Challenges in delivering cold chain products

Gopi G, Regional Business Manager – South, Snowman Logistics   When it comes to maintaining the quality of the product right from the source to its destination, an efficient cold chain strategy is the only way. Thermal and refrigerated packaging methods in the cold chain, effectively keep all products fresh and sealed. In India, the cold chain has been seeing visible progress in horticulture produce, meat and confectionaries over the past decade. Based on application, the cold chain market is bifurcated into fruits and vegetables, bakery and confectionery, dairy and…

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Relaxation in FDI Norms to Support Growth of Retail Sector

Shubhranshu Pani, MD – Retail Services, JLL India    A positive consumer-centric move, it will bring the Indian market at par with other open market economies. This move by the government has brought about much-needed clarity and solution to the dilemma of international brands who have high quality, specialized inputs. The earlier FDI norms were not letting better products enter the market or letting retailers look at the country. The earlier restrictive policy environment didn’t support local outsourcing. Moreover, brands were not able to continue with the same quality parameters…

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Factors impacting the growth of Cold Supply Chain sector in India

(By  Aditya Vazirani, CEO, Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions) India is currently the world’s largest producer of milk, second largest producer of fruits and vegetables and has a substantial production of seafood, meat, and poultry products – all major categories demanding a robust and efficient management of its supply chain. As per a recent Crisil Research report, the Indian Cold Chain Industry is growing at a 13% – 15% CAGR and is set to reach INR 47,200 Crore by 2022, compared to the 11% – 13% CAGR in 2017, which amounted to…

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Befriending emerging technologies to improve Asia’s Dynamic Supply chain

By Guruprasad Gaonkar, APAC SaaS Leader, Office of Finance (ERP) & Digital Supply Chain, Oracle   By 2026, almost 50% of Asia’s populace will be dwelling in urban zones, which will resultin unprecedented pressure on already shaky infrastructure and supply chains. Doubtlessly, the duty of keeping up effective supply chains not only lies with the delivery organizations but also with the logistics value chain. As one of the most predominant financial power houses, Asia Pacific gets around 70% of the world’s container traffic in its ports, which adds to the…

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What drives the management of your supply chain?

(By Aditya Vazirani, CEO, Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions) Logistics has by far been one of the most crucial and yet one of the least significant functions across business setups; mostly considered to be an ‘operational’ function instead of a strategic one. As a result, it remained a low skill job that was an additional/ on-the-side function handled by someone in administration or finance and rarely a purchase or supply chain professional. Learning from their predecessor, they would obtain quotes, book a shipment and track/ update the said stakeholders on the successful…

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Optimizing supply chain is crucial for restaurants

Contributed by: National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) The Food Service (FS) Sector’s supply chain comprises a complex web connecting millions of contributors, including farmers, trade intermediaries, kirana stores, unorganised food vendors, hawkers, small-scale food-processing industries and restaurants. Since consumers demand fresh, locally-produced ingredients, the role of supply chains is critical. Given customer preferences, restaurants are switching to sustainable, automated methods to ensure right procurement, therefore enabling sound economic and business sense. Some examples and highlights: Domino’s Pizza – one of the largest, most-profitable restaurant chains in India – deploys…

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Budget Expectation

Mayur Toshniwal, MD, Future Supply Chain “The logistics and warehousing sector in India is at an inflection point, with demand outstripping supply. To keep the growth momentum on, we expect the Government to make crucial announcements relating to integrated transportation hubs, multi modal logistics parks, opening the national logistics portal and simplifying labour laws across the country that will help the sector immensely. Simplification of GST with regards to logistics industry is the need of the hour which will provide the necessary thrust on ease of doing business. The budget should…

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PE Funds Inject $1.1 bn into Logistics and Warehousing

Shobhit Agarwal, MD & CEO – ANAROCK Capital Private equity (PE) funds altogether pumped nearly USD 9.7 bn into Indian real estate between Q1 2017 and Q1 2019 – but into more sectors than the ‘usual suspects’ of commercial and residential projects. Logistics & warehousing is a bright new spot on the Indian real estate heatmap. Infrastructure status, the multi-modal logistics park policy and implementation of GST has caused private equity firms to take greater interest in logistics and warehousing sector. Private equity funds altogether pumped in excess of USD 1.1 bn in logistics and warehousing…

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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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