Logistics Current Affairs

Government launches Logo and Brochure of Logix India

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu launched logo and brochure of Logix India 2019 in New Delhi. Logix India 2019 is scheduled to take place in New Delhi from 31stJanuary to 2nd February 2019. It is being organized by Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

Logix India 2019

It aims to serve as major initiative to improve logistics cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies for India’s global trade. It will enable effective international trade logistics and help provide efficient and cost-effective flow of goods on which other commercial sectors depend

Over 20 countries are going to participate in this event. Through Logix India 2019, FIEO will also focus on investment opportunities in infrastructure development, technology integration, warehouse consolidation and IT enablement andskilling of manpower at the three-day meet.

Need for integrated Logistics sector development

The logistics cost in India is very high compared to developed countries. High cost reduces competitiveness of Indian goods both in domestic as well as export market. Logistics sector is expected to grow to US $360 billion by 2032 from current US $115 billion. Increasing globalization of Indian economy, along with renewed manufacturing vigour attributed to Make in India Campaign and growth of e-commerce business all forecast rapid growth in Indian logistics sector. India was ranked 44 in World Bank Logistics Performance Index 2018. As per Economic Survey 2017-18, India’s logistics industry which is worth around US $160 billion is likely to touch US $215 billion in the next two years. This sector provides employment to more than 22 million people and is expected to grow at rate of 10.5% over the next 5 years. Logistics is also backbone of India’s international trade and will help in diversification of not only India’s export basket but also of products and countries.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018

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IAF launches Speedex Contract

Indian Airforce has formally launched The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment (SPEEDEX) contract. It was concluded in June 2018 between with Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd and Ashok Travel and Tours for air and surface component respectively.

SPEEDEX contract

The contract aims to overcome delay in piecemeal dispatch of consignment and to move operationally urgent stores by air and normal consignments by surface mode. This will facilitate door to door pickup and delivery facility with fixed timelines, lesser than speed post. It will help to enhance IAF’s support maintenance activities and improve operational preparedness.

Background

The ability to lift, shift and move is essence of sound transportation management. It has profound impact on all principles of military logistics. In the past, IAF had been using hired transport for movement of cargo to various IAF bases, which resulted in delay in dispatch of critically required stores. Therefore, overcome this delay and reduce time taken for transportation of items and ensure early availability of stores to the field units this contract was formulated.

Month: Categories: Defence Current Affairs 2018

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