Global Ship­ping & Lo­gis­tics nar­rows fo­cus on pharma sec­tor with unique on-shore cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

Logistics Middle East - - UPDATE -

Global Ship­ping & Lo­gis­tics (GSL) re­cently en­tered the pharma lo­gis­tics space af­ter four decades of op­er­a­tions in the FMCG and frozen-foods ver­ti­cals andis now the only 3PL in the UAE with an on-shore Pharma li­cense.

Ac­cord­ing to Khalid Al Shi­rawi, CEO, Global Ship­ping & Lo­gis­tics, it was a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion for GSL. “It was only nat­u­ral for us, with our cold chain ex­per­tise to move into the Pharma world be­cause of the sim­i­lar­ity of the ser­vice re­quire­ments be­tween them such as cold chain in­tegrity, trace­abil­ity of goods, FEFO and FIFO man­age­ment,” he says.

“We cater to a niche set of cus­tomers as of now and be­lieve that the Pharma sec­tor has a lot of po­ten­tial for a high qual­ity so­lu­tion provider like GSL. All we have to do is con­tinue to im­press our cus­tomer’s with our world class ware­hous­ing and sup- ply chain so­lu­tions so that they can leave their lo­gis­tics chal­lenges with us and can them­selves con­cen­trate on what they do best (de­vel­op­ing and sell­ing medicines),” Al Shi­rawi adds.

Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies need to run very tightly con­trolled lo­gis­tics op­er­a­tions be­cause of the crit­i­cal na­ture of their goods. Medicines and med­i­cal equip­ment are meant for sav­ing lives and the in­tegrity of their sup­ply chain is para­mount. Be­cause of this, Al Shi­rawi be­lieves GSL is able to bring some­thing new to the sec­tor.

“In the past, pharma com­pa­nies did not have any on-shore op­tions to choose from, we be­lieve that com­pa­nies that want to in­crease their flex­i­bil­ity, en­joy swifter mar­ket re­sponse times, im­prove vis­i­bil­ity of their prod­ucts and have higher oper­a­tional sav­ings will choose our so­lu­tion to re­tain their com­pet­i­tive edge,” he says.

“With­out the ad­di­tional pa­per­work and queu­ing that free­zone op­er­a­tions have to fac­tor into their go-to-mar­ket strat­egy, our clients can have prod­ucts on the shelf within hours in­stead of days,” he adds.

“For some high-value goods this also be­comes a po­si­tion of ad­van­tage for the Pharma dis­tri­bu­tions chan­nels, i.e. the phar­ma­cies that do not need to pur­chase ex­pen­sive medicines un­til the point they have firm or­ders and with our piece pick­ing op­er­a­tions and UAE wide dis­tri­bu­tion net­work, we can en­sure the right medicine in the right hands at the right time.”

GSL has been cer­ti­fied for on-shore bonded 3PL op­er­a­tions for six years in Dubai.

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