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.


Mobile Legends launches new hero for MENA

The new Middle Eastern hero, Khaleed, also known as the Desert Scimitar, demonstrates the temperament of the desert warrior and will join the virtual battlefield on Aug. 7.
Updated 03 August 2020

Mobile Legends launches new hero for MENA

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, a mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) developed and published by Moonton, has launched a new Middle Eastern hero on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha. Khaleed, also known as the Desert Scimitar, has been available for purchase since July 31 and will join the virtual battlefield on Aug. 7.
Wearing armor and equipped with a sharp sword, Khaleed demonstrates the temperament of the desert warrior. He has three distinct skills that he uses to tackle his enemies.
The first is called Desert Tornado, which sees Khaleed leap into the air and spin around with his weapon. If he is able to hit a hero, he can dash toward that hero’s direction and use Desert Tornado again.
The skill can be used up to three times. The second skill, called Quicksand Guard, harnesses the power of sand to give Khaleed regenerating capabilities and a reduction in damage. When used, heroes advancing toward Khaleed will be slowed significantly. The third skill is called Raging Sandstorm, where Khaleed summons a sandstorm at the designated location.
Enemies in the direction of the sandstorm will be knocked back. Meanwhile, those who are at the landing spot will be heavily damaged.
Additionally, his passive ability is called Sand Walk. When moving, Khaleed is able to accumulate sand, and when the meter is full, he will begin gliding on the map. When active, he has increased movement speed and damage.

HIGHLIGHTS

• According to Google, Mobile Legends ranks No. 3 in the UAE, and No. 7 in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

• The game has been downloaded more than 500 million times. • It has held eSports events such as cosplay competitions, tournaments and roadshows in different countries.

Moonton, an international gaming company, aims to bring different kinds of exciting online games to users around the world.
In Mobile Legends, users can team up with their friends, family or other players to fight enemies and kill monsters, and enjoy a sense of victory brought by the power of the team.
With the rise in internet usage in the Middle East, more and more international gaming enterprises are eyeing to enter the region.
Recently, Mobile Legends has seen an increase in its popularity in the Middle East, with top YouTubers such as Arab Games Network and oCMz calling on their fans to download the game.
According to Google, Mobile Legends ranks No. 3 in the UAE, and No. 7 in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The game has been downloaded more than 500 million times and has held eSports events such as cosplay competitions, tournaments and roadshows in different countries.