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equipped with Volvo EMS 3.0, the Pro 3000 se­ries truck will be made avail­able with sleeper cab and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy op­tions like In­tel­li­gent Driver In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (IDIS), fuel coach, cruise con­trol, domex chas­sis and par­a­bolic sus­pen­sions. Speak­ing of CNG ve­hi­cles in the five to 10.7-tonne GVW range, Shyam Maller, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, LMD Trucks, ex­plained that they are es­pe­cially de­signed to cater to the needs of cus­tomers in Delhi NCR. “These ve­hi­cles have been de­signed es­pe­cially for cus­tomers on the look out for a wider load body. For in­stance, the car­riage of elec­tron­ics and ap­parel,” he stated. Cit­ing Haryana and Delhi as the key emerg­ing mar­kets for or­gan­ised lo­gis­tics, Maller also drew at­ten­tion upon the To­tal In­dus­try Vol­umes (TIV) wit­ness­ing a 40 per cent surge in the re­spec­tive re­gions. While tra­di­tional lo­gis­tics in­volved the move­ment of goods from man­u­fac­tur­ing hubs to con­sump­tion cen­tres through a lin­ear rout­ing mech­a­nism, E-com­merce lo­gis­tics is a com­bi­na­tion of ‘one to one’, ‘many to one’, and ‘one to many’ rout­ing based on the avail­abil­ity of goods and the des­ti­na­tion. It hints at the prospect of lo­gis­tics needs of e-com­merce firms con­tin­u­ing to evolve rapidly. Be­sides e-com­merce com­pa­nies re­quired to scale up to meet ser­vice lev­els, it will also re­quire an in­creased fo­cus on tier2 and tier3 cities. Trends like re­verse lo­gis­tics are ex­pected to re­sult in a higher de­mand for ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles from or­gan­ised play­ers. On the flip side, teething is­sues re­main to be dealt with for the e-com­merce seg­ment to grow as en­vis­aged to be­gin with. The manda­tory com­pli­ance to E-way bill for in­ter-state move­ment for in­stance will come in to ef­fect from Fe­bru­ary 01, 2018. It is ex­pected to ben­e­fit the or­gan­ised part of the long dis­tance lo­gis­tics in­dus­try. With the govern­ment look­ing to en­force a reg­u­la­tory dis­ci­pline threw a slew of changes be­sides the E-way bill, OEMs and trans­porters too have no choice but to fall in line and com­ply to re­alise the true po­ten­tial of the E-com­merce seg­ment. “Reg­u­la­tions need to be met. Even though the in­dus­try did face hic­cups dur­ing the ini­tial days of BSIV im­ple­men­ta­tion and GST roll­out, things are yet to stream­line with the in­dus­try ex­pected to even­tu­ally find change beneficial,” he con­cluded.

⇧ Eicher is ad­dress­ing e-com­merce in­dus­try needs with ded­i­cated and cus­tomised of­fer­ings.

⇦ Eicher is keen to tap CNG in­ten­sive re­gions like NCR.

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