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Hub-and-spoke model for creating similar logistics infrastructure is
certainly a logical development structure to transport bulk cargo;
Chandranath suitable matching infrastructure and support facilities, e.g. material
handling equipment, storage facility (both dry/cold), transport network,
Head– Industrial skilled manpower, etc. will enable seamless last-mile
connectivity. The success will rely on parallel development
and start of operations at all parts or at least at a regional
level in the country. Central and state governments should
create a common platform to resolve various interlinked
compliance process/regulatory requirements.
India successfully ran world’s first double-stack
timodal logistics parks will be the way ahead. Providing a
container train in high rise OE electrified section in
single hub for all logistics related services can provide not
June 2020 – an indication of achieving even higher
only economic benefits, but also help ramp up in terms of
efficiency in rail transportation in the future.
scale, if needed,” Singhal feels.
Change in consumer behaviour: Consumers are cur“This revolution is now in the process of revamping and
rently opting more of online shopping rather than stepping
remodeling the Warehousing and Logistics Industry completely,” says Abhijit Verma, Executive Director and CEO
out for daily purchase and other need.
at Avigna Group. “The need for deeper market reach has
Indian online grocery achieved 76 per cent jump (US$
definitely been highlighted and underlined by COVID-19
3.19 billion) in 2020 compared to previous year.
and the lockdown, though the push for resilient supply
E-commerce players are now aggressively reviewing
chains has been on-going in India in the recent past.”
their entire supply chain plan for ensuring delivery of
“A network of well-connected, well-equipped, multitheir customer’s need and are partnering with the
modal warehouses was something we had in mind even when
Indian Railways for pilot programme to carry out interconceptualising Avigna spaces. With digitisation and the
city transport of e-commerce packages.
growth of markets in tier II and III cities, almost every sector
Taking into account India’s industrial and logistics realproviding goods to an end-consumer needs to be well-placed
estate industry that remained the most resilient asset class
at strategic locations in order to reach
during the pandemic and which is
their users effectively,” adds Verma.
likely to emerge quickest and stronMany players promise faster
gest in 2021, Anshul Singhal, Man“We at Avigna are looking at
deliveries making the lastaging Director and CEO, Welspun
forming a ‘golden circle’ of warehousmile delivery a critical aspect
es to make deep inroads into catchOne Logistics Parks believes the
to enhancing customer
ment areas around major cities in
whole gamut of logistics and wareexperience. In such a case,
housing will become more robust and
South India. Post-lockdown these
multimodal logistics parks will
seamless, offering more on-demand
remain key factors in our way forbe the way ahead. Providing
ward,” Verma went on to inform.
capabilities and access to a multia single hub for all logistics
On the same page, Aditya Vazichannel experience.
related services can provide
rani, CEO, Robinsons Global Logis“Many players promise faster denot only economic benefits,
liveries making the last- mile delivery
tics Solutions puts down, “The need
also help ramp up in terms
a critical aspect to enhancing cusand requirements for warehousing
tomer experience. In such a case, mulservices has increased and this will
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