MDS To Build Distribution Centre In S’West

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MDS Logistics, a subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc, is set to break new frontier with its evolving into a one-stop shop for outbound logistics solutions. This cherry news was delivered to customers at the company's 7th Annual Dinner/Awards night held in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to Mr Hakeem Ogunniran, the company's Divisional Managing Director, MDS Logistics' national hub on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway will be ready in the next four years and it will service the regional hubs located in different locations in the country.

Described as a “world-class distribution centre”, the 86,000 square metres facility will have warehouse space of about 40,000 square metres, 80 double loading bays, 20,000 square metres truck park and fully serviced garage and workshop.

Over the years, MDS has been engaged in building the right platform for pharmaceutical and telecom logistics. Its Pharma hubs in Abuja, Aba and Lagos have already been commissioned with Onitsha, Kano and Maiduguri soon to follow. “We have been collaborating with leading telecoms operators to provide swift, safe, secured, flexible and visible distribution framework across Nigeria and West Africa,” Ogunniran assured.

Ogunniran further said: “We have responded to our clients' needs by providing a national distribution network at the lowest possible cost. This has been made possible through shared resource for customers in large fit for purpose units, seamless high quality service and by relieving our customers of the burden of warehousing, transport and redistribution.”

Now repositioned as a total solutions supply chain company providing a bouquet of integrated services for select premium clients, MDS Logistics delivers end-to-end value-added services that enables its customers to concentrate on their core activities.

In his remarks, Mr Larry Ettah, Group Managing Director/CEO of UAC of Nigeria Plc, said that MDS Logistics would not fail to provide value for its customers. “I wish to assure you that in line with our mission and core values, we will continue to seek a deeper understanding of your requirements, and in spite of the challenges of our operating environment, we will continue to deploy the necessary infrastructure and solutions to consistently deliver superior value to your business and customers.”

He said that MDS has been transformed from a basic warehousing outfit to a one-stop shop for outbound logistics solutions. According to Ettah, significant investments have been made “in capacity expansion, infrastructural upgrade, provision of modern and up-to-date handling equipment, best in class ICT systems, and building people with core supply chain management competencies.”

The UACN helmsman noted that given the vast nature of the Nigerian landscape, supply chain competency and logistical capacities would continue to be a source of competitive advantage. His words: “Having operated in this country for well over a century, we are convinced that manufacturers, importers and wholesale distributors will always seek for access and route to markets and consumers across the country. It is against this background that we took a decision about eight years ago to create a world class distribution business within the Nigerian environment.”

Ettah explained that hosting clients of MDS to dinner was in line with the philosophy and core value of customer focus which drives the business of the entire UACN Group. “For us, customer focus is a fundamental tenet of our core values, hence the pervasive culture of seeking constantly to meet and even surpass our customers expectations in our various businesses.”

Awards and recognitions were given in two categories to corporate customers and distributors respectively. The awardees included Zain, Classic Beverages, MTN, Promasidor, Etisalat, Globacom, GSK and Jagal, among others.

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