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Supply Chain Management

March, 2020

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESSES MUST ADOPT NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN RESPONSE TO SUPPLY CHAIN RISKS


At the Procurement and Supply Chain MENA Forum, the industry leaders highlighted that businesses in the Middle East could become among the most competitive in the world by taking a bold approach to their procurement and supply chain strategies.

Sam Achampong, head of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) MENA, stressed that forward-thinking companies should look to their procurement and supply chain strategies as a key differentiator. In his keynote address on the topic, What Future Procurement Leaders Look Like, he said: “The application of comprehensive procurement and supply chain strategies can add real value to all aspects of a business including profitability, accountability, reputation, sustainability, and corporate governance.”

He explained that organizations in the MENA region had undertaken procurement transformation exercises which in time allow these entities to become more competitive, not just regionally, but globally.

Maha Bouzeid, VP Head of Sourcing in the MEA region for Ericsson, reiterated Achampong’s belief in the potential of the procurement strategy to support business transformation and competitiveness. She said: “Organizations are on a constant search to find even more efficiencies and increase their top-line growth. Procurement has an important role to play in both cases by securing the right cost base and by building the partner ecosystem to deliver on new solutions in the Industry 4.0 era. We need the know-how of all the different players in the industry to enable innovation, create new use cases to fulfill rising customer demands, and monetize these for the benefit of all.”

Achampong and Bouzeid emphasized that the procurement sector needs to invest in skills development to achieve its potential and be a driver for business change. “Traditional skills, such as negotiation, and administrative skills, such as planning and coordination, are being replaced by the need for critical thinking skills and complex problem solving, aligned with emotional intelligence centered around stakeholder management and influencing skills,” said Achampong.

“For procurement leaders to be effective, they need to be able to convince their key C-Level stakeholders to adopt recommended strategies aimed at aiding business growth and increasing value for the organization. Those unable to align with their stakeholders will not be able to lead the transformation of their functions from a transactional cost center to a strategic net contributor to an organization’s overall value.”

Bouzeid added: “Competence is key – procurement needs to attract the best talents in the industry with a solid understanding of the procured solution and the cost drivers for these. Businesses need people who are strong influencers, who can guide stakeholders through the decision-making process and who can be efficient negotiators. “We need to lead the way in terms of digital transformation – we can work heavily on automation to reduce manual, tactical tasks. If we can effectively do this transformation, the added value we provide will be significant.”

Procurement & Supply Chain MENA, in partnership with CIPS MENA, gathered heads of procurement & supply chain to share big picture, business-led strategies on how not only to guarantee supply during industry flux but become a key value driver, innovator and business partner for any organisation.


July, 2019

Supply Chain Management at CSS Group


PROVIDING IMMACULATE SERVICES IN THE SCM INDUSTRY

It is no secret that the UAE is pacing ahead of the world to become one of the largest supply chain management industry with an exponential growth rate of 5.7%, as per Frost and Sullivan’s studies revealed. This phenomenal growth attributes to the visionary governance of the ruling family, and the already announced significant events like the Expo 2020 falling ahead soon.

With one of the largest Supply Chain Management Facility in the UAE, Consolidated Shipping Services Group (CSS Group) caters to a multitude of clientele for the last Two decades in this market. At this juncture, Lighthouse had a brief chat with Mr. Hareesh Haridas, the Manager of CSS Supply Chain Management in the UAE.

“The Supply Chain Management facility was vigorously enhanced to meet up with the market requirements in the UAE, two decades back and today we have more than 400,000 Square feet of closed storage facility including temperate controlled ones in the UAE. The open yard facility in Dubai and Sharjah itself is more than 200,000 Square feet.” Mentioned Hareesh.

With its growing infrastructure, free zones and the locational advantages, UAE continues to be the most favored logistical hub for many multi-national companies. The much ambitious leadership of the country is gearing up to take the region from “Logistical Hub” to the “Supply Chain Nerve Centre” status and thereby change the entire outlook.

“As on now, CSS Group caters to many multi-national companies that include Electronics, Apparels, Printers and copiers, Power tools, white goods etc. to name a few. We are expecting to cater to more segments and our greatest advantage is the large pool of professionals working with us” said Hareesh.

The associations and partnerships amongst industry fraternity like the SCLG, promote large events and networking opportunities in the region which is easily accessible to Five billion people within an eight-hour flying time to reach.

“Being a dedicated and professional entity providing first class services in an affordable manner, CSS Group strives to become the front runner in the Supply chain management industry. Our reputation of flawlessness for more than Two decades in the industry and with a global reach shall bring us greater rewards in the future” Concluded Hareesh.


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