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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Long-term infrastructure issues will be addressed post elections

Pradeep Misra, CMD, Rudrabhishek Enterprises In the election year, the continuity of policies and union budgetary allocations always remain a challenge. Since it is an interim budget, we are less likely to see a major shift in the infrastructure policies, which have long gestation period in terms of impact. The ongoing infrastructure programs such as PMAY, Smart Cities, UDAN scheme and Railways & Highways projects etc., are in full swing. The budgetary allocations on these programs must not be affected. The government may also announce the outlines of few futuristic…

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Perishables embracing technology: harnessing the air logistics challenge

Ruchi Dogra (Co-founder & Director, FreightCrate Technologies)   Air cargo is an essential element of modern life across the world. Moving perishable goods across different zones across the world is made possible by air transport. It represents less than 1% of world trade by volume but is over 35% by value (source: IATA report). The reliance on air logistics is driven by the need for speed and efficiency in transporting high-value (of the product or its availability factor), time and temperature sensitive nature of cargo – especially the perishables. Especially…

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Exciting prospects in 2019

Pirojshaw Sarkari CEO, Mahindra Logistics       At Mahindra Logistics Limited (MLL) we believe that the year 2018 continued to be transformational for the logistics industry. This was due to enhanced governmental focus on the sector. The work that commenced in 2017 with GST, continued in 2018 with E-way bill, Logistics Performance Index for States, and a nodal Department for Logistics.  In addition, there is an umbrella initiative: LEEP i.e. Logistics Efficiency Enhancement Program; under which several steps are being planned by the Department of Logistics. The department has also unveiled…

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AI led logistics processes to gain prominence in 2019

Nishith Rastogi, CEO, Locus  “Logistics industry had an exciting journey in the year 2018. From passing the e-way bill, rolling out GST, granting ‘infrastructure’ status to the logistics sector and passing the drone regulations 1.0; India indeed focussed on the logistics industry this year. 2019 will be the year of Artificial Intelligence in the logistics sector. AI is already helping businesses in cost-effectiveness, operational efficiencies, hassle-free procedures and efficient last mile deliveries for better end-user experience. With business demands rising, and companies expanding their horizons, expect supply chain problems to…

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