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November, 2019

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE


I’m always buoyed-up with enthusiasm as we approach another occasion for our Strategy Meet. Over the years I’ve seen the same enthusiasm, in my colleagues, as we prepare for this eagerly anticipated in-house business get-together.

Taking full advantage of this opportunity we have designed and put into action, strategies devised to overcome critical issues which have arisen during the growth process of Consolidated Shipping Services. Our enlightened thinking, stimulated by a united rationale, guided us to significant triumphs even when the global business scenario was somewhat disappointing.

However nowadays we allow outside influences to drive us on, without realizing their impact. New technology has pushed us to unforeseen levels of accomplishment. Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, Nano Technology, Genetics and Robotics quickly spring to mind just in this century. Whilst information is at our fingertips dependence on these innovations means that many have lost the ability to undertake basic calculations without relying on them.

Working out a simple two-digit number sum, without the aid of a calculator, has even become impossible for some. Such consideration leads me to ask, “What has happened to our critical thinking?” I recall a quote from Albert Einstein – ‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing’. Few are able to match Einstein’s capacity for critical thinking but this is no reason for not trying. It seems to me that our generation is rapidly losing the capacity for this style thinking.

Fired-up with fervent passion for our Strategy Meet, I am confident that our get-together is destined to visualize ‘out of the box’ by applying critical thinking. This gives me confidence to believe that our in-house business get-together will design new strategies to action more success for CSS. Accordingly, it gives me pleasure to extend my best wishes to all participants.


November, 2019

MAHABALI CRYSTAL AWARD


The enthusiastic team at the CSS Head Office, Jebel Ali, won this year’s Mahabali Crystal Award for the best Pookkalam (Kerala Traditional Flower Carpet) created in connection with the Onam celebrations.

A Pookkalam competition is organized every year, amongst CSS Group divisions, and the winner carries with them the Mahabali Crystal Award which is a rolling prize. Each office engages their best creative team to make amazingly beautiful flower carpet designs. The creatives will be judged by a panel of professionals, who announces the winners on a later date. This year’s winners and their creatives are shown here.

MAHABALI CRYSTAL AWARD WINNER:

CSS Head Office! Fantastic job, well done Congratulations to the CSS Head Office TEAM!!!! Amazingly done design. The particulars are nicely shown and the props well placed.

Below is a quote from the Judges.

“Amazing design, the colors were well done and they gave so much importance to details!”

FIRST RUNNER UP:

CSLC 1

Congratulations!!!! You all did an amazing job, really appreciable…….

Below is a quote from the Judges.

“The color gradation was done brilliantly, but could have gained more points if the boat was not used with a help of a nonliving material!”

SECOND RUNNER UP:

CSS Homeward Bound
Congratulations team!!!! You all did a good job, and this could have only been done through your team work and creativity.

Below is a quote from the Judges.

“Good design- The Pookalam was neatly done and the truck and the boat design was innovative!”


September, 2019

MBA STUDENTS FROM THE US VISIT CSS



CSS Dubai office recently welcomed a group of Business Management students from the Texas Christian University, USA. As part of their study abroad programme, the Executive MBA students; Stephanie Kuntz, Dwayne Roberts, Keith Harris and Sam Jordan spent time at the CSS facilities in Jebal Ali to learn about best practices in the logistics and freight forwarding industry in the UAE. Their trip was aimed at knowing more about conducting business globally, with a focus on the three countries they visited, which were India, UAE & Hungary. “We thoroughly enjoyed our meeting with CSS and learned a great deal about the freight forwarding industry in the region,” mentioned the students’ team in one voice.

They had a one-on-one session with Ajay Krishnan, COO of Freight Forwarding at CSS who shared with them in-depth insights on trading patterns, customs and trade procedures and individual customer/vendor’s processes with regard to how they are aligned to country regulations and trade practices. “A refreshing discussion, allowing us and our visitors the chance to impart experience/knowledge of both on the ground realities as well as concepts, forthcoming. We at the CSS Group have always welcomed these opportunities, and are open to more such discussions going forward.” Mentioned Ajay.


September, 2019

STAGE DRAMA IN COLOMBO


CSS SRI LANKA INVOLVES IN BRAND AWARENESS ACTIVITY

CSS Sri Lanka got an opportunity to involve in a cultural programme in Colombo. Recently the drama enthusiasts gathered at the Tower hall Colombo to witness a Sinhala stage drama, “Balloth ekka baha 2” organized by the welfare society of a company named Douglas and Sons. Being a loyal customer to CSS, they invited CSS to the programme and meet and greet the audience. CSS Sri Lanka team visited the venue, took part in the programme and promoted their leaflets and flyers as part of brand building activity.


July, 2019

Celebrating International Yoga Day


CSS GROUP ORGANIZES YOGA SESSION TO THEIR EMPLOYEES

CSS Group observed the International Yoga day by conducting a Yoga session led by Mr. Rohitaksha, Yoga master from Arya Yoga. The programme was organized at the CSS Head Quarters in Jebel Ali. Interested people from amongst the different departments of the company attended the session.
The United Arab Emirates celebrated the International Yoga day with various events across the country. Thousands of residents from the Indian community participated in yoga sessions at Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga.
The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi hosted Yoga Day celebrations at the park from 7pm onwards on Thursday evening. Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, inaugurated the event who was the chief guest at the function along with Charge d’Affaires of the mission, Smita Pant.
Yoga has been around for centuries (originating from India thousands of years ago) and is attributed to connecting the mind and soul. In the fast-paced world that we live in these days, more and more people are turning to yoga and meditation to clear the mind – plus it’s a brilliant workout too.


May, 2019

INTERMODAL 2019


CSS GROUP ATTENDS THE THREE-DAY EVENT IN SAO POLO

Intermodal South America, which is considered to be the largest platform that provides communications and idea exchange amongst the cargo and logistics fraternity concluded successfully, recently in Sao Polo, Brazil. CSS Group participated the event from 19th to 21st March, which consisted of exhibition and networking events. CSS was represented by Midhun George Assistant General Manager Sales, CSS Abu Dhabi & Krishna, Management Trainee, CSS Dubai.

“Every year Intermodal brings in immense prospects of business for us at CSS Group and I think that there is no other better manner we can reach the Latin American fraternity across the globe than Intermodal,” commented Midhun about the exhibition.

Considered by the industry experts as a strategic platform for generation of new businesses, Intermodal South America gathers during its three days the main players in international and national market, promoting businesses and partnerships, working as a platform for launchings, brand reinforcement, joint-ventures, sales and networking.

“Intermodal is a worldwide show for coordinations, transport, freight and global exchange. There is abundant opportunity of relationship building, which could eventually become business. Moreover, this event brought in Global giants and start-ups under the same roof for interaction” Mentioned Krishna about the event.


September, 2018

REBUILDING KERALA



CSS Group’s urgent Donation Drive for Kerala’s Flood victims

August saw the worst natural disaster in over a century in the state of Kerala, India. Severe flooding caused by torrential rains saw over 445 people dead, 15 missing within a fortnight, and at least one million evacuated, with all 14 districts of the state being placed on red alert.

The CSS Group’s offices across the GCC initiated a CSS Donation Drive through its online platforms from the 15th to the 27th of August, 2018 welcoming contributions from within its ranks, as well as its dedicated customers, and the public.

With the aid of the Group’s partners, an immediate air freight shipment with food and medicine, followed by a 40-ft container packed with relief materials – donated by employees and the public – were sent directly to Cochin.
“My deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones, their homes and so much more. We are here to support the people and hope this token can bring some relief to their suffering,” said T.S. Kaladharan, Founder and Chairman of the CSS Group.

CSS Group’s offices in JAFZA, Al Quoz, Garhoud, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi were open to receive donations from the public. The multinational logistics and freight forwarding company then sent forward this relief material, addressed to NGO’s and certified aid providers, in the country.
The CSS Group’s GCC offices collected over 2,650 cartons of relief material; 400 employees across its international offices also proceeded to donate a day’s worth of salary towards the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund in Kerala, India.

The Group would like to personally extend its thanks to Navio Shipping who donated the 40-ft containers used to deliver relief material to the people of Kerala. Navio Shipping is one of the leading liner agencies in the Middle East based in Dubai, representing a wide range of NVOCC principals. They offer consistent service operations across the Middle East, Upper Gulf, Far East, Europe and South Asia.


August, 2018

CSS GROUP’S DONATION DRIVE – RELIEF FOR KERALA, INDIA


In view of the worst devastation in nearly a century suffered by Kerala due to the recent rains and floods, the CSS Group is leading a donation drive in the UAE starting from the 15th to the 19th of August, 2018.

Kerala is going through a difficult time, with thousands of people rendered homeless and seeking shelter in relief camps. While the government is doing everything possible to rehabilitate victims, there are still things that the CSS Group and its employees can contribute towards to provide aid.

The CSS Group has teamed up with Dubai KMCC – a registered organization in Dubai under the Social Regulatory & Licensing (Community Development Authority), Government of Dubai and Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department, Government of Dubai. It enjoys the trust and goodwill of thousands of Indians, especially Keralites, in recognition of its efforts to provide relief, both in the UAE and in Kerala.

We request all those interested to extend their goodwill by donating various relief material (please note, cash cannot be accepted. Only material aid can be sent forward). Examples of items are listed below – please note, you are not restricted to just those below – you can also donate anything from foldable beds/cots or even pampers.

TOILETRIESTOOTHBRUSH / TOOTH PASTE / BATH SOAP / SANITARY NAPKINS
LINENSBLANKETS BEDSHEETS / PILLOW - COVERS
BATH TOWELS
APPARELS / ACCESSORIESDRESSES/CLOTHES (PLEASE DO NOT DONATE USED/TORN/DAMAGED CLOTHES)
SANDALS / SLIP-ONS
FOOD ITEMSNO PERISHABLE ITEMS, ONLY PACKAGED
SCHOOL KITSNOTEBOOKS / PENCILS / SCHOOL BAGS / PENS / ERASER / UMBRELLA FOR KIDS

Our offices in JAFZA, Al QuozGarhoud (Suite #308) and Sharjah will be accepting donations from the public following the schedule below:

LocationSaturday (18th August, 2018)Sunday (19th August, 2018)Contact numbers and person
JAFZA8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.04 887 2 333 (Mary)
050 9381 790 (Aparna S)
Al Quoz (CSS Homeward Bound)8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.04 321 7 388
050 980 3 101
(Roshan/Nashmi/Arya)
Garhoud (CSS Logisitcs)8 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m.8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.04 222 2 039 / 052 804 8919 (Aparna/Abilash)
Sharjah (CSS Kingston Logistics)-8 a.m. – 3 p.m.06 557 5 111
050 657 6 996 (Thomas)

If you have any other queries, please email marketing@cssdubai.com for further details.


May, 2018

GPLN- 15th AGM in Bremen


Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) will hold their 15th Annual General Meeting from May 26-28, 2018 at the Dorint Park Hotel in Bremen where a multitude of GPLN members, sponsors and media representatives from around the world will have plenty of networking opportunities during intense meetings and social events to maintain existing and established new contacts that will benefit greatly their business. The attendance of over 200 GPLN delegates speaks itself for the quality of the GPLN network and their highly skilled project forwarders. The day after the AGM on May 29 GPLN is organizing at the same venue their renowned Heavy Lift Maritime and Transport Seminar which is also open for non GPLN members and offers a great opportunity to learn more about Heavy Lift Shipping and expand technical abilities and knowledge for project cargo business. Right after these events GPLN will also exhibit at the Breakbulk Europe Transportation Conference & Exhibition in Bremen from May 30-31, 2018. Please visit their GPLN booth #1400 in Hall 5 of Messe Bremen where also many GPLN members will be present.
GPLN brings together project cargo experts and independent project logistics specialist companies from around the world, all of whom have an expert focus on project logistics.


May, 2018

Networking & Dinner


CSS attends SCLG annual industry networking and dinner

CSS Group attended the SCLG annual industry Networking and dinner held at Dusit Thani, Dubai on the 28th of March. The event was a perfect platform for networking and was hugely successful marked by presence of 100 plus senior personnel from 70 plus organizations. CSS Group was represented at the event by Rosh Manoli Deputy General Manager, Sales & Marketing, Richard Varghese Asst. General Manager, Sales & Marketing.
Headquartered in Dubai (UAE), Supply Chain & Logistics Group (SCLG) is a membership driven industry business group engaged in advancing supply chain & logistics industry locally, regionally and globally. SCLG currently has a membership base of 200+ corporate organizations and is growing.


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