Harbouring logistics hub through digitisation

A logistics hub is necessary for the to and fro carriage of a cargo shipment and to help it function efficiently. The role of digitisation is crucial, opine some of our esteemed India Cargo Award winners.

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DDP Game Changer (North & East 2016): Ramesh Mamidala, CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India

Value addition to economy
According to Ramesh Mamidala, CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India, any logistics hub, be it air cargo terminals or port operations need to be managed smoothly and decongested accordingly. A decongested logistic hub will not only ensure smooth flow of cargo, but it will act as a value addition for country’s economy. Seamless operations in a logistics hub is highly dependent on automation of processes and digitisation is one of the most effective tools which can effectively automate the processes. Today most of the major cargo terminals are moving towards digitisation. As a company, we have even digitised our cross functional processes through SAP which has also impacted the processes in a positive manner. However, need of the hour is awareness amongst all the stakeholders in the supply chain who should be ready to invest in digitisation which will streamline the whole supply chain network and optimise their costs in long run

DDP Trailblazer (West & South 2015): Sam N Katgara, Partner, Jeena & Co

Smart logistics solution for efficacy
In the opinion of Sam N Katgara, Partner, Jeena & Co, logistics hubs are the connection points which witness the highest action in the supply chain. These are the trans-shipment hotspots where massive volumes of cargo converge are reassigned and send on their way to the final delivery destination. Smart logistics solutions covering transport man¬agement, time slot management, dock and yard management can make it possible to plan and manage end-to-end transportation starting from pick up of goods, transporting them to the logistics hub, managing the processes within the logistics hub and unload¬ing them at the dock, thereby leverage the potential for greater efficiency. This would also ensure that goods are passed through these hubs, small or big, without ending up stuck in traffic.

Business Professional of the Year (North & East 2016): Kamal Dogra, Chairman, Kamal Translink

Decongesting Logistics Hub through digitisation
Nishu Dogra, Director, Kamal Translink, receiving the award on behalf of Kamal Dogra, feels that the big players in the industry have migrated and transformed themselves to a technology centered system and have refined their practices &process for effective transport, time slot and the stock yard management. The only technique to reduce the congestions at logistics hubs is to practice efficient time management system for faster delivery and quick rotation of the goods stored at these hubs with speedy onward distribution management system. These two processes will not only decrease the congestion but will also enhance the operational capabilities of a logistics hub to store and deliver more and more. A simple IT based improvised technique may also help to resolve the subject questionnaire by equalizing the inflow and outflow ratio of good and material to these hubs.

Best Multimodal Transport & Logistics Company (North & East 2016): Bullet Logistics

Digitisation crucial for carriers
Biju Jacob, Managing Director, Bullet Logistics India, shares, digitisation of all data re¬lated to inbound and outbound cargo is very important for carriers. As even carriers legal responsibility is that we must have all information about the goods so that not only there is free flow of information but also that there is transparency and accuracy. Such transpar¬ency is essential to strengthen the fiduciary relationship which we share. Maintaining such data would also help in analysis our weak and strong areas in logistics sector by which we can work upon improving them. Also, it would help in business development model in a synchronised manner.

Emerging Logistics Company (North & East 2015): Aardour Worldwide Logistics

Enabling resiliency and responsiveness
According to Sarini Sachdeva, CEO, Aardour Worldwide Logistics, the supply chain today is a series of largely discrete, siloed steps taken through marketing, product development, manufacturing, and distribution, and finally into the hands of the customer. I feel digitisation brings down those walls, and the chain becomes a completely integrated ecosystem that is fully transparent to all the players involved. Once built, the digital supply ‘network’ will offer a new degree of resiliency and responsiveness, enabling companies that get there first to beat the com¬petition in the effort to provide customers with the most efficient and transparent service delivery.

Best Ocean Freight Forwarding Company (North & East 2016): Combined Logistics Solutions

Time slot and dockyard management vital
Vineet Chadha, MD, Combined Logistics, feels that a proper communication channel, which is easily accessible to all stakeholders can turn the business around and make it more profit-able and reliable by optimum utilisation of resources. Logistics hubs and forwarders use time slot management to agree on a good delivery time, thereby avoiding unnecessary congestion. Cloud-based solutions are essential to getting the most value out of the logistics operations. Experts, meanwhile, note that cloud has made its impact across industries; but nowhere can its effects be more clearly seen than within logistics.

Premier Freight Forwarder (North & East 2016): SLS Skyways Group

Technology eliminates inefficiencies
Yashpal Sharma, Managing Director, SLS Skyways Group, believes, logistics hubs are only as good as the speed and efficiency with which they process inbound and outbound freight. Technology is a key enabler to ensure seamless works at these hubs.
With Internet of things and artificial intelligence slowly setting in logistics, it is only eminent that cloud based platforms are embraced by all logistics hubs must be easily accessible to all stakeholders and eliminate any possible inefficiencies.