Green Ini­tia­tives from Mahin­dra Lo­gis­tics

Ini­ti­ates sus­tain­able cam­paign for green cause In view of the in­creas­ing threat to the na­ture and en­vi­ron­ment re­sult­ing in calami­ties, Car­gotalk has been em­pha­sis­ing on a strong and sus­tain­able ‘Go Green’ cam­paign. From this is­sue on­ward, it will high­ligh

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Mahin­dra Lo­gis­tics Limited (MLL), one of In­dia’s largest in­te­grated 3PLs, has in the re­cent past ex­panded its foot­print in sup­ply chain man­age­ment and peo­ple trans­port so­lu­tions con­sid­er­ably. MLL is fast spread­ing its pres­ence in other in­dus­try ver­ti­cals such as con­sumer durables, FMCG, high-tech and en­gi­neer­ing goods.

“With this fast-paced ex­pan­sion and growth across its busi­ness op­er­a­tions, a com­mit­ment to min­imise the im­pact of our busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties on the en­vi­ron­ment is im­per­a­tive,” said Piro­jshaw Sarkari, CEO, Mahin­dra Lo­gis­tics. “What we at MLL seek to achieve ul­ti­mately is an en­vi­ron­ment where our growth and suc­cess is al­ways ‘inclusive’ and has a min­i­mum im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

MLL has un­der­taken sev­eral ‘Green Ini­tia­tives’ which will im­pact green­house gas emis­sions and im­prove the car­bon ef­fi­ciency of var­i­ous core and sup­port­ing busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties. Some of the ma­jor ini­tia­tives are: Pro­ject Fal­con (Freight And Lo­gis­tics Con­trol), CO2E (car­bon diox­ide equiv­a­lent), Net­work Op­ti­mi­sa­tion, Cross-Dock, Route Op­ti­mi­sa­tion, Fleet Op­ti­mi­sa­tion and Reengi­neer­ing of Ve­hi­cles.

What we at MLL seek to achieve ul­ti­mately is an en­vi­ron­ment where our growth and suc­cess is al­ways ‘inclusive’ and has a min­i­mum im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Piro­jshaw Sarkari ceo, mahin­dra lo­gis­tics

In 2012, MLL launched this pro­gramme fo­cussing on im­prov­ing op­er­a­tional con­trol and on im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency. One of the key ar­eas ad­dressed by this pro­ject is ve­hi­cle qual­ity op­ti­mi­sa­tion. Im­prov­ing as­set pro­duc­tiv­ity through op­ti­mum util­i­sa­tion of ve­hi­cle ca­pac­ity is an­other area of fo­cus. The first and most im­me­di­ate ben­e­fit of th­ese con­trols was a re­duc­tion in the unit con­sump­tion of fuel.

As part of mea­sur­ing and re­duc­ing emis­sions, MLL es­tab­lished a CO2E base­line. The com­pany cur­rently mea­sures and tracks the car­bon foot­print per trans­ported per­son kilo­me­tre or per trans­ported ve­hi­cle kilo­me­tre or per trans­ported unit kilo­me­tre-across its sup­ply chain man­age­ment and peo­ple trans­port so­lu­tions op­er­a­tions.

MLL’s cross-dock op­er­a­tions, which en­able the bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of larger ve­hi­cles, has al­lowed the com­pany to save in ex­cess of 260,000 litres of fuel in a sin­gle year at just one cross-dock. “With cross-docks be­ing op­er­ated or set up at four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions across the coun­try; the ben­e­fit, both op­er­a­tionally and en­vi­ron­men­tally, will be con­sid­er­able,” said Sarkari. He also in­formed that MILES (Mahin­dra In­te­grated Lo­gis­tics Ex­e­cu­tion Sys­tem) is MLL’s in­te­grated trans­port man­age­ment so­lu­tion, based on Or­a­cle Trans­port Man­age­ment Sys­tem (OTM). MILES al­lows the com­pany to plan the most op­ti­mum routes based on var­i­ous in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal fac­tors.

Mahin­dra Peo­ple Trans­port So­lu­tions, a di­vi­sion of Mahin­dra Lo­gis­tics, uses an in­te­grated IT so­lu­tion which spans route plan­ning, op­ti­mi­sa­tion, live ve­hi­cle­track­ing and real-time vari­ance track­ing and re­port­ing. “We also ex­ten­sively mod­ify the de­sign of ve­hi­cles used in our trans­port op­er­a­tions, re­sult­ing in not just in­creased car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity and op­ti­mised vol­u­met­ric ef­fi­ciency, but also a re­duc­tion in the unit con­sump­tion of fuel,” as­serted Sarkari.

MLL’s brief­ing to the em­ploy­ees on ‘Go­ing Green’

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