Cargo Breaking News

Kuehne+Nagel launches AI-enabled road logistics platform eTrucknow in India

In order to bridge the supply and demand of road logistics via a digital marketplace, Kuehne+Nagel has launched its AI-enabled road logistics platform eTrucknow in India in a webinar with the participation of top company officials and its vendors and distributors from across the country. With eTrucknow, shippers get access to a simplified quotation and booking process for domestic road logistics shipments. Once the shipper provides the shipment details, the AI-enabled engine streamlines and automates the quotation comparison process by validating multiple data points and presents the customer with the most competitive quotation and route. “The intuitive and easy-to-use digital solution has been developed based on our customers’ needs and market trends. The platform’s functionalities are continuously evolving to create an optimal customer experience from an ad-hoc shipment to the regular large volume of shipments,” says Chellan Ganesan, Senior Vice President – Road Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel, Asia Pacific.

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COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to re-understand the operations: Chander Agarwal

“The most striking thing that has emerged from this entire lockdown is that it has given every company an opportunity to improve their performance, way of working and re-understanding the entire operations and possible marketing as well,” says, Chander Agarwal, Managing Director, TCI Express at the third edition of CargoTalk digital conclave. Interestingly, with the use of technology we have had the lowest cost ever in the history of the company in spite of the fuel prices going up. This crisis has made us much stronger; all the things which were left undone were able to be done now for the betterment of the company and this has made our foundation stronger.

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Logistics industry also need acknowledgement for its hard work: Aditya Shah

Talking about the challenges faced by industry when the lockdown was announced, Aditya Shah, Executive Director, V-Trans India, says that the period of end of March and mid of April which was filled with uncertain times, at the CargoTalk’s third digital conclave. He continues, “Business came to a standstill, trucks were stranded, and cargo was held up whether it is road, airport or seaport. However, logistics being such an essential industry for the backbone of the country, it had to bounce back very fast. The government has ensured the delivery of essentials, right from the beginning, and slowly and steadily also enabled the entire ecosystem around essentials. Things have started moving pretty fast for the industry, however, it was filled with challenges; from obtaining local permissions to ensuring the safety of people and also if people are in place to operate. The challenges which we as an industry have faced have been immense but still the resilience and hard work with which each one of us stood up deserves some acknowledgement.”

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COVID-19 has taught us collaboration: Ashok Goyal

“Covid-19 has brought a new change in our lives,” says, Ashok Goyal, Managing Director, BLR Logistiks at the third edition of CargoTalk’s digital conclave. He informs, “When the lockdown started in March, industry got into a very bad shape and everyone was worried about the future. However, we have gone through it well. If we look at last three months, the progress is phenomenal in terms of how economy has picked up and businesses are back to 75 per cent level. Hence, I see no reason why are not we going to grow the way we were growing earlier as we can also see the younger generation taking over the business, especially road transport which is even considered to be a tough one.” “The crisis has taught us collaboration and has brought everyone closer. We never used to have this kind of unity which we have now and big players are taking help of smaller players in the area where they are not strong” he adds.

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Welspun One announces 110-acre logistic park in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra

With a leasable area of 3.2 million sqft and an estimated investment of Rs 900 crore, Welspun One Logistics Parks (WOLP) has launched its maiden 110 acre Grade A warehousing park in Bhiwandi, Maharastra. The company has also entered into an MoU with the State Government of Maharashtra under the ‘Magnetic Maharashtra Initiative’ for this project, which is in advanced stages of receiving necessary approvals under the Integrated Logistics Parks (ILP) policy of the state of Maharashtra; making it one the first of its kind fully compliant projects in Bhiwandi. This development will create an upwards of 2700 multi-level job opportunities. Anshul Singhal, Managing Director, Welspun One says, “Our park in Bhiwandi is well suited to meet the requirements of a large number of end users including e-commerce, 3PL, FMCG/FMCD, modern retail, pharma and thus far has been very well received by large occupiers. We are also seeing significant interest from international and private equity investors, both at the project and overall platform level.”

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Technology has moved from necessary evil to business driver: Amar More

“The extraordinary crisis always leads to extraordinary opportunities,” says Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions at CargoTalk’s third digital conclave. Taking about the role of technology in the time crisis, he says, “If we look at the attitude towards digitisation; technology has moved from nice to have thing to necessary evil to now a business driver. The role of technology is increasing in the industry; those who had the right technology could operate in those pandemic days.” “Paper is just not a piece, it means delays, environmental damage and in some places it means corruption and now it is a death threat because COVID-19 stays on paper for three to four days. India is world’s IT backbone and we should be leading the world rather than following the world,” he adds.

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Air cargo industry has achieved more in last 4 months than in 4 decades: Saurabh Kumar

Air cargo is a multi decade industry but what we have achieved in last four months is many times of what we have achieved in the last 4-5 decades, says, Saurabh Kumar, CEO, Hyderabad Air Cargo at CargoTalk’s third digital conclave. He says, “Last four months have been a great time for us to think and innovate. If we look at digitalisation, air cargo industry has started talking about new initiatives to reduce paper and to digitalise the processes, four to five years back. However, the process of adoption has been slow. If we compare ourselves with other industries as well, air cargo has been slightly slow in terms of adopting technologies.” “We started thinking about digitisation in last four months when confinement has not left us with any other option,” adds Kumar.

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COVID-19 is an opportunity to take digitisation seriously: Keku Gazder

Calling digitisation an enabler and not a revenue generator, Keku Bomi Gazder, CEO, AAICLAS, says, at CargoTalk’s third digital conclave, “It is a value add to our industry which is long due. We are the land of producing digitisation and yet we are not 100 per cent digitised. It seems to be a bit of a challenge to understand why we are not moving into a 100 per cent at least into an e-airway bill mode.” He continues, “We need to think even beyond paperless or digitisation and that is to do with being contactless; which means less interaction in the physical world.” Gazder believes that the pandemic seems is an opportunistic moment for us to look at digitisation seriously.

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DB Schenker launches logistics service for battery transport and storage

According to expert scenarios forecast, there will be more than 130 million electric vehicles on the roads globally by 2030 . Seeing the strict legal requirements for transporting and warehousing batteries, DB Schenker has launched a new and dedicated service that combines individual national and international regulations concerning battery types and transportation modes. Power and availability of batteries are key to of this transport shift, manufacturers face new challenges managing the logistics around their supply. Jochen Thewes, CEO, DB Schenker, “Batteries are the main drivers of the ongoing electrification of the world. With our global network, we can cover the whole logistics spectrum to create reliable solutions for safe and customised battery transport and storage. We believe that e-mobility will be a key driver towards a more sustainable future. With our new service dedicated to battery logistics, we are proud to be a facilitator of this game-changing development.”

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Snowman Logistics on an expansion mode; adds more warehousing capacity

Snowman Logistics has announced capacity expansion by adding to their pallet capacity across the country. The company has commenced construction at the Siliguri facility and is further adding pallet capacity to Taloja and Krishnapattanam facilities taking the total pallet capacity to 1,13,208 with a presence in 16 cities catering to the key markets of Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. Snowman will add 4200 pallets at Siliguri and will expand Taloja (Mumbai) and Krishnapattanam facilities by a total of 3000 pallets. All these facilities are scheduled to be up and running before this financial year-end. The company caters to its comprehensive network of reputed clients, which source and consume temperature-sensitive products in bulk amounts.

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