PLANES, TRAINS, TRUCKS, AND OTHER VEHICLES MAKE WORLDWIDE DELIVERIES

THE UNWRITTEN RULE ACROSS ANY INDUSTRY IS THAT DISRUPTIVE FORCES ARE CONSTANTLY AT PLAY, RESHAPING HOW ORGANIZATIONS THINK ABOUT TECHNOLOGY, CONDUCT BUSINESS, AND LOOK TO THE FUTURE.

This is, of course, true for the logistics industry, where market trends are impacting the sector to a great degree. From new technologies to explore and take advantage of to shifting regulations that require new strategies and tactics to ensure compliance, logistics companies must stay plugged into new and emerging trends to stay at the bleeding edge and remain competitive. Companies that succeed are the ones that embrace a combination of the latest trends and utilize them in a way that capitalizes on traditional and established technologies.

Going forward, how will the current trends in logistics impact us?

1. RFID – For over a decade, Radio-frequency Identity (RFID) chips have promised to provide real-time tracking information. However, while many OFD (out-for-delivery) companies have invested much money in RFID, they have yet to see a real ROI from the technology.

So why is that – Simply having RFID chips doesn’t mean you have better access to the data because you need computers near the data to collect it and share it. Companies also need file-based integration technology to connect devices and edge computing systems back to the core enterprise systems to transfer reporting documents. The data can be stored and analyzed for insight and business decision-making. Further, the logistics companies that do utilize RFID technology to a value-producing extent are the ones that can blend traditional line-of-sight technology such as barcode labels with RFID. Barcode labels are well-established and relatively low-cost. The underlying systems and business processes are well-understood and common. By comparison, RFID implementation can be a high-cost addition to the logistics supply chain. Some estimate a 10X cost factor for implementing RFID tags versus bar codes. The price barrier for investment is why a blended approach to traditional and new makes sense. Additional concerns around data accuracy and reliability should also play a role in how a company chooses to leverage RFID.

However, there are viable applications companies should investigate – RFID in logistics has potential, particularly in route optimization and the real-time tracking of goods. RFID systems can provide precise location and quantity data in real-time when effectively integrated. For instance, tagging trucks, pallets, and inventory provide multi-lateral views of what is happening across the supply chain. Knowing exactly where a specific truck is at any given moment can allow a logistics company to be more proactive, to change a delivery route given unpredictable events such as accidents and weather. Companies that mix and match traditional and legacy technology with next-generation advancements are the ones who end up most successful. Those companies understand that completely replacing established technology and business processes is unwise. New technology tends to perform better than what is established and standardized.

2. Omnichannel Shipping – Omni-channel fulfillment is an increasing reality in the logistics industry, one that is being spurred on by a shifting approach to meeting customer expectations in the retail sector. According to the Harvard Business Review, the Amazon effect drives traditional retailers to offer more omnichannel touchpoints to increase customer loyalty. The goal is to provide a seamless and easy way to shop, whether it’s conducted digitally or in-store. In this context, successful logistics companies have evolved to offer more creative approaches to shipping to navigate growing omnichannel complexities within the supply chain. Here is a simplified look at possible omnichannel fulfillment and return order flows directly to (and from) the end customer:

†   Warehouse to consumer and back

†   Supplier to consumer and back

†   Store to consumer and back

†   Distribution center to consumer and back

Traditionally, the shoppers would travel to the purchased item. The “last mile,” so to speak, was thereby on the customer. Now, last-mile logistics are falling on the shoulders of the retail logistics providers and their partners. The changing expectation is for retail logistics deliveries to operate like UPS. Companies such as Amazon contract UPS to handle these deliveries since their system is already in place.

3. The Big Promise of Big Data – UPS may be the biggest success story for big data in the logistics industry. The company has made massive strides in operational efficiencies and cost savings through data collection, analysis, and demand forecasting.

1000’s of vehicles each have more than 100’s onboard sensors that measure speed, braking, backing up, location, and idling time. Some sensors collect diagnostic data on the vehicle battery and tire pressure, allowing for preemptive maintenance. The goal is to maximize the time a vehicle is on the road versus in the shop. Further, big-data-driven predictive modeling is the basis for massive gains in route optimization. Because of the proliferation of GPS and location sensors and real-time traffic updates, companies can now optimize delivery windows regardless of construction, parades, accidents, and the like. Companies utilizing big data technology create systems to allow them to change their route in real-time. This is done for a couple of reasons. Another big data outcome related to route optimization is to decrease mileage. The level of savings that companies in terms of mileage impact the wear and tear on vehicles.

While some forward-thinking companies are starting to invest in greener technology and big data initiatives, many supply chain companies are coming up with new techniques that parallel route optimization through how a mastery of inventory logistics management, optimizing shipments for efficiency.

4. Embedded Integration Technology – Logistics companies utilize embedded technology to better connect with their customers. They recognize that they need a data movement platform to share data back and forth between their customers seamlessly.

Embedded integration capabilities provide SaaS companies in the logistics space to offer value-added services related to logistics and supply chain data. This is a true encapsulation of digital transformation as more traditional logistics enterprises evolve into data-centric services companies. Organizations utilize modern services and solutions to process data and provide insight to customers. Being more dynamic than ever before by providing fast and critical information to and from customers is central to a business’s success. An embedded data platform provides secure communications protocol flexibility that enables robust transactional business flows. You need to be able to connect, transform, and integrate data through capabilities that are already built into the solution. Customers want to know everything, and information is of the utmost importance. Service-level agreements (SLA) must also be met, and companies are taking advantage of embedded software with business-level dashboard views and 24/7 monitoring to extend visibility throughout the process to ensure compliance with tough SLAs.

5. Globalization and Compliance – Globalization is forcing many logistics companies to focus on a strategy of achieving delivery KPIs while keeping costs in check.

The need for increased flexibility across the supply chain is paramount, and it recognizes that no single solution to the growing complexity will be one-size-fits-all. The landscape of global trade is constantly shifting. There is an unwavering need for logistics companies to stay ahead of evolving compliance requirements. This rings especially true for all the ways the enterprise needs to manage critical customer and partner data. Take the recently created Federal Maritime Commission plan to reform regulatory priorities. One recent change in governance directly affected the New York Shipping Exchange and aimed to combat shippers leaving less lucrative cargo behind. While this is a positive change, it is still a change – one that is increasingly happening everywhere.

Further, across the globe, the ability to comply with the plethora of data-related mandates is tied to how capable a company is in its ability to find, view, record, and report on the data. The regulation calls for full audibility. Companies need to provide full audit trails to keep track of their data and customers’ data with built-in governance and control throughout the process. Without the proper ability to comply with provable digital documentation, trucks could sit at the dock, ships get stuck in the harbor, and goods are stranded on trains or tarmac – for hours or even days.

6. Integrated 3PL Services – As e-commerce continues to expand beyond epic proportions, many companies also see quite a bit of potential in integrated 3PL services.

Businesses are seeing this by bringing in heavy assets in trucking and adding freight brokerage capabilities and warehouse facilities to provide deep integration into customers’ systems. As customers advance through their use of modern technology, logistics companies are embracing logistics automation trends by utilizing API integrations to connect e-commerce stores with a fulfillment center in addition to traditional EDI. Because supply chains have so many different channels and change so quickly to meet consumer demand, fulfillment practices must evolve to cope with COVID-19 and any other supply chain disruption that may arise. Logistics industry trends demand that customers have options for delivery, from last-mile services to same-day and next-day delivery, and it’s up to providers to make sure that customers have those very delivery options.

7. Re-Optimized Service Lines – When COVID-19 first struck, logistics companies started to re-optimize service lines to focus on industries that thrived the most during the pandemic, such as food, paper, and packaging.

This allowed these logistics enterprises to have a regular fleet rather than a non-dedicated, irregular fleet. No, it is not easy for companies to transition and pivot their strategic initiatives, but the result will prove beneficial for years to come.

8. Embracing Modern Integration Technology – Logistics companies recognize the importance of upgrading their legacy environment and evolving to a modern integration platform. The allure of a modern integration platform provides quicker onboarding of customers, trading partners, and suppliers and provides end-to-end visibility so logistics companies can conduct business quicker. From frictionless supplier integration to the ability to unlock back-office systems critical to third-party logistics (3PL) services, modernized integration technology can do it all. Logistics businesses everywhere see integration technology’s value for their supply chain. Those companies that migrated to a modern integration platform before COVID-19 were the ones that put themselves in the very best position to manage disruption to their supply chain. COVID-19 has shined a light on the importance of a modern integration platform.

 

To conclude – Today, the logistics industry looks entirely different from ten years ago. The question now becomes, what will it look like in another 10.

Market trends, such as those outlined above, will continue to impact the logistics sector well into the future. However, the success of trend-shaping nascent technologies requires that they are integrated with existing solutions and infrastructure. Logistics operation needs to enable processes like ingesting a load tender, but companies also need to look to how future technology can be leveraged to reduce margins. Businesses can create a next-generation stack that leverages previous technology investments while incubating big data and omnichannel solutions. Furthermore, the events of 2022 have disrupted the entire supply chain, and the logistics industry is no exception. The logistics landscape is plagued by uncertainty and disruption, but it is also ripe for digital transformation. Companies that succeed in 2022 and beyond will embrace a combination of the top trends in logistics management to become resilient to supply chain shocks.

SAUDI ARABIAN LOGISTICS MARKET ATTRACTS LARGE INVESTMENTS

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is all set to become the region’s leading logistics hub. With the Kingdom’s vision for 2030, to strengthen its local and foreign investments in the economy, global logistics giants like Maersk and Aramex have reportedly invested in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On November 1, the global container carrier AP Moller Maersk announced its investment of $136 million to build an integrated logistics park at the Jeddah Islamic Port. In the same month, Aramex, the Dubai-based multinational logistics, courier, and package delivery provider, inaugurated Aramex Go’s new shipping platform for Saudi entrepreneurs.

The Burgeoning Saudi Market

The Kingdom has been heavily investing in new ports, airports, and enhanced infrastructure to boost its logistics sector and shift from an oil-based economy by 2030.

The Jeddah Islamic Port is said to have an investment of over $132 million. Strategically located on the Red Sea, the Jeddah Islamic Port links the East and West. The port is also the largest in Saudi Arabia and the second largest in the GCC for volume and cargo handling capacity.

The Saudi market’s attraction lives in its robust recovery from the COVID-19 induced global recession. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Kingdom has a projected economic growth of 2.8% in 2021. This spurt in growth rate is largely driven by rising oil prices and investments from its sovereign wealth fund.

NEOM – The Futuristic City

Under the name of NEOM, a futuristic city, is all set to host multiple projects to leverage the Kingdom’s strategy to become a mega logistics hub.

In 2017, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, announced the launch of NEOM’s industrial city. The futuristic city of NEOM is located in Tabuk Province, in the northwestern region of the Kingdom.

He has also announced the launch of Oxagon, the industrial city set to be the largest floating industrial complex globally. It will also have one of the world’s most technologically advanced logistics hub.

The hub is located near the Suez Canal on the Red Sea, extending Saudi’s footprint over 13% of the total global trade movement passing through the Red Sea.

CSS FORAYS INTO FINE ART LOGISTICS

CSS has added another feather to its glorious cap by completing a Fine Art export for a prestigious client. These high valued paintings needed to be moved from UAE to its destination in the USA. We were successful in achieving this complex shipment which involved several intricate details being looked into.

Fine Art shipments require thorough pre-planning so that it is executed without any issues from start to finish. Since the shipment was delicate and high-priced, CSS facilitated a seamless process till door delivery in the USA.

There were four pieces of very expensive paintings done by one of the most renowned international artists of Dubai who wished to ship for one of their buyers in the USA. The timeline was tight with plenty to do right from gathering the packing materials, arranging soft-packing, erecting the paintings, ensuring wood treatment is done to avoid any bending etc. Post packing, a sensitive movement was required with escorts from CSS warehouse to Airport. Being an unusually large packed crate it could only be carried by cargo freighter. Thereafter liaison with airline ground staff was carried out to ensure the crate is boarded on time to its destination. In the last-mile we performed the customs clearance in USA, valuation by customs, survey of the crate condition, pick this valuable Art-Crate to deliver and unpack to shelf to the new proud owner’s gallery.

Big Thanks to the splendid job done right from the sales person to identify the prospect, the Operations team to carry out the job with precision and deliver on time at destination.

Dubai – A Hub for Fine Art

Dubai’s cosmopolitan culture attracts both artists and art lovers, a gateway for the east and the west. With many galleries, exhibitions and museums always open, the art scene in Dubai is a burgeoning one. The city’s vibrant art scene has established Dubai as a cultural centre for the global arts community. Dubai’s art connoisseurs and ongoing fine art exhibitions aplenty. Therefore, there is a continuous need for the movement and handling of multi-million-dollar arts.

Fine Art Logistics – Proud to be included in the CSS portfolio

CSS offers specialized fine art logistics services to museums, institutions, galleries, auction houses, and private collectors. We understand that moving art is different as compared to our regular logistics services. Fine Art Logistics calls for specialized packing and unpacking, and installation. It has to be handled with utmost care and precision from start to installation. Our art logistics experts have been specially trained to handle priceless pieces with care and commitment to ensure safety during the entire shipment process.

Portfolio of services offered by CSS Fine Art Logistics

  • Soft packaging, palletizing, and made to order crating as per the client’s need.
  • Humidity and temperature-controlled storage with individual lock facilities.
  • Specially equipped trucking to insure safe and secure movements.
  • Global transportation by air/sea/land with complete documentation for all purposes.
  • Art insurance for door-to-door services.
  • Comprehensive Fine Art installation services in residential, commercial, public spaces, hotels, and exhibitions.

Our Audience:

  • Artists (paintings containing acrylics, oils, tempera, water colour & mixmedia)
  • Sculptors
  • Fine Art Collectors
  • Fine Art for museums and galleries
  • Complete project Handling for Fine art auctions, events, and exhibitions

 

THE PANDEMIC HAS ACCELERATED DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN SPHERES

Covid-19 has driven change across all industry sectors within a short period. According to a recent McKinsey report, six percent of global supply chain shutdown, while 85 percent faced a reduction in operations during the pandemic. This massive disruption of activities has largely driven digitalization. Logistics and supply chain management companies have adopted technology with organizationwide changes. Cutting-edge technologies like cloud, IoT, automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning are ruling the roost as companies try to stay agile and on top of the game in these challenging times.

Five industry experts discussed these topics in detail in the Innovation in Logistics & Transportation Summit organized by the Logistics Middle East magazine. The Innovation in Transportation and Logistics Summit was held at the V Hotel Dubai. The Logistics Middle East Innovation & Transportation Summit brought together thought leaders and pioneers from the worlds of tech, logistics, transportation, and sustainability to explore how the industry can continuously innovate while optimizing the consumer experience and considering the environmental implications of these advancements. This panel discussion will also look at the changes, the winners in the adoption of automation space, and how technology, automation, and digitalization can revolutionize logistics and supply chains.

Panellists for this session are Praveen Sashi, Senior Director IT & Logistics, Head of Digitalisation MENA, from DHL; Fadi Amoudi, Founder & CEO, IQ Robotics; Gorka Sudupe Belloso, Director and Founder Member, SmartLOG Group; Jaideep Dhanoa, Co-Founder and CEO, FENIX; Mark Heald, Supply Chain Director, Logistics Executive.

With more than 100 industry leaders from across the MENA region, the summit was a success as it is brought multiple experts on the same platform.

The summit showed the learning from the past 18 months and how transformation and innovation are realigning the entire industry worldwide. The attendees were also looking ahead to the industry’s future, focusing on drones, digitization, and automation. Companies are readying for the future of the new digital era. The event also focused on the need for companies to drive sustainability and decarbonization forward. Karl Feilder, CEO, Founder, and Chairman of Neutral Fuels, pointed out that governments in the MENA region are specifying biofuels as part of their sustainability strategy, meaning that companies will have to embrace the decarbonization roadmap.

BETTER TIMES AHEAD FOR UAE LOGISTICS

The upward trend of the logistics industry of the UAE reveals that it is on a rebound with increased economic activity, especially in the field of eCommerce, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ecommerce has come to rule the roost as people resorted to online shopping with the lockdowns imposed due to the pandemic. Geoff Walsh, country manager at DHL Express UAE, said logistics has, and always will remain, a necessity for trade and commerce to endure. Despite the industry’s initial shock in the first few months of the pandemic spread, “our industry was a vital service provider” during these times. The eCommerce sector has seen an unprecedented rise in the level of online sales.

Logistics Sector Spurs Economic Growth in the UAE

Latest research points that the e-commerce market in the MENA region surpassed $15 billion at 35 percent CAGR in 2020. The global retail e-commerce sales are expected to hit an all-time high of $50 billion by 2025. Ecommerce will pave the path for this upward trend, and it is indeed a time to make the most of this opportunity. Logistics players need to expand their operations and capture the untapped potential of cross-border eCommerce.

With the logistics sector contributing to nearly 13% of the UAE’s total gross domestic product (GDP), this sector is a substantial contributor to the nation’s economy. Geoff Walsh emphasized, “As we get closer to EXPO 2021, and with the UAE’s 2030 industrial plans in place, the logistics and supply chain segment is expected to strengthen even further”.

The airline and tourism sectors will also be the other positive drivers of economic growth with the travel and tourism sector’s restarting. UAE has started the travel and tourism business-related activity earlier than the counterparts in the GCC region. Increased cargo outflows and tourist inflow will kickstart the economy and take it forward.

“We are also seeing accelerated development in new technologies being introduced in the logistics industry, in the likes of data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and Cloud services. As the pandemic transforms the future of work and business, the speed of innovation in our industry will be crucial to manage customer expectations,” he added.

Rising from the COVID Conundrum

Like every other business segment, the logistics sector was heavily impacted due to the economic crisis spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic. It required immense vigor to course unchartered territory as logistic companies scrambled to get essential supplies channels moving in the face of transport disruptions, limited cargo capacity, delayed connections, and broken trade links. With airports closed down and borders shut, providing seamless and timely deliveries was the biggest challenge for logistic and supply chain providers. But logistic companies managed to stay resilient and even saw a steep increase in cross-border e-commerce volumes in the UAE and other GCC markets.

UAE – The Hub of Connectivity

UAE stands among the top nations in the world for the infrastructure for connectivity and ICT. According to the latest DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020, the UAE emerged as one of the top five most globally connected countries in the world, on the same rank as the Netherlands, Singapore, Belgium, and Ireland. The DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020 tracks international flows of trade, capital, information, and people across 169 countries and territories, he said

The UAE also features among the most attractive ICT markets in the Middle East driven by digitalization initiatives and aided by the increased adoption of leading technologies such as Cloud, big data analytics, internet of things, and artificial intelligence.

UAE’s robust and highly resilient infrastructure and ICT network have enabled the nation to maintain its critical links to the global arena while COVID-19 derailed business and life worldwide.

A Season of Great Change

The pandemic has also ushered in a season of great change, with many learnings from navigating the disruptions of the global supply chain. Like most business verticals, the logistics industry is also in a flux state with several new trends that are predicted to remain while new ones are constantly evolving with the changing global business climate.

The question that is at the top of every logistics company is how one anticipates and plans for what consumers and businesses will do next to be better able to support customers and ensure speedy, seamless delivery is not impacted. There has been a significant shift in the B2C, and B2B landscape with the new wave of users, and companies need to re-align investments to match future trends.

As remote working models become the norm, companies need to ensure that they are closer to where their customers are and make themselves present in areas closer to the target locations. Digitization, investment in air networks, increasing courier and customer service capacity, and innovating last-mile delivery methods will become a primary focus for logistic companies.

Companies also need to analyze their reliance and spend on partner airlines and continue maximizing their fleet usage.

The UAE is poised to position itself as a global logistics hub in tune with the nation’s economic vision.

Logistics Giants like DHL are committed to investments in the UAE and the wider MENA region to support their clients and provide exceptional customer experience.

Source: www.khaleejtimes.com

DR. JINAN AL OMRAN AS DIRECTOR OF SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS

Saudi Arabia has yet another feather in its cap. Dr. Jinan Al Omran was appointed as the Director of Supply and Logistics in Prince Sultan Military Medical City, becoming the first woman appointed to head logistics in this sector.

Dr. Jinan stated that the state has helped women assume responsibilities in areas like construction and, therefore, stress their intention to work in the Supply and Logistics Department to achieve leadership aspirations. Dr. Jinan also pointed out the long term and short-term plans to improve the supply chain of medicines, medical and surgical materials, and non-medical materials in transportation, storage, packaging, distribution, and all logistical services to ensure the supply chain localization and focus on digital transformation. She further emphasized that these goals can be achieved only with team spirit, development of all skills, and strengthening mechanism for developing the performance of management that I aspire to be the perfect model among the catering and logistics departments in all sectors.

Logistics – the backbone of global trade

The growth of logistics services in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East is one of the most developed areas and accounts for up to 40%, making it sure that the logistics industry is the backbone of global trade. Employing 15% and 20% of the workforce in developed countries, this sector plays a vital role in the Vision 2030 strategy.

Dr. Jinan Al Omran has also hailed the appointing women leaders in catering, supply chains, and logistics services. It is a very promising venture that accommodates diligent and ambitious talents from among men and women without any exception.

She further added, “The aspirations of the Saudi citizen have no limits. We, as women, are part of the ambitious nation. We have a passion to work together, to keep pace with aspirations to achieve the best”.

COVID-19 RESHAPING THE WORLD OF LOGISTICS

With an increasingly interconnected global economy, the impact of the pandemic is widespread. With the overall decline in economic activity, even large corporates are beginning to feel the heat. The governments’ wide range of containment measures has resulted in the shutdown of manufacturing and labor disruption through enforced isolations, travel bans, and border controls.

The pandemic made organizations rethink ways to reposition the supply chain to be more resilient in future threats and disruption.

The key areas are:

1. Safeguarding employees: Employee’s physical and mental wellbeing is to be taken care of. Exercise best in practice corporate social responsibility (CSR) for employee stability. A backup plan should be in place to help affected staff, including increased automation, remote working arrangements, and other flexible resourcing in response to constraints.

2. Assessing supplier risk: A response team needs to be created to facilitate an open and consistent flow of accurate information between key stakeholders, maintain stakeholder confidence, and also to focus on supply chain assessment and risk management. The response team should be able to use alternative modes of transportation and conduct trade-offs according to the needs, cost, service, and risk scenario analysis. Regularly reviewing contracts with key customers and suppliers helps understand the liability involved in the event of the supply shortage. Maintaining a value chain assessment of other risk factors involved helps to understand the reasons for escalating costs.

3. Managing working capital and business plans: It is important to revise cash flow, working capital management, and inventory to predict demand and supply conditions. Review organization-wide sales and operations planning and integrated business strategies to ensure tactical and strategic business planning gets synchronized amongst all business functions. Businesses with data-rich environments can harness procurement, operations, and research and development (R & D) using advanced simulations to identify optimum performance trade-offs.

4. Micro supply chains: The existing model of supply chains is such that the reduction of costs has led to the creation of large, integrated, global networks that gain profit through outsourcing manufacturing to emerging economies backed by long term contracts. However, the pandemic and the increasing trade tensions are encouraging organizations to question the best operating model. At this point, they need to consider the benefit of shifting their present operating model towards micro supply chains.

5. Collaborative supplier relationship: The pandemic simulated environment can be used as a platform with time and investment to build a foundation of trust and transparency that leads to a collaborative relationship with critical suppliers. A shared vision of goals, motivations, and partnerships develops organizational resilience.

7 KEY AREAS TO BOOST INDIA’S EASE OF DOING BUSINESS RANKINGS BY THE CII

The exorbitant logistics cost has always been the bane while doing business. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the industry body has highlighted this as a deterrent in India’s mission to be a self-reliant nation.

Mr. Chandrjit Banerjee, Director General, CII said, “While many policies have been announced for a facilitative investment climate, effective translation into ground-level outcomes will help investor perceptions and further boost confidence. We believe that taking the ease of doing business route can unlock huge potential when the world is seeking new investment opportunities”.

The premier industry body also stated, “India’s high logistics costs impact its competitiveness. This will require medium-term action such as increasing the share of railways and waterways in transport, improving first mile and last-mile connectivity and reducing port dwell time. Cross subsidization of freight should be rationalized.”

More outcome-oriented action on Ease of Doing Business (EODB) is the route to India’s mission of self-reliance and should be the way forward. Sustaining this reform momentum can drive in new investments, including overseas investment.

If strong measures are taken up in the following seven areas, it can pave the way for the reduction of cost and time, making the Indian industry competitive.

1. Single Window System
Effective implementation of an online Single Window system is needed for strengthening EODB.

2. Regular Monitoring
Single interface, regular monitoring by the Chief Secretary of a state, and time-bound approvals are to be implemented in all states.

3. Compliance
Compliances for labor regulations need to be speeded up at lower costs for which a quick and low-cost trade facilitation mechanism should be in force. For example, the states can follow the example of Uttar Pradesh by exempting the industry from specific labor laws for three years.

4. Digital Reforms
Digital reforms like virtual court proceedings, e-filing, and work from home could help speed up the court deliberations and the challenges faced while enforcing contracts due to insufficient commercial courts and infrastructure.

5. Inspections
Computerized risk-based inspections, synchronized joint inspections, and differentiated inspection requirements for low-risk industries reduce the inspection burden on companies.

6. Exemptions
The CII has also suggested that the MSME sector be exempted from approvals and inspections for three years under state laws while following all rules.

7. Self-Certification
For those MSMEs with a good track record, a self-certification route can help for renewals and approvals.

The latest World Bank report reveals that India’s ranking has significantly improved from 142nd to 63rd. This leap of 79 positions is due to the series of reforms across various areas introduced by the Central and State

Growing Auto Logistics at CSS

A recent specialized vertical for the CSS Group, the auto logistics  segment has been showing some remarkable progress during the recent months. From the “auto racks” which allow for effective and environmental friendly loading of vehicles in shipping containers to specialized handling of high end vehicles, door to door, the CSS Group is slowly becoming a trusted name in “auto logistics” in the region.

In an earlier edition CSS had showcased their product in association with a partner, using the auto-racking system for loading up to 4 vehicles in a container. The advantage of this process was a damage free transport of vehicles from origin to destination. CSS group has now gone ahead with value added services, which include vehicle wrapping and specialized lashing for high end vehicles as well. They are currently engaged in a project of transporting 16 brand new McLaren Super cars, their growing expertise in handling this segment of the car industry was a prime reason for CSS to be awarded with the job.

The new infrastructure at CSS, the 10,000 Sq.mt open yard in Jebel Ali – is geared to handle receipt, storage and operations for auto logistics. This facility combined with their new warehousing facility at JAFZA, which will be operational soon, gives an unparalled infrastructure to cater to this segment of the business in the region. CSS facilities at Sharjah, including a covered area suited for storage of vehicles and the open yard are already popular with customers looking for safe and secure handling of vehicles.

“This has been a relatively large vertical in our industry here in the region, while we have taken our time to enter this market we intend to offer our customers a quality product. We have the necessary infrastructure in place to allow this, and I do believe we can create a niche for ourselves in this vast segment.  There is definitely more to come from us – Drive Safe”, commented Ajay Krishnan Vice President Freight forwarding CSS Group, while talking to Lighthouse regarding auto logistics at CSS.

Yacht And Marine Logistics At CSS

CSS Group’s professionalism comes in demand when a specialised vertical where thorough expertise is indispensible, and that is none other than Yacht and Marine Logistics. A decade long hands on experience has made CSS one of the most preferred name when it comes to movement of expensive and luxurious yachts across the globe.

The team engaged with yacht movement not only takes the survey and submit the quotation, but demonstrate how the movement will be carried out. They also explain about the equipment to be used while the process takes place. The attention to detail makes CSS Yacht & Marine logistics team the most trusted partner around the world.

CSS Group has successfully moved yachts that belong to celebrities and the royal family members. The company is a preferred shipper for many of the world’s leading boat builders, including Correct Craft Inc., Gulf Craft, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker and Viking, along with Government officials and celebrities.

The yacht and Marine team has recently handled two yachts for Sevenstar Yacht Transport Agency UK, one from Jebel Ali to Hamburg (BENETEAU GTE57) and the other which came down to Jebel Ali from Las Spezia (Galeon 325HT) which was later on cleared and delivered to the client. CSS ensures that their people are specially trained to oversee every part of the shipping process, right from documentation till delivery.

For a client, hassle free movement is the highest pricing factor when it comes to expensive loads like yachts, and CSS ensures maximum client satisfaction.

Promising Days Ahead

Both Arkan Sohar Logistics & CSS Group Managements are confident about the new venture

Ali Al Muttawa
Managing Director
Arkan Sohar Logistics

Arkan Sohar Logistics – one of the growing logistics company in Oman, being operated from the port city of Sohar, the only port which serves the shipping needs of Northern Oman. The company offers a Neutral / Highly productive and Effective solution to the market – covering all 3PL / Deconsolidation and Storage requirements. The partnership with the CSS CFS Group services will only enhance the quality of the operation, keeping the CSS Group’s successful footprint in this segment and in this region in mind.”

Sreenath V
Sr. General Manager
CSS Group

The closure of Mina Qaboos, Muscat for General cargo and container movement has resulted in greater developments of the Sohar port & the Free zone. Our vast experience in handling CFS activities combined with our neutrality as an NVOCC operator will surely help in providing the customers with an easy and quick service to their requirements. With easy & short accessibility to the Sohar port & Terminals, ARKAN SOHAR state of the art fully racked  private CFS  will not only result in quick turnaround of containers but also will ensure a smooth & easy process to customers.

3PL Services from CSS Kingston Logistics FZC

CSS Kingston Logistics provide 3PL services using our own infrastructure, skill and expertise. Ideally located inside the SAIF Zone provides direct access to major airports and airlines. Being the first and the only licensed 3PL service provider inside SAIF Zone, we offer our customers services that include air & sea freight forwarding, pick and pack, assembly, warehousing, packaging, shipping, and transportation. Our cost efficient and effective container transportation enables the products to be ready for distribution within the shortest possible period. CSS Kingston Logistics can support supply chain requirements throughout the product lifecycle. This starts from procurement and product packaging through final services such as liquidation and recycling.

Our services include:

  • Procurement & Packing
  • Storage and distribution
  • Logistics management
  • Reverse logistics
  • Survey and research


With our extensive network within and outside the UAE and a large pool of skilled man power, CSS Kingston Logistics can create and execute a truly global programme for your Supply Chain Management requirements. We guarantee you the most cost effective solutions for the requirements.

CSS Kingston storage facilities provide comfortable space for both Covered (110,000 Sq Ft) and Open yard storage (87,000 Sq. Ft) of your goods. The fully racked space is conveniently created for the smooth and quick movement of your cargo. We make sure to reduce the turn time and thereby ensure maximum value for your expenditure.

The open yard facility provides ample space for the heavy forklifts to work without hassles. This space can be well utilized to store your Breakbulk and ODC cargo requirements safely.

CSS Attends Intermodal

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION FOR LOGISTICS, CARGO TRANSPORT AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

CSS Group represented by Siby C Kurian, Senior General Manager for Sales & Marketing, attended the Intermodal Exhibition and conference this year which happened from 7-9 April, 2015.

More than 48,000 qualified professionals from logistics, cargo transportation and foreign trade industries gathered in Sao Paulo for the most comprehensive event in Latin America. The venue of the Trade Show, Fair and Exhibition was the Transamerica Expo Center.

“Exhibitions such as Intermodal provide the perfect platform for any logistics company to showcase their products and service offerings to an international audience. Here we get the opportunity to network and share ideas with professionals from across the globe which is a great advantage for a growing company like CSS” mentioned Siby.

Latin America is one of the fastest growing regions for the logistics, cargo transportation and foreign trade industry worldwide. Brazil alone accounts for more than 350 billion dollars of the region logistics revenue and more than doubled its activities during the last decade.

Saif Zone Calling

CSS GROUP WILL SOON BE OPERATIONAL FROM SAIF ZONE

CSS Group in collaboration with Kingston Holdings will soon begin operations from the SAIF Zone in Sharjah. The new company will be known as CSS Kingston Logistics, and will have its own operational facilities and warehouse within the free zone.

The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-ZONE) was set up in 1995 n the Emirate of Sharjah ,a key industrial and manufacturing hub in the UAE.  As a leading free zone service provider, The SAIF-Zone offers its services and facilities to over 2,900 companies.  Strategically located at the cross roads of major trade routes linking the east and west, the SAIF-Zone is a business hub that offers access to more than 2 billion consumers across the GCC, CIS, Indian sub-continent, parts of Africa and the Mediterranean. The strategic presence in SAIF zone will empower CSS Group to cater to a wider market including Sharjah , the Eastern and The northern Emirates.

Expanding with New Facilities

With the freight and logistics sector on an upward rise, given the recent growth the UAE is experiencing, CSS Group is pleased to announce that it is in the preliminary stages of developing a new state of the art office and warehouse facility adjacent to its flagship Container Freight Station in the Jebel Ali Freezone. The new office building will be having a sprawling size of over 15,000 sq. ft. with warehousing facilities of over 30,000 sq. ft. The planned expansion is an evidence of how CSS Group has embraced opportunities of growth by strategically ensuring that their infrastructure is aligned with the constantly evolving economy of the UAE.
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CSS Attends Dubai Trade Conference

“TRADESHIELD- DUBAI TRADE’S SINGLE WINDOW FOR CARGO INSURANCE SERVICES”

Dubai Trade, the premier cross-border trade facilitator, and Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC), one of the region’s leading providers of insurance solutions for individuals and corporates, recently organized a forum to announce the official launch of Tradeshield for online cargo insurance.

Being a NAFL Member, CSS Group was invited to attend the event titled, “The Importance of Cargo Insurance in Trade and Logistics.” The half-day forum held at the Dubai Marina Hotel and saw industry professionals come together to discuss the key issues and developments in the cargo insurance sector, including recent advances in e-commerce in the region.

Industry expert, David Phillips the President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, was also a key host and speaker at the forum. David Phillips, President of the National Association of Freight & Logistics, while delivering the forum’s principle presentation, said: “Protecting the business interest during cargo movements is crucial to ensure a successful trade deal for traders and their customers or suppliers. The industry has witnessed a substantial growth in demand on Cargo Insurance services throughout the years. We appreciate Dubai Trade’s initiative in launching the Tradeshield service, which will help many companies in our industry to be more secured and save much of their precious time.”

As one of the leading freight forwarders in the region, CSS Group participated in the conference as part of it’s commitment to keep abreast recent trends in the freight forwarding sector. The new initiative has been embraced by CSS as it helps to further instill consumer confidence in the freight forwarding sector in the region, thus encouraging growth in this key sector.

CSS Group Featured on BBC World News

With all eyes on a possible lifting of sanctions on a resource rich Iran, BBC World News had a special feature on highlighting the opportunities that would be available especially for the freight forwarding and logistics sector in the region. Titled, “Iran attracts investors hoping for trade sanction relaxation,” the BBC World News filmed part of its segment at the CSS Group’s Container Freight Station based in Jebel Ali Freezone. Iran’s nuclear talks have been extended until November, but whilst the negotiations continue, many companies have been re-building business relations with their Iranian counterparts driven by the enormous potential the lifting of the trade restrictions would bring. CSS would like to extend a special thanks to Mark Lobel and Ola Naguib from the BBC for giving them the opportunity to be a part of the ground-breaking series.

CSS Abu Dhabi Provides a Single Window on Pharma Transport Solutions

Pharmaceutical companies around the world rely on us for customized, swift and safe delivery of their high-priority shipments. Due to the delicate nature of the cargo, pharmaceutical companies often look for a single window of operation to handle their requirement from end to end, thus ensuring single accountability and attention to detail from its logistics providers. We ensure the integrity and quality of sensitive, high-value pharmaceutical goods, offer distribution and controlled supply chain management programs.

Individualized Services offered by CSS Abu Dhabi:

  • Consultation with customers to review global transport requirements for their materials, as well as import and export requirements for customs clearance
  • Sourcing and provision of packaging supplies such as insulated shippers, UN certified shippers for all ambient refrigerated and frozen shipments, gel-packs, dry ice and temperature controlled shipping containers and temperature monitors
  • Pre-customs clearance in selected cities.
  • Transfer of Medicine to the cold room upon arrival in Abu Dhabi Airport.
  • Quick delivery order process at Abu Dhabi Airport.
  • All Transport Temperature Controlled – Chilled (+2°C to +8°C) and ambient (+15°C to +25°C) pharmaceuticals.
  • We handle time bound medical equipments.
  • Our own temperature controlled warehouse in Abu Dhabi


“My aim is to reach out into the niche market audience with our new product “Pharma Logistics”, having identified this as a unique sector which has a potential growth opportunity for its business since the healthcare industry is experiencing  a boost in the UAE over the past few years. By having the first mover advantage in this untapped sector, has meant that CSS Abu Dhabi has closely monitored and researched all aspects of Pharma logistics and, given their global expertise in the field of logistics, will be an invaluable asset to the pharmaceutical industry in this field.  With a keen focus on hospitals, medical supplies providers, medical equipment trading and pharmaceutical companies, CSS Pharma Logistics has set the stage to grow exponentially within this existing sector, which will further diverse its vast service portfolio and help to secure the future growth,” said Midhun George who is in charge of  Pharma Logistics.

DP World Hosts Conference to Facilitate Trade Along Kazakhstan’s ‘New Silk Way’

CONFERENCE EXPLORES NEW LOGISTICS OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE BETWEEN ASIA AND EUROPE

Global marine terminal operator DP World has recently hosted a conference at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate – Dubai, aimed at fostering partnerships to facilitate increased trade between Asia and Europe along the “New Silk Way” through Kazakhstan.

The conference was supported by H.E. Askar Mamin, President of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), Kazakhstan’s national railway company, and attendees included KTZ Vice President Kanat Alpysbayev, senior Dubai trade officials and representatives from multinational corporations from the automotive and IT industry, with conference sessions attended by customs, logistics, trade and infrastructure experts. In attendance from CSS Group was Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development and Amith Horra, Marketing Manager.

The purpose of the conference was to discuss best-practice solutions for increasing trade flows along the “New Silk Way’ – the overland rail transport route that links China, Russia’s Far East and Europe via Kazakhstan. Its aim was to share the developments and new opportunities emerging on Silk routes including the establishment of the Kazakh Chinese gateway Khorgos, which is an influential trading hub for distribution between China and Europe.

DP World Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf welcomed attendees to the conference saying: “With the shift of manufacturing to central and western Chinese cities, far from the traditional sea ports that have taken Chinese made goods around the world, the New Silk Way across Kazakhstan has enormous potential to link China and the west mainly by land, and particularly by rail.” In November 2013, DP World and KTZ signed an agreement that will see DP World provide management advisory services for the development of the Khorgos Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Inland Container Depot (ICD). DP World will also provide similar services under a separate contract at the Port of Aktau, Kazakhstan’s main cargo and bulk terminal on the Caspian Sea.

“On behalf of the CSS Group, we are pleased to thank DP World for organizing such an informative conference; whereby we were able to gain insights into the strategic development plans of DP World, KTZ and the New Silk Way,” added Ken Dinnadge.

Speakers in the conference included senior management from DP World, Kazakhstan Railway & logistic company, Kazakhstan Customs, Russian UTLC, Chinese Lianyungang Port Group, Hewlett Packard and Toyota Tsusho Corporation. They shared their vision and the details of significant investments being made in the development of silk route and Khorgos SEZ.

CSS Attends Ritchie Bros. Auction

The Heavy Equipment Logistics division of CSS attended the two-day Ritchie Bros. auction on October 1st & 2nd, 2013 in Jebel Ali, UAE. The team was able to network with the buyers and sellers at the auction while promoting its first class logistical solutions to the end user. The next RBA auction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is scheduled for December 17 & 18, 2013. CSS Group had a designated booth along with a meeting area whereby it was able to showcase its corporate materials. It even had a raffle for all visitors who attended. Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development,  Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, and Thushara Nishaman, Business Development Manager, represented CSS Group at the 2 day auction.

Ken Dinnadge added, “Being present at the auction was vital for CSS Group as we were able to network with potential and existing clients, while providing on the spot assistance for shipping various types of equipment, including construction machinery, transporting drill rigs, relocating a drag line, repositioning military equipment, exporting generators or simply moving large sized equipment. We are pleased to be associated with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and would like to take this opportunity and congratulate the entire team on yet another successful auction held in the United Arab Emirates.”

Established in 1963 in Canada, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers operates at more than 40 auction sites throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.  The company sells, through unreserved auctions, a broad range of used and unused equipment including equipment utilized in the construction, transportation, mining, forestry, petroleum, marine and agricultural industries. Ritchie Bros. is a public company; its common shares trade on both the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol RBA.

“Providing innovative business solutions that enable the world’s businesses to exchange equipment with ease and confidence has been our company’s mission since our inception,” said Steve Barritt, Regional Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. “Our attention to detail and our constant endeavor to provide value added services to our customers has been the cornerstone of our success. All of our innovative services that have been launched are evidence of how we’ve run our business for over 50 years, which is keeping our customers’ needs in mind.”

Ritchie Bros. auctions are known for the ramp method, where customers are able to sit in a covered auction theatre while the mobile equipment is sold as it is driven over the ramp. Once the bidding has started, the sale price increases until there are no new bids. The auctioneer announces the item as SOLD. Then, the successful buyer holds up his number to identify himself, and the process begins all over again. Bidders can inspect the trucks and equipment at all auction facilities prior to the sale.

Strategically positioned and headquartered in Dubai UAE, CSS Group has become a name to reckon within its own field of knowledge and has created its own trademark and brand name when it comes to providing a complete customized new and used construction equipment shipping and logistics support services to manufacturers, distributors, auction houses and their associated clients when dealing with all types of new and used heavy construction equipment.  CSS’s ability to supply this demanding sector with innovative logistical solutions for new and used equipment is recognized throughout the world and they are considered as the prime option for most of the leading manufacturers.

Watch out for the next auction in Jebel Ali, UAE on December 17th and 18th, 2013.

Log onto www.cssgroupsite.com & www.rbauction.com  for more details.

For enquires email: ship-heavy-equipment@cssdubai.com