Getting started in exports market

Samir Lambay, CEO, FreightCrate Technologies Expanding markets beyond borders of a country is in essence an important step in the expansion of business activity level and meeting the growth goals of business. The fundamental aspects of business that enabled the domestic growth hold true for the international business too but with additional factors. The key additional factors that can enable the business successfully venture into exports can be categorised as: Business opportunity Regulations and regulatory environment – both of the county to be exported to and from where the exports…

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles–Renault Merger: Could this Break the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance?

By: Viroop Narla, Team Leader, and Venkata Balakrishnan, Senior Research Analyst, Mobility Practice, Frost & Sullivan Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been in the news over the past couple of months because of its constant search for merger partners. It is no secret that the company has been looking to boost profits, expand its product base across other countries, share manufacturing costs and co-develop future technologies. A possible FCA-PSA (Peugeot Citroen Groupe) merger was being widely touted. Even a possible Hyundai take-over of FCA was being considered. So the announcement…

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The rise of Smart Warehousing in India

Aditya Vazirani, Director, Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions   For a fast-evolving global economy like India, a sophisticated logistics, and warehousing system is a key driver for consistent growth. The Indian warehousing and logistics sector is estimated to attract nearly $10 billion investments over the next 4-5 years, with an addition of around 200 million sq. ft. of warehousing space, across major ports, airports, and tier 2 cities. Further, while this capacity is expected to double by 2020, the average size of warehouses in the country is also estimated to increase from around 20,000 sq.…

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Five Myths about Transportation Management

Gautam Kumar, Co-Founder & COO, FarEye   Gone are those days when managing transportation was perceived as an afterthought. And thanks to uncompromising customer expectations this arm of a supply chain and logistics is now as important as planning procurement, managing inventory, and optimizing warehousing. But seamless management of transportation is easier said than done. To begin with let’s clear the cloud that has been obscuring some important facts about transportation for quite some time now. Common myths like transportation will continue to be a cost center, it does not…

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Retailers seek to override the fallout

Anuj Kejriwal, MD & CEO – ANAROCK Retail    The advent of e-commerce in India ‘smartly’ altered the shopping habits of Indian netizens. Anything and everything – from groceries to apparel to electronics etc. – is now just a click away. For a while, it appeared that ‘couch potato shopping’ was gaining prominence and disrupting the entire brick-and-mortar business. It now emerges that this has not really happened. Despite causing disruptions, the ‘e-commerce effect’ was not enough to have a significant and lasting impact on the conventional retail formats. For…

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Outsourcing logistics can be a key differentiator

Aditya Vazirani Director Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions The era of global marketplaces that are driven by speed, innovations, and customer centricity, demand that modern businesses enhance their focus on core competencies in order to survive and flourish. Typically, competency can be defined as one of the traditional functions such asproduction, engineering, sales, or finance, around which organizations were  formed in the past.  However, today competencies tend to be a set of skills that cut across traditional functions and drive the key differentiators for successful businesses. Logistics and Supply Chain is…

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Cold Chain centers should be set up close to farms

Gopi G (Regional Business Manager -South, Snowman Logistics)   The Cold Chain industry in India has a compelling future. The cold storage capacity has grown 1.2 times during 2012 to 2017. However, it is subject to a number of challenges. A majority of the cold storages are owned and operated by domestic companies. The Indian cold chain market falls behind in this, that it is unorganized and dominated by traditional cold storage facilities. The National Centre for Cold-Chain Development (NCCD) has been established in India as per the recommendations of…

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International Freight Tech: Becoming a wave in 2019

Samir Lambay CEO and Co-founder FreightCrate Technologies   International freight forwarding is slated to become the latest sector to undergo a rapid transformation through technological innovations due to therise of digital start-ups that are attracting billions in funding from venture capitalists.  However, until a few years ago not too many tech focused funds paid attention to this age-old industry that has been theback-bone of international trade for many years. What is freight forwarding and how is it changing? Freight Forwarding is a trillion-dollar industry that represents the vast network of…

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Budget provisions are extremely promising

Abhik Mitra, CEO & MD, Spoton Logistics The 2019 budget seems promising as Indian customs is introducing full and comprehensive digitalisation of export/import transactions and leveraging RFID(radio-frequency identification) technology to improve export logistics.  We see positive knock-on effects of higher consumption and potentially improving highway infrastructure provided the implementation on the ground is tightened. Tax benefits that have been given to individual tax payers will stimulate consumption and positively impact consumption linked industries like logistics.  Improvement in logistics will further help in seamless movement of goods and reduce transactions cost…

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Fast Forward for Organized Indian Retail

Anuj Kejriwal, MD & CEO – ANAROCK Retail   The hallmark of a market’s increasing maturity is how organized it is – and in any developing country, the state of ‘organized’ business is usually kick-started by the entry of foreign players who bring in structured deployment and business philosophies wherever they go. This philosophy of organized retail players covers a lot of ground, from the aptness of locations to size and visibility of a mall or high street, from store sizes to layouts, tech enablements and promotion parameters, and from…

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