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Logistics Cost More Expensive in India than USA: Expert

Logistics in India is costlier than USA

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Logistics cost in India is more expensive than the United States, which needs to be minimised. Pixabay

Logistics cost in India is more expensive than the United States, which needs to be minimised using the country’s railways and waterways, said an expert on Wednesday at the Global Exhibition of Services (GES).

“Logistics in India costs 13 to 14 per cent of the GDP while in the US it is only nine per cent,” said Armes Maini Storage Systems chief executive and Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) shipping and logistics committee national member S.A. Mohan.

Mohan said India’s transportation model is skewed, with 60 per cent encompassing road transport, 20 to 25 per cent rail transport and the balance 10 to 15 per cent via waterways.

Appreciating the national logistics policy as a step in the right direction, Mohan highlighted that first and last mile connectivity to micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) should be guaranteed as they operate on a very small budgets.

Bereft of standardisation, too many players lack coordination in Indian logistics, he said at the transport & logistics session titled Emerging Trends in Logistics: The India Opportunity.

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Logistics in India costs 13 to 14 per cent of the GDP while in the US it is only nine per cent. Pixabay

Shivayogi C. Kalasad, managing director, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) said technology has the potential to transform logistics and enable savings, incorporating artificial intelligence and big data.

Taking the case of the state road transport corporation, Kalasad said digitisation had greatly helped KSRTC to improve the quality of service.

He said KSRTC has introduced wearable technology to monitor and track the bus drivers and also keep them awake from dozing away.

Kalasad said data driven decision making will play a key role in logistics in the future.

Gateway Rail Freight director and chief executive Sachin Bhanushali said Indian logistics sector is plagued by the major issue of parcel size.

“India is a trucking nation, we operate on small parcel size and lose out on the cost advantage of scale,” said Bhanushali emphasising on the loss of economies of scale benefit.

Many times in India, transporters also have to bear the cost of return haul as well, said Kalasad highlighting the unorganised nature of logistics sector.

Similarly, multiple handlers pilfer and damage consignments, he said.

“These issues could be easily fixed by utilizing the vast rail network in the country more effectively, completing the transport cycle through last mile connectivity and intermodal transportation,” added Bhanushali.

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Data driven decision making plays a key role in logistics in the future. Pixabay

However, conferring the status of infrastructure on logistics sector mobilised investment, leading to high quality warehousing in the country, said commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE senior director Karunakaran.

“Over the last three quarters, 70 to 80 million square foot space has been absorbed by the logistic sector and this is not just in major cities but in tier 2 and 3 cities as well,” said Karunakaran.

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Scheduled from November 26 to 28, GES is aimed at engaging industry and governments to promote greater exchange of trade in services, organised by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and industry association Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). (IANS)

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The Challenges, Growth and Prospects of Olive Oil Industry in India

Discussing the growth, prospects of olive oil in India

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For the first time in the country, experts in India will hold a panel discussion about the olive oil industry. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

For the first time in the country, experts in India will hold a panel discussion on the challenges, growth and prospects of the olive oil industry on the 13th of December at PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Rahul Upadhyay, President and Akshay Modi, Vice-President at The Indian Olive Association (IOA) will be hosting the Annual Public at the Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium. The session will discuss the transition of olive oil from being a foreign oil to a homegrown oil with which the citizens of India can now reckon with.

The panel moderated by senior food and travel writer Rupali Dean will spearhead the session on Olive Oil In India-2.0. The panel of speakers will include noted restaurateurs, chefs, nutritionists, food researchers and biologists, entrepreneurs, retailers, food, health and fitness experts.

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The Indian Olive Association focuses on the problems confronting the emerging sector of olive oil and table olives in India. Pixabay

Upadhyay said, “The Indian Olive Association focuses on the problems confronting the emerging sector of olive oil and table olives in India. With Annual Public Session, we attempt to bring together the doyens from the food and health industry to discuss the problems and offer solutions that will accelerate the growth of olive oil in India.”

Akshay Modi, Vice-President at The Indian Olive Association (IOA). “The Annual Public Session is a platform that brings together all the diverse stakeholders to speak a unified voice for the greater good of the category of olive oil in India.”

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The Indian Olive Association (IOA), the national apex association of olive oil producers, growers, distributors, importers, users and consumers in India works to promote consumption and expand the market for olive oil and table olives. The association focuses on the problems confronting this emerging sector in India. Macro-economic factors like GST, Import Duty and issues with respect to the import of both table olives and olive oil are taken up by IOA with multiple authorities to streamline the import process and ensure a steady growth for this category. (IANS)