“ Sales of tech devices picking up in non-metro circles”

US based technology firm, Zebra Technologies, is known for its solutions particularly aligned to the retail, e-commerce and logistics sectors. The company has been in consistent innovative mode vis-à-vis its popular offerings like barcode scanners, hand held devices and printers. Deep Agarwal, Regional Sales Director (Indian sub-continent) explains  the broader business trends and company’s strategy to make a mark in India in a conversation with Ritwik Sinha. Edited excerpts …      A recent report by a research agency on bar code scanners and printers maintain that the sales volume…

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Commerce Minister favours inclusion of cold chain scheme in National Logistics Policy

(Representation Image) While participating in an inter-ministerial review meeting of the draft National Logistics Policy last week, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal emphasized on inclusion of a national cold chain scheme in the policy. According to an official release, Goyal maintained that all efforts must be made for farm produce of food grains, fruits and vegetables to reach from farm to market with minimum wastage of time and among other things, this entails inclusion of a central scheme for cold chain in the action plan of the…

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DHL Global Trade Barometer indicates contraction in the near run

The latest edition of DHL Global Trade Barometer (launched in January 2018) has indicated a slight contraction of worldwide trade for the next three months. The index value has dropped to 48 – air trade declined by -6 to 49 points, and containerized ocean trade by -8 points to 48 index points. Commenting on the latest forecast, Tim Scharwath, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, said: “Amidst rising US-Chinese tensions, the slightly negative outlook for global trade for the third quarter of 2019 does not come as a complete surprise.…

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India to get over 65 Mn Sq. ft. of new Mall Space by 2022-end

Considering the growing surge in e-commerce business in the country, its quite natural to conclude that it would slacken the business in the physical malls segment. But according to ANAROCK’s latest retail report TCCx: Redefining the Future of Retail Malls released at the CII North Retail Conclave recently in Delhi, the sector is riding high on the phenomenal rise of consumerism and renewed interest by institutional investors. According to the report, the Indian mall developers are looking to add over 65 mn sq. ft. of new mall supply by 2022-end across the country. Of…

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Sharad Saraf elected as FIEO’s new President

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) elected Sharad Kumar Saraf as its new President. Chairman and Founder of Technocraft Industries. Saraf in his earlier stints in FIEO has served twice as Vice-President and 4 times as Regional Chairman (WR).   Saraf is a member of 5 different Export Promotion Councils, having experience of multiple business segments. With an expertise and experience of well over four decades in foreign trade, Saraf is also Member, Managing Committee of Texprocil, Cotton Associations of India and Confederation of Indian Textile Industry. A staunch…

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Huawei’s P30 Series touches 10 million shipment mark in shortest time

Kevin Ho, President of Handset Product Line of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said at the MWC Shanghai Global Device Summit that “Huawei’s smartphone shipments reached 100 million units on May 30th, earlier than that of 2018 when we reached the same volume. The sales volume of P30 series hit 10 million 85 days after its launch. The time we took to reach 10 million unit sales is 62 days less than that for P20 series.” It is a record-breaking three months for Huawei flagship devices. According to a company release, Huawei…

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DHL SmarTrucking to partner Punjab agro firm

JVS, a Chandigarh-based, family-owned apple trading company operating in the agricultural sector, has appointed DHL SmarTrucking as its exclusive logistics partner. DHL SmarTrucking provides bespoke refrigerated trucking solutions for temperature-sensitive products, in addition to tailored trucking solutions for dry goods. In addition to employing smart technology to ensure temperature accuracy and reliability in cold chain deliveries, DHL SmarTrucking leverages Internet of Things (IoT) technology and data-driven insights for route optimization to shorten transit times. Vipan Sharda, Proprietor, JVS, said, “For over 28 years, we have been working with farmers in Punjab…

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Major infrastructure rejig around emerging manufacturing zone in Odisha

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha last week, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, apprised the members of major infrastructure development happening around Kalinganagar, Odisha which is coming up as an National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ). On the road infrastructure side, the Paradip-Kalinganagar section is being upgraded from 2-lane carriageway to 6-lane carriageway of NH-200 between Chandikhole to KNIMZ and 4-lane carriageway to 6-lane carriageway of NH-5A between Chandikhole to Paradip Port. For the improved rail connectivity to the upcoming manufacturing zone, a Broad Gauge…

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EVs to comprise 50% of Blowhorn’s fleet by 2022

Tech-logistics start up Blowhorn has announced plans to move 50% of its fleet to eco-friendly mobility solutions like EVs, Hybrid vehicles, CNG by the end of 2021 and 100% by 2025. The company stated that it has a dedicated team building out a robust action plan to make this ambitious goal practicable. The company maintains that it has over the past several months held advanced discussions with multiple stakeholders including several EV and battery manufacturers, technologies targeting EV alternatives, and the broader mobility ecosystem. To underscore its commitment, Blowhorn also…

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Flybot launches its first product in India

Flybot, a lifestyle brand that deals in fashionable consumer electronics announced the launch of its first product Flybot Beat, a true wireless earphone. The earphones are touted to offer a superior sound and customized fit. It gets cushioned ear tips and an ergonomic ear design. The product is priced at Rs. 2999 and is available on Amazon India. The new earbud comes equipped with Bluetooth Version 5.0 that enables customers to connect their smartphone/tablet easily to get a truly wireless experience with transmission range of up to 10 meters. It provides an HD quality sound and has an 800 mAH powerful…

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