DHL: Modernising supply chains
With the optimistic market outlook for India’s technology sector, DHL organised an industry conference along with CII.
According to global tech research and Consultancy Company Gartner, the market for electronic devices in India is expected to grow a strong 5.7 per cent until 2019, with mobile phones seeing the strongest increase at 8.1 per cent, thus increasing the installed base of phones by 20 per cent to about 775 million. Investments in Data Center systems will reach US$2.9 bn in 2016. Consultancy firm EY meanwhile expects white goods and televisions in India to show steady growth at ~17 per cent annually which presents an attractive opportunity to manufacturers in this space.
With this growth in mind, an industry conference on ‘Preparing for Tomorrow’ was jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and DHL. Regional industry leaders, logistics experts and senior government officials gathered to discuss on the critical issues required to support this growth. Speaking on a buoyant note, Rob Siegers, President-Technology, DHL said, “The government’s constructive initiatives on GST and ‘Make in India’, together with the increasing consumer demand for electronics, will provide attractive growth opportunities for technology companies.”
“It is critical to get the supply chains prepared for this growth and at DHL, we are poised to support tech customers with supply chain consultancy and also new technologies, such as Augmented Reality glasses currently being tested in warehouse plus investment in innovation solutions, specifically in India to support e-commerce,” he added.
The implementation of GST and the need for interstate cooperation was discussed at a lively panel discussion. Smita Bhandari, Executive Director – Tax & Regulatory Services, Ernst &Young, emphasised the importance of planning in advance.