Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Skop Holding Group recently honored Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.
Updated 29 October 2018
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Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Wallan Trading Company, the official distributor of Hyundai in Saudi Arabia’s central region, has signed a deal with Skop Holding Group to use its IDrive car-sharing platform.

Wallan will use the opportunity to expand its rental services in and around Riyadh using the application, promoted as the attractive and affordable alternative to vehicle ownership or rental.

“Hyundai is delighted to make its cars available on IDrive via its partner Wallan Trading,” said Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.

“Skop’s innovative platform will enable many more people to experience the performance, comfort, and safety of Hyundai motors and hopefully forge a lasting affinity with the marque.”

IDrive is aimed at people who wish to lease a vehicle for as little as a few hours. Customers are only billed for the duration of use and distance traveled, and car sharing is also offered, making the service different from those of traditional vehicle rental providers.

Rental cars are parked available in designated parking areas, conveniently sited in locations such as conference centers, markets, and malls. All IDrive vehicles are supplied in immaculate condition, with a full fuel tank and comprehensive insurance. 

Skop offers a diverse range of models, with a choice of numerous subtypes. The application also features an authorization service directly linked to Saudi Arabia’s Tamm system, a government initiative that provides verified data about vehicles’ histories to their owners.

Skop Holding Group organized a launch event for IDrive, which was attended by public and private sector officials as well as partners. At the gathering, the company honored Song for Hyundai’s support in preparing the platform for its release onto the Saudi market.

A pilot version of IDrive was launched in the Kingdom last May, and it will be officially rolled out in large cities later this year before being extended to smaller conurbations and governorates.

Wallan Trading Company Chairman Fahad bin Saad Al-Wallan said: “We are constantly trying to develop our services. This agreement confirms that we are in line with our long-term strategic plans to develop our business, especially at the digital service level.” The agreement was signed in the presence of Al-Wallan and Skop Holding Group Chairman Tarek bin Fahad Al-Dahmash. Other senior executives who witnessed the occasion included Ali bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fulaij, Wallan director general of car rentals; and Dr. Mohamed bin Abdo Saeed Al-Moghalis, Skop’s vice president. 

Dr. Al-Moghalis detailed the IDrive application’s functions and features, emphasizing its ability to spare customers the time and expense of visiting car rental offices. 


Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Updated 21 May 2019
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Bahri promotes gender balance in workplace

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri recently participated in the 13th Annual Maritime HR Conference in London. The company’s chief support officer Hisham Alkhaldi was invited as a guest speaker at the largest worldwide gathering of maritime HR professionals. 

Held at Leonardo Royal Hotel in London from May 9 to 10, the annual event discussed key issues facing HR teams in the maritime industry. The conference brought together regulators, industry-renowned speakers, business leaders, and nearly 200 delegates representing shipowners, ship managers, oil companies, and other maritime employers such as classification societies and P&I clubs. 

Speaking on the “Diversity and Inclusion in the Maritime Industry” panel at the conference, Alkhaldi put a spotlight on the under-representation of women in the workplace across industries, particularly in the maritime sector. Highlighting that only 2 percent of seafarers worldwide are women and less than 1 percent occupy leadership roles in the industry, he said that it has become imperative for various stakeholders in the maritime industry to step up both concerted and individual efforts to address these challenges effectively and swiftly. 

“As a result of constant and deliberate efforts to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of gender balance in the workplace, policymakers and businesses in the maritime industry increasingly identify equal opportunities as a top priority today. Promoting women’s participation at work is critical not only for accelerating economic growth and sustainable development but also for driving stronger bottom-line results for businesses,” Alkhaldi said.

“Similarly, a diverse workforce will lead to higher productivity and customer loyalty, and catalyze innovation, leveraging the perspectives and experiences of employees of different nationalities, and ethnicities. As an employee-centric organization, Bahri has incorporated diversity and inclusion in its human resources policies and processes.” 

Alkhaldi also shed light on Bahri’s initiatives aimed at embracing diversity and inclusion across all aspects of its business. The company has been striving to boost the participation of women in its operations, which reached 18 percent this year. Bahri has also teamed up with universities to develop programs that will help introduce students to the maritime sector and its services. 

At the heart of Bahri’s diverse and inclusive workforce is its “Talent Management Framework,” which provides a clear direction for strategically attracting, sourcing, managing, developing and retaining talents in the company. The framework was recently named the “Best Recruitment & Talent Management Strategy” at the inaugural CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards. The company had also won in the “Best Talent Development Strategy” category at the Future Workplace Awards 2018.