ALJ Motors to improve performance with new system

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors
Updated 23 July 2018
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ALJ Motors to improve performance with new system

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors (ALJ Motors), the authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia, is transforming its business and guest offering with the activation of a new IT solution system that will overhaul its management processes and performance.
The new, dedicated enterprise resource planning system, known as J-SAP, has been provided by SAP, and securely gathers and centrally stores live data from across Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ operations to optimize site and staff performance, enabling the company to serve more guests, more efficiently.
Advanced analytics allow the company to intelligently predict demand for services and parts, ensuring sites are always ready to meet guest requirements and reducing wait times as well as waste within the business. The system also paves the way for new guest tools, including mobile apps to access Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ wide range of vehicle services and support.
Faisal Abdullah, vice president of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, said: “This project is about more than an IT system — it is completely changing how we manage our business and team to provide a new level of service to our guests. It is an important step for Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, introducing advanced technology and infrastructure that will serve us — and our guests — long into the future.”
He added: “As the government made clear in its Vision 2030 strategy, the private sector in Saudi Arabia needs to innovate and modernize if we are to create the competitive economy that delivers the growth and jobs the country requires. We are proud to be doing our part and will continue to strive to strengthen and grow the business.”
Khaled A. Alsaleh, managing director for SAP Saudi Arabia, said: “Saudi Arabia is a fast-growing automotive market, and customers expect to interact with their distributors quickly, easily, and efficiently. Our co-innovation with Abdul Latif Jameel Motors on their digital transformation shows how a real-time digital core can transform productivity and customer experiences, with customers finding and servicing their vehicles at the right time and cost.”
The new system was developed in collaboration with Britehouse, a firm which specializes in the design and implementation of SAP systems for automotive companies. The company worked alongside Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ technology team to design, build and roll out a tailored system to fully integrate and digitise Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ operations and replace legacy systems.


PepsiCo. launches region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter

Updated 21 August 2018
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PepsiCo. launches region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter

PepsiCo., the global food and beverage company, has launched the region’s first Million Women Mentors chapter in Riyadh. Million Women Mentors is a global movement designed to support the engagement of millions of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors, both male and female, to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to succeed in STEM programs and careers.
With female representation in the STEM fields still lower than that of their male counterparts, Million Women Mentors (MWM) aims to be a platform to give women early in their careers the boost they need to thrive in their professions and form the future of the society envisioned by Saudi Vision 2030. The pillars of Vision 2030 support a thriving economy in which men and women have the capacity to contribute to the community’s growth and successes.
“Vision 2030 aims to increase women’s participation in the workforce to 30 percent, and encouraging more women into the male-dominated STEM industries will significantly contribute to this goal,” said Satyavrat Pendharkar, general manager and vice president, Saudi Snacks Foods Ltd, PepsiCo. Saudi Arabia. “PepsiCo. has a global commitment to empowering communities, as well as to creating equal opportunities for anyone to succeed within our company. By deploying the principles of our Performance with Purpose philosophy here in the Kingdom, we hope to provide women with the backing they need to be confident when entering STEM careers.”
MWM started in 2014 and had more than 2 million mentor commitments by 2018 with a goal of reaching 3 million by 2020. The new chapter in Riyadh is the first in the MENA region, with 12 mentors and mentees signed up so far across the fields of supply chain, information technology, research and development, and finance. New mentees will be enrolled into the annual program each year.
Within the coming five years, PepsiCo. aims to have at least two of the program participants in leadership positions.
“PepsiCo. walks the talk when it comes to providing women with opportunities to thrive within the company,” said Delel Chaabouni, chief information officer, PepsiCo. Middle East and North Africa. “I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to launch this important initiative in Saudi Arabia. As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field, I have first-hand experience in forging a career within a STEM sector, and believe that MWM has the potential to give women the boost of confidence they need to realize they can achieve success in whatever industry they want.”