“ Potential galore in office supplies domain”

Aahaa Stores is a B2B eCommerce start-up (founded in 2013) working in the domain of office supplies with the promise of bringing down the cost of enterprises by 20-30 percent. Asokan Sattanathan, Founder & Chairman, Aahaa Stores tells the story of the company to Ritwik Sinha in an exclusive chat…   Please take me through to the brief journey of AAHAA stores. How would you explain your services portfolio and reach in a geographically vast and diverse country as India? Aahaa Stores was founded in 2013. Aahaa Stores is one…

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Indian facility management business is still at a nascent stage

Facility management, an evolving business line in the country, requires logistics precision of a high degree to meet the requirements of the customers. Ritu Grover, MD, The Global Helpdesk has been among the first movers in this segment in the country. Speaking with Ritwik Sinha, Grover explains its various dimensions… How would you explain the facility management business and its diverse verticals like soft FM and hard FM?   With the advent of service sector industry stepping into India and end use industries such as real estate builders constructing residential and…

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“ Spear-FM has aggressive growth plans in India”

European logistics major FM Logistics (a French entity) had acquired a majority stake in Pune-headquartered Spear Logistics late last year. In an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha, the MD  of Spear Logistics Gautam Dembla presents the integration update of the two companies and the expansion plans in the near to medium run…   FM had bought the majority stake in Spear late last year. I would like to understand what is the existing equity structure and working arrangement? FM Logistic reinforced its geographical coverage by becoming a majority shareholder of…

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“GST impact on logistics will be a slow process”

It has been more than a fortnight since India embraced ‘one nation, one tax’ regime. Speaking with Ritwik Sinha, Vice-Chairperson of CILT India Veni Mathur presents a ring-side view GST’s immediate impact on logistics and supply chain businesses. Edited excerpts… Firstly, let me get a sense of the positioning of CILT India in the marketplace in terms of members count and their services diversity? CILT INDIA is a branch of an International organization called The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport with its headquarters in London, UK. CILT has branches…

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Kairali has the capacity to match any surge in retail demand of its products

The Kairali Ayurvedic Group,  much known for its defining healing centers in India and abroad, has also been making subtle moves in the retail space for over 20 years now. According to Abhilash Ramesh, Executive Director of the Group, the company’s retail arm has reached to matured stage now and is capable of meeting any demand surge. Excerpts of a conversation with Ritwik Sinha…    You are primarily known for your defining ayurvedic healing centers both within the country and abroad. At what stage you decided to get into the…

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“ GoBolt will raise another round of funding this year”

The online transportation aggregator GoBolt will soon be venturing out in the part-load segment and it is also eyeing at a fresh round of funding this year. In an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha, the Co-Founder of GoBolt Sumit Sharma narrates the challenges and opportunities which technological applications pose in India’s cumbersome transportation business. Edited excerpts… To begin with, please briefly take me through to your journey so far? GoBOLT is a Tech logistics start up operating in B2B surface transportation space in Long hauls & shot haul operations. It…

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“ We will have a fleet size of 10,000 vehicles in 3 years”

Sunil Gupta, CEO & MD Avis India talks to Ritwik Sinha explaining what it takes for the upscale global car rental company to manage logistics arrangements for seamless operations. He also highlights at the near and medium run milestones which the company has set for itself. Edited excerpts…  For an upscale car rental service provider like Avis, logistics management is a challenge. How would you explain your overall strategy which ensure that your operational modalities stay as seamless as possible?   We are the only International Car Rental Company in India.…

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“TruckSuvidha is all set to launch defining value added services”

TruckSuvidha, one of the first movers in online truck aggregation space in the country, is all set to expand its portfolio and include new offerings. Isshu Bansal, Founder of TruckSuvidha, shares the details with Ritwik Sinha… Briefly take me through to TruckSuvidha journey so far. It has been widely believed that there is no synergy between truck operators and technology. In that context, how did you manage to bridge this gap? The journey these couple of years has been mind-boggling as the change in the recent years has picked up…

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“ Mom and Pop stores will also adopt technology in some form”

Zebra Technologies, a major global entity particularly known for its scanning and mobile computing solutions, believes that the onset of GST will result in plethora of new opportunities for it.   Deep Agarwal, Regional Sales Director – India, Zebra Technologies APAC explains in a brief conversation with Ritwik Sinha… Firstly, let me ask you: how much are you aligned with supply chain industry? Our main focus has been supply chain. We provide solutions to supply chain industry – hardware and services. And a significant part of our revenue comes from the supply chain…

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“ Yusen Logistics will nearly double its warehousing capacity in India”

Global logistics major Yusen (headquartered in Japan), formerly known as NYK Logistics, has drawn an ambitious plan to expand its footprint in India. Vinod Kumar Vahinipati, Head – Contract Logistics division of Yusen India shares the details of the proposed expansion in a conversation with Ritwik Sinha. Edited excerpts….   Please briefly take me through to Yusen’s journey in the Indian market so far? This company was established in 1998 as NYK logistics Our services in the initial phase was more directed towards in-house operations. In 2007, we came out…

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