A NOTE FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Logistics News Middle East - - Editor’s Letter - Ka­sun il­lankoon Ka­sun Il­lankoon Ed­i­tor, Lo­gis­tics News Mid­dle East

As an­other year rolls around we are sur­rounded by the hype of what the New Year will bring us. The truth is ev­ery year we are in a tran­si­tional pe­riod to some­thing ma­jor. To what ex­actly? Well, we have to wait and see as the year pro­gresses. 2019 could be the year where we could be ‘One Step Fur­ther’ from do­ing some­thing spec­tac­u­lar.

In the lieu of that, this edi­tion’s main cover story is a com­pany who is do­ing just that. Logi­point, who play a key role in pro­vid­ing high qual­ity in­te­grated lo­gis­tics so­lu­tions, shows why they are the global strate­gic con­ver­gence point for their cus­tomers. It has been pi­o­neer­ing lo­gis­tics so­lu­tions in Saudi Ara­bia for over 20 years and has since es­tab­lished the first and the largest Bonded and Re-ex­port Zone which is spread over one mil­lion sqm.

One trend you will no­tice in this edi­tion is the im­por­tance of in­vest­ing in new IT in­fra­struc­ture, dig­i­tal plat­forms and new tech­nolo­gies to com­bat any short­com­ing that the in­dus­try might face. For ex­am­ple, the global mar­ket for ware­hous­ing and lo­gis­tics ro­bot­ics reached nearly $2 bil­lion in 2016 and is pro­jected to ex­ceed $22 bil­lion by the end of 2021. The sharp rise will only en­cour­age more au­to­ma­tion.

This is ap­pli­ca­ble in most fields of lo­gis­tics as we learn from com­pa­nies like Premier Lo­gis­tics, Ship­waves, and Gulf­tainer about the ben­e­fits of in­vest­ing prop­erly in new tech­nolo­gies and their plans to grow in 2019 and be­yond.

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