Bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture and con­nec­tiv­ity urged for thriv­ing ex­hi­bi­tion sec­tor

De­spite the slow­down, lo­gis­tics ser­vices re­lated to ex­hi­bi­tions and events across the world are gain­ing rea­son­able mo­men­tum. Ravin­der Sethi, MD, RE Rogers In­dia, said that the re­ces­sion also im­pacted the ex­hi­bi­tion in­dus­try. How­ever, the ef­fect was not as

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s ethi main­tained that there are two prom­i­nent de­vel­op­ments (or rather aware­ness), which have taken place in this sec­tor over the last few years. At the mi­cro-level; health, safety and sus­tain­abil­ity have taken promi­nence across the world.

“At the macro-level, In­dia is now on top of the list as a desti­na­tion point for the global ex­hi­bi­tion world. In­no­va­tion, mak­ing full use of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, elec­tronic com­merce and med­i­cal ser­vice are the trends now. How­ever, though the mar­ket is con­ducive for busi­ness, the lack of suit­able in­fra­struc­ture in ma­jor cities proves to be a de­ter­rent,” Sethi said.

Ac­cord­ing to Sethi, in­fra­struc­ture in In­dia is a big prob­lem and this mat­ter is be­ing ig­nored by the gov­ern­ment and all big play­ers in­volved in ex­hi­bi­tions. As­so­ci­a­tions have failed to draw at­ten­tion in this re­gard. Han­dling of con­sign­ments out of In­dia re­mains another big chal­lenge since ev­ery coun­try has its own rules and reg­u­la­tions and dif­fer­ent sets of re­quire­ments for var­i­ous prod­uct shows. Hence, it is im­per­a­tive to have a ded­i­cated team of ex­pe­ri­enced staff.

Core Func­tions

The core strengths of RE Rogers are ex­hi­bi­tion lo­gis­tics, de­fence and spe­cial projects, sports events, mu­si­cal con­certs and pri­vate demon­stra­tions. “We have an ex­pe­ri­enced team, skilled man­power, ex­pert tech­ni­cal op­er­a­tors, own trans­port ded­i­cated to meet our own re­quire­ments and our own ware­house. We are the only lo­gis­tic com­pany ex­clu­sively en­gaged in ex­hi­bi­tion clear­ance, trans­porta­tion and on­site han­dling ser­vices and all fa­cil­i­ties are in-house,” Sethi as­serted.

RE Rogers have been em­pha­sis­ing the is­sue of safety and health hazard. The com­pany is ac­quir­ing the rel­e­vant ISO-14001 ac­cred­i­ta­tion. “We, be­ing ISO ac­cred­ited, do hold train­ing pro­grammes at dif­fer­ent lev­els and on reg­u­lar ba­sis. We also keep on re­plac­ing our old equip­ment with new ones to strengthen our op­er­a­tions. Apart from reg­u­lar ser­vices, we do ex­tend var­i­ous val­ueadded ser­vices like li­ai­son with dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment agen­cies for pro­cure­ment of per­mits, etc,” he un­der­lined.

Rec­om­men­da­tions

“The In­dian ex­hi­bi­tion in­dus­try is ma­ture and more than 30 years old, but it is not recog­nised by the gov­ern­ment as an in­dus­try. Apart from poor in­fra­struc­ture, we lack stan­dar­d­is­ing our clear­ance prac­tices and lo­cal taxes. That is the rea­son why the in­dus­try still looks nascent,” Sethi ob­served.

He urged that fa­cil­i­ta­tors and pol­i­cy­mak­ers that there is a need to in­volve the gov­ern­ment to de­clare ex­hi­bi­tion as an in­dus­try. There should be ad­e­quate sup­port from gov­ern­ment to cre­ate in­fra­struc­ture, fol­lowed by bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity with air­port, ports, ho­tels for the con­ve­nience of par­tic­i­pants in ex­hi­bi­tions/events.

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