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September, 2020

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”.


September, 2020

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.


September, 2020

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


July, 2016

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.


July, 2016

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.


November, 2015

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.


September, 2015

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.


May, 2015

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.


May, 2015

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.


September, 2014

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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