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
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
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