INACIO RODRIGUES

Oman 2020 | TRANSPORT & AVIATION | INTERVIEW

In Oman, most of our trade has been in retail and consumer. Almost 80% of 2019's revenue came from these areas

Inacio Rodrigues
BIOGRAPHY

The Managing Director and executive board member of APL Logistics, Inacio Rodrigues is a global supply chain expert who has worked extensively in the EMEA and APAC regions. He has spent 20 years in the supply chain and logistics industry, especially in retail, telecoms, and consumer verticals. He is experienced in running high performing teams and has in-depth knowledge of supply chain management processes.

What new lines of business are you considering for the near future?
We are predominantly a supply chain solution sell company. In 2020, we are focusing one of our global key strengths in warehouse and yard management, which means we will focus heavily as per SOLS2040 on mines and minerals to grow that industrial portfolio. We are looking to import and export raw materials such as marble, granite, and onyx for the construction sector. In Oman, most of our trade has been in retail and consumer. Almost 80% of 2019's revenue came from these areas. We are already moving marble from Africa to Oman or Oman to Asian countries. We are currently establishing warehouse businesses in Oman for consumer electronic goods and food. In the food sector, we work with many fishmeal and fish oil mass production factories that require chilling facilities. We will also develop further in automotive sector. We also have a big yard in Sohar at our disposal where we can store new and second-hand cars, providing a hub solution compared to Jebel Ali or Saudi.

How will technology impact the logistics sector moving forward?
Predominantly, Oman has been a trading hub. We are now able to provide key milestone visibility to customers on time each time. In the automotive industry, technology could help put cars in containers so that when an order is placed, the right number of cars are brought. The current method requires a great deal of handling. With the help of staggered deliveries, cash flow and finances will be eased. A lot of funds are locked into the current ordering system. Specifications are constantly changing as well, which can be problematic when buying in bulk. The other phase moving forward will be electronic shipping documents. Blockchain would be able to ease the current old legacy practices we are used to. The amount of time spent in moving these original documents between several stakeholders in a single transaction is costly and time consuming, reducing efficiency in supply chain and logistics.