STC, Honeywell partner to empower Saudi SMEs

The agreement was signed at GITEX Technology Week 2019 in Dubai, by Riyad Muawwad, chairman of the board of directors of STC Solutions and senior vice president of STC Enterprise, and John Waldron, president and CEO of Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS).
Updated 13 October 2019

STC, Honeywell partner to empower Saudi SMEs

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) inked a strategic collaboration agreement with global technology leader Honeywell, as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to build a digital economy and provide modern specialized business services, a key enabler for the achievement of Saudi Vision 2030. 

The agreement was signed at GITEX Technology Week 2019 in Dubai, by Riyad Muawwad, chairman of the board of directors of STC Solutions and senior vice president of STC Enterprise, and John Waldron, president and CEO of Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS). Under the terms of the agreement, STC will work with Honeywell to deploy advanced productivity solutions to help digitalize day-to-day operations for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that employ mobile workforces across various industries. 

STC will create industry-specific productivity-as-a-service (PaaS) bundles that combine handheld industrial mobile computers and mobile printers with advanced data-connectivity and voice plans to help fieldworkers and vehicles stay connected with their company offices and warehouses. 

The bundles, which will be offered on a monthly subscription basis, will help drive competitive advantages for Saudi private and public sector entities, including ministries, with a focus on supporting advanced field service, maintenance, inspection and logistics capabilities. 

STC’s Muawwad said: “STC is working to define the future of digital transformation in Saudi Arabia. We are leveraging our advanced cloud and data infrastructure capabilities to develop innovative solutions that will help boost the productivity of the Kingdom’s workforce across the public and private sectors. We are positioning ourselves to support the advancement of the Saudi digital economy by delivering the latest technologies as part of our overarching strategy to become a world-class digital services provider.” 

Honeywell’s Waldron added: “Honeywell has been delivering cutting-edge technologies to Saudi Arabia for over 60 years and we are committed to advancing digital transformation initiatives in the Kingdom across key industries in line with Saudi Vision 2030. We are very proud to be collaborating with STC and look forward to leveraging our advanced solutions to empower the Kingdom’s SME organizations.”


Seafood lovers flock to LuLu fiesta

LuLu Hypermarket’s annual seafood festival, held in association with the National Fisheries Development Program, was attended by senior officials from the fisheries department and LuLu.
Updated 20 November 2019

Seafood lovers flock to LuLu fiesta

LuLu Hypermarket hosted its annual “Seafood Fiesta,” a showcase of more than 100 varieties of fish and shellfish across its stores in the Kingdom.
The seven-day festival, which ran until Nov. 17, was held in association with the National Fisheries Development Program, a subsidiary of the Department of Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA).
LuLu honored seven Saudi fishermen who completed 50 years in the field of fishing. The seafood festival was inaugurated by Abdul Aziz A. Alshehab, general director of Fisheries Research Center, Eastern Province, at LuLu Hypermarket in Dammam. At its Jeddah branch in Amir Fawaz district, the event was inaugurated by Rada Al-Zahrani, director of the fisheries department in Jeddah, while at the Riyadh branch in Murabba district, Dr. Ali Muhammed Al-Shaikhi, CEO of National Fisheries Development Program, opened the event.
Shehim Muhammed, director of LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia, said: “We have always taken pride in offering fresh and high-quality seafood from around the world. Seafood Fiesta is one such event that proves the commitment of LuLu to bring the widest range of fish and shellfish that is well-loved by both the local and expat communities. We also support local produce, as we are recognized as the top seller of Samaq-certified products, which highlight fresh and cooked seafood that is promoted by the national aquaculture product certification and labeling program of the Saudi Aquaculture Society, under the guidance of MEWA.”

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LuLu honored seven Saudi fishermen who completed 50 years in the field of fishing, during the seven-day festival, which ran until Nov. 17.

From Norwegian salmon to sea bass, lobster, kingfish and much more, LuLu offered fish and shellfish products in both fresh and frozen options. Apart from the seafood offerings in the wet section, the hypermarket offered a variety of fish dishes at its hot food stations. Japanese maki, prawn pizza, grilled tuna, salmon quiche, fish masala and tuna puff were some of the main attractions at these counters.
LuLu Hypermarket, one of the largest retailers in the region, recently celebrated the group’s 10th anniversary in the Kingdom.
With 180 stores operating worldwide, LuLu aims to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. It is one of the favorite shopping destinations of both locals and expatriates in the Kingdom.
LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with a workforce numbering at more than 55,000.