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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... read more


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.... read more

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.... read more

Logistics outsourcing is only logical

Sure, logistics play an important role in your business growth, just like it does in every other product-oriented industry. In many cases, it’s only true that successful logistics operations are the basis for an organization’s success. Transportation helps to maintain the balance between supply and demand and to expand your business network across the globe. Now, it all sounds so easy – moving products from centers of production to centers of consumption. But, it can turn out to be too complicated and costly, especially when your business is going from strength to strength and growing at a fast rate. So, it only makes sense to outsource your logistics requirements to an external service provider. Top 9 reasons to outsource 1. Focus on what’s important. Your business. Outsourcing your logistics needs to an expert will free up your time and resources allowing you to concentrate on your business growth. 2. Transfer the costs and hassles of logistics to a transportation solutions provider who can offer modern warehousing, technology, and transportation. 3. A good 3PL service provider will take responsibility for your business and be held accountable to your standards. 4. Sure, you know your business better than anyone. With that same logic, can you say that you know logistics better than a logistics expert? Logistics companies keep investing in newer technologies to improve the efficiency of their services. 5. 3PL providers enjoy access to a vast network of resources and established relationships with other vendors to offer you the most cost-efficient service possible. 6. Logistics companies are usually technologically adept. They can offer real-time tracking and visibility of loads. By being able to track your shipments with ease, you spend less time worrying and... read more

Customs Clearance Service

With Allied, quick clearance is customary Customs clearance requires a mountain of paperwork, which can quickly turn into an iceberg that could threaten the proverbial ‘Titanic.’ A web of fees, rules, and regulations that differ from port to port can further confound the problem for organizations. In a nutshell, it’s a time-consuming process that organizations shouldn’t have to go through every time send cargo across borders. Allied Transport operates offices at all GCC borders. The idea is to ensure a smooth and easy customs clearance experience for our clients so that they can focus on their core business. In fact, we have nominated clearing agents at Levant borders, and it’s our constant endeavor to minimize delays and clearance times. How we do it? With years of experience in the transportation industry, we’ve come to value the importance of accurate paperwork when it comes to customs. We ensure that the correct shipment information is handed over to the appropriate customs authorities who work with us to expedite the process. Our comprehensive range of customs clearance services includes: Import and Export clearance Clearance authorization Multi-line entry clearance Bonded clearance Advice on content classification Bonded transit Disbursements Documentation Our experts offer complete peace of mind with a truly professional service. They’ll attend the on-site inspection, arrange the sealing of trucks, provide detailed clearance status, follow-up with customs authorities, minimize clearance times and wait times to ensure the goods reach their destination as per the client’s delivery schedule. They even provide an online bill of entry for both, bonded and non-bonded shipments plus an online certificate of origin and an online health certificate.... read more

The safe way

At Allied, we recognize that a single accident is one accident too many. In fact, road accidents are the leading cause of death and injury in the workplace, especially for the transportation industry. With this in mind, the Allied Safe Driving Initiative (ASDI) was developed & implemented in January 2016 with the goal to completely eradicate work related road accidents. ASDI offers in-depth and rigorous safe driving training to over 1,000 drivers and is based on three important parameters, which have helped us enhance our road safety record. Empowering Drivers We ensure that our drivers have their hands of the wheel of ‘safety’, so to say. That is why we impart training to them periodically throughout the year. We emphasize on driver training, including increasing the frequency as well as continually improving the content & delivery of our training sessions in order to provide maximum benefit to our drivers & ensure their safety & competency is of the highest possible standard. We have developed a robust in-class training program with modern & precise methods of instruction based on driver feedback. These sessions provided us with the perfect platform to make case studies of past incidents & investigations that were directly linked to our workplace, which made the training sessions personal & relevant to the drivers. As well as theoretical classroom-based training, new drivers also receive 2-week on-the-job training with our most experienced drivers who train them in applying the best driving practices. This has allowed trainees to witness firsthand safe driving skills and learn the nuances of driving in the ‘safe lane’. We have also made competency testing mandatory... read more

Because every cargo is valuable

Cargo theft is a big challenge for the transport industry. It’s not just high-value products that are at risk but every type of cargo, be it food grains or construction equipment. Organized crime rings across the world are using more and more violent tactics to achieve their selfish goals, which adversely impacts the overall business environment. But the transportation industry is fighting back, and Allied Transport too has geared up to push back against this menace. Our first step was to achieve the TAPA TSR level 3 certification, which we achieved through SGS in April 2016. In fact, we became one of the first trucking companies in the UAE and the region to do so! What is TAPA? Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is a non profit organization set up in 2000 by representatives from the various electronics and semi‐conductor manufacturers, high tech industries, freight forwarders, and professional consulting companies. It is a global initiative to complement ISO 28000, AEO Safety and other regional supply chain security programs. TAPA Security Standards were established to ensure the safe and secure transit, storage and warehousing of TAPA members’ assets throughout the world. It outlines the minimum acceptable security standards and the methods to be used in maintaining them. We were measured on the following factors: Load collection and vehicle sealing, delivery operations, route scheduling, incident reporting, vehicle maintenance, and secure parking Satellite tracking, navigation and route-deviation alerts, and home base/third-party alerts Driver training on security awareness, collection/delivery procedures, and robbery response We also implemented other security initiatives such as: Unique RFID Cards for drivers & vehicles In-Cab two-way voice communication via... read more

A shot in the arm for the pharmaceutical industry

  We have always gone the extra mile to prove our commitment to quality, especially when it comes to product safety and quality during the distribution of pharmaceutical products. So, in October 2016 we successfully achieved the World Health Organization Good Distribution Practices (WHO GDP) Certification through SGS. It is a quality warranty system that covers: Purchase Receiving Storage Transportation Export of pharmaceutical products This certification regulates division and movement of pharmaceutical products, from the manufacturer to a central point, an intermediate point or the end user. The GDP Assurance Our customers enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge that Allied Transport employs an effective and robust  management system that is independently assessed to ensure compliance with international GDP standards such as: The medicinal goods were transported in a completely safe, secure, clean & hygienic environment with the prescribed temperature range at all times The supply chain is properly protected to ensure that transported products are 100% genuine Effective monitoring & measuring procedures to ensure against any deviations from the required process All documentation & records relating to the transportation of the product are safely secured for a period of a minimum 10 years The Pharma Promise Pharma Specific SOP’s / Working Instructions Staff specifically trained to handle pharmaceutical cargo Dedicated fleet of vehicles that are thermo-coated, temperature-mapped, approved & qualified for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical transportation Capability to handle temperatures ranges such as +2° to +8° C, +15° to +25° C and -15°to -20°C(Frozen) Robust CAPA & risk management processes in place, including written procedures & risk assessment of all delivery routes Regular qualification & validation of all equipment, including... read more

Our Eco-conscience

At ATC, we are always concerned about the fragile ecosystem. Our washing bay is one of our ‘green’ initiative. In spite of carrying a capacity of washing 40 trucks per day, it’s fresh to recycling water ratio is a fantastic 73%. We have ensured that our facilities are lit by LED lamps that save energy and costs. LED technology  offers many advantages such as exceptionally longer life span (60,000 hours), enormously lower energy usage (90% more efficient), reduced maintenance costs and higher safety. With government regulations halting the production of traditional incandescent light bulbs in recent years, new options have surfaced. The first option created was the compact fluorescent lamp, or CFL. These curly fluorescent bulbs are more energy efficient and last longer than an incandescent, but the bulb contains mercury takes a while to shine at its brightest. Some other initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint include the installation of the Adblue system in our advanced Volvo 460 FH fleet to ensure the exhaust emissions meet Euro Standard 5. We introduced a nitrogen gas convertor which generates nitrogen converted from fresh air, which keeps tyres cool during summer months. Constant rotation of tyres to minimize wear and tear and improve the longevity which reduces the need for replacing tyres helping save the environment. A special sound-proof rotary air compressor controls noise pollution in the workshop. We’ve switched from sulphuric acid batteries, which can spill acid and cause harm to technicians.   Today, we use calcium-free batteries that don’t require an acid top-up.      ... read more

Allied Transport maintaining ISO standards

Mark of Excellence The journey to quality is long and enriching and we began our journey way back in December 2000, when ATC’s management system was successfully audited & certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management) standards by BSI. Fast-forward to 2011 and ATC upgraded its management system to attain OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety) and ISO 4001 (Environment Management) certifications. To achieve this standard ATC had to deliver best-in-class service. ATC took ownership and responsibility of safeguarding our environment while caring for the well-being of our employees and customers. Our management system is audited every 6 months by BSI, passing our most recent surveillance audit in June. These quality goals have inspired great confidence among our customers regarding our quality, environmental management, and occupational health & safety.   ISO 9001:2008 To be awarded our ISO 9001 certification, ATC had to achieve the eight fundamental principles of quality management:                         Customer focus Leadership People involvement Process approach Systems approach to management Continual improvement Factual approach to decision-making and mutually beneficial supplier relationships OHSAS 18001:2007 18001 OHSAS certification required ATC to comply with strict processes such as: Hazard identification Risk assessment and determining controls Other requirements included an OHS program, resources, roles & responsibility, accountability and authority and legal requirements. In addition, ATC had to comply with high standards of competence, training, awareness, communication, participation, and consultation. But to achieve the certification we had to demonstrate operational control, emergency preparedness and response and of course, our performance was monitored, measured and improved upon throughout the process. ISO 14001:2004 Environmental... read more
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