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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 06/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The UAE's leading integrated healthcare provider, NMC Trading, has unveiled its new expanded logistics centre at the Dubai Investments Park.

With more than 65,000 "stock keeping units", or individual product lines, NMC Trading is a fully owned subsidiary of NMC Healthcare and is one of the largest distribution companies in the UAE with interests in FMCG, food stuffs, pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicine and scientific equipment.

The need for expanding NMC Trading's warehouse capacity has been brought about by a rapidly expanding range of new products across all divisions, which has increased by 12 per cent since December 2011. With the commissioning of the new Logistics Centre, NMC Trading will add another 20 per cent of additional warehousing space and reduce the load on the existing facilities, increase inventory holding capacity and pave the way for additional products to be added to the distribution business.

Speaking on the occasion of the opening ceremony, Binay Shetty, chief operating officer, NMC Healthcare and NMC Trading said, "Last year the company's strategic team closely evaluated the evolving warehousing and distribution needs and signalled a logistics expansion to cater to the growing needs of the FMCG and food stuff divisions. The new expansion will help NMC Trading's further expansion by expanding its warehousing and distribution capabilities."

Dr B R Shetty, Managing Director and CEO of NMC Healthcare, said distribution is a location-critical business and Dubai Investments Park was an ideal choice because of its proximity to Emirates Road, thus providing quicker access to all the emirates and still within easy reach of the important Dubai market.

"With a vast quantity of products imported into the country, large distribution enterprises such as ours require an efficient and cost effective transhipment area.

The NMC Logistics Centre introduces more automation to our business, and serves as a state-of-the-art storage conduit for receiving a wide range of products from different countries and moving them as required to our individual warehouses across the country," said Shetty.

The NMC Logistics Centre is built along the lines of a 'warehouse within a warehouse' concept. Three distinct areas - cold stores, bulk stores and retail picking store - are spread across the 65,000 square feet. of new warehousing capacity.

A segmented warehouse enables storage and distribution of different types of commodities that require stringent temperature control, storage of large volumes for cross docking and a retail selection area for smaller orders.


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