Ali Bin Ali Holding’s iSpot achieves new feat, recognized as number 1 Apple Premium Reseller in the world

Adding a new feather in Ali Bin Ali Holding’s cap, the iSpot store at Doha Festival City has been recognized as the Number 1 Apple Premium Reseller in the world in Q3 2020.

iSpot is part the Group’s Consumer Electronics Division – Prime Distribution & Trading Company.

iSpot, an Apple Premium Reseller, achieved the best rating ever based on the latest Apple Audit Report and was ranked Number 1 out of 400+ resellers around the globe. The ranking is given to stores with 100% audit results, which account for a limited number of stores in the world.

Apple Inc. conducted an audit session by last Q2 and Q3 2020, wherein iSpot had the best rate ever by achieving 100% compliance with the Apple standard planogram and guidelines for an Apple Store. iSpot succeed in meeting Apple’s expectations in terms of store look, display, stock, staff training and performance, and best customer experience.

Speaking about the latest achievement, General Manager of Prime Distribution & Trading Company Mr. Mohammad Imran said: “We are extremely proud to ensure the best achievement ever for the Apple business and promise to continue providing the best service to our customers.

“The formula for iSpot’s success has been a strategy to move away from a typical retail sales focus to a more customer-centric approach. Our high levels of expertise are widely recognized by Apple Inc. and thus, we are the only company in Qatar holding the following accreditations: Apple Premium Reseller, Apple Solutions Expert for Education and Authorized Service Provider.”

Congratulations to iSpot & ABA Holding for the fabulous achievement!

Galeries Lafayette Doha launches pleasantly quirky ‘Art Of Fashion’ campaign

True to its unbeatable style and ‘fashion-meets-art’ image, Galeries Lafayette Doha has once again outdone itself with the recently launched ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign.

The campaign will be on from October 7 till the end of November 2020 at the Galeries Lafayette Department Store in 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village.

The ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign lets you step into a world inspired by the Memphis movement – an Italian design movement that began in 1981- known for its bold clashing colors, Art Decor geometric shapes and pop-art color-palette with a hint of 1950 kitsch aesthetic. Galeries Lafayette has very aesthetically added its own twist to the idea by introducing elements of humor and surprise, which can be found throughout our store.

The entire store manifests the pleasantly quirky elements of the campaign with irregular movements, which involve intriguing patterns. From the store windows to the masks the staff and mannequins are wearing, the space is a reflection of the creative movement.

In the true Galeries Lafayette style, the campaign allows guests to experience the theme in different forms. Interactive screens located on the second floor of the Department Store resonates the colorful campaign. Visitors can step into the life-size magazine cover box and experience the glamor of being in the spotlight.

The restaurants and cafes inside Galeries Lafayette Doha also reflect the ‘Art Of Fashion’ story in their own delectably creative way. Served on trays inspired by visuals of ‘Art of Fashion’ windows, the special edition dessert has the most exciting splash of colors inspired by the Memphis art style.

Speaking about the exciting, first-of-its-kind campaign, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “The ‘Art Of Fashion’ is a perfect campaign to match Galeries Lafayette’s vision of retailtainment – merging art with fashion. We have highlighted the features of the Memphis movement and intrigued our guests with the uniqueness of the art form. This experience has been woven together with our extensive A/W20 collections and exclusively created cuisines offered by our restaurants. It is a unique concept which our guests will surely enjoy.”

Prime Distribution Trading Company announces new strategic partnership with Midea Home Appliances

Furthering its dedication to be a top consumer appliances provider for the benefit of consumers in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Prime Distribution Trading Company (PDTC) announced its new partnership with the world’s #1 major appliances producer, Midea Home Appliances, on September 15.

A market leader in Qatar, PDTC’s tie-up with Midea Home Appliances is a strategic one and will offer more options to the consumer in Qatar. Midea Home Appliances will now be available at all major retailers in the country.

Midea is one of the world’s largest home appliance brands, offering the most comprehensive selection of products to fully serve the needs of day-to-day living at home, at work or anywhere else.

The Midea brand promises to offer “surprisingly friendly solutions”. Combined with high manufacturing standards aimed at achieving excellence, the brand provides an attractive product portfolio to help you “make yourself at home”.

“Midea has over 30 production centres worldwide, is present across 200+ countries, and carries over 50 product design awards. Over the past few years, Midea’s growth in the Middle East region has doubled. The reason behind is that we, at Midea, are putting ourselves in consumers’ shoes, identifying what are the solutions that people are looking in home appliances in this region. Based on those observations, we can deliver up-to-date, durable and wallet-friendly appliances for every home. We are happy for our collaboration with Prime Distribution with Midea’s strategy to offer better services to local consumers in Qatar,” said Siddharth Saxena, Sales Director – MEA Region, Midea.

General Manager of Prime Distribution Trading Company Mr Mohammad Imran said: “We are always trying to get the best for the people of Qatar and the collaboration with Midea was also a product of that vision. With Midea’s product quality, wide product range combined with PDTC’s market knowledge and reach, we are sure to make a huge impact on consumers.”

Midea’s 2020 line-up covers a complete range of home appliances – from major domestic appliances to a competitive portfolio of small household appliances. These include an attractive 12-place setting Dishwasher with six washing programs, including Intensive, ECO and Rapid wash; Side-by-side Refrigerator with A+ Energy efficiency and 10 Years’ Warranty on Inverter Compressor; Full-Safety 5 Gas Burner Cooking Range with SABAF and closed grill option; and A++ Energy Efficiency Front Load Washing Machine with 15 minutes quick cycle wash. The line-up spreads to a range of Chest Freezers, Water Dispensers, Microwave Ovens, Kettles, Blenders, Juicers, Multi-Cookers, Meat grinders, Vacuum Cleaners and Fans.

ABA Holding achieves new high, recognized as an ACCA Approved Employer

Adding a new feather to the Group’s hat, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding has been recognized as an ACCA Approved Employer.  Effective 20 July, 2020, the conglomerate is part of the ACCA Approved Employer Program that recognizes employers’ high standards of staff training and development.

Founded in 1904, ACCA – the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – has more than 227,000 fully qualified members and 544,000 future members worldwide.

ACCA awarded the recognition to ABA Holding in view of the continuing professional development opportunities provided to our staff in the Finance and Audit communities.

Through this award, ABA Holding has proved that we are committed to ensuring that our Finance professionals have the right skills, ethics and competencies to add value and drive the business forward.

Speaking about this latest achievement, ABA Group Chief Financial Officer Mr. Iftekhar Ahmad said: “Our people are our biggest asset and we prioritize their development. Ali Bin Ali Holding is continuously exploring options to keep our staff up-to-date with latest knowledge and developments that can assist their professional growth. I thank ACCA for recognizing our efforts.”

ACCA has a set of standards that needs to be met before they can recognize an organization as an Approved Employer.  This also reflects highest standards practiced at ABA Finance and Audit.

The recognition will be beneficial to ABA Holding at multiple levels with regard to recruitment (by gaining access to ACCA qualified professionals), retention of talents, research and industry insights, network, events and pricing reductions on a range of ACCA offerings and training solutions.

 

Ali Bin Ali Holding organizes special gathering for a corporate presentation

 

Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding has been moving forward and growing its business at different levels. To keep pace with these developments, an ABA corporate presentation was organized to update the relevant people about changes in the Company.

 

On June 20, 2019, the ABA management team and selected members of staff from different divisions of the Group gathered at the Salwa meeting room of Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel for an all-encompassing presentation about Ali Bin Ali Holding. The meeting concluded with a delightful lunch at ABA Hospitality’s Em Sherif restaurant at the Sheraton.

 

The presentation, organized by the Group Head Office, was addressed by the ABA Legal, ABA IT, ABA Internal Audit and ABA HR departments. The agenda covered crucial topics like the legal structure of ABA Holding, rollout of HR policies and also best practices like the re-launch of the cybersecurity initiative and launch of the code of conduct initiative.

 

All the sessions were highly educative and interactive as well. The attendees were given enough time to clear their doubts and even share opinion on the topics.

 

Speaking about the presentation meet, Group General Manager – Human Resources Mr. Aldrine Fernandez said: “We are a big conglomerate and are constantly evolving. It is very important that we update our policies accordingly and make sure that everyone is up-to-date about the changes and it is practiced in all our divisions. As a Group, we give utmost importance to ethics, and besides our business policies, we also fine-tune the Group’s code of conduct to make sure our founder’s values are followed.”

 

ABA’s Monoprix Qatar celebrates success of FORWARD in the division

After implementing the FORWARD application in February 2019 and using it since then, it was time for Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding’s Monoprix division to celebrate the successful implementation. On May 30, 2019, the Monoprix Qatar team and members from FORWARD PMO gathered to commemorate this achievement.

Apart from the team that worked on the FORWARD Project, Regional General Manager of Monoprix Qatar Mr. Sébastien Farhat, FORWARD Project Sponsor Mr. Mohamad Ebrik and ABA Holding PMO Manager Mr. Youssef Farajallah were all there to applaud the hard work the team had put in.

Opening the gathering, Mr. Sebastian said: “Whatever we achieved was because of teamwork. True to the values of Ali Bin Ali S.H.A.R.P, where people are very important, together we made this achievement possible in a short timeframe. It was with all your efforts, particularly the team that developed the requirements as per the needs of the different streams of business, we met our expectations.”

Applauding the efforts of the team, Mr. Ebrik said: “Monoprix is one of the new babies of Ali Bin Ali Holding and the expansion, growth and pace that we have been going through is really good. The ERP solution is now functioning in full swing in the division but it is important that the people behind the system makes it work to its full potential. It is up to you to benefit or not benefit from it. 

“In terms of knowledge and growth, using the best systems in the world is a big plus for you as it increases your value. Next, the FORWARD team will refocus with you on how to enhance what has been delivered.”

It was also the perfect opportunity to recognize the heroes in the division who went that extra mile to make the transition smooth. 

Shyam Thushara Peiris – Senior Accountant, Afroj Alam – Store Financial Controller, Rezaul Karim Bhuiyan – Store Financial Controller, Mohammed Mahiuddin – Store Financial Controller, and Mohammed Ehteshamuddin – Gold System Administrator, were awarded for their outstanding role in the project. 

Dianne Daraman – Accountant, Manohar Pratap – Accounts Assistant, Bimal Khadka – Accounts Assistant,  Bijay Chaulagain – Accounts Assistant, Sajan Shah – Accounts Assistant, Bharat Bhatta – Assistant Accountant, Diana Grace Dolor – Assistant Accountant, and Bipin Neupane – Invoice Control Clerk, were also recognized for their unrelenting support to the project.

ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrate successful implementation of FORWARD

After the successful implementation and stabilization of the FORWARD application in the divisions, Ali Bin Ali Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrated the efficient automation of the work process in their divisions on May 23, 2019.

 

The two divisions, which have the same management and a similar workflow, worked on the project together and also went live on the same day. For both the divisions, FORWARD automated the Finance modules and interfaced with the Oracle Retail application.

 

Mr. David Miller, General Manager for both ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, was present on the occasion – heading a proud team that did an extraordinary job while implementing the application. The event was also attended by FORWARD project sponsor Mr. Mohamad Ebrik and members of the FORWARD PMO team.

 

“I thank the team for all the efforts you have put in. We were trying to integrate multiple operations during the transition process and the dedication everyone showed without any complaint was really commendable. You worked late on weeknights and also on the weekend to make this possible. Of course, we have some tiny issues and I know we will overcome those over time and reach the level we desire,” Mr. Miller said.

 

Mr. Ebrik explained, “We were very apprehensive when we started implementation of the FORWARD project at Galeries Lafayette Doha, ABA Fashion and 21 High st simultaneously. There was a lot happening at the same time. New businesses were opening, FORWARD was being applied, RetailTech – which is another first-time project for Galeries Lafayette and ABA Fashion, annual budget. But when we gave the go ahead, everybody was focused on making it happen. This is one of the key success areas as we did not drag the project and the objective was to complete it fast, even with so many other things happening in parallel. We received so much positivity from the division – it really helped us.”

 

The occasion was also the perfect stage to bring the FORWARD heroes in the divisions under the spotlight. While the entire team got together and made their contribution to this success, it was a couple of members who played a particularly pivotal role. Dilif Kumar Tripura – Management Accountant of Galeries Lafayette Doha, and Samuel Maina – Accounts Assistant at ABA Fashion, were honored with the FORWARD hero title from the divisions.

 

Depicting the glamorous business of both ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, a huge banner replicating the Hollywood walk of fame was set up. All members from both the divisions who worked on the FORWARD project put their handprint on the stars and signed on it to mark their feat.

 

With the much-anticipated opening of Galleries Lafayette in Qatar and ABA Fashion introducing a couple of new stores, it was an intensive journey for the team to implement the FORWARD application. The shift to the new system marked a watershed in the way the divisions function, adding a lot of automation and producing error-free results.

Ali Bin Ali Hospitality celebrates successful implementation of FORWARD

After going live with the Group’s ERP FORWARD project in February 2019, it was time for Ali Bin Ali Hospitality to celebrate the success implementation of the solution in the division.

On May 23, 2019, the ABA Hospitality team led by General Manager Mr. Philippe Tardieu, FORWARD Project Sponsor Mr. Mohamad Ebrik and members of the FORWARD PMO gathered to applaud the achievement.

Opening the event, Mr. Tardieu welcomed all and said: “We are very happy with the FORWARD solution and would like to thank our entire Finance team and the PMO team for making this possible. More modules will be added to the system soon, making the work process more efficient in the division. We are very positive about this new system.”

Mr Ebrik said, “Hospitality is one of the latest batches of the ERP project and we have reached here today because of everybody’s dedication and hard work. However, this is not the end. It is the start of a new journey to use the system to its full potential. There will be another few months of stabilization period to make sure all tools of the system are put to full use. It is important for the team to know the system really well so that they can extract, analyze and then provide feedback to the business to move forward.”

All members of the small team from ABA Hospitality who were involved in the FORWARD project gave their very best to make the transition a success. The simultaneous process of opening new restaurants, implementing a new solution and integrating it with the existing one was not an easy one. Recognizing this feat and acknowledging their contribution, the heroes from the division were also awarded at the event.

Ahmed Abdelbaki – Finance Manager, Gururajan – Accounts Supervisor, Irshad Hassan – Accounts Supervisor, and Razzak Hossain – Senior Accountant, were handed certificates by Mr.  Tardieu.

A banner designed like a food cart was set up in line with the theme ‘FORWARD – the new secret ingredient of change’. The team members placed jars, indicating the key ingredients of FORWARD, on the cart to complete the visual.

The FORWARD ERP application will mainly support the Finance and Procurement functions of the Hospitality division. The restaurant chains will be using the Micros system to handle Point of Sale (POS) services but it will be integrated with FORWARD.

ABA’s International Agencies celebrates implementation of FORWARD in the division

Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding’s International Agencies (IA) went live with the FORWARD application on December 8, 2018 and the division has been successfully using the system since then. 

To celebrate this journey, a gathering was organized in the division on April 11, 2019.

All IA team members, along with General Manger Mr. Ghassan Aibef and ex-General Manager Mr. Viji Kurien, who was at the helm of the project in the division, were present at the event. Also present were members of the FORWARD team, the driving force behind the project.

The event was opened by Mr. Ghassan who welcomed everyone to the IA Go Live event and reminded everybody that it was the beginning of a big change, which is still a work in progress. He then handed over the stage to Mr. Viji, who had led the IA team through the transition and implemented FORWARD in the division.

Reminiscing about the FORWARD journey, Mr. Viji said: “Implementation of the FORWARD application was kind of inevitable, surely the time had come for change. It was a painful journey but there was some real good effort from the IA team, with support from the PMO and Intrasoft, which made it possible for IA to Go Live without failure. 

“It’s like planting a fruit tree; today we are all cribbing about it and yes, there are teething problems, but surely benefits are going to come. Five years down the line, this is going to be the best operating system for the company. 

“That’s where all of us will leave our footprint behind for posterity to say that somebody did this hard work and will thank us for this. That’s what we all should be proud of. I know of many companies that went live with ERP multiple times but rolled (it) back. It is absolutely fantastic and credit goes to ABA, as we have not gone back despite the problems we may be having with the new system. That by itself is a huge positive and a reflection of the commitment we have had from the ABA team.”

While the entire team along with FORWARD PMO put in their best efforts to make the transition smooth, there were some members who played a pivotal role. The Go Live celebration gathering was also used as a stage to recognize the contribution of these heroes. 

Ruvaani Chetty – Supply Chain Manager, International Agencies; Prasath – Accounts Supervisor, International Agencies; Crouse Grandell Perez – Sales Manager, International Agencies; and Karla Steenkamp – Market Manager, International Agencies, were awarded with certificates of appreciation for their good work.

Considering the nature of IA’s business with countries around the globe and how FORWARD would make the processes easy, the theme of the event also revolved around it.  All involved in the project placed the IA, ABA and FORWARD flags around the Earth printed on a banner. It represented the dream of taking over the world and lead the change to automation.

International Agencies has been using the Inventory, Sales and Finance modules of the FORWARD system and the operations are working smoothly. Being an important part of Ali Bin Ali Holding’s FMCG business, this stability of the system in the division is really inspiring for all other divisions of the Group. 

ABA Holding to open first digitally smart Monoprix at Msheireb Downtown Doha

Once again, Ali Bin Ali (ABA) Holding will be instrumental in getting the latest technology for the people of Qatar as they get ready to open the first Monoprix in Qatar with the SMART Retail Solution at Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD).

The announcement was made on April 2, 2019 during a MoU-signing ceremony attended by officials from Msheireb Properties, the developer of MDD, and ABA Holding. The MoU was signed by Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Vice Chairman & EVP of Ali Bin Ali Holding, and Mr. Ali Al-Kuwari, Acting CEO of Msheireb Properties, in the presence of Mr. Sébastien Farhat, Regional General Manager of Monoprix.

The new Monoprix will launch, for the first time in the region, one of the most advanced retail software solutions for an enhanced customer service. In addition to this, the store will provide its famous Concierge and Shop & Go concepts, making the shopping experience for residents and visitors of MDD more convenient and comfortable.

Monoprix Msheireb will offer an extensive organic range of 12,000 items sourced internationally, as well as a new dine-in Qatari-food concept, sushi bar and pasta & pizza corner. The hypermarket will continue to support local initiatives and stock all local Qatari-made products.

Speaking about the collaboration, Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali said: “As a Group, we seek to enhance our long-standing reputation of enriching the local market. It is with this vision that we are introducing the retail software solution exclusively at Monoprix Msheireb, our new store that will be servicing the new heart of Doha. We are very excited and look forward to the launch.”