The Story Behind AJEX Logistics Services’ Origins And Future Goals
Founded in 2021 and inspired by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, AJEX Logistics Services is a Saudi-based Middle East expert in expedited distribution, logistics, and shipping solutions. A joint venture between Ajlan & Brothers Holding Group, a renowned Middle Eastern investment corporation and conglomerate, and SF Express, a pioneer in China’s transportation and logistics industry, AJEX connects people and companies throughout the Middle East, China, and the world.
“AJEX emerged from the natural synergies between Ajlan & Bros, a Saudi-based Middle Eastern company with over 60 years of experience in diverse sectors ranging from retail to healthcare and education, and SF Express, a Fortune 500 company and China’s leading transportation and logistics company. AJEX is an expert in one of the world’s busiest trade routes, with roots in Saudi Arabia and China. In fact, China is Saudi Arabia’s top trading partner, with bilateral trade expected to reach $87.3 billion in 2021. AJEX is uniquely positioned to support growing trade across the Middle East and between China and the rest of the world, making it the ideal partner for companies looking to expand their reach into these regions. AJEX is quickly gaining customers’ trust throughout the region thanks to its strong financial backing, well-built infrastructure, and experienced leadership team.” said Mohammed Albayati, CEO of AJEX Logistics Services.
AJEX’s strategic growth goal is to become the Middle East’s preferred logistics provider, which is closely connected with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goal of being a prominent global logistics centre. As a result, it is seeking rapid regional expansion, focusing on increasing its personnel, expanding regional facilities, and developing its client base. This year, the company signed an agreement with Dammam Airports Company to provide its services from King Fahd International Airport, and it announced the expansion of its capabilities in the UAE, where it has established its headquarters in the Jebel Ali industrial zone, additional offices in Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA), and an 11,000 square foot warehouse in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA).
AJEX’s land freight and distribution network, which now runs from Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Jubail, Al Hofuf, and Taif in Saudi Arabia, Manama, Bahrain, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, is expected to expand to twelve more cities in the Kingdom in 2023. AJEX is also building a fourth warehouse facility in Dammam, with plans to build further innovative warehousing facilities in Quasim, Al Jouf, and Abha.
As part of its ambitious expansion goals, AJEX intends to increase its employees. More than 600 people work throughout the Middle East to support current activities. AJEX is committed to developing and preserving an extraordinary workplace by assuring a diverse staff. Presently, the organisation has 21% of female workers, and 56% of all individual contributors in non-operational roles, a statistic much higher than the industry average of 2%. AJEX is a very diversified company, with 42% of employees being Saudi nationals and 30 other nationalities represented.
AJEX is also a partner in the ‘Join the Future Program,’ an initiative aimed to provide talented Saudi citizens with in-class and on-the-job training with the Saudi Academy for Logistics (SAL) and AJEX. Since last year, AJEX has employed 37 programme alums permanently.
“Saudi Arabia is quickly becoming a leading manufacturing powerhouse, in line with Vision 2030 and the National Industrial Strategy (NIS), as it attracts growing investments in the Kingdom’s non-oil sector. Supported by solid infrastructure and a fast-growing economy, the Kingdom focuses on building its industrial business base, increasing locally produced goods, and driving international trade to realise a competitive and sustainable private sector. AJEX is working to support this Vision by facilitating trade through a wide range of customisable solutions for B2B and B2C businesses and supporting some of the region’s fastest-growing industries, such as E-Commerce and Pharma. Our specialised customer-centric solutions are founded on a thorough understanding of our customers’ challenges, ranging from on-time deliveries to last-mile delivery,” Mohammed stated.
AJEX provides fast, dependable, and transparent shipping, logistics, and supply chain solutions to businesses looking to expand their reach across the Middle East by leveraging the infrastructure and capabilities of SF Express and the regional expertise of leading Middle East conglomerate Ajlan & Bros Holding Group. AJEX has the shortest transit times in the GCC, making it perfect for companies requiring stringent, time-sensitive delivery, such as e-commerce and medicines. In fact, these two industries have the most significant growth in the region, boosting the logistics sector’s rise.
The E-commerce industry in the GCC region, for example, is predicted to reach $50 billion by 2025, up from $24 billion in 2020, while healthcare is expected to develop at a CAGR of 6.9% between 2022 and 2032, reaching $13 billion. AJEX is eager to assist these industries by meeting their specific requirements. For example, the firm offers value-added E-commerce services such as cash or collect the delivery, returns and reverse logistics, and e-fulfilment. AJEX offers its clients capabilities for biological shipments, vaccinations, patient care and medicine, clinical storage, and distribution with temperature and humidity-controlled storage and transportation facilities to assure product safety.