Global standards will help SMEs emerge stronger post pandemic

S Swaminathan, COO GS1 India With government’s focus and support to SMEs for production of more local products to reduce dependence on imported products, COVID-19 has emerged as an opportunity for SMEs to stand back on their feet and support the economy of India to be self reliant. This has been accentuated with the stronger consumer demand for local products across categories to meet their daily needs. Importance has also been laid on the operation and supply chain efficiencies to ensure that the companies/organisations are able to furnish demands in…

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Managing supply lines and customer expectations during crisis

By Sweta Patra & Pragya Patra * Supply chain can be quite a tricky issue for small firms who have not much control either on their products or the logistics of things.  The Corona crisis has taught us and many like us – small entities who are engaged in business mainly on social media platforms and on ecommerce market places – a lot many things as to how to manoeuvre operations and managing customer expectations. First important lesson has been is to keep your supply lines intact during any crisis.…

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COVID times: Relevance of standards in changing retail scenario

Ravi Mathur, CEO, GS1 India During the times of COVID crisis, there is a need for everyone to maintain social distances and avoid crowded places. Lockdown in the country has accentuated this. This has made consumers shift to e-commerce companies for fulfilling their daily needs, whether it is for groceries or other essential items. As per news reports, e-commerce platforms in India have seen an increase of 15-20% in Gross Merchandise Value in the lastmonth, with a massive 50% growth in categories such as grocery, health & wellness.   Moreover,…

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COVID-19 may kick-start demand for multi-storey warehousing

Santhosh Kumar, Vice Chairman – ANAROCK Property Consultants   Multi-level warehouses within city limits may well be Indian real estate’s next big thing in a market completely transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. The compulsions of faster eCommerce growth in a post-pandemic world can kick-start demand for tech-enabled multi-storey warehousing. Such solutions are already in place in South Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Tokyo. Currently, warehouses in the leading Indian cities are largely restricted to the city peripheries and far from the larger customer base. COVID-19…

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COVID-19 and the African scene

By Atsuko Toda and Martin Fregene We are facing great uncertainty on the African continent. The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth, failing healthcare and collapsing food systems. We are already grappling with a locust outbreak in the Horn of Africa, drought and flood extremes due to climate change and increasing food importation costs  of more than $47 billion in 2019. The convergence of all these sets the stage for an imminent food crisis –  unless…

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Decoding consumer sentiments during COVID-19

Dr. Sheenu Jain Chair- Marketing &Communication, IIHMR University, Jaipur  Who is going to do dishwashing Raj? Why should only I do? Said, Kavita. There is no support to carry out the household chore during this time. This is the story of millions of Indian households today. There are VP’s, and CEO’s posting on social media boasting themselves doing Jhadu, Poncha, Bartan (Cleaning, Sweeping, Dishwashing). Does it mean we will see rise in use of Vacuum Cleaners and Dishwashers the E-maids for us? Don’t know. but one ting is for sure, Indian males are sharing the…

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Indian Food Supply Chain in the times of COVID-19

Aditya Vazirani (CEO, Robinsons Global Logistics) Even as the country gears up to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the food supply chain for vegetables, fruits and other daily essentials is facing one of the worst setbacks in the midst of a national 21 days lockdown. With over 3000 positive cases and counting, the central government’s call for a total lockdown has been a desperate attempt to control the pandemic that has already claimed thousands of lives across the globe. While the online food and grocery stores are stepping up their operations…

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Purposeful action to mitigate the adverse macro-economic impact

Ramesh Nair CEO & Country Head. JLL India This is a very significant move with substantial monetary policy intervention at a time when COVID -19 has impacted the economy at large. This is in conjunction with economic package announced by the finance minister yesterday for the poor. In addition to other benefits, the package is expected to benefit 3.5 crore registered construction workers. This is also a perfect orchestration of the joint efforts by the Central government, State governments and the Central Bank to deal with this global health crisis.  …

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Key SCM steps in the times of COVID 19

Aditya Vazirani (CEO, Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions)   The fast-paced spread and the highly contagious nature of the Coronavirus or COVID-19, has brought the global civilisation to a massive lockdown. What began with the shutting down of China – the global hub for the manufacturing, has spread to the near-total lockdown of major European countries, most of whom have also sealed its borders and ports. The international supply chain today has also come to a standstill, with the exception of pharmaceuticals and essential F&B chains functioning at reduced capacity. Even…

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Aviation Industry is worst affected

Murali Ramachandran, CEO-India, Celebi Aviation Holding The aviation industry being at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic, is probably the most impacted. The situation has become quite concerning, now. Following the visa directives, most airlines have started cancelling flights. There has been a steep fall in the number of flights being handled. It’s almost negligible now. With a work force of over 8000, we might have to take up  some extreme decisions like ‘leave without pay’ and other measures as an alternative to try and secure our market viability. Some…

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