“ Despite slowdown, we are going ahead with our growth plans”

Supplychainlog had recently reported Abhik Mitra led SPOTON Logistics eyeing for an acquisition of a middle-scale 3PL firm before the end of the current fiscal (https://www.supplychainlog.com/2019/09/22/spoton-acquire-mid-scale-3pl-firm-fy-2019-end/) which will broaden the operational profile of the company known primarily known in the market as express operator. In a recent exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha, the MD of SPOTON also shared the details of the near run growth plans and the possible impact of the present slowdown spell on company’s performance. Edited excerpts…    Business environment seems to be turning from bad to…

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“Targeting Rs 10,000 turnover; Food & FMCG to be next big frontiers”

In a significant recent development, Japanese logistics firm Nippon Express which has a sizeable global presence announced acquiring over 20 percent in Future Supply Chains (FSC) – the supply chain arm of Kishore Biyani led Future Group. The public enlisted firm has been on a fast-track growth in the last couple of years especially in terms of adding warehouse capacity on a pan-Indian basis. In a candid conversation* with Ritwik Sinha, FSC’s MD Mayur Toshiwal explains the broader targets and strategy of the company in the medium run. Edited excerpts……

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“ Slowdown has resulted in over 50% under-utilization of car carriers”

Much on the expected lines, the massive drop in automobile sales in the recent months has severely impacted the car carrier operators. Vipul Nanda, President, Car Carrier Association of India (CCA) and Chairman, Pallia Transport says if the situation does not improve around the forthcoming festive season, it could well become an issue of survival for many operators. Edited excerpts of a conversation with Ritwik Sinha…      The automobile industry is under tremendous pressure these days and as per a latest data, this could probably be the worst slowdown…

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“ Sales of tech devices picking up in non-metro circles”

US based technology firm, Zebra Technologies, is known for its solutions particularly aligned to the retail, e-commerce and logistics sectors. The company has been in consistent innovative mode vis-à-vis its popular offerings like barcode scanners, hand held devices and printers. Deep Agarwal, Regional Sales Director (Indian sub-continent) explains  the broader business trends and company’s strategy to make a mark in India in a conversation with Ritwik Sinha. Edited excerpts …      A recent report by a research agency on bar code scanners and printers maintain that the sales volume…

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“ We will introduce robotics based sortation solution next year in India”

GreyOrange, a leading emerging name in high end automation aligned to logistics and consumer  businesses, is all set to unveil robotics based sortation system in the Indian market. At the recently concluded India Warehousing House, the company for the first time displayed its next big offering which promises of high throughput sortation with several other benefits. Vivekanand, Country Manager, GreyOrange provided the details of this new offering in a brief chat with Ritwik Sinha on the sidelines of the exhibition even as he refused to comment on the possible pricing…

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“ Fresh funding will help in global expansion”

Artificial Intelligence (AI) backed supply chain optimization start-up Locus recently raised $22 million from  Falcon Edge Capital and Tiger Global Management in series B funding round. Nishith Rastogi, CEO of the company explains the significance of the fresh capital access in taking the company’s operations to the next level in a brief chat with Ritwik Sinha … This fresh fund infusion of $22 million, is it a major shot in the arm for Locus? Locus is on an unprecedented path to automate every possible decision in the supply chain. The…

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“Oracle SCM cloud encompasses multiple capabilities across platforms”

The strong emergence of new age technology solutions is also impacting the sphere of supply chain operations where new avenues are coming up to gain efficiency. According to Pradeep Agarwal,  Senior Director (ERP Cloud), Oracle India, enterprises need to be careful in picking up the right pieces as per their core need of optimal benefits across the value chain. In an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha, he also shares the highlights of some of the leading solution which Oracle is offering to the supply chain industry…       Let me…

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“ Pharma and automotive are key focus areas”

In the sphere of freight forwarding, Robinsons Cargo & Logistics, with over six decades of history has been a formidable name. Recently, an independent entity has been spun off from the company which will focus on 3PL business across several sectors. Aditya Vazirani, Director of Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions speaks with Ritwik Sinha presenting the rationale behind the creation of the new entity…        You have been there for a long time. What was the rationale behind creating a separate entity? Most people associate Robinsons Cargo & Logistics with…

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“ We are well-positioned to win in every market”

In his first media interaction, Balfour Manuel, the new CEO of domestic air express major Blue Dart explains company’s future strategy to make a decisive mark in the B2C segment. Excerpts of an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha…   My own understanding is: you have been entrusted with the responsibility of spearheading Blue Dart at a very crucial juncture when the broader mandate is to build major strength in B2C business. In your reckoning, how challenging is this objective? India is an exciting place to do business. Yet operating in…

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“$150 million investment plan to create multi-client facilities near Indian metros”

French logistics major FM logistic has decided to up the ante in the Indian market with a fresh investment commitment of $150 million. The company had entered in the country three years back after acquiring Pune-based Spear Logistics. India is the third country in Asia (after China and Vietnam) where FM Logistic is keen to expand its wings. Jean Christophe Machet, Global CEO, FM Logistic speaks in an exclusive conversation with Ritwik Sinha explaining the company’s growth plan in India…    About three years back, you entered in India by acquiring…

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