“ Pharma and automotive are key focus areas”

In the sphere of freight forwarding, Robinsons Cargo & Logistics, with over six decades of history has been a formidable name. Recently, an independent entity has been spun off from the company which will focus on 3PL business across several sectors. Aditya Vazirani, Director of Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions speaks with Ritwik Sinha presenting the rationale behind the creation of the new entity…        You have been there for a long time. What was the rationale behind creating a separate entity? Most people associate Robinsons Cargo & Logistics with…

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“ We are well-positioned to win in every market”

In his first media interaction, Balfour Manuel, the new CEO of domestic air express major Blue Dart explains company’s future strategy to make a decisive mark in the B2C segment. Excerpts of an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha…   My own understanding is: you have been entrusted with the responsibility of spearheading Blue Dart at a very crucial juncture when the broader mandate is to build major strength in B2C business. In your reckoning, how challenging is this objective? India is an exciting place to do business. Yet operating in…

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“$150 million investment plan to create multi-client facilities near Indian metros”

French logistics major FM logistic has decided to up the ante in the Indian market with a fresh investment commitment of $150 million. The company had entered in the country three years back after acquiring Pune-based Spear Logistics. India is the third country in Asia (after China and Vietnam) where FM Logistic is keen to expand its wings. Jean Christophe Machet, Global CEO, FM Logistic speaks in an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha explaining the company’s growth plan in India…    About three years back, you entered in India by acquiring…

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“ Opportunities in logistics will be aggressively showcased at Dubai Expo”

Though more than one year away, Dubai Expo 2020 has created quite a buzz thanks to its projected epic-scale. At the grand show, the UAE members would be showcasing their evolving non-oil capabilities asking the global community of investors to participate in the next phase of growth in the region. According to Nadia Abdul Aziz, President, National Association of Freight & Logistics (NAFL), UAE, opportunities in the logistics sector, particularly in the free trade zones in the region would be a key focus of the grand show. Excerpts of a…

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“ Telengana to set up Rs 1000 crore mega multi-modal logistics park”

While pursuing its agenda of emerging as an industrial powerhouse, Telangana state government is also looking at creating right kind of infrastructure for logistics operations. It has been the first state in the country to create a dedicated logistics department which is now ready with a draft logistics policy laying a long-term growth framework. Rupesh Singh, Director (Logistics Department), Telengana share some details of the draft policy in an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha… Telengana government in the recent past has clearly shown the intent of emerging as a manufacturing…

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“ We will set up 25 cold chain units across the country”

Gurgaon headquartered Ravi Integrated Logistics (operational since 2015) is specifically focusing on cold chain services. The company, now pushing its services under Mr. Kool brand tag, claims to have picked up significant strength especially in reefer fleet and is now targeting to set up a network of cold chain collection and storage centers across the country. In an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha, the MD and CEO of the company Bhupendra Singh explains the future strategy of the company. Edited excerpts…   Please take me through to the journey of…

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“ We are eyeing for leadership position in road express”

Spoton, a major emerging express logistics firm spearheaded by Abhik Mitra (former top executive of TNT India), recently saw change of ownership with its strategic buyout by Samara Capital and Xponentia. In an exclusive brief conversation with Ritwik Sinha, Mitra explains the implications of this development even as he did not furnish several details. Edited excerpts… There is a bit of confusion in the marketplace pertaining to the present corporate structure of Spoton after Samara Capital’s intervention. Has it been acquired from India Equity Forum or this is a strategic…

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Flipkart goes to Walmart, stage set for battle royale

Ritwik Sinha After several weeks of intense speculations, world’s largest retail chain Walmart on wedenesday finally confirmed buying out India’s largest e-commerce player Flipkart. Walmart is buying a commanding 77 percent stake in Flipkart doling out a staggering $16 billion which makes it the largest buyout in the e-commerce space in the world. With this deal, the valuation of Flipkart has shot up to $21 billion. Flipkart is estimated to have a commanding 40 percent share in the Indian e-commerce market which is considered to be one of the fastest…

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Stellar Value Chain to acquire Innovative Logistics

Anshuman Singh led Stellar Value Chain Solutions is all set to announce its second big acquisition since formation in 2016. Supplychainlog has learnt that the company is in advanced stages of negotiation to buy out Kolkata headquartered Innovative Logistics. There are two versions of the possible size of the deal – while one section claiming to be in know of things has pegged the value of all cash deal at Rs 100 crore, another source underlined that it will be in the range of Rs 125- Rs 140 crore. Stellar…

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“ We have aggressive growth plans”

Gurgaon-headquartered Nauti Nati is one of the major emerging brands in the fast growing kids wear segment. Ritwik Sinha speaks with Shantanu Dugar, Founder and CEO of the brand to get a sense of its evolution and its future direction. Edited excerpts… Before I ask you about your own operational details and portfolio, let me get a sense of the present size of Indian kids wear market. There isn’t an established study on the current size. But in 2011, TechnoPack had come out with a report saying that the size…

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