ALJ launches express delivery service s:mile

The s:mile services offer international and domestic express delivery services, including customs clearance through various points of entry into Saudi Arabia, and end-to-end e-commerce logistics solutions.
Updated 12 March 2019
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ALJ launches express delivery service s:mile

Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics has launched an express delivery service and an end-to-end e-commerce solution brand, s:mile, building on the company’s six decades of logistics expertise in the Kingdom and the MENA region. This follows Saudi Arabia’s recent launch of the comprehensive National Industrial Development and Logistics Plan (NIDLP).

The s:mile services offer international and domestic express delivery services, including customs clearance through various points of entry into Saudi Arabia, and end-to-end e-commerce logistics solutions including cross-border service, product fulfillment, last mile delivery and reverse logistics.

Oussama Abba, managing director, Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics, said: “Over the decades, Abdul Latif Jameel has developed significant experience in the logistics sector and the launch of the s:mile brand is a testament to our ambition to do even more for our customers. 

“At its core, s:mile is committed to supporting any and all of our customers’ logistics needs, driving efficiency in the delivery of their goods at a time where the e-commerce sector is growing rapidly in line with the goals of Vision 2030, and the recently launched NIDLP. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to better serve the region by connecting people around the world and the launch of s:mile is a major milestone in reaching our goal to be the premier logistics services provider in Saudi Arabia.”

S:mile joins a wide range of existing logistics services offered by Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics, including freight forwarding, land transportation and mysaudistore.com, the US mailbox consolidation platform. It will be supported by Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics’ state-of-the-art information system, robust operational capabilities, including sorting and delivery facilities, a large fleet of vehicles, service outlets across major cities around the country and a wide range of products and packaging designs.

Abdul Latif Jameel moved into non-automotive logistics for the first time in 2015. Today, Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics handles both domestic and its international express services to and from over 220 countries. The expansion of Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics builds on strong demand in the transport and logistics sector in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to grow significantly by 2020, with annual growth predicted at 5 percent for international cargo, and up to 8 percent for air and sea cargo.

According to the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), more than $100 billion of investment is anticipated within the Kingdom’s transportation and logistics sector over the next 10 years.


CMRC admits first patients to new Saudi clinic

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CMRC admits first patients to new Saudi clinic

Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center (CMRC), a top post-acute rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the UAE, has admitted 15 patients to its first medical facility in Saudi Arabia. 

CMRC’s new 60-bed clinic, located between Dhahran and Alkhobar, aims to help patients requiring post-acute care and rehabilitation services to make large improvements in their quality of life through multidisciplinary rehabilitative therapies including physiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and multi-sensory room sessions. 

The facility is staffed by multiple clinical experts including GPs, internal medicine consultants, pediatricians, ICU intensivists, rehabilitation consultants, psychologists and therapists, and will service patients across the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. 

It follows the same clinical procedures and protocols successfully implemented in facilities in the UAE, similarly benefiting from the center’s international partnership with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and accreditations from Joint Commission International, CARF and Planetree.

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CMRC, a portfolio company of health care specialist investor TVM Capital Healthcare, also operates facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE.

CMRC Group CEO Dr. Howard S. Podolsky said: “We expand into countries where there is notable demand for post-acute care and rehabilitation services. Like many countries around the world, Saudi Arabia is experiencing a rise in the incidence of non-communicable diseases, birth defects, and life-threatening injuries. Our new facility brings our world-class medical treatment, care, and rehabilitation therapies to the Kingdom through a truly patient-centric approach.”

He added: “We look forward to helping families in the region improve their quality of life and using our international expertise and specialized workforce to support the government of Saudi Arabia’s focus on health care development, as part of Saudi Vision 2030.” 

CMRC, a portfolio company of health care specialist investor TVM Capital Healthcare, also operates facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE.

Dr. Helmut Schuehsler, CEO of TVM Capital Healthcare and board member of CMRC, said: “We believe that private equity investment should be a force for good, and that by working in health care, we have a real opportunity to make a difference to patients’ lives. Therefore, we conceptualized and invested in CMRC in the UAE to cater to those in need of post-acute care and an elevated level of rehabilitation. CMRC grew to be the leading post-acute care and rehabilitation provider in the UAE. We are very happy to bring the offer to the people of Saudi Arabia now.”

CMRC offers both inpatient services at its medical centers and outpatient therapy, where patients follow a rehabilitation program after discharge. The company employs more than 500 staff members across all facilities.