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Gearing up for winter deliveries

It’s cold and getting colder, but sales figures are always red-hot, at this time of the year. Everything from woolies to jewellery, from winter foods to heaters see a spike in sales. However, timely deliveries are a major worry due to the challenges posed by winter. Trucking companies are restricted by fog, haze, smog, sun glare, and more, which lead to capacity constraints, tight lead times, alternate routes, inbound delays and more. Unexpected delivery delays lead to rising costs and consumer disappointment. In a nutshell, winter can drive an imbalance of demand and supply throughout the marketplace. So, is your logistics vendor being able to cater to your needs, this winter? Remember, logistics vendors will likely only pick up extra volumes at higher rates. As demand continues to grow, it may be more important to choose providers that deliver the level of service you expect to ensure your products arrive as they should, giving your customers a competitive advantage despite higher costs. Timing is critical when it comes to looking at your strategy. Reorganize and reprioritize freight flows and customer requirements as needed to adapt quickly. How do you choose the right logistics vendor? There are several questions you could ask yourself to take advantage of new market opportunities and consolidate your position. Which type of transportation provider are you using? Can they take on additional freight, and can they deliver on time? Can you restructure your transportation strategy to benefit from multimodal offerings, which can enable you to supply more goods? Can you restructure your freight and service strategy to take advantage of multimodal offerings to secure more capacity? Can the logistics company that delivers raw material also deliver...

MOST INNOVATIVE & REGULATED ROAD FEEDER SERVICES OF THE YEAR

Allied Transport was awarded ‘Most Innovative & Regulated Road Feeder Services of the Year” during the Transport Arabia Excellence Awards ceremony organized by Dubai Airports. ATC won the award for offering the best-regulated road feeder service solutions with the most efficient deployment of appropriate strategies, integration in the air cargo supply chain. ATC’ globally pioneering solutions have benefited the airport and the cargo logistics sector in many ways such as reduction of manpower, facilities, and assets required, eliminating need for double handling operations, secured cargo movements and significant reduction in the operating cost. Mr. Ali Khalifa Bin Beyat, CEO of Allied Transport (ATC) commented: “As the largest Emirati Transportation & logistics solutions company in the UAE and the region we are honored to receive such a prestigious award from Dubai Airports. This award only makes us more determined to continue to enhance our offering to provide the best transportation & logistics solutions to our clients. Our aim is to always be the leader in the industry following in the footsteps of our nation’s leadership who taught us to always aim to be number one.” ATC offers impeccable services and has one of the largest growing fleets in the region comprising of over 3000 vehicles and an inventory of diverse equipment and technology, that underpins the most efficient transport of time-critical goods, connectivity to airports and precise execution of all cargo shipments with tailor made solutions deploying the widest range of trucks and trailers to suit all types of cargo. “We always aim to provide quality, security, safety service improvements for all our stakeholders, taking environment & sustainability into considiration....

Our trucks are ready for an extra load: VAT

  So, the VAT-era is almost upon us. This is uncharted territory for sure, and each of us must find our own route through it. But before we launch into how VAT-ready Allied Transport is, let’s get down to the facts of this new taxation system. A lot has already been said – in newspapers, on television, on the web – but how will it truly affect the common man? Expect respite as commodities such as basic food items, education, essential medicines, and the import of goods & services will be exempt. While the effect on personal pockets will vary, from product to product, the bigger question is whether and how it will affect businesses. Will it influence supply chain processes and the way goods are distributed? Will it increase distribution costs, and dent overall profit margins? The answer is both, yes and no. Let’s suppose you are importing goods into the UAE from, say a supplier in KSA, you can take advantage of the reverse charge mechanism, which means you don’t have pay VAT at the point of import. The same thing will apply to a merchant in KSA if the scenario is reversed. But, if you are moving goods from Dubai port to a store in Fujairah, you must pay VAT, unless your cargo falls under the exempt list. Having said that, VAT doesn’t only pose challenges, it also offers an opportunity for companies to restructure their business for better processes while mitigating tax exposure. At Allied, we are all geared up for the implementation of VAT (5%) to ensure a smooth flow of goods for you....