Hy-Tech wins DHL training contract

Hy-Tech Logistics has signed a contract to provide training programmes to DHL employees in the Middle East.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  January 1, 2006

Hy-Tech Logistics has marked its entry into the Middle East by signing a contract to provide education and training programmes to DHL employees in the region. The Irish 3PL and logistics consultancy is also planning to solidify its presence in the Middle East by opening a regional office in Dubai Logistics City. DHL has enrolled around 20 senior employees from across the Middle East onto the Hy-Tech Logistics training programme, which is certified by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). The course is a mixture of one-to-one tutoring and distance learning. The first workshop has already taken place in Dubai and students will receive either a certificate or diploma after completing the programme, which normally lasts 12-15 months. “The first training workshop in Dubai was very successful,” commented John Mee, supply chain director, Hy-Tech Logistics. “The session was fully interactive and lasted one day, including a series of short presentations tackling a range of important supply chain issues.” The presentations covered such topics as the relationship between supply chain management and customer service, supply chain management as a tool for developing a competitive advantage, and the changing international landscape of supply chain management. In addition, students were introduced to the future learning environment of the course, which allows them to devise and plan their own learning timetables, and thereby study at their own pace and in a time that suits them. “DHL realises the importance of companies balancing operational experience and academic rigour,” Mee continued. “It chose Hy-Tech Logistics to offer this education package following around four months of discussions, where it looked at the broader supply chain skills we offer. The training should result in DHL receiving greater competitive and strategic advantage in the Middle East,” he explained. In addition to education and training programmes, Hy-Tech Logistics is also preparing to offer a wide range of other services in the local market, once it opens its office in Dubai Logistics City. These include supply chain recruitment, consultancy services, freight forwarding, warehouse management solutions and installation services, among others. Hy-Tech Logistics is also hoping to develop its relationship with DHL into a long term alliance, perhaps handling other areas for the company, such as recruitment and consultancy. It also feels the contract with a leading global player such as DHL will attract the attention of other companies in the Middle East. “We believe there is great market opportunity here,” commented Mee. “We are going to offer a virtual circle of products — backed by the experience we have gathered in Ireland since 2000 — which is ready for some of the word’s leading companies to tap into,” he continued.

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