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


UAE Economic Growth Boosting Logistics Sector

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the DP World Group Chairman and CEO has issued an optimistic forecast fot the country’s sector, on the back of rising trade and economic growth in the UAE. He believes that recent growth forecasts for the UAE will bring uplifting prospects for the country’s logistics, warehousing and handling sectors.

UAE trade growth is expected to rise by 4.3 percent year in 2017, driven by a 5 percent growth in imports and 3.7 percent growth in exports . The report sees a good economic growth over the next five years for the UAE due to government plans to diversify the economy through the development of trade, tourism and the service sector.

This will attract more businesses and job opportunities to the country who will need logistics support.

Presently there are 328 logistics companies operating within Jafza (Jebel Ali Free Zone) with trade partners in GCC, India, Africa, West Asia and China broadening the opportunities for logistics companies. The location of Jebel Ali Port and the Free Zone with a range of incentives and mordern warehouses supports the development of logistics and transport sector with companies aiming to reach their target markets in the greater MENA Region.

These companies let 4.2 million square meters of mixed-use facilities, having 4.13 million sq m as land; 85,700 sq m of warehouse and light industrial units , and showrooms and offices of 1,600 sq m .

Some key trends identified in UAE logistics industry are:

Growing domestic demand ,Economic diversification, and development of export oriented industrial centres and free zones are likely to support both transhipment and regional trade growth.

Transportation infrastructure development and new technology solutions will probably strengthen the infrastructure required for the multi-modal transportation system

The GCC rail network and the airport expansion will strengthen alternate mode for freight and cargo transportation

Dubai’s 14 per cent GDP constitutes logistics industry which is highest amoung all emirates. The geographical position and improved infrastructure of dubai facilitate a substantial share of international shipments directed to the UAE.

“The studies reveal that these will open up new markets for companies operating in Jafza and Dubai”.


Indian Logistics Industry to Experience Higher Investments

Indian logistics industry will be having higher investments with the passing of industry tax reforms and advancement in technology.

Advancement in digital technology will create great opportunities for logistics technology developers,supply chain and logistics transformation team.

The Government of India’s strong prominence on manufacturing and initiatives such as “Make in India” is boosting domestic production, which is strengthening the logistics industry. Concerted efforts are done by logistics company to keep pace with this growth by digitizing their solutions and offering online freight services.

This will provide visibility across the supply chain and transform it to an organized industry. Some of the advanced technologies adopted include automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) in warehouse and transportation, radio frequency identification (RFID) in place of bar codes, and global positioning system (GPS) for real-time tracking.

“In addition to modernization the digital wave, Indian logistics companies are in the way of change in the transition from indirect taxation to goods and service tax (GST). The simplified tax structure benefits the warehousing industry and logistics costs will be reduced by up to 2.5%,” said Senthil Kumar Subbiah, Research Analyst, Supply Chain & Logistics Transformation Practice, Frost & Sullivan. “This tax change, along with land and labor market revising, will improve the efficiency of both transportation and freight forwarding.”

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORTIndian Logistics Industry – Growth Insights and Forecast to 2020 is part of the Supply Chain & Logistics Transformation team’s Growth Partnership Subscription. According to the study, investments in infrastructure development across all modes of transportation,implementation of GST,relaxed foreign direct investment regulations, and increased technology adoption are altering the Indian logistics industry.

Meanwhile, the increasing inflow of international logistics service providers (LSPs) are prompting third-party logistics (3PLs) and domestic LSPs to expand their focus on transportation service, warehousing and freight forwarding. This will open up opportunities for partnerships, and domestic logistics companies will have access to the modern technologies introduced by global service providers.Indian logistics services will greatly benefit from the development of transportation and logistics-related infrastructure, such as dedicated freight corridors, logistics parks, free-trade warehousing zones, port modernization, and container freight stations.

“Another major influence on the logistics industry is latest technological advances as like the ubiquitous of smart phones and internet, and the consequent rise of e-Commerce. As more than 30% of the Indian population resides in tier II and tier III cities, e-Commerce sites receive more orders from these cities,” noted Subbiah. “To provide better services to customers, e-Commerce firms who are demands bigger and more efficient warehouses, faster delivery options and improved last-mile connectivity, which translates to a plethora of business opportunities for 3PL companies and logistics startups.”LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Overall, LSPs are leveraging technologies such as Big Data and cloud-based application platforms for better order fulfillment and tracking of shipments. The modernization of logistics infrastructure field and government support will go a long way in advancing the Indian logistics industry.

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Expansion of Opportunities in Cargo Sector

In the fields of airport operations, airport engineering construction, cargo management, airport finance, airport commercial, land management, HR management and aviation law human resources have to be constantly upgraded. An increase is observed in hiring of direct staff including pilots, engineers, cabin crew, ground staff, airport staff, air cargo, maintenance, repair and operations and air navigation staff. More demand is expected in management and operations profile. Liberalization of the economy, De-regulation, Open sky policy and Public-Private Partnerships has boosted the air traffic movements. Airports are seeing rapid expansion and modernization.

logistics and supply chain management institute in kochiThis sector is expected to bring a large amount of employment opportunities in the coming 2-3 decades but along with it, emerges the bigger challenge of requirement of highly skilled aviation professionals. Skilled manpower requirements are estimated to increase to 30000 from 20000 for airports whereas for airlines the rise is estimated from 62000 to 117000. Requirement for ground handling, flight catering, aviation security and other related areas will treble from 90000 to 270000. RK Srivastava, the chairman of Airports Authority of India said that there would be hiring at airports as well. The Narendra Modi government aims to set up low cost airports. It will be around 200 in number. It is established to facilitate air travel to smaller towns, according to the economic survey. The government has modernized 33 existing small airports, expanding their passenger terminals and lengthening runways.

logistics and supply chain management institute in kochiThere are various academies to train students for logistics and supply chain management institute in kochi. Various courses are there to train executives in air cargo management. They are trained to handle and process air cargo. Also they are taught about cargo management at airports, import export cargo handling procedures, cargo capacity of aircraft, effective warehousing management. Short duration programs are included to serve executives for their professional and skill development. The development and expansion in the Indian air cargo sector has resulted in tremendous opportunities for training and employment in this sector as both the government and private sectors have come at forefront with a positive approach.


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