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It’s not every day that one runs into an eminent technocrat turned entrepreneur! Meet Prem Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of Bangalore headquartered Uniworld Logistics Private Limited – a man full of surprises!
An Engineer who specialised in aeronautics design and jet propulsion, Prem Kumar was also a member of the FAILURE Analysis team with India’s National Space Agency – Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Striking out on his own in 2002 with a dream of creating a multi-million niche space for his business, this humble and ambitious son of a schoolteacher ventured into a new career dimension – logistics.
With a zeal and unbridled passion to create something, literally, out-of-the-box, Prem Kumar began Uniworld Logistics as a game-changer in the logistics industry. Innovation and customer satisfaction were his key objectives to create holistic and seamless solutions. Within a short span of two decades, he has succeeded in anchoring and leading Uniworld as a beacon in the logistics Industry.
Ably supported by his wife, Femina Prem, who brings to the table her skill and experience in recruitment, talent search, public relations and brand building, this dynamic duo are on the verge of becoming giant leaders in the industry.
Uniworld’s foray into logistics started with operations in 15 locations across India, offering global forwarding, customs brokerage and transportation. In 2004, Uniworld was one of the first Indian companies to get a Class A licence in China, marking the birth of Uniworld Asia, which ultimately expanded to include offices and operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The company was among the very few logistics companies who introduced the concept of ‘Pay for what you use in 3PL logistics’ way back in 2009. Today, it manages more than 750 000 sq ft of 3PL warehousing in seven cities in India and Singapore, providing state-of-the-art logistics solutions to various industries like Information Technology, Automotive, FMCG, Fashion, Aerospace, Life Sciences and Farm Fresh. Uniworld is a fully compliant company with certifications like AEO, ISO 9001-2015, GDP etc.
Uniworld’s service orientation encompasses not just business, but communities as well. Giving back is not just an act, but a company lifestyle, with dedicated units adopting and promoting Women Empowerment in villages, by training, hiring, encouraging self-sustainability and empowerment, supporting underprivileged children in education and supporting the Home for the Aged.
Now, in 2022, Uniworld celebrates its 20th anniversary! “With 31 offices spread across the world and an employee-engagement of 1500+ personnel, our gratitude goes out to all our customers, employees and partners who have travelled this journey with us. With service being a key catalyst, we have joined hands with extraordinary partners like EMO Trans and Bidvest International Logistics to create seamless customer experiences,” says Prem Kumar.
The completion of 20 years has also brought on board the next generation in the family, who bring new dynamics and fresh energy levels to Uniworld. Felicia Prem Fernandes is Head of the Supply Chain vertical and is enterprising, vivacious, passionate and much loved by her team.
Joshua Prem heads the Western Region and is a pragmatic, ambitious go-getter. He also heads the Trade Lane Development for South Africa and Africa as a continent. Under his keen analysis of the vicissitudes of the African market and his indefatigable zeal, Uniworld saw a new vertical like Hospital Supply chain solutions in Africa opening up.
With an eye towards innovation and automation, Uniworld is now poised at the threshold of taking the logistics supply chain onto the digital platform. In the coming decades, we are committed to increasing digital velocity of our business through our in-house developed digital platform UNICLIK to serve the GenX.
Prem Kumar looks back and forges forward. “Honestly, none noticed Uniworld’s birth. I had no background in the industry. I came from ISRO with a technical background. I was hungry for success… hungry to create my own space which would be the talk of the town. I admire most our Ex-President of India, (Late) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who also started his career with ISRO. He was my inspiration in a way. His most famous quote was “Dreams float on an impatient wind that wants to create a new order. An order of strength and thundering of fire”. I am a big dreamer and believe in making it happen with passion and perfection. Twenty years later, I am proud to see how Uniworld has shaped up and grown.”
We are poised on this platform of expertise and commitment to perfection, passion for excellence, our ability to overcome challenges and our innovative, efficient and effective customer-centric solutions. Now, Uniworld celebrates the bridges built across boundaries, nurturing relationships, walking that extra mile and perfecting solutions.
Looking forward to accelerating the momentum for the ever-emerging world of logistics – new dreams…