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February 3, 2015

Healthcare, Fashion Drive E-commerce Business for Logistics Firms in India

Filed under: India,Logistics,News,Newsletter — admin @ 11:17 am

e-CommerceFrom a mere 15 per cent revenue source, the revenue share from e-commerce is expected to touch 40 per cent of the total earnings of logistics companies.

Transporters and logistics companies see bright business prospects in strong demand for healthcare and fashion goods on e-commerce platforms.

“Logistics companies in India are warming up to the opportunity that the e-commerce industry holds for them. Consequently, they are considering deployment of dedicated teams to cater to this industry segment. However, due to low pin code penetration, last mile connectivity remains a distant dream,” stated the report.

Nutritional foods, workout equipment and medical goods as well as fashion products are very popular on e-commerce sites even as the country’s online trade is booming, say trade sources.

[Read more… Curated from The Hindu Business Line]


December 30, 2014

Can You Hear Me Now? Faulty Logistics Services Hamper Growth of Ecommerce in India

Filed under: India,News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:13 am

eccommerce-concept-1-1415244-mYou think you’ve had bad customer service buying products online – how about the guy in India who ordered his wife a Samsung smartphone, and the package arrived with only a brick and a bar of soap in it!

Online sales in India are booming, but unhappy customers like Krishnamurthy are more the rule than the exception. Inadequate warehouses, lack of skilled and reliable workers, and too few planes mean online shopping in India is inferior to the shopping experience in the U.S. and China. Krishnamurthy’s rant was shared more than 21,000 times as consumers chimed in with complaints of theft and damaged, lost, or delayed goods from Snapdeal, Bengaluru-based, and (AMZN), India’s biggest Web stores.

When delivering in the lead up to Diwali, one of the biggest hurdles was a shortage of cargo space on airlines, says Neeraj Aggarwal, Flipkart’s senior director for supply chain. Crates of shipments piled up at airports across India, and delivery companies couldn’t meet schedules. “If you depend completely on air cargo as your only mode of transport, you are going to be asking for trouble,” Aggarwal says.

[Read more… Curated from Business Week]