DHL: Mod­ernising sup­ply chains

With the op­ti­mistic mar­ket out­look for In­dia’s tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, DHL or­gan­ised an in­dus­try con­fer­ence along with CII.

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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.

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