The end of the logistics chain, going the extra mile….

The Logistics and Supply Chain Specialists Gideon Hillman Consulting, offer their insights on the topic of last mile delivery for ecommerce, and what impact it has on the supply chain. The growth of e-commerce and online retail, it seems, surpassed all expectations over the last 15 years. The everyday consumer has quickly become accustomed to the ever-increasing developments in technology, and subsequently, the ability to purchase items online, and receive them, delivered to their doorstep, within a matter of days. The easier it becomes for the consumer to purchase an…

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Demonetisation, a year on…

Shishir Baijal, CMD, Knight Frank India   The aftermaths of demonetisation have perhaps come to a full circle. A year back when the government decided to derecognise high denomination currency, momentum in the real estate sector came to a grinding halt.  There was widespread heartburn across stakeholders but somewhere the industry was hopeful about a greater good in store. The expectations stemmed from the government narrative to flush out black economy and bring consolidation back in the sector. While the industry continued to grapple with hope two more structural reforms…

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Why Supermarkets Are on a Shopping Spree

Pankaj Renjhen, Managing Director – Retail Services, JLL India   The recent acquisition of the Hypercity brand by Kishore Biyani’s Future Group is one of the many instances highlighting a key ongoing trend in the retail industry – cross-category consolidation. Retailers are increasingly exiting businesses that drag down their profits and focusing on strengthening their core businesses to increase their market share and create value for their shareholders.   Earlier this year, online retail giant Alibaba picked up stakes in Chinese supermarket chains Hema and Bailan Amazon bought out grocery chain Whole Foods for a whopping $13.7…

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Monitoring supply chain in the fashion industry

Contributed by: Gideon Hillman Consulting UK Manufacture of clothing usually relies on different processes completed in different factories. The supply chain proves to be complex for all items of clothing, with a variety of different processes, from cotton picking, and weaving, to dying and printing. It may be the case that a clothing retailer is aware of their first-tier suppliers; however further down the chain, due to lack of transparency in the clothing manufacture industry, the retailer may not be able to determine where the cotton for their products is…

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6 Transformative Impacts of Technology on Real Estate

Ramesh Nair, CEO & Country Head, JLL India Real estate in India may lag behind in plucking the fruits of enhanced technology – but globally, the field of technology has made immense progress and there is definitely much to leverage. In fact, there are at least six technology-driven changes which can potentially transform the sector. Essentially, these evolutionary steps in technology can completely usher in an era of ‘experiential’ real estate for consumers, developers and consultants – and as a direct consequence, transform the way in which real estate business…

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Food Industry Supply Chain is Hungry for change

Contributed by: Gideon Hillman Consulting Ltd.   The global supply chain is under increasing pressure from new demands, fuelled by technological advances and the decidedly critical consumer; barraging logistics processes to adapt to the effervescent era of pandering to consumer demands, as opposed to procuring profitability margins. One very important sector which is feeling the pinch more so than others is the Food Industry. UKWA recently conducted a nine-month research project which explored the current struggles of the food industry in the Capital and cities across the UK. Aptly named…

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Urban Mobility & Freight Transportation

Sumit Sharma Mobility can be defined as movement of people from one place to other or ability to move physically. In urban cities mobility of some people can be fast while mobility of some people can be slow. Mobility is highest in places that accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users as well as drivers. In many instances, passengers and freight movements are complementary to one another Urban Mobility in India Across the world urban mobility has seen various phases. Highways were built to connect the central business district to outlying…

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Truck drivers can add competitive advantage

Road Transportation is one of the important links that facilitates productivity and competitive efficiency, leading to rapid economic development of the country. It also plays a key role in bringing about the development of the remote regions by opening them to trade and investment and integrating them with the mainstream economy. Consider what would happen if every truck were pulled off the road: There would be a perishable goods shortage within three days; drinking water would disappear within two to four weeks. Food supplies in hospitals would be gone in…

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Virtual Hospital can provide a major boost to medical tourism

A professional organisation with doctors, healthcare professionals, Hospital Companion & Patient Coach on board, India Virtual Hospital team is trained to support and hand-hold patients to manage their medical and surgical care away from home, says Swadeep Srivastava, Founder & Chief Belief Officer, India Virtual Hospital   India is going to be the hub for medical tourism in near future. According to a report of CII the treatment quality in India is at par with first world countries and the cost for the same is one-tenth here. The reports says,…

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Moving towards multimodal transportation

Surendra Sharma India has never truly used the advantage of its natural resources. Development has remained concentrated to certain pockets of urban and industrial area. Connectivity also has been mainly for passenger by rail and goods transport by road. Inland water ways, coastal shipping and combination through multi- modal were not developed. With the result India’s national highways network which is just 2 % of the country’s total road network carry 40 % of the country’s traffic. India’s railways daily carry 18 million passengers and two million tons of cargo. All…

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