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What makes a logistics company admirable?

So just what does it take for a logistics company to be an admirable one? What qualities would you deem most valuable? Let's think about it for a minute.

So just what does it take for a logistics company to be an admirable one? What qualities would you deem most valuable? Let's think about it for a minute. Profitability? Perhaps, but I can think of quite a few organisations that are highly profitable and not thought of in a positive light. A company that isn't afraid to set trends or send ripples through the water? Sure, but inevitably change will upset some of those who prefer the status quo.

I believe an efficiently run operation is something everyone can applaud, whether you are an employee of an organisation, or a customer. This month we take a look at the Al-Futtaim Motors Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Dubai, where a climate controlled environment has effectively increased worker efficiency and morale, while decreasing on-the-job accidents.

This leads me to our next commendable quality: safety. How a company values its own. While Al-Futtaim places heavy emphasis on this, so too do insurance adjusters. We'll examine fleet management systems (FMS), and how they can improve both the safety, as well as efficiency of your organisation. We'll also take a look at fire protection systems, and what can be done to neutralise and/or suppress the risks of warehousing fires.

After studying various case studies on mixed-use light industrial projects, Hazem Al Nowais would assuredly suggest flexibility as an admirable quality. His Al Markaz project was designed with this in mind, and will eventually offer up elastic solutions to the Abu Dhabi warehousing demand. In reviewing case studies, Al Nowais said he ‘worked backwards' examining similar developments that failed, noting the lack of flexibility as the most common denominator.

As we've packed this month's issue of Logistics Middle East full of useful information, make sure to check out the Top 10 Middle East Airfreight Hubs. There has been a shakeup at the top, as Abu Dhabi International Airport is placing greater emphasis on its cargo operations.

Casey McFann is the editor of Logistics Middle East

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