Win­ning the young guns over to join the lo­gis­tics and sup­ply chain sec­tor

The lo­gis­tics and sup­ply chain sec­tor is ramp­ing up its ef­forts to at­tract more young white-col­lar pro­fes­sion­als to the sec­tor. Our es­teemed win­ners of the In­dia Cargo Awards share their views on how the youth of to­day can be in­spired to join the lo­gis­tic

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Best Lo­gis­tics Ser­vice Provider — Ocean (North & East 2016): Asia Ship­ping In­dia Ca­reer op­tions aplenty

Ac­cord­ing to Amit Tan­don, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Asia Ship­ping In­dia, the youth to­day are strate­gi­cally shap­ing their ca­reer path to tar­get non-con­ven­tional job op­por­tu­ni­ties ow­ing to stiff com­pe­ti­tion and zeal­ous urge to break the ice. Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment (SCM) is the next big thing in the in­dus­trial sce­nario.

Sup­ply chains are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a trans­for­ma­tion driven by ever more de­mand­ing ser­vice cus­tomers. This is tak­ing shape of more com­plex and glob­alised op­er­a­tions, which in turn need more ex­pe­ri­enced man­agers to over­see them.

Best Road Freight For­ward­ing Com­pany – Nepal & North–East In­dia (North & East 2016): Sugam Group Lo­gis­tics, the back­bone of the econ­omy

Ac­cord­ing to Kaus­tubh Mit­tal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Sugam Group, lo­gis­tics in­dus­try is the back­bone of any econ­omy for its do­mes­tic or in­ter­na­tional trade and even more so now with the world com­ing closer to­gether through transna­tional trade deals. The op­por­tu­ni­ties to choose from are var­ied – freight for­ward­ing (in­bound/ out­bound), SCM, ware­hous­ing, cus­tom clear­ance, door-to-door mul­ti­modal ex­press cargo trans­porta­tion, trad­ing among oth­ers. Com­pa­nies should de­ploy lat­est tech­nolo­gies in their ERP sys­tems and pro­vide train­ing to young­sters through man­age­ment trainee pro­grammes. Trans­parency is the key to at­tract young ta­lent, and that can come only with the use of tech­nol­ogy. This is thus the right time for young­sters think­ing about en­ter­ing this in­dus­try.

Best Ocean Freight For­ward­ing Com­pany (North & East 2016): Com­bined Lo­gis­tics Con­nec­tiv­ity, new com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage

Vi­neet Chadha, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Com­bined Lo­gis­tics, feels, the sup­ply chain in­dus­try ac­counts for 150,000 to 180,000 jobs lo­cally. Con­nec­tiv­ity can be­come our new com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage. Most im­por­tantly, we need to get peo­ple to con­nect not just to us, but through us.

The first ini­tia­tive un­der the new part­ner­ship will be the ‘Young Lo­gis­tics Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme,’a two-month train­ing scheme for young pro­fes­sion­als in the sec­tor. The course re­quired at least a di­ploma and five years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We also called on em­ploy­ers to fi­nan­cially sup­port their young staff for the same.

Premier Ocean Freight For­warder (North & East 2016): Forin Con­tainer Line Lo­gis­tics can take you places

Tarun Sharma, Di­rec­tor, Forin Con­tainer Line, shares, lo­gis­tics is very di­verse in na­ture. It has all the as­pects of mod­ules what a stu­dent learns in univer­sity. It’s a univer­sity in it­self; pharma lo­gis­tics, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in lo­gis­tics, fi­nance in lo­gis­tics, PR skills in lo­gis­tics, to name a few. One can do spe­cial­i­sa­tion in one field and can try to be master in all fields. Lo­gis­tics is all about peo­ple. It re­quires both young and ex­pe­ri­ence peo­ple.

The in­dus­try is chang­ing so fast that it re­quires young blood to adapt to the change hap­pen­ing. Lo­gis­tics can make us travel to var­i­ous places. This in­dus­try is for peo­ple who likes find­ing dif­fer­ent ways for same work to do bet­ter, faster and cost ef­fec­tively. The word lo­gis­tics sounds bor­ing to youth, so we need to show them the real side of lo­gis­tics, such as by show­ing them ex­am­ples from women work­ing in var­i­ous com­pa­nies in lo­gis­tics, young­sters un­der age 30 get­ting awards, etc.

Busi­ness Pro­fes­sional of the Year (North & East 2016): Ka­mal Do­gra, Ka­mal Translink No job is small

Ka­mal Do­gra, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ka­mal Translink, in­forms, over a pe­riod of time the de­mand and ex­pec­ta­tions from cus­tomers have made this in­dus­try to change and grow up from the typ­i­cal name ‘Trans­porter’ to ‘Lo­gis­ti­cian’. The tech-savvy sec­ond generation knows the re­quire­ments of global and In­dian mar­ket. E-com­merce which has come in a big way have made an im­pact on our mind that it is not the typ­i­cal trans­porta­tion but it in­volves end-to-end op­er­a­tions; be it an in­bound lo­gis­tics/cargo/out­bound/last mile de­liv­ery.

Best Road Trans­port Com­pany (North & East 2016): Saf­ex­press Youth keyed into eco­nomic trends

Vi­neet Kanau­jia, Vice Pres­i­dent – Mar­ket­ing, Saf­ex­press, opines, that while the growth rate of In­dian econ­omy is higher than that of all ma­jor economies in the world, at the same time sup­ply chain & lo­gis­tics is the real en­gine of this growth. This sce­nario has, in turn, helped the in­dus­try see a higher in­flux of white-col­lar pro­fes­sion­als. In the GST en­vi­ron­ment, sup­ply chain & lo­gis­tics will play an even big­ger role in driv­ing the eco­nomic growth. The young pro­fes­sion­als are even more keyed into the eco­nomic trends and will find plenty of in­spi­ra­tion.

Lead­ing Freight For­ward­ing Com­pany (North & East 2016): Ra­hat Con­ti­nen­tal In­ter­play of in­fra­struc­ture, in­no­va­tion

Ac­cord­ing to Ra­hat Sachdeva, Vice Pres­i­dent - In­ter­na­tional Lo­gis­tics, Ra­hat Con­ti­nen­tal, the in­dus­try has moved from be­ing just a ser­vice provider to the po­si­tion which pro­vides end-to-end sup­ply chain solutions to their cus­tomers. It is an in­ter­play of in­fra­struc­ture, in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy and new types of ser­vice providers which wouldn’t have been achiev­able with­out in­puts from young en­thu­si­as­tic pro­fes­sion­als who are now the fu­ture of lo­gis­tics in­dus­try.

Emerg­ing Sup­ply Chain Provider (West & South 2015): In­no­va­tive Lo­gisitcs Great time for lo­gis­tics

Gangesh K Mishra, Head - 3PL Busi­ness, In­no­va­tive Lo­gisitcs, tells. The im­por­tance of the area has been in­creas­ing along with glob­al­i­sa­tion and this new knowl­edge is cru­cial in the cur­rent busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.With glob­al­i­sa­tion making even the fur­thest reaches of the globe more and more con­nected, now is a great time to be look­ing into the field of lo­gis­tics and sup­ply chain. Jobs in the field in­clude lo­gis­tics man­ager, in­te­grated pro­grammes di­rec­tor, among many more.

Best Di­ver­si­fied lo­gis­tics Com­pany (West & South 2015): Jayem Lo­gis­tics Lo­gis­tics, ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to econ­omy

Ra­man Kaul, Gen­eral Man­ager – Cor­po­rate Plan­ning, Jayem Lo­gis­tics, shares, lo­gis­tics in In­dia is largely un­or­gan­ised and still evolv­ing, over the years it has crossed many po­lit­i­cal hur­dles and over­come so­cial bar­ri­ers to en­hance its im­age as an in­dus­try. Lot of big or­gan­i­sa­tions to­day have ap­pointed MD or CEOs from lo­gis­tics back­ground. The in­dus­try has earned its glory over the years and is one of the ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to In­dian econ­omy.

KALPANA LOHUMI

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