“ Launched special services to deal with crisis”

According to Sachin Haritash, CEO and Founder of digital start-up Mavyn ( a platform that connects fleet owners and end-users for their diverse transportation requirements across the country), the platform has initiated new line of services to help its customers in the current crisis period. Edited excerpts of a brief conversation with Ritwik Sinha…           Industry insiders are maintaining that following the lockdown, not more than 5-8 percent of freight vehicles are operating right now. What is your assessment of the situation? –  As per our data and industry…

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Flying to new routes with essential supplies

Blue Dart, domestic air cargo major, has reported operating on new routes in the recent days to ensure essential supplies as part of its Business Contingency and Continuity Plan (BCCP) to assist in the grand national battle against Covid-19 outbreak. The BCCP includes pandemic operating plans and preventive actions to ensure least disruption in company’s services to its customers.  For this, Blue Dart has set up a Quick Response Team which is working 24×7 towards and the operations of its six 757 Boeing freighters have been prioritised to deliver medical…

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Sharp decline in global food prices

World food prices declined sharply in March, driven mostly by demand-side contractions linked to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drop in global oil prices due mostly to expectations of economic slowdown as governments roll out restrictions designed to respond to the health crisis, the UN food agency said in its latest monthly report. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly traded food commodiies, averaged 172.2 points during the month, down 4.3 percent from February. “The price drops are largely driven by demand…

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Dedicated mobile app to help drivers stranded on highways

Locus, leading B2B SaaS company, that specializes in automating human decisions in supply chain, has initiated the ‘Driver Seva mobile app’ project along with Highway Delite, a travel app startup, to do its bit in easing the situation for the truck drivers who are stuck on highways due to the lockdown. This project is supported by oil marketing major Bharat Petroleum in association with the All India Motor Transport Congress. Agarwal Packers and Movers (APML) is also a partner in this initiative. This app aims to help drivers in the…

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FIEO offers digital certification of origin facility

Leading industry chamber of Indian exporters FIEO has started the facility of the digital certificate of origin (both non-preferential and preferential, for which it is authorized) using FIEO’s online CoO system. The facility will reduce the transaction time and cost of exporters also. The facility is expected to help exporters in sending CoO electronically to buyers to help them clear the consignment particularly as most of the courier companies are not operating in the country. Many of the countries are now accepting scanned /digital copies of the Certificate of Origins. FIEO is also updating information…

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Major ports not to charge penalty for COVID-19 linked delays

In wake of outbreak of COVID-19 and same being declared as Pandemic, the Government of India has imposed a lockdown for a period of 21 days to contain COVID-19 Pandemic in the country. Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an addendum, specifically giving exceptions to the operations of Seaports for cargo movement and inter-state movement of Goods/cargo for inland and exports to ensure regular supply of goods in the country. In accordance to the above and on receipt of representations from various stakeholders, the Ministry of Shipping on 24th March,…

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Warehouse, FPO modules added in e-NAM platform

The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh recently launched new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform   to strengthen agriculture marketing by farmers which will reduce their need to physically come to  wholesale mandis  for selling  their harvested produce, at a time when there is critical need to decongest mandis to effectively fight against COVID-19. These software modules are namely (i) Warehouse based trading module in e-NAM software to  facilitate trade from warehouses based on e-NWR (ii)  FPO trading module in e-NAM…

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Domino’s Pizza- ITC Foods partner to deliver essential items

Domino’s Pizza, India’s largest and most trusted pizza delivery brand, in partnership with ITC Foods, one of the fastest growing packaged food businesses in India, has launched “Domino’s Essentials”. The delivery infrastructure of Domino’s will be leveraged to help customers order everyday grocery essentials offered by ITC Foods, India’s most trusted packaged staple brand. A combo pack of Aashirvaad Atta and Spices including chili, coriander and turmeric powder will be available on Domino’s app. This service will be available for consumers first in Bengaluru and then in the cities of Noida,…

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Snapdeal joining hands with Kisan Mandis to boost supplies

 Snapdeal, India’s leading value-focused e-commerce marketplace, has resumed operations in 96 cities covering more than 15,000 pin codes. Other than metro cities, the list also covers smaller cities like Agra, Bhopal, Dehradun, Jalandhar, Kanpur, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kota, Nashik, Patna, Raipur, Surat etc.   The current operations cover essential goods in high demand and include grocery items like rice, tea, coffee, atta etc. Also, supplies of household cleaning supplies are being prioritized.   To boost supplies, Snapdeal has tied up with local grocers and wholesalers to make fast intra-city deliveries. It is also…

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Lifting of restriction on freight movement draws mixed response

India’s battle against the deadly Coronavirus may be far from reaching a conclusive stage, but the government surprised all by lifting restrictions on road transportation of non-essential commodities across the country early last week…   To read complete report, please visit: https://www.indoasiancommodities.com/2020/03/31/lifting-of-restriction-on-non-essential-commodities-draws-mixed-response/

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