois Wolberg, Business Development Manager, Global Textile Logistics

Vital Statistics At Phoenix International

    • Founded in 1979
    • Headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois (Chicago)
    • 2,000 employees
    • One of the Top Work Places1
    • One of the Healthiest Companies in America2
    • Top 30 Best Places to Work3
    • 42nd largest privately held company4
    • 19th largest air export forwarder in North America5
    • 24th largest freight forwarder6
    • Fiscal Year End: June 30th
    • Fiscal 2011 Revenue: $1 Billion
    • Ocean Freight Volume: 250,000 TEUs
    • Air Freight Volume: 41,000 Tons
    • Average Growth: 15-20%
    • Global network of more than 300 locations in 125 countries
    •     USA – 23
    •     Pacific Rim – 25
    •     South Asia – 12
    •     Europe – 11
    •     Oceania – 1
    •     Exclusive Agent Network – 225

 


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