Dynamics of ware­hous­ing

CARGOTALK brought to­gether in­dus­try ex­perts to dis­cuss is­sues like present out­look, im­por­tance of tech­nol­ogy and im­pact of GST on ware­hous­ing. The dis­cus­sion brought an op­por­tu­nity to de­ter­mine the next step for­ward.

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Ware­hous­ing forms a cru­cial link in the over­all lo­gis­tics value chain. From a godown to mod­ern set­ups, ware­hous­ing in In­dia has evolved rapidly. The ware­hous­ing in­dus­try is dom­i­nated by un­or­gan­ised play­ers. There was a time when peo­ple were not ready to in­vest in tech­nol­ogy but, nowa­days a clear shift can be de­picted with the us­age of Ware­house Man­age­ment Sys­tem, RFID, in­su­la­tion, etc. De­spite its strate­gic im­por­tance in the In­dian econ­omy, scale of op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered and its im­mense po­ten­tial for growth, the In­dian ware­hous­ing sec­tor is faced with sev­eral chal­lenges in­clud­ing the lack of suf­fi­cient phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture. To dis­cuss the need of in­no­va­tive ware­hous­ing in the coun­try,

CARGOTALK hosted a dis­cus­sion at In­dia Cargo Awards (North & East) in the cap­i­tal. We brought to­gether Vipin Vohra, Chair­man, Con­ti­nen­tal Car­ri­ers, Ajay Rao, CEO & Founder, Emiza Sup­ply Chain Ser­vices, KU Thankachen, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Cen­tral Rail­side Ware­house Com­pany, Sukanto Aich, Se­nior Di­rec­tor, Philips Light­en­ing In­dia, Sud­hir Ku­mar Jaini, Di­rec­tor, Divine Ther­mal Wrap, Vikas Ya­dav, Di­rec­tor, Fu­ture Ware­hous­ing Solutions, Vaib­hav Rathi, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Satvik Lo­gis­tics and Vi­pan Jain, COO, Delhi Cargo Ser­vice Cen­ter for an in­sight­ful dis­cus­sion on the con­tri­bu­tion re­quired from the gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor to lever­age ef­fi­ciency suit­ably.

KU Thankachen

Ware­hous­ing in In­dia is a large seg­ment. There are lots of fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try that are cre­ated but not be­ing utilised. Also, there are fa­cil­i­ties which are over loaded. There is a clear ca­pac­ity con­straint. Proper as­sess­ment at a na­tional level is cru­cial.

We have glitches now be­cause of GST regime but hope­fully these glitches will be cleared and will drive up the ware­hous­ing seg­ment over a pe­riod of time. Com­ing to the tech­nol­ogy part, in a bulk seg­ment, com­pa­nies like Food Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia (FCI) are de­vel­op­ing si­los which is an ex­am­ple of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. One can wit­ness the pos­i­tive trends with CWC en­ter­ing in si­los. To­day, lot of work is be­ing done man­u­ally which causes wastage and spillage which would be elim­i­nated through the in­tro­duc­tion of si­los. An In­te­grated ap­proach is es­sen­tial. This should be availed for smooth func­tion­ing of the seg­ment.

(L-R) Shashank Singh, Akash Bansal, Vaib­hav Rathi, Jogin­der Singh Saini, Sud­hir Ku­mar Jaini, Vikas Ya­dav, Vipin Vohra, Vi­pan Jain, K. U. Thankachen, Ra­jiv Lal, Sukanto Aich, Ajay Rao, SanJeet

KU Thankachen Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Cen­tral Rail­side Ware­house Com­pany

Sukanto Aich Se­nior Di­rec­tor Philips Light­en­ing In­dia

Vipin Vohra Chair­man Con­ti­nen­tal Car­ri­ers

Vikas Ya­dav Di­rec­tor Fu­ture Ware­hous­ing Solutions

Vi­pan Jain Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Delhi Cargo Ser­vice Cen­ter

Vaib­hav Rathi Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Satvik Lo­gis­tics

Ajay Rao CEO & Founder Emiza Sup­ply Chain Ser­vices

Sud­hir Ku­mar Jaini Di­rec­tor Divine Ther­mal Wrap

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