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FedEx Express ME hails IT sector resilience

Logistics firm to grace inaugural Channel Middle East Conference

Bousaba will deliver a session on 'Logistics Management for SMEs.'
Bousaba will deliver a session on 'Logistics Management for SMEs.'

Global logistics company FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa has hailed the buoyancy that the IT sector in the region has exhibited despite it facing challenges in the aftermath of the global downturn.

In an exclusive interview with Channel Middle East magazine on the eve of the first channel conference, Sammy Bousaba, managing director, Sales - Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa, FedEx Express Europe, Middle East & Africa region, said the IT sector in the Middle East is robust and fast growing.

Bousaba said many multinationals and global businesses have established their operations in the Middle East for a long time. "As these companies continue to invest, we have seen great potential for growth especially on the import for re-export segment," he said.

He added that what is even more interesting is the growth potential for the SMBs in the region. "We are seeing a higher number of start-up firms establishing themselves by offering niche products and services that were never before available in the Middle East region," he said. "E-commerce continues to be another interesting sector in the Middle East. We have seen a large number of new entrants in this space as well as an increasing number of traditional retailers looking to go online." This, said Bousaba, presents some very interesting opportunities, as well as challenges especially in the logistics field.

Bousaba said: The ‘Channel Middle East Conference' offers us an opportunity to meet upcoming entrepreneurs, key decision makers and influencers from the IT industry. It is also a great platform for us to showcase FedEx Express' capabilities in logistics and the advanced technologies we use which is beneficial to both large enterprises and SMEs to grow their businesses."

He pointed out that FedEx Express has introduced paperless shipping with Electronic Trade Documents (ETD) across all its offices in the EMEA region. According to Bousaba, the automation tool FedEx ETD enables customers to upload their international shipment documentation electronically. "The ETD reduces the need to print and sign multiple copies of trade documents," he said.

In addition, Bousaba said the company has a few interesting projects and operations expansion plans in the pipeline. "Starting with our Al Quoz facility in Dubai, we will be doubling its capacity, followed by expanding our operations with the opening of the Al Garhoud facility also in Dubai. The 46,000 square foot facility will house the new Dubai Station, allowing the hub at Dubai International Airport to expand further."

As a Platinum sponsor for the Channel Middle East Conference to be held on 27th June 2012, FedEx Express will present a session on ‘Logistics Management for SMEs.'

To attend the inaugural Channel Middle East Conference, kindly apply for a pass by contacting Oscar Wendel at oscar.wendel@itp.com