Lo­gis­tics as a pri­mary ca­reer op­tion

Bird Academy in­vited San­jiv Ed­ward, Chair­man, TIACA, to in­ter­act with stu­dents of the academy to know more about the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties of the air cargo sec­tor.

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Bird Academy or­gan­ised an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with San­jiv Ed­ward, Chair­man, The In­ter­na­tional Air Cargo As­so­ci­a­tion (TIACA) for its stu­dents to ex­plain the nitty-gritty of the lo­gis­tics sec­tor. Ed­ward shared the stage with TV Narayanan, HOD, Bird Academy & Chief In­struc­tor DGR and Global AVSEC In­struc­tor, IATA; VK Bha­tia, Vice Pres­i­dent – e-Cargo, Bird Group; Anil Mal­ho­tra, Di­rec­tor, Trans­mec Group and B M Singh, Di­rec­tor, Silk Route Lo­gis­tics.

Bha­tia stressed upon few crit­i­cal ar­eas such as sin­gle point con­tact, EDI (Elec­tronic Data In­ter­change) and to see the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try as a promis­ing pro­fes­sion.

Mo­ti­vat­ing the stu­dents, Ed­ward said, “It’s been a long jour­ney and I would like to re­it­er­ate that the key to de­liv­er­ing qual­ity prod­uct is ded­i­ca­tion and con­cen­tra­tion. This is the first time that an In­dian has taken the re­spon­si­bil­ity of an in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion (TIACA) and it is a mat­ter of pride for our coun­try. And re­spon­si­bil­ity comes with ac­count­abil­ity. Since I am look­ing for a global as­so­ci­a­tion with global agenda, my fo­cus will be on how I can use the global or­gan­i­sa­tion to in­te­grate world’s air cargo sup­ply chain.”

He touched upon is­sues such as non stan­dard­i­s­a­tion, lack of tech­nol­ogy, to name a few. “If we look at the sea, we can see the dras­tic change in the ship­ping in­dus­try; few years back consignment from In­dia to Amer­ica used to take 45 days and now it takes 21 days. The re­gret is we use the fastest mode of trans­port, that is, air but lose ef­fi­ciency on ground.”

Ed­ward shares the growth history of Delhi air­port to show­case the im­por­tance of con­cen­tra­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work to achieve suc­cess in life. While shar­ing the strug­gle and achieve­ments of Delhi air­port, he said, “When we took over the Delhi air­port, we were just op­er­a­tors, but we thought of do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent and got it pri­va­tised. We de­cided to set our tar­gets high to ex­ist among the best in the world. We started look­ing at other pos­si­bil­i­ties around the world and took an ex­am­ple of global hubs such as Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Dubai, US, to name a few.”

“With this, we re­alised what is needed to cre­ate a hub of op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence, good net­work in the air and on the ground, and good in­fra­struc­ture. Six years down the line, things started im­prov­ing. Fur­ther, to cut down costs and to re­duce time, we looked at con­nec­tiv­ity. From an air­port per­spec­tive, we started in­form­ing air­lines about the con­cept of be­ing con­nected with man­u­fac­tur­ing hubs that is Air Freight Sta­tion (AFS).

With flow of goods, flow of in­for­ma­tion is equally im­por­tant, thus both need to be co­or­di­nated. If we have fast flow of goods but in­for­ma­tion is not reach­ing on time then it’s a waste. Hence the good IT sys­tem is re­quired,” he ex­plained.

“We had a clear vi­sion to be the num­ber one air­port in In­dia. In 2010, we put the strat­egy in place and now we are the num­ber one air­port in the coun­try,” Ed­ward added.

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