Swift logistics growth

It’s been another busy year for Swift Freight International, as the company opened new facilities, increased its service portfolio and entered new markets.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  December 10, 2006

|~|BaluchIssa2.jpg|~|Issa Baluch, Swift’s chairman and CEO|~|It’s been another busy year for Swift Freight International, as the Dubai-based company opened new facilities, increased its service portfolio, and entered new markets in Africa, India and the Far East. During 2006, Swift’s logistics presence was further strengthened in Dubai, with the opening of its fifth facility in the emirate, located in the Mamzar area, near Dubai International Airport. As well as retail and wholesale markets, the 30,000 square foot open yard facility is designed to improve shipment turnaround times, with a dedicated team to handle a range of logistics services, including container loading. The Swift Group also increased its global presence this year, turning into a stronger international player in the logistics industry. In August, Swift Global Logistics (Hong Kong and China) opened new offices in Northern China, located in Shanghai and Yiwu. Swift Shipping and Freight Logistics (India) also opened a New Delhi office, which helped the company to expand its existing network of offices in Mumbai, Chennai and Cochin. 2006 also saw the opening of a Swift office in Senegal to serve West Africa. With a presence in 17 countries and a spread of 35 offices, Swift has introduced two distinctive products this year: Swift Perishable Logistics (SPL) and Sea Air Model (SAM). Both services capitalise on the company’s strong position in Africa, the Far East, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. “Swift Perishable Logistics maintains an unbroken cool chain for temperature-sensitive cargo such as cut flowers, plants, chilled and frozen fish, and fruits and vegetables,” says Issa Baluch, Swift’s chairman and CEO. “This perishable traffic is among the top exports from Africa into the Middle East, Europe and Asia.” In July, Swift Perishable Logistics successfully handled its first two shipments of cut flowers. They were shipped from Nairobi to Rome and Japan via the Dubai Flower Centre, where Swift Perishable Logistics has its headquarters and was one of the facility’s first tenants. Swift’s second major product launched in 2006 is SAM, or Sea Air Model, which aims to defeat space constraints for air shipments from the Far East to Africa by using sea freight from the Far East to Dubai. In Dubai, Swift transfers these shipments to Dubai International Airport for airfreight to onward destinations in Africa. “This multimodal transport operation is a cost effective alternative for shipments to Africa, offering competitive rates and fixed schedules, and utilising reliable carriers,” adds Baluch. “The Swift Group has decades of experience in sea-air combined transport to Europe, and has now applied that expertise to Africa in order to create the first logical, multimodal transport solution for the continent. Since its inception, the SAM service has performed beyond initial estimations, serving landlocked African countries, especially in West Africa.” Since the company experienced a period of heavy expansion in 2006, a new ERP system was also implemented, linking Swift’s operations across its worldwide offices. The software was designed specifically for Swift in order to automate internal business processes, maximise operational efficiency and improve customer response time. “The new system has been implemented in Swift’s offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, China and India, with final implementation in Africa scheduled for early 2007,” says Baluch. “The worldwide ERP implementation enables a seamless flow of business information between the Swift Group’s offices, with shipment details from origin to destination being available online for access across the network, among many other features.” Swift plans to continue the same level of growth in 2007 by developing its services and entering more markets."The Swift 2 warehouse, located in Jebel Ali Free Zone, is undergoing an expansion process,” says Baluch. “The L-shaped expansion will provide an additional dry storage area of 5450m2, with over 12,500 pallet positions and variant temperature possibilities. Part of the new facility can be converted into a cold store offering 4500 pallet positions, with temperatures varying from -18°C to +18°C. In addition, part of a new two-storey office block will be available for leasing.” Swift is also planning to launch the SAM product in India, as well as in new Far East markets such as Singapore, Taiwan and Korea. “We will continue to serve the African continent through regular charters into Africa and the opening of new offices in Angola, Sudan and Mozambique. The group will continue to pursue growth in these primary regions of interest,” concludes Baluch. ||**||

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