Inaugural ceremony held to open the 10,000sqm Warehousing & Distribution (W&D) facility at Jebel Ali Free Zone
The newly opened 10,000sqm Warehousing & Distribution (W&D) facility at Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in Dubai will cater to commodities across petrochemical, retail & lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology and automotive sectors, amongst others.
Maersk Kanoo UAE, an integrator of container logistics, recently inaugurated its first Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai, UAE, at DP World’s leading trade and logistics hub, Jafza.
The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre was inaugurated by Richard Morgan, Regional Managing Director, Maersk West & Central Asia and Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE, in the presence of Maersk’s top W&D customers in the UAE.
“It is an important milestone for the Maersk Group today as it opened its first Integrated Logistics Centre in the UAE in a move that would strengthen its commitment towards its customers in the Middle East,” noted Morgan.
“The Group’s journey towards creating end-to-end logistics solutions is taking a definite shape as it continues to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains through solutions that are designed and executed considering their specific requirements and challenges,” he added.
Ocean shipping and inbound logistics and distribution have traditionally been shared amongst multiple stakeholders in the region, resulting in complex logistical requirements, a press communique indicated.
“With the brand-new Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai, Maersk is taking an important step towards building a truly integrated solution for its customers wherein the customers will get single window access to multiple logistics requirements, not only for the goods flowing in and out of UAE but even other Middle Eastern counties who use Dubai as a gateway to global trade.
Decarbonising logistics and services
Maersk has a strong commitment to decarbonise logistics and services. The facility will get solar panels on its rooftop to cater to all the entire electricity requirements for facility operations.
The 434 MWh/year clean energy production of this installation will reduce more than 1,700 tonnes of carbon emissions over 10 years; an equivalent decarbonisation feat achieved by planting over 70,000 trees seedlings over 10 years.
“AP Moller–Maersk goal is to achieve minimum 90% green operations at our warehouses, depots and cold stores worldwide by 2030. The green energy that it is producing through the solar panels at its facility that powers its operations with, is testimony to the clear definite steps towards decarbonising logistics and services,” observed Cook.
Tech-enabled solution for all
“The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre in Dubai will be an addition to the existing global footprint of over 250 warehouses, 85 of which were opened in 2021 alone, covering 1.5mn sqm across 50 countries.
The facility will cater to various types of goods across sectors such as petrochemical, retail & lifestyle, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), technology and automotive, amongst others.
The facility is strategically located with a close link to seaport operations and the Al Maktoum Airport. This will allow the facility to serve consumers requiring air cross-docking and those moving less-than-container-load (LCL) cargo.
The facility will be powered by a state-of-the-art warehouse management system that implements modern technologies and digital solutions for efficient inventory management, track & trace at unit-level and offers rich dashboards for higher visibility and deeper insights.
For example, with advanced solutions for expiry date management, wastages in FMCG can be brought down to zero, thus building a cost competitive edge for Maersk’s customers.
Maersk’s Integrated Logistics Centre will support existing services provided, including ocean shipping, landside transportation, customs clearance, contract logistics, and e-commerce solutions. Customers taking advantage of integrated solutions from Maersk will benefit from reduced handovers of their cargo through its journey, leading to potentially faster turnaround times, higher visibility, better control and more predictability of their supply chains, the press statement concluded.
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