S Cube Trans Con­ti­nen­tal Group plans to make a dif­fer­ence

The lo­gis­tics sec­tor in In­dia has to­day be­come an area of pri­or­ity. While the de­vel­op­ing global econ­omy of­fers enor­mous growth po­ten­tial for the freight and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try play­ers, it also brings more in­tri­cate sup­ply chains, higher costs and tighter

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Q How would you de­fine Lo­gis­tics Con­sul­tancy, as pro­vided by S CUBE?

The Lo­gis­tics in­dus­try in In­dia, is evolv­ing and the only way to make it hap­pen is by in­no­va­tion, bet­ter tools and strate­gies. S CUBE’s Lo­gis­tics Con­sul­tancy fol­lows a tri­an­gu­lar ap­proach to­wards the con­sul­tancy ser­vices to en­able lo­gis­tics re­lated cost re­duc­tions be­sides pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive ser­vices for cus­tomers. It starts at a plan­ning stage of any project, en­sures suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion & op­er­a­tions and goes all the way up to its com­ple­tion. This ef­fec­tive man­agem­net of sup­ply chain makes a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­gis­tics cost for the cus­tomers.

Q It has been said that the In­dian lo­gis­tics in­dus­try is ham­pered by poor skill lev­els. How will S CUBE help them to im­bibe skill-sets

and utilise them?

There is no short­age of skills in this coun­try/ re­gion re­lated to lo­gis­tics. Ar­eas where greater at­ten­tion and train­ing re­quired are on aware­ness to­wards qual­ity, health & safety norms and above all fo­cussed train­ing to han­dle the spe­cific tasks at hand. The in­dus­try em­ploys a large quan­tity of un­or­gan­ised and un­trained labour to ex­e­cute the spe­cific tasks at a re­duced cost which in the long run only im­pacts the qual­ity of work. An­other se­ri­ous chal­lenge which is to­day im­pair­ing the in­dus­try from the roots, is the as­pect of com­pli­ance in all forms, which is a mas­sive is­sue. Cred­i­bil­ity lev­els amongst many ser­vice providers and at times even at the user end is a se­ri­ous

Net­work­ing & lob­by­ing, im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency by man­ag­ing time­lines,

con­trol­ling costs and abil­ity by tak­ing ef­fec­tive steps are some of the skills-sets that would be im­parted through the se­ries of train­ing both in In­dia

and in the UAE”

Shankar Chat­ter­jee Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of

S CUBE Trans Con­ti­nen­tal Groups

con­cern. This also keeps new and qual­i­fied en­trants away from its busi­ness much to the detri­ment of the trade as a whole. S CUBE will un­der­take train­ing to bridge the gap be­tween the need of the in­dus­try and the avail­able hu­man skills. Train­ing mod­ules would be evolved for var­i­ous lev­els right from the se­nior man­age­ment to the en­try lev­els to ad­dress the ex­ist­ing de­fi­ciences in skill and knowl­edge and in­te­grate it with the fu­ture de­mands of the Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment. Net­work­ing & lob­by­ing at op­er­at­ing and pol­icy lev­els, im­prov­ing ef­fi­ciency by man­ag­ing time­lines, con­trol­ling costs and abil­ity to mit­i­gate prob­lems by tak­ing ef­fec­tive steps are some of the skills-sets that would be im­parted through the se­ries of train­ing both in In­dia and in the UAE to start with.

Q How is S CUBE im­ple­ment­ing its skill de­vel­op­ment and train­ing pro­grammes?

Or­gan­is­ing fo­cussed con­fer­ences, ex­hi­bi­tions, sym­po­siums, train­ing and men­tor­ing by in­ter­na­tional ex­perts, train­ing on lo­gis­tics au­dit, pro­cure­ment re­lated re­search and busi­ness an­a­lyt­ics, topic -spe­cific lo­gis­tics train­ing pro­grammes, cus­tomised train­ing for large cor­po­rates, tech­ni­cal train­ing for SMEs/ ser­vice providers, sec­toral busi­ness po­ten­tial re­search for clients, health, safety, se­cu­rity for projects, fi­nan­cial & cash flow plan­ning for lo­gis­tics, coun­tryspe­cific mar­ket po­ten­tial study and pre­par­ing coun­try-wise lo­gis­tics re­ports and re­search pa­pers are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that S CUBE would un­der­take in the very near fu­ture. At a per­sonal level, be­ing in the Board of Gov­ern­ing Coun­cils of Busi­ness Schools and Ed­i­to­rial Boards of Trade mag­a­zines – I am try­ing to do my bit to cre­ate gen­uine aware­ness and in­ter­est re­lated to the above is­sues. My fo­cus is at the en­try level, so as to cre­ate fu­ture man­agers and lead­ers of this in­dus­try.

Q Af­ter such train­ing, what would be the even­tual pay-off for In­dian lo­gis­tics play­ers?

It is of­ten said that knowl­edge is power! Train­ing will pro­vide people the en­cour­age­ment and con­fi­dence to take in­no­va­tive de­ci­sions to­wards the busi­ness of lo­gis­tics. In turn, this will pro­vide com­pet­i­tive­ness as well as a cut­ting edge be­sides im­prove­ment in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, fi­nally leading to cost sav­ings. Ad­her­ence to­wards com­pli­ance would be a de­riv­a­tive pro­gramme much re­quired for trade. Above all, the pro­gramme en­deav­ours to cre­ate bet­ter lo­gis­tics Man­agers, both for our cus­tomers/ users as well as ser­vice providers. When in In­dia alone, lo­gis­tics in­dus­try as a whole con­trib­utes any­thing be­tween 10-12 per cent of the GDP on its over­all scale, ev­ery step that we take to im­prove the process, can only bring about the gi­ant leap within the over­all spec­trum.

Q What are the other ser­vices that S CUBE pro­vides?

S CUBE Trans Con­ti­nen­tal Group pro­vides a very dif­fer­ently de­signed busi­ness mod­ule, which fo­cusses on a long-term plan for Lo­gis­tics vis-à-vis our cus­tomers and not on short-term price based eval­u­a­tions. It is fo­cussed to­wards im­prove­ment on costs and aligns all its plans to­wards that di­rec­tion – some­thing which is com­pletely di­ver­gent from al­most all other ser­vice providers within the trade. S CUBE’s en­deav­our is to be­come the In-house Lo­gis­tics arm for our cus­tomers, on the ba­sis of the tri­pod of ser­vices that we of­fer:

Lo­gis­tics Con­sul­tancy (i.e. Lo­gis­tics

Ad­vi­sory/Au­dit ser­vices).

Lo­gis­tics Ser­vices re­lated to Gen­eral and Project Freight for­ward­ing - Mul­ti­modal trans­porta­tion on an end to end ba­sis.

In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and ITES so­lu­tions for e-com­merce, which can po­ten­tially rev­o­lu­tionise the way our busi­ness is presently done for Sup­ply Chain & Pro­cure­ment.

Above all, our Busi­ness Mod­ule is based on the tan­gi­ble SAV­INGS that we bring for our cus­tomers and the qual­i­ta­tive im­pres­sion that we pro­vide to the en­tire lo­gis­tics process. Cre­at­ing a busi­ness model, which is com­pre­hen­sive, co­he­sive, com­pli­ant, com­pet­i­tive, co- or­di­nated and con­clu­sive is what S CUBE as a Group en­deav­ours to achieve in its ef­forts to SERVE, SUP­PORT & SIM­PLIFY the sup­ply chain process for all our cus­tomers.

Shankar Chat­ter­jee, Chair­man and MD

S CUBE Trans Con­ti­nen­tal Group

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