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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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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