Category Archives: Warehousing

DTDC launches warehouse in Delhi’s Samalkha region

DTDC has launched its largest integrated hub in Delhi’s Samalka region. The hub will house the operations for four big verticals of express delivery business, i.e. air, ground, international and B2C. The state-of-the-art hub, occupying an area of 1,00,000 sq ft, will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge devices and state-of-the-art amenities such as automated sorter, x-ray machines, hydraulic trolleys, and several other devices that enhance the facility’s compliance, efficiency, and productivity quotients manifold. Abhishek Chakraborty, Executive Director, DTDC, said, “With the launch, DTDC has taken a step further in its efforts to establish a strong operational backbone that emboldens the entire logistical framework of the country. We envision the hub at Samalka to emerge as one of the largest, busiest integrated express hubs of the country, and equipped with all the latest technological solutions to help achieve this goal. With an ideal balance attained between labour intensive activities and automation, we hope Samalkha hub sets an example in optimising productivity without compromising on job creation, efficiency or compliance to regulations.”

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Safexpress to invest Rs. 100 crore in Northeast

Safexpress has announced the biggest-ever investment by a logistics company in the Northeast region. Out of the 12 focus industries identified by the Government for investment in Northeast in general and Assam in particular, logistics is one of the major industries. Vineet Kanaujia, Vice President – Marketing, Safexpress, said, “Given the vital role Assam plays in connecting Northeast to the rest of the country, Safexpress has recently built up an ultra-modern Logistics Park at Guwahati. We have invested Rs. 30 Crore in creating this state-of-the-art Logistics Park at Guwahati. This facility spans over an area of more than 1 million square feet, and is located strategically on National Highway 31. This logistics facility is functional 24x7x365 and ensures excellent connectivity of Northeast with the rest of India.”

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Cold chain system cannot be developed in isolation: Pawanexh Kohli

Focusing on the concept of cold chain, Pawanexh Kohli, Chief Advisor & CEO, NCCD, says, “Cold chain is amalgamation of many technologies due to it’s concept of an integrated flow of produce from farm to fork so that there is a synonymous flow from fork to farm of value. Cold chain system cannot be developed in isolation; railways need to be used, trucking needs to be used but the question remains where it should be started from? The source is farms; cold stores must source from farms. To implement farm-to-fork connectivity, pack-houses are required; we have to make the product ready to get into the cold chain.”

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3rd India Cargo Awards (North & East) in Delhi

The third edition of the India Cargo Awards – North & East celebrated the accomplishments of the cargo industry of North & East India at The Lalit, New Delhi on December 20, 2017. Salman Khurshid, former Cabinet Minister for External Affairs, former Cabinet Minister for Law and Justice and Minority Affairs, Government of India, was the Chief Guest for the distinguished evening. The ceremony saw the august presence of the leaders and runners of the cargo industry. The 39 winners were chosen after a fair and unbiased selection process which includes an online voting platform.

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3rd India Cargo Awards (West & South) in Ahmedabad

The third edition of the India Cargo Awards – West & South celebrated the accomplishments of the extraordinaire leaders of cargo industry from the West & South regions of India at Crowne Plaza Ahmedabad City Centre on October 14, 2017.  Gautambhai Navalchand Shah, Mayor, Amdavad Municipal Corporation, was the Chief Guest for the glorious evening. The ceremony saw the august presence of Dr. Marisha Kaul, Gladrags Mrs India North 2017, along with the leaders of the cargo industry. India Cargo Awards honoured the real runners of the industry. The 32 winners were chosen after a fair and unbiased selection process which includes an online voting platform.

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Amaron Brute- Hi Life Batteries for warehousing industry

Amara Raja launches Amaron Brute- Hi Life Batteries to power the forklifts in manufacturing, processing and warehousing industry. The product is designed to cater to the needs and fill the existing gaps for a superior product for motive power applications in manufacturing, processing and warehousing industry. Built to the highest technical competence in its class, Amaron Brute- Hi Life Batteries has been tested extensively in premier manufacturing facilities in Europe.

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Safexpress launches ultra-modern Logistics Park in Amritsar

The development of the Safexpress Logistics Park has been done on a land area of 25,000 square feet. The establishment of this Logistics Park will drive the economic growth in the Punjab region. Vineet Kanaujia, Vice President – Marketing, Safexpress said, “Amritsar is one of the largest and most rapidly growing cities of Punjab. It is also a very important center from the perspective of supply chain and logistics. The growth trend in Amritsar is likely to improve significantly in times to come as the government is planning numerous initiatives around the city. Punjab Government is taking various steps to provide fiscal incentives to investors in Amritsar to speed up the industrial development of the belt. Amritsar is industrially developed, but still has a lot of scope for further development, provided its logistics falls in place.”

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It is a growth-oriented budget: Samir J Shah

Samir J Shah, Chairman, FFFAI believes, “The recent bold steps from the government pertaining to fiscal discipline, restructuring of tax regime, capacity building through setting up of appropriate infrastructure and connectivity have further been strengthened by the Budge 2017-18 announcements. For instance, budgetary allocation of Rs 2,41,387 crore for multimodal transportation sector, increase of allocation for highways from Rs 57,976 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 64,900 crore for 2017-18, identifying 2,000 kms of coastal connectivity roads for construction and development, more emphasis on agro- based produces through NABARD and appropriate logistics facilities for them, emphasis on MSME sector, port connectivity, Greenfield ports, airports in Tier-II & Tier-III cities through PPP mode, logistics parks, etc would have long-term and significant effects on India’s manufacturing and merchandise trade.” “Remarkably, the finance minister has announced the government’s decision to set up 1500 Multi Skill Training Institutes across the country. For these, Rs 1,700 crore has been allotted for FY 2017-18. This highlights the government’s firm commitments towards adding value to capacity building in a larger perspective. FFFAI, in its pre-Budget memorandum had urged the Finance Ministry to address the micro issues related customs clearance. We are optimistic that the finance minister’s commitments on ease of doing business would resolve those in the days to come,” he states.

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After demonetisation, expectations surging: Schenker India

Says Oliver Bohm, CEO, Schenker India, “There are both transformational decisions from last year that deserve a mention along with key industry recommendations. GST Bill; a long-held industry demand, would truly be a game changer for the logistics sector and would make us internationally competitive from the perspective of inventory holding and transaction cost. We anticipate the government to consider providing a blue print to resolve the pending issues of stakeholders before the budget.” “Warehousing & Transportation is still not a recognised sector by the financial institutions and is deprived of the basic support. We look forward to having an industry status to be awarded to the sector along with tax benefits for investment in the warehousing sector, which should be on par with other sectors. Apart from this there should be a special incentive for use of solar energy in our warehouses. Special tax holidays of up to 5 to 10 years for warehouses constructed in rural area can also be considered. The treatment to warehousing for non-agricultural commodities on par with infrastructure projects is to encourage investment in the warehousing industry and additionally creating multi-modal logistics hubs will give transporters the choice of best modes and help in the efficient movement of goods,” he endures. Land acquisition has been a challenge that needs immediate attention which required speed approval process for change of land title. There are significant parcels of land in and around metro cities under agricultural land category. If there is no agricultural activity over the past eight to 10 years, they should be allowed to be converted into commercial use. This will create ample space available for construction of quality warehouses and significantly reduce storage …

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Logistics cost needs to be cut down: Stanley Lim

At the FFFAI convention, Stanley Lim, Chairman, FIATA Congress Committee & Past President FIATA, expressed the need of logistics cost to be cut down. He said, “No matter in which industry you are, you need logistics and in logistics we are talking about from farm to fork and the number of steps and the cost involved. Moreover, for globalisation one needs to involve all government agencies in one platform to facilitate trade. Hence, logistics cost needs to be cut down to make country’s import and export competitive. Once the number of steps will get cut down, security will be enhanced and there will be less human error.”

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