Font Size

- Aa +

Sun 5 May 2019 01:29 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Aramex hires over 1,000 Saudis for crowd-based delivery platform

Aramex plans to double the amount of Saudi-based pick-up points in the next two years

Aramex hires over 1,000 Saudis for crowd-based delivery platform
The programme – launched in December 2018 – aims to offer Saudi nationals employment opportunities in flexible last mile delivery work.

Dubai-based logistics company Aramex has signed over 1,000 Saudi nationals onto Aramex Fleet, its crowd-based delivery platform in the kingdom, according to chief operating officer Iyad Kamal.

The programme – launched in December 2018 – aims to offer Saudi nationals employment opportunities in flexible last mile delivery work.

“Whenever there is a spike in business, instead of recruiting new people and having them on standby, we have a crowdsource model,” Kamal explained.

“People come and subscribe to the model online, put their licence, ID and all the paperwork required, come into classroom training at Aramex and go with a courier on a route.

“From there, they are on standby to start delivering packages. Whenever there is a peak, they notify them.”

Kamal added that the drivers, many of whom specialise in particular routes and geographies, are compensated on a delivery basis.

Expansion

Additionally, Kamal said the firm is working to expand its network of pick-up points in the kingdom. Currently, Aramex has 150 pick-up points in the kingdom.

“In the next two years, that will, at a minimum, double,” he said. “They don’t have to be Aramex pick-up points. They can be retail pick-up points. The idea is not necessarily to set up an Aramex point where we have to rent a space, but to also partner with third parties and they can become our pick-up points in strategic areas.”

As an example, Kamal pointed to Aramex’s partnership with  Saudi-based Al-Dawaa Medical Services Co. (DMSCO), owner of Al-Dawaa Pharmacies, that saw Aramex launch service centers in 20 branches of Al-Dawaa Pharmacies across Saudi Arabia.

A second phase will see it expand to hundreds of branches within the company’s pharmaceutical network.

“The idea is, with the growth of e-commerce, to be creative on the last mile,” Kamal added. “The customer wants convenience.”

In 2018, Aramex’s net profit increased by 13 percent to AED 492.6 million ($134.11 million), while full-year revenue increased by 8 percent to AED 5.086 billion ($1.38 billion).

For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.