Logistics Industry : Just a Degree or Passion?

What Is Your Career Goal?

If you are planning to join for logistics degree or certification program only for job then, this course is not worth it. If enter into a logistic field because the industry is pay master, after few years of hardwork you will have self – realization that all this year’s worth is nothing more than a big number in bank account, that’s it.

Try to grow in logistics field if its your passion. Live the passion instead of just making money.

About Logistics Industry

Logistics is a best platform with excellent opportunities for talented and energetic future managers in abroad as well as India. The scope is increasing as company CEO’s perceive the importance of Supply Chain Management (SCM) which is growing at a faster pace.

A career in Logistics offer’s challenging profile with a early responsibility along with travel opportunities and excellent remuneration package. Logistics management is essential not only to the world’s dominant organizations but also offers immense job opportunities in freight forwarding companies, couriers etc. Also, companies with manufacturing and distribution operations need Logistics trained professionals. In short we can say that , any organization irrespective of size and type, needs self-motivated, industrial ready individuals to become their future supply chain leaders.

Inshort, logistics field can be called as the backbone of almost every business now. Even on a small scale industry , logistics has become absolute necessity.

Logistics Industry In India : In India the logistics sector has become a key performance indicator of the economy. One of the prime reasons for this is the tremendous growth in the Indian economy, which has led to rise in the volume of freight traffic moved which inturn has opened up new growth opportunities in different areas of logistics. According to the World Bank’s Logistic Performance Index (LPI), India is ranked 39th place among 150 countries of the world.

Logistics Industry – India

Size : The total estimated market size of logistics industry in India ranges between USD 90 to 125 billion. Also logistics sector employs over 45 million people in India.

Importance in India’s Economic growth: Logistics cost is 13% of India’s GDP Concentrating on the logistics sector will support future growth in India.

The Future: In the future years, the Indian economy will be mostly driven by sectors like manufacturing and retail. So to contribute effectively to the economy, the Indian logistics industry needs to improve upon its gap and deliver value enhancing result.

The major areas that logisics industry needs to focus are below mentioned:

 Expansion of distribution channels to increase consumer reach
 Reduction in operational cost along with improved delivery time
 Overcome infrastructure cost & implemention of E-Infrastructure
 Efficient port utilisation and decrease in the turnaround time
 More storage infrastructure investments like warehouses & cold storages
 Organise the transport operations on a pan India basis
 Adopt the latest technology
 Solution to skill gaps issues

Qualification Required To Enter The Industry:

Educational Qualification – The basic requirement is a Certificate course, Diploma Certification, Bachelors’ degree, PG Diploma Certification. In India candidates are offered courses and trained in logistics aspects relatied to movement of goods over land, air, or water.However, for a promotion and hike in salary, you can go for a Masters’ degree. Many colleges provide distance learning option for the working professionals.

Skills :

Problem-solving skills and analytical skills are a must for this Job profile.

Good communication skills to communicate with domestic and international clients.

Good decision makers.

Quick Learner and tech savy.

Scope of logistics job

Job Prospects

As student’s know very little about the industry, there’s a lot of hypothesis regarding career. As we are moving forward towards Globalization the jobs in the Logistics are increasing each day. As a flourishing industry, it offers good job opportunities Any kind of business needs logistics professionals. Depending upon organisational size either an individual or whole department will be needed.For eg if the organisation is small, a single employee or manager will be able to handle all the work and incase of a big organisation an entire department will be required for the same.

Many people start their career with an entry-level position and with their apt skills and hard and smart work reach the managerial positions with greater responsibilities and better salaries.

An ample variety of job opportunities for entry-level managers are available. Good thing about this opportunities are they are not limited to a certain geographical location. The opportunities are available in warehousing, retailing and transportation sector. The job opportunity for freshers are in Warehousing sector which involves inventory control, preparing GRN (Goods Receipt Note) etc. To advance in your career, a strong business skill, process knowledge, and relevant work experience is required. Job opportunities for a passionate logistician is available in government as well as private sector

If you have passion for logistics , its worth entering.

The field is diversified in different profiles as follows :-

  1. Analyst

  2. Consultant

  3. Customer Service Manager

  4. International Logistics Manager

  5. Inventory Control Manager

  6. Logistics Manager

  7. Transportation Manager

  8. Logistics Services Salesperson

  9. Material Manager

  10. Production Manager

  11. Purchasing Manager

  12. Supply Chain Manager

  13. Vendor Managed Inventory Coordinator

  14. Warehouse Operations Manager

  15. Third party logistics (3PL) industry

Apart from this, there are few other profiles as well which gives a chance to get into consulting, projects, strategic planning, production planning, capacity management and list goes on and on.

Life of a logistician can never be boring with this extensive range of duties. No two days are the same in logistic sector, every hour seems to bring about new challenges.

Logistics Jobs For Freshers – India

Jobs opportunities for freshers in Indian Logistics sector are growing. Skilled and educated manpower are required for planning and co-ordination of the procurement and distribution activities, co-ordinate stock transfers, goods return, quality control, pre-define and execute inventory plans, co-ordinate with transporters and reconcile stock accounts.

As a fresher you can take the first step in Logistics sector as Logistics Co-ordinator, a production planning associate, administration executive, supervisor -packing or supervisor-transportation, a shipping coordinator.

Salary Package

Salary package of logistics jobs differ widely among companies. MNC’s are much better pay master compared to Indian companies. We can expect a good remuneration along with Global exposure and networking.

Major Companies Of Logistics Sector

The major companies are :

  • Perot Systems
  • Spurthi Group
  • Celeste
  • Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd.
  • Coromandel Infotech India Limited
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Logesys Solutions India Private Limited.
  • Aegis Logistics Ltd
  • Agarwal Packers & Movers Ltd
  • Allcargo Logistics Ltd
  • Blue Dart Express Ltd
  • Container Corporation Of India Ltd
  • DHL Express India Pvt Ltd
  • FedEx Express TSCS India Pvt Ltd
  • First Flight Couriers Ltd
  • Gati Ltd
  • Globe Express Services Pvt Ltd
  • Transport Corporation Of India Ltd 


Approved over ₹ 1 lakh cr. worth for shipping & highway projects in Tamil Nadu

 

The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the Centre has approved projects of value of more than one Lakh crore rupees for Tamil Nadu.

These projects will cover the Highways, Shipping and Port and for finding a permanent solution to the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the state.

The Minister was addressing a joint press conference with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami after a review meeting of Central and State government.

On the Shipping front, the Minister said Tamil Nadu is only state with three major ports and said these would be enhanced to facilitate exports and industrialisation, and value addition under the Sagarmala programme.

Coal movement from Orissa through Paradip to Ennore and Tuticorin will significantly reduce the logistics cost of coal. He hoped to improve the coal handling productivity in all three ports. Coastal movement of petroleum products, LPG and automobiles is the lifeline of the industry of Tamil Nadu. Referring to Tuticorin port, shri Gadkari said the depth is to be increased from the present 14m to 16.5 meters at a cost of Rs.3000 crore rupees and this would help the port to handle 1,30,000 tonnage vessels from the present capacity of 60,000 tonnage ships. This would reduce the logistic cost by 30 percent.

He said coastal movement of containers from Chennai to Puducherry will commence soon and this would reduce the congestion on the road.

The Minister said a Passenger ferry services between Kanyakumari and Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram are being planned. He urged private operators to come forward and participate in the projects, adding that the centre would provide full support.

Coastal berths are being built at Cuddalore at a cost of Rs 115 crore and similar facilities are coming at Chennai and Tuticorin ports.

The Minister said that as the Prime Minister has assured a doubling of income of farmers by 2022, the present NDA government has taken up the interlinking of river projects and has given priority to the water scare southern states. The Minister said Water resources ministry has therefore decided on transfer of surplus Godavari river waters to the Cauvery via the Krishna and Pennar Rivers. He said a meeting of the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu will be convened soon to discuss the project.  Initially about 300tmc of water is proposed to be lifted from Godavari river upstream of Pollavaram project and would be released into the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam on River Krishna. Further the water would be taken from Krishna upto Somasilam project on river Pennar and from there to Grand Annaicut on the Cauvery.


Time to spot multibaggers in logistics sector?

The stocks in infrastructure sector have got a huge leap of increment in positive returns up to 200 percent. Where the top positive charts is Arshiya which gained 220 percent in the year 2017 where Transport Corporation attained 92 percent, also Balurghat Technologies with 68 percent in the year of 2017.

India is in the booming satge in logistics insdutry where the logistics and transport sector was in the limelight due to the implementation of goods & service tax (GST) whereas some gains soon after the implementation made them as gold diggers for the investors especially after infrastructure status was handed over to logistics sector. The infrastructure status covered with cold chain and warehousing facilities was handed from government on last week. Even though the status was given for logistics sector government has been working on many ways to attract the investments into logistics and transport sector for the infrastructure development in our country, which helped in the maximum positive return of upto 200 percent.

The decision and implementation done by government in the case of logistics and supply chain management helped to boost infrastructure which increased the economic growth, which allow the companies in this sector to to access cheaper credit. “With the Logistics sector being accorded with infrastructure status, cheaper credit will now be made available from banks. This, in turn, will help drive the expansion plans, thereby easing the supply chain bottlenecks that are currently plaguing the sector,” Nitasha Shankar, Sr. Vice President and Head of Research, YES Securities told Money control.

The factors like Road and bridges, ports, shipyards, tunnels, viaducts, inland waterways, airport, railway track, terminal infrastructure including stations and additional commercial infrastructure which are the key parts in logistics and transport. According to survey and experts, funding cost will be coming down which would help companies to push up their capital expenditure plans since the logistics cost was infrastructure status was lowered which was high especially for exports than imports. So this scenario helps the investors to look forward with the logistics and shipping sector with a breakthrough.

Siddharth Sedani, Vice President – Equity Advisory said “Logistics costs of exports are very high in India and due to this Indian goods are less competitive in global markets. This status would help the sector get credit at competitive rates and on a long-term basis as rising logistics cost impacts the global competitiveness of exporters” The market share for logistics in GDP is higher in many other countries like US & Canada have 9 percent and 8 percent respectively. So by reducing the cost of logistics by at least 200 bps and making Indian goods competitive in national as well as international exports market.


Digital Innovations Changing the Logistics Landscape

Digital innovations is changing the logistics landscape at a faster rate than ever before. The prospects are particularly exciting in logistics. An industry that values process and precision has been ripe for developments such as the utilisation of robotics and proficient use of big data. As the world embraces this change, the logistics industry are seeking to enable their customers as they seek to continuously build and maintain a competitive advantage in their markets. This is will benefits the industry as well as the customers.New technologies will inspire an entrepreneurial culture, that opens a space for start-ups to put forward disruptive ideas with the potential to redefine the way of work.

The Organisation, Wincanton has launched W2 Labs, a programme for start-ups to pitch their innovative solutions to supply chain challenges, with an opportunity to reach commercial agreement and see them implemented across the business. Wincanton ideas will be scaled up and used within the business where appropriate, in order to increase efficiency, and pass the benefits on to our customers.

There are clearly a broad range of areas that could be pioritised, and as a first step they are focusing into following areas:

Asset Utilisation – Ensuring the assets works effectively , such as trucks and warehouses.This will allows to maximise ROI

Optimisation of capacity -Tackling the issue of operating with spare space in logistics, whether that be for shippers or road hauliers

Connected cab and driver – A further increase in vehicle and driver interaction, including autonomous vehicles and platooning, can unlock supply chain efficiencies

Collection of data – Finding the best way to collating, analysing and utilising data from supply chains to improve efficiency across the company.

Wildcard – Recognising that logistics is a broad and varied sector, new unprompted ideas to improve our operations are also welcome . We hope that innovative designers can bring our attention to issues that we may have overlooked.

Technology can be used to benefit the customers, and ultimately the broader logistics sector.Digital innovations leads to new and exciting opportunities in the industry.


Technology Advancement uplifts Productivity at India’s Major Ports

The advancement in technology for modernization of major ports and reforms for enhancing ease of doing business are driving a sustaining growth trend line at India’s major ports. India’s 12 major ports together handled 273.96 Million Tonnes of cargo between April to August, 2017 as against 265.31 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year, an overall growth of 3.26%. The country’s Seven Ports (Cochin, Kolkata,Chennai,Paradip,New Mangalore, Mumbai and JNPT) registered positive growth in traffic during the period April to August 2017.

The highest growth was registered by cochin with 19.9% followed by New Mangalore with 13.26 percent, Paradip with 12.57 percent, Kolkata [incl. Haldia] with 11.45 percent and JNPT with 6.18 percent.

The Growth of Cochin port was mainly due to increase in traffic of POL (27.99 percent) and Containers (12.79 percent).The Overall growth in Kolkata port was positive i.e. 11.45 percent. Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered positive growth of 19.08 percent, mainly due to increase in iron ore traffic.

Kandla Port handled the highest volume of traffic during the period April to August , 2017.i.e. 43.99 million tonnes (16.06 percent share), followed by Paradip with 40.37 million tonnes (14.74 percent share), JNPT with 27.54 million tonnes (10.05 percent share), Mumbai with 25.84 million tonnes (9.43 percent share), and Visakhapatnam with 25.45 Million Tonnes (9.29 percent share).60 percent of Major Port Traffic was handled by these five ports together.

Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 34.00%, followed by Container (20.17%), thermal & Steam Coal (12.82%), Other Misc. Cargo (12.12%), Coking & Other Coal (7.49%), Iron Ore & Pellets (6.84%), Other Liquid (4.29%), Finished Fertilizer (1.17%) and FRM (1.10%)

At all ports RFID tagging at gates has been implemented. Besides enhancing security,this enables seamless entry-exist of trucks and in-port movement to optimize cargo flow. Entry-exist of trucks as well as drivers’is recorded using RFID card system doing away with paperwork thus reducing human interface. It is one of the steps taken in order to benchmark major ports with globally renowned ports.

The ministry has also been proactively undertaking legislative reforms to weed out old obsolete laws and enhancing connectivity of ports to improve their efficiency under its Sagarmala Programme. Logistics and Shipping Management in Cochin


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