MVC Global announces partnership with Cox Logistics Group to launch a “SmartHub”

Today Bahrain’s MVC Global announced a strategic partnership with Cox Logistics Group to launch a first-of-its-kind “SmartHub” logistics warehouse for pharmaceuticals and food to be headquartered in Bahrain and serve the GCC market.

COX Group

At a time when global supply chains are decimated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this next-generation logistics warehouse will utilise emerging technologies to ensure the speedy and efficient distribution of much-needed foods and medicines across the entire GCC, drastically reducing the time required for paperwork, administration and bureaucracy. It will be the first ‘smart hub’ in the middle east to integrate a track and trace system on a blockchain platform with smart contracts for customs clearances and fee payments.

The MVC ‘SmartHub’ platform integrates blockchain with serialised Track & Trace, IoT sensors, and ‘SmartPass’ with smart contracts for compliance and government clearances, as well as Fintech for supply chain finance and cross border payments. The ‘SmartHub’ will combine MVC’s platform with advanced AI technologies and will facilitate both Cold and Non-cold storage distribution for food, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in Bahrain and across the GCC. The configuration and deployment of the system are currently underway.

Cox Logistics Group joins MVC’s existing strategic partners – value chain platform provider AVC Global and leading track and trace solutions provider rfxcel Corporation. Additional strategic partnerships are being announced soon. The partners are all working together with a view to deploy a network of Smart Hubs and Node Operations with ‘SmartPass’ across the entire GCC.

Commenting on the new partnership, Shaikha Dheya bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa’s, MVC Global Chairwoman, said: “Due to the ongoing pandemic, the availability, authenticity and safety of pharmaceutical and agricultural food supply chains is a more urgent priority than ever before. We have been building a world-class team in Bahrain with a vision of positioning the Kingdom as a world leader in supply chain strengthening, sustainability and development. I am delighted we have now been joined by the Cox Group.”