Category Archives: Warehousing

Walmart, Amazon & Reliance to set up logistics hubs in Madhya Pradesh

Seeing the improved connectivity of Madhya Pradesh with other states in all directions, Walmart, Amazon and Reliance are preparing to tap the strategic location of Madhya Pradesh to set up logistic bases by locating national distribution centres and warehouses in the state. The state is likely to see intense activity on this front in March and April. The business heads of the retailers are planning visits in the couple of months to figure out details of logistics business. According to Rajesh Rajoura, Principal Secretary to the state government for industrial investment policy and promotion, “Walmart, Amazon and Reliance have expressed interest in building logistic hubs and warehouses in the state. Setting up retail outlets is neither their priority nor the state government. But logistic hubs will get due consideration.” Amazon also plans to enter fresh fruit and vegetable markets in a big way and would want to set up centres for supply in Madhya Pradesh and the rest of the country.

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Adani Logistics enters cold chain market with majority stake in Snowman Logistics

Adani Logistics has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake of Rs296 crore in Snowman Logistics from Gateway Distriparks to enter the cold chain logistics. The acquisition gives Adani Logistics platform to double its capacity in next five years. Karan Adani, Chief Executive Officer and Whole Time Director, APSEZ said, “The acquisition is in line with our strategy and vision to be a leader in providing integrated logistics services in India and moving from port gate to customer gate. Cold chain is key product in customer gate strategy given India’s consumer driven demand. With focus on increase in utilisation, higher realisation from product mix and operational efficiencies, this vertical will help further improve returns of logistics business”

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Indospace signs Jabil in Ranjangaon, Pune

Jabil Circuit India has leased approximately 60,000 sq ft of customised modern facility for light manufacturing and assembly at IndoSpace Ranjangaon, Pune. KA Lee, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Jabil Green Point, said, “This facility will help Jabil Green Point, a division of Jabil Inc, in leveraging the growth potential of the Indian market which is continuing to emerge as a key manufacturing hub for our global customers.” Rajesh Jaggi, Vice Chairman, Real Estate, Everstone Group, said, “We are very pleased to have Jabil as a tenant and look forward to working with them on future expansion endeavors in India. Our global industrial real estate experience along with local execution capabilities enable us to anticipate the needs of Jabil and structure solutions that support their business plan.” Spread across 104 acres, the IndoSpace facility in Ranjangaon is a fully integrated industrial park located in MIDC Ranjangaon. The park consists of more than 2.4 million sqft of modern warehouses and light manufacturing facilities that are designed to meet the manufacturing, logistics and supply chain needs of global companies.

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LEAP India expects demand for pallets on lease to go up from 3 to 4 million in 2020-21

Increasing demand for warehousing from both domestic and international players is driving demand for efficient and international practices of storing and moving goods. LEAP India expects the demand for pallets on lease to go up to four million during the year 2020-21 from three million deployed currently. The company is expanding its client base to 550 spread across FMCG, beverages, auto, food, e-Commerce and large logistic players. Sunu Mathew, Managing Director, LEAP India comments, “We see enough opportunity in both pallets and Foldable Large Containers (FLCs). We are all geared up to tap this huge opportunity as we are well positioned to expand our pallets base. The company has good number of veterans from logistics and other sectors managing various functions professionally.”

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Germany’s Rhenus Logistics to offer end-to-end logistics solutions to India

With the expansion of its warehousing solutions to Asia-Pacific, Rhenus Logistics has announced that it now offers end-to-end logistics solutions to India, Greater China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The German-headquartered global logistics provider plans to add a new warehouse in every three months and extend its global experience to the region with a portfolio of storage types. The aggressive expansion of Rhenus Logistics Warehousing Solutions to the Asia-pacific was started with the acquisition of Singapore’s Triways Logistics in May and the addition of its largest warehouse in Thailand, a 10,000 square-meter multi-user facility, in June.

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Telangana gets its first ever integrated logistics park

K. T. Rama Rao, Minister of MA&UA, Industries and IT&C in Telangana KCR’s Cabinet, inaugurated the state’s first-ever logistics park. Developed by Ancon Group in partnership with HMDA, this is the first-of-its-kind integrated logistics park developed in PPP mode.Spread over 22 acres, the logistics park at Mangalpalle has 2.5 lakh square feet of grade A warehouse space.It has facilities such as parking for 250 trucks, warehousing, automobile service centres, fuel stations, provision for cold storage, a primary health centre, dormitories and restaurants. “Eight more logistics parks will come up along 162-km long ORR, which has 19 interjunctions,” Rao announced.

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Pepperfry launches built-to-suit furniture warehouse in Bengaluru

Pepperfry has launched its first ever built-to-suit home and furniture warehouse in Bengaluru. This automated and tech-led warehouse, located in Hoskote area, is spread across 3,60,000 sq ft, making it the largest built-to-suit facility in the segment, in India. South India forms the biggest market for Pepperfry and the facility will thereby help the company provide best-in-class services to its customers. The facility is located along the highway and is equidistant from key demand centres in Bangalore, which results in a reduction in overall transit time and long-haul movement cost across markets, as well as allows hassle-free movement of vehicles. This improved infrastructure will also ensure overall customer experience will go up with faster delivery rates. The launch is in line with Pepperfry’s aim to build the largest big-box logistics network in India and particularly strengthen its services in South India, which contributes to 40% of the marketplace’s overall business.

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By 2024, automation to enhance performance of workers then replace them: Zebra

According to the warehousing Asia Pacific vision study by Zebra Technologies Corporation, warehousing, distribution and fulfilment operations are undergoing a modern-day makeover as they transform to meet the growing needs of the world’s on-demand economy. 57 per cent of decision makers plan to enable partial automation or labour augmentation with technology in the warehouse. 70 per cent of respondents believe human interaction is part of their optimal balance in warehousing, with 43 per cent citing partial automation (some human involvement) and 27 per cent citing augmentation (equipping workers with devices) as their preference. Decision makers anticipate using robotics for inbound inventory management (27 per cent), packing (24 per cent) and goods in/receiving (21 per cent) by 2024.

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FM Logistic breaks ground on a new multi-client facility at Jhajjar

FM Logistic has broken ground on its new multi-client logistics facility (MCF) in Jhajjar, near Gurugram, Haryana. The new warehouse will have a storage capacity of 100,000 pallet positions and provide a dedicated area for co-packing and other value-added services. Furnished with best-in-class safety and security features, the warehouse will offer cost efficient, quality storage and handling services. This warehouse, which is expected to be completed in December 2020, is part of the five-year US$ 150 million investment plan the company announced in March 2019. Located on a 31-acre site, the future facility will provide cutting-edge warehousing, handling, value-added and omnichannel services to FM Logistic’s clients in the northern region of India.

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ESR, Future to develop 2 logistics parks with ₹300 crore investment

ESR announced partnership with Future Group to develop two logistics parks with an investment of ₹300 crore. To be located at Nagpur and Gurugram, the logistics parks will span 75 acres with a potential development of around 1.3 million sq. ft. It is estimated that this investment shall be made to develop two state-of-the-art industrial and warehousing parks to service northern and central regions. The logistics parks will be jointly developed by Future Group’s Future Market Networks and ESR, with the latter as the majority partner. “This partnership will strengthen ESR’s presence in India to six cities and we expect this strategic alliance to expand further in several newer geographies in the next one to two years,” said Abhijit Malkani, Country Head, ESR India. He added that, in association with CONCOR Dadri, it is the commitment of CMA CGM Logistics Park Dadri to work out all modalities and deliver efficient services to its customers in every possible way.

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