‘Only 30% of companies worldwide have good logistics systems’

Published March 28th, 2010 - 08:15 GMT

Demonstrating its commitment towards the enrichment of the skill and qualification of logistics personnel in the region, the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management hosted the first of a series of programs, titled ‘Basic Principles, Organizational Concepts, Trends & Strategies in Logistics’.


The two-day program, delivered by the Institute for Vocational Development (IVD) on 17th and 18th March, followed soon after the immensely successful Global Logistics Forum, on 15th and 16th March, during which the Centre was officially launched by the Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group (ADUKG) in partnership with an internationally renowned university in Germany.


With only 30 per cent of companies worldwide that are equipped with efficient logistics systems, there remains a vast potential for growth in the global logistics industry. This is especially so for the GCC, owing to its central location and innumerable untapped resources. Keeping this in view, the program tackled a range of topics relevant to the development of Logistics in the GCC region.


A discussion on the relationship between cost and services made a significant impact on management executives and specialists attending the program, owing to its importance to the transportation sector in the current market state.


In the anticipation that transportation is likely to double over the next 10 years, the course was also able to provide a practical guide to planning and implementation of efficient systems of supply chain management.


“We are pleased to have had such an excellent response to this first program offered by IVD through the Centre of Excellence for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The delegates were enthusiastic, and contributed actively to the group discussions which made for a great program. Many important issues were discussed over the two days including how to manage the tension between providing excellent service and the costs of Logistics and the supply chain,” said Richard Firth, the Director for IVD, to mark the significant first.


Other topics covered during the program included: Development of Logistics; Customer Order and Performance Process within the Company; Goals and Key Indicators; Trends and Strategies; Dynamic Effects in Value Added Chains; Supply Chain Management; Procurement; and Distribution and City Logistics.


Generally well-received by the various logistic, procurement, planning and supply chain professional attendees, the program attracted a number of leading private and government sector organizations within the UAE, such as Etihad Airways, UAE Red Crescent, Armed Forces


General Head Quarter, RTA, TNT and NCC, among others. Participants also expressed the need for more such courses in the Middle East, and in Abu Dhabi, in particular.

The Centre of Excellence was established with the objective of further developing the skills of GCC-based logistics and supply chain professionals, enabling them to cope with the growing demand for logistics services in the region, as well as improving the financial performance of organizations. These may be achieved by: introducing the world’s best practices and expertise to region’s logistics personnel; conducting extensive research to identify the needs of the GCC; providing short training courses, consultancy services and networking support; and encouraging best practice application within the global supply chain management field.


Participants were awarded certificates on completion of the course.

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