Home Centre opens fully automated warehouse

The warehouse features driverless vehicles for the first time in Saudi warehouses that will help in streamlining processes.
Updated 20 February 2019

Home Centre opens fully automated warehouse

Landmark Arabia’s home retailer brand Home Centre has announced the successful commencement of work in its first fully automated national distribution center in Sudair (Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones — MODON), a developing industrial and technological city located approximately 120 kms away from Riyadh. A pilot initiative by Landmark Arabia, it is the first fully functional automated distribution center of its kind in Saudi Arabia that operates state-of-the-art AGVs (automated guided vehicles) in conjunction with automated conveyor systems. 

The new facility incorporates the latest technologies provided by Dematic N.V, promising safety, improved efficiency and productivity. It sits on an area of 150,000 square meter leased by Landmark Arabia from the MODON industrial area in Sudair. The 45,000-square-meter built-up semi-automated facility is ergonomically safe. The organization is also considering collaborations with other logistics partners for future investments. 

Mihin Shah, chief supply chain officer, Landmark Group, said: “By building smarter warehouses and investing in better technological infrastructure we want to ensure that our supply chains are operating at peak efficiency. The newly built automated distribution center in Sudair will also give the local staff a chance to learn the latest and emerging technologies, which is important for our business. As an organization, we believe that adopting new technologies and upskilling our employees are both critical elements that contribute to our success in this industry.”

The warehouse features driverless vehicles for the first time in Saudi warehouses that will help in streamlining processes.

In addition to ensuring less damage to goods and better inventory management, the automation of processes within the facility eliminates the possibility of any HSE (health, safety and environment) accidents that may arise while handling bulky furniture items. Currently, the Home Centre Saudi operations team has reported a multifold enhancement in picking.

Key positions in the distribution center operations, including that of HSE manager and security manager are currently being held by Saudi nationals. The application of artificial intelligence (AI) in day-to-day operations will further streamline processes and also create new-age job opportunities for Saudi youth.

Landmark Arabia was launched in the Kingdom in 1994. The group’s retail offerings include more than 10 homegrown brands such as Centrepoint, Babyshop, Shoe Mart, Lifestyle, Splash, Max, Home Centre, Home Box, Shoexpress, Iconic and hospitality brands like Fitness First.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.