ABA Group Procurement Department holds awareness workshop

With the goal to raise awareness about the role of procurement in the Group, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Procurement Department organized a special workshop on May 25, 2023, at Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery in Msheireb.

The event was attended by ABA staff members from different divisions who are involved in the process of procurement. A total of 80 people attended the one-day in-depth workshop, which explained procurement policies and procedures in the Group.

The session, headed by Group Procurement Controller Ms. Petra Bais and Procurement Analyst/Buyer Mr. Yousuf Yahyya, elaborated on the importance of the Procurement Department in the sourcing of goods and services that support the daily operations, including sourcing, negotiating terms, purchasing items, receiving and inspecting goods as necessary and keeping records of all the steps in the process.

The participants learnt about the different clusters of procurement processes and what is preferred at the Holding. They were also educated on the different workflow procurement structures that are ideal for their divisions.

In her presentation, Ms. Petra highlighted that as a trusted partner, the Procurement Department is keen to focus on issues that protect the interests of the Holding. “The ABA Group Procurement Department requires a strong understanding of market trends, organizational objectives and supplier capabilities to ensure success. These include strong procurement roles in sourcing, negotiation, contract management and supplier relationship management,” she added.

Key to the discussions was the department’s wide role in cost reduction, profit realization and adding value to the business processes. On his part, Mr. Yousuf explained: “The Ali Bin Ali Procurement Department can actively place the Holding in a more competitive position. Suppliers working with ABA business streams must have the ability to cope with the latest equipment, technology and processes.”

Adding an element of fun and engaging the attendees while testing what they learnt, they were challenged with a group activity to handle procurement situations through a case study. The two teams to recognize the most correct steps were awarded for their prowess in the task.

The event concluded with a survey to gauge their understanding about the workshop and the procurement process. Finally, the guests ended the day with a scrumptious lunch.

 

Monoprix Qatar expands presence, opens two new trendy stores

Expanding its already impressive presence in Qatar, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Monoprix recently opened two new stores in the city. Both the new Monoprix stores mark a vibrant presence in two of the most epochal landmarks in the country. While one is located in the heart of the Doha at Msheireb Downtown, the second one is in the iCONIC 2022 building at Aspire Zone.

Located inside the Galleria mall near its back entrance, Monoprix Msheireb is a shopper’s delight. The 4,300-sqm store is a one-stop-shop for total grocery needs with all fresh food categories, including butchery, delicatessen, cheese counter, bakery and fishery. Like all other Monoprix stores, Monoprix Msheireb also upholds the ‘good food’ concept with an elaborate and well-stocked organic, gluten-free, diet food and protein sections.

Continuing to support local initiatives, the store has a wide range of Qatar-made products across all categories, including food and beverages. Apart from the popular restaurants Mgrill, Mfish, Mpizza and Msushi, the store also houses a Salad Bar, a Mediterranean Counter with fresh salads, and a section for fresh Qatari food.

Located in the iCONIC 2022 building, which is already an indelible part of this nation’s sporting legacy, iCONIC Monoprix is a landmark on its own. The 6,500-sqm store not only features well-stocked isles, but also has ample parking spaces in order to offer maximum convenience to customers.

The trendy concept store also includes the full range of high-quality products Monoprix is known for, along with a dedicated organic food section. Serviced fully by a team of professional, well-trained staff, the outlet also includes the Monoprix concept restaurants that serve an exciting array of special Monoprix dishes made from exclusive recipes.

Both stores have well-planned COVID-safe protocols in place, upholding the highest government-stipulated health and safety standards. The latest Monoprix stores are ready to welcome shoppers and offer them an inimitable shopping experience with a decidedly French touch.

Speaking about the expansion, Regional General Manager of Monoprix Mr. Sébastien Farhat said: “The love and encouragement of our customers has encouraged us to spread our network. The two latest additions to the Monoprix store family hold special significance because of their strategic locations, making them a part of the country’s future. Monoprix Qatar is always looking to diversify our presence and be easily accessible for all people in Qatar.”

Monoprix Qatar is one of the most popular supermarket chains in Qatar. The retail chain currently has five stores in Qatar – West Bay, Doha Festival City, Medina Centrale at The Pearl-Qatar and the new Monoprix stores at Msheireb Downtown Doha and iCONIC 2022 building in Aspire Zone. Monoprix Qatar is continuously working on widening its network and will soon launch new stores in different parts of the country.

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.”