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Ka­sun Il­lankoon spoke to the founder and manag­ing di­rec­tor, Mr. Deepak Khusha­lani, about Premier Lo­gis­tics grow­ing am­bi­tion.

Ever since their in­cep­tion in 2016, Premier Lo­gis­tics has achieved a year on year growth of 20% and like­wise for 2018. From a team of just three, the com­pany has now grown to thirty.

Premier Lo­gis­tics is a third party lo­gis­tics (3PL) com­pany that pro­vides sup­ply chain so­lu­tions which de­liver a great re­turn on in­vest­ments for any or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The par­ent com­pany of Premier Lo­gis­tics, Ma­neesh Tex­tiles be­gan op­er­a­tions nearly 45 years ago, a firm that was deal­ing in tex­tiles whole­sale as well as the re­tail trade. Manag­ing the stock was an eye opener for the com­pany’s founders since manag­ing the vol­ume at such a mas­sive scale meant us­ing 3rd party providers for ship­ping, clear­ance, and de­liv­ery. This was an op­por­tu­nity that could be done in-house and ex­pand as a ser­vice for other com­pa­nies.

“Start­ing small and scal­ing up has taken well over 3 years, but at the fore­front has been the vi­sion of the founders and share­hold­ers to pro­vide good ser­vice and the heart of its prin­ci­ples has been en­er­getic staff and a will to get things done. What drives any or­ga­ni­za­tion has been mo­ti­vated em­ploy­ees and Premier has al­ways kept this in mind. Ac­qui­si­tions of smaller providers will be on the radar if it will add value to the ser­vice of­fer­ing,” said Mr. Deepak Khusha­lani, Founder & Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Premier Lo­gis­tics.

For Premier Lo­gis­tics, 2018 has been a year of con­sol­i­da­tion and es­tab­lish­ing a solid foun­da­tion for 2019.

“This year was about es­tab­lish­ing and grow­ing in­ter­nally, specif­i­cally bring­ing on board a set of an ex­pe­ri­enced team of pro­fes­sion­als that can drive the next 2-3 years of growth and lead the ex­pan­sion. Fo­cused mainly on em­ploy­ees, giv­ing them the re­spon­si­bil­ity to drive their de­part­ments and in tan­dem es­tab­lish­ing and con­nect­ing with cur­rent and new clients.”

Premier Lo­gis­tics of­fers a full range of lo­gis­tics and sup­ply chain so­lu­tions with an in­ter­na­tional mul­ti­modal net­work of ware­hous­ing and trans­porta­tion. With in­no­va­tive in­dus­try so­lu­tions, our in­te­grated ser­vices in­clude all as­pects of ware­house man­age­ment (In­for SCE 10), lo­gis­tics plan­ning, con­trol, and ex­e­cu­tion as an ex­ten­sion of your sup­ply chain ecosys­tem.

The last 12 months was to es­tab­lish var­i­ous ver­ti­cals within the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Premier Lo­gis­tics has suc­cess­fully es­tab­lished a suc­cess­ful Fin­ished Ve­hi­cles Lo­gis­tics (FVL) divi­sion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a lead­ing Ve­hi­cle Dis­trib­u­tor in the Mid­dle East. More­over, and have also de­vel­oped an in-house value added ser­vices (VAS) depart­ment cur­rently ca­ter­ing to over 70 brands within the Mid­dle East, pro­vid­ing ser­vices such as Co-pack­ing, Shrink wrap­ping, La­belling, Bar­cod­ing, Repack­ag­ing and much more.

“Due to the rapid ex­pan­sion of our busi­ness, we have also man­aged to se­cure ad­di­tional stor­age fa­cil­i­ties (Open Yard and Bulk Stor­age) for Project Lo­gis­tics with ser­vices such as Lash­ing and Crat­ing for bulk items,” added Mr. Khusha­lani

“Our goals for 2019 in­clude ex­pand­ing our Ware­hous­ing Ca­pac­ity through In­ter­na­tional Joint Ven­tures and build & op­er­ate a new sta­teof-the-art fa­cil­ity within Dubai.”

One of the ad­van­tages of work­ing with a 3PL provider is the abil­ity to eas­ily po­si­tion your sup­ply chain in mar­kets where you don’t have an es­tab­lished pres­ence. Hav­ing ac­cess to dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters and ware­houses in var­i­ous re­gions al­lows com­pa­nies to grow in new ar­eas by be­ing able to ship goods ef­fi­ciently to any­where in the world.

Be­ing able to lo­cate and keep track of prod­ucts and in­ven­tory in a new mar­ket with­out hav­ing to spend money on ware­hous­ing, equip­ment, and ad­di­tional la­bor can save com­pa­nies money while giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to strate­gi­cally po­si­tion them­selves to bet­ter serve their cus­tomers.

“In this re­gard, we aim to in­crease our cur­rent busi­ness by of­fer­ing our clients im­proved end-to-end vis­i­bil­ity of their goods through our Lo­gis­tics Man­age­ment Por­tal. Our other plans for 2019 in­clude the es­tab­lish­ment of a Chem­i­cal Lo­gis­tics and an Avi­a­tion Lo­gis­tics Divi­sion.”

An im­por­tant as­pect of Premier Lo­gis­tics suc­cess is the ini­tial in­vest­ment to­wards IT and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion within their or­ga­ni­za­tion. From se­lect­ing the lead­ing WMS (In­for SCE 10) to cre­at­ing an in-house Lo­gis­tics Man­age­ment Por­tal (LMP), where a client can di­rectly track, view, mod­ify, re­quest in­bound/out­bound, re­serve dock space for their in­ven­tory stored within our ware­house.

As such Mr. Khusha­lani ex­pressed the im­por­tance of con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in the com­pany’s IT in­fra­struc­ture in or­der to face fur­ther ob­sta­cles ahead of them, “To be vis­i­ble and to con­tin­u­ously grow it’s about the de­vel­op­ment of IT in­fra­struc­ture, in­vest­ment in niche ar­eas of e-com­merce fi­nal mile de­liv­ery, manag­ing stock, cold chain & chem­i­cal re­lated in­dus­tries. Manag­ing cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions and main­tain­ing mar­gins is cer­tainly a chal­lenge.”

“There is a trend of more dig­i­ti­za­tion within the in­dus­try, which is pos­i­tive be­cause that is one of the fo­cus ar­eas of Premier and a more pro­fes­sion­al­ized level of ser­vice. Ser­vice level’s which tapered off re­cently have be­come a talk­ing point for big clients that are look­ing to ser­vice larger parts of the re­gion and that means ex­pe­ri­enced staff to han­dle com­plex tasks. The abil­ity to be avail­able and a more dy­namic ap­proach to work is a need of the hour. And that is cer­tainly what we are fo­cused on,” re­marked Mr. Khusha­lani.

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