Stor­ing the fu­ture of In­dia

Cargo Talk - - Editorial -

Ware­houses are an in­te­gral part of any sup­ply chain and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. The In­dian ware­hous­ing sec­tor is pro­gres­sively get­ting re­de­fined from the tra­di­tional con­cept of ‘Godowns’ to mod­ern day au­to­mated set-ups. On the de­mand and sup­ply side of the ware­hous­ing sec­tor, recog­nis­ing the need for bet­ter ser­vices and mass cus­tomi­sa­tion, lo­gis­tic com­pa­nies look to­wards mod­ern tech­niques and data man­age­ment sys­tems to at­tain more ef­fi­ciency and smarter ful­fil­ment. There had been lack of sus­tained in­vest­ment in the ware­hous­ing sec­tor in In­dia. The pri­vate sec­tor ini­tia­tives were small and spo­radic. Be­sides, most of the pri­vate sec­tor ware­hous­ing ca­pac­i­ties avail­able in the coun­try are in­ad­e­quate, small, frag­mented and do not meet the req­ui­site in­fra­struc­ture stan­dards. The cover story of this is­sue high­lights the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of the ware­hous­ing sec­tor in In­dia and pro­vides an anal­y­sis of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. In or­der to high­light the views on is­sues re­lated to ware­hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in In­dia, we spoke to a few in­dus­try stake­hold­ers. Few govern­ment ini­tia­tives, such as an ap­par­ent con­sen­sus to stop the im­passe on the ‘Land Re­form Bill’ and re­lax­ations in the ex­ist­ing SEZ pol­icy, an­nounced in the For­eign Trade Pol­icy Sup­ple­ment for 2013-14, are likely to boost the in­dus­try. The role of CRWC in pro­vid­ing the fa­cil­ity of the full train ware­house with the ca­pac­ity of five to six train loads, at­tract­ing traf­fic to rail­ways and fast turn­around of wag­ons has helped the stake­hold­ers, es­pe­cially dur­ing hos­tile weather con­di­tions, traf­fic re­stric­tions on roads, non-ex­is­tent fa­cil­i­ties for of­fload­ing in late night hours and non-avail­abil­ity of ad­e­quate trucks and labour. The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of CRWC has shared more such in­for­ma­tion and new ini­tia­tives taken by them in his in­ter­view. Read about na­tional and in­ter­na­tional news re­lated to the cargo in­dus­try in our news-in-brief sec­tion. A Na­tional Con­fer­ence on ‘Smart Sup­ply Chains’, or­gan­ised by PHD Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, high­lighted the cur­rent de­vel­op­ments and ma­jor chal­lenges in the field of sourc­ing and sup­ply chain and dis­cussed the way for­ward for the In­dian lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. Find out what ini­tia­tives are taken by the In­dian In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics to meet the need of the in­dus­try for spe­cialised ser­vices in this sec­tor. And last but not the least, do not miss to read the ar­ti­cle on how Air Cargo is trans­form­ing the daily lives of people world­wide, au­thored by IATA’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and CEO, Tony Tyler.

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