Spotlight on In­dia Ware­hous­ing Show

For lo­gis­tics play­ers, IWS is a plat­form that ad­dresses their col­lec­tive prob­lems and raises per­ti­nent is­sues con­cern­ing their trade. At­tended by more than 200 ex­hibitors, the show had em­i­nent speak­ers de­lib­er­at­ing on pro­cesses, role of air­ports in im­prov

Cargo Talk - - Warehousing -

The In­dia Ware­hous­ing Show (IWS) was held at Pra­gati Maidan, took place from July 1-3, 2015.

Speak­ing at the con­fer­ence, SL Sharma, Pres­i­dent, Air Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ACAAI), states, “We have to be pa­tient while analysing the changes hap­pen­ing at air­ports, in the ground han­dling seg­ments and ware­hous­ing. The Gov­ern­ment is work­ing to­wards the is­sue; si­mul­ta­ne­ously we also have to come up with an in­no­va­tive idea to be­come com­pet­i­tive at a global level. As far as man­u­fac­tur­ing goes, it needs to be un­der­stood that the Gov­ern­ment is in the process of sim­pli­fy­ing pro­ce­dures and once that is done, the cost and time will re­duce, thereby help­ing the ware­hous­ing in­dus­try.”

He­manth DP, COO - Aerospace Busi­ness, Asia Pa­cific Fly­ing School, Cargo, Hub de­vel­op­ment & FTZ, GMR Hy­der­abad In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited (GHIAL), speaks about how air­ports can add ef­fi­ciency to the ware­hous­ing busi­ness.

“The first pri­or­ity should be to cre­ate a ware­house with safe and sus­tain­able pro­cesses. Lo­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal laws must be fol­lowed. There is a need to keep ware­houses lean and green. These will help us to sat­isfy peo­ple and part­ners. Fo­cus must be to lessen waste, vari­abil­ity and in­ef­fi­ciency,” shares Deepak Sharma, Vice Pres­i­dent Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment, In­dus Tow­ers.

Com­ment­ing on the much awaited GST, Shreyas Malkan, CEO & Founder, Pas­sion for Lo­gis­tics says, “It is a year of free­dom for sup­ply chain and ware­hous­ing; along with this free­dom, there are a few re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to fol­low. It is nec­es­sary to tell the LSPs to pro­vide green ware­hous­ing; upon analysing, it is 70 per cent energy sav­ing and 30 per cent sav­ings in pack­ag­ing. For the suc­cess of ‘Make in In­dia', we have to tune up our ware­hous­ing to world stan­dards.”

Ra­jdeep Datta, As­sis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent Head, Snapdeal Plus says, “For in­fra­struc­ture, our au­to­ma­tion, racks and ware­houses are not at par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. The sec­ond gap in our in­fra­struc­ture is in the cold chain, that comes up in the form of hy­per lo­cal so­lu­tions in ware­houses and from there to the fi­nal con­sumer. Selling FMCG and var­i­ous other per­ish­able prod­ucts via Snapdeal is def­i­nitely on the cards.”

Speak­ing on the in­dus­try’s re­quire­ments, Ankur Bedi, Di­rec­tor Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment & Projects, Cold Steel Cor­po­ra­tion says, “We need ware­hous­ing ex­perts on PEB who can for­mu­late the en­tire blue­print from the in­fra­struc­ture to ex­e­cu­tion, up to the op­er­a­tional level and cre­ate the fa­cil­i­ties in a way that the in­dus­try can easily use them.”

He adds, “Growth in the ware­hous­ing sec­tor is slow, but in­evitable. In­fra­struc­ture of a ware­house must be built with thor­ough in­te­gra­tion of the end user, with­out which it ends up be­ing un­suit­able.”

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