Diamond Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading retail Bank, has entered into partnership with DHL Global Forwarding to ease financial and logistics burden faced by manufacturers and businesses during importation of goods and raw materials.
The product, Diamond Logistics Service, would allow business managers and owners, particularly in the manufacturing sector, to concentrate on their key business operations without being distracted by the demands of the supply chain. The new solutions would involve both payments and logistics benefits.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lagos, UzomaDozie, Deputy Managing Director, Diamond Bank Plc, said the key objective of the new service was to provide convenient payment and delivery services to their customers in need of logistics.
“Diamond Bank Plc is interested in creating the convenience for our customers for their importation activities. We discover that most businesses dissipate needless energy, time and resources on their freight forwarding activities to the detriment of their core business concerns. They experience challenges in payment, cargo clearing and movement to locations. These are issues that this new service will tackle,” Uzoma stated.
Speaking further, he said, “Diamond Bank would handle the payment for all importation transactions while DHL handles the logistics involved. The security of the goods imported would also be guaranteed. Customers will have time to focus on their core deliverables and be more competitive in their own field.”
While speaking on the service, Sylvester Idoko Onoja, Head, Trade Products, Diamond Bank Plc said, “Diamond Bank is doing this to ensure that customers are not distracted from their core business objectives. The logistics hassles would be taken off their “To-Do” list. The supply chain process is cumbersome for customers. The Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises must be encouraged to grow sufficiently; this product will takethe burden of importation off their shoulders.”
In her remarks, Sukhvinder Kaur, Chief Financial Officer, DHL Global Forwarding West Africa, said the new service would engender a revolution in the manufacturing industry in the country, adding that the pedigree of both Diamond Bank and DHL would make the Diamond Logistics Service the toast of customers.
She said: “DHL GF understands that logistics and finance are specialized fields that should be managed by people with remarkable track record. This partnership will ease the challenge of manufacturers and other companies in Nigeria that import goods. We would create a seamless movement of goods till delivery to their destination of choice.”