Giv­ing a push to lo­gis­tics ed­u­ca­tion for train­ing

Cargo Talk - - Warehousing -

The Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) is set to launch The CII School of Lo­gis­tics, of­fer­ing spe­cialised MBA pro­grammes, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Amity Univer­sity. The CII School of Lo­gis­tics will of­fer two spe­cialised MBA pro­grammes: MBA - Sup­ply Chain and MBA Lo­gis­tics. Both pro­grammes will have UGC-recog­nised de­grees.

In a bid to boost the lo­gis­tics sec­tor and its po­ten­tial in Tamil Nadu, city-based Maersk Train­ing has en­tered into an agree­ment with the CII-backed Lo­gis­tics Skills Coun­cil (LSC) to train work­ers and pro­vide skill de­vel­op­ment. Maersk Train­ing will de­velop and de­liver cour­ses on top­ics such as han­dling dan­ger­ous goods and doc­u­men­ta­tion in ship­ping. With cour­ses cov­er­ing top­ics such as sur­viv­ing piracy and arms drop­ping, han­dling HAZ­MAT or dan­ger­ous goods, high pres­sure high tem­per­a­ture drilling, Maersk Train­ing en­ables al­most 1,500 peo­ple per year to be equipped with the right skills.

Ware­houses are not just stor­age spa­ces within four walls, they have now be­come sup­ply chain en­ablers. Now, tech­nol­ogy plays an im­por­tant role in mak­ing a good ware­house. Its strate­gic im­por­tance in sup­ply chain ef­fi­ciency has made it im­per­a­tive to use the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. It not only fa­cil­i­tates busi­nesses to move from man­power in­tense to op­ti­mal labour work­force but also en­hances the ware­house per­for­mance. And, more­over the con­tin­u­ous ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy are help­ing in mak­ing the ware­house bet­ter day by day.

Com­ment­ing on how tech­nol­ogy is a nec­es­sary el­e­ment in mak­ing an ex­cel­lent ware­house, R Shankar, CEO, TVS Lo­gis­tics Ser­vices, says, “End to end track­ing and vis­i­bil­ity is the sup­ply chain mantra. Not only busi­nesses but in­di­vid­ual buy­ers also want to know where their goods are com­ing from, are there enough stocks and how soon will th­ese prod­ucts reach them. Ware­house Man­age­ment Sys­tem (WMS), as a tech­nol­ogy, def­i­nitely pro­vides ad­e­quate trace­abil­ity through ra­dio fre­quency ca­pa­bil­ity. This apart, ware­house cu­bic util­i­sa­tion can be made bet­ter only through a ro­bust WMS so­lu­tion. For bi-di­rec­tional growth that is in­creas­ing stor­age vol­ume and ful­fil­ment through­put in­de­pen­dently with­out in­vest­ing in ex­cess ca­pac­ity, tech­nol­ogy is nec­es­sary. With the op­ti­mum use of tech­nol­ogy in sup­ply chain op­er­a­tions, LSPs can match the speed of or­der ful­fill­ment 10 times more than what labour force can of­fer and pass on

Ware­house Man­age­ment Sys­tem (WMS), as a tech­nol­ogy, def­i­nitely pro­vides ad­e­quate trace­abil­ity through ra­dio fre­quency ca­pa­bil­ity Tech­nol­ogy has changed from be­ing just an en­abler of ef­fi­ciency and qual­ity to play­ing a more strate­gic role and gain­ing com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage The new ware­houses re­quire an ap­pli­ca­tion which is de­vel­oped fac­tor­ing the ground re­al­i­ties of a ware­house; com­plex­i­ties of the pro­cesses and skill sets

man­age­ment or hu­man cap­i­tal. Tech­nol­ogy has meta­mor­phosed from be­ing just an en­abler of ef­fi­ciency and qual­ity to play­ing a more strate­gic role in gain­ing a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.”

Ac­cord­ing to Vi­neet Mal­ho­tra, Di­rec­tor, Kale Lo­gis­tics Solutions, “Mak­ing use of the en­ter­prise and com­mu­ni­ca­tion solutions avail­able can aid in keep­ing ware­house op­er­a­tions up to date. Ware­houses re­quire a sys­tem that can min­imise freight process steps and en­sure a more rapid move­ment. The new age is de­signed mapped to in­dus­try bench­marked pro­cesses. In the global econ­omy, ware­houses are smaller ini­tially, but often ex­pand with the growth in the busi­ness.”

Ex­plain­ing the en­ter­prise and com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tion, Mal­ho­tra says, “The plat­form en­abling com­pa­ny­wide com­mu­ni­ca­tion or ex­change of in­for­ma­tion needs to be able to in­te­grate and in­ter­face with var­i­ous sys­tems and com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels like RFID, GPS sys­tems, HHT, lap­top or smart­phone. In case of re­ceiv­ing points, hav­ing one per­son in ver­i­fy­ing re­ceived ma­te­ri­als from a list, then send­ing the ma­te­ri­als for stock­ing, then send­ing the list for data­base up­dat­ing is highly in­ef­fi­cient. In­bound pro­cess­ing and the right en­ter­prise soft­ware can al­low one in­di­vid­ual to check in ma­te­ri­als and record the in­ven­tory in one step.”

“Tech­nolo­gies like Real Time Lo­cat­ing Sys­tems and Ra­dio-Fre­quency Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (RFID) have be­come es­sen­tial for a wide range of au­to­mated data col­lec­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tions that helps ware­house op­er­a­tor to keep a track of goods com­ing in or go­ing out their perime­ter. Adop­tion of WMS and other IT-driven solutions are be­com­ing ef­fec­tive in in­creas­ing the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the ware­hous­ing in­dus­try,” in­forms, Man Singh Chauhan, Gen­eral Man­ager–Sup­ply Chain Solutions, Freight Sys­tems.

Tech­nolo­gies like Real Time Lo­cat­ing Sys­tems and Ra­dio-Fre­quency Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion have be­come es­sen­tial for a range of au­to­mated data col­lec­tion

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