August 2017

APAC / August 2017 23 The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be a game-changer for businesses in general and organised logistics players. It would provide a boost to warehousing, supply chain management and 3PL business. What does the future hold for your firm? Do you have any future plans or projects you would like to share with us? In 2016, DHL eCommerce announced an investment of €70 million to strengthen its operations to meet the fast- growing demand for quality e-commerce logistics services in India. Through Blue Dart, this investment will go into the expansion of its air hubs in Delhi and Mumbai which are part of its network of 13 air hubs Contact: Ketan Kulkarni Contact Email: [email protected] Company: Blue Dart, Blue Dart Center, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (East Mumbai) 400 099, India Telephone: 0091 22 283 96444 in India. The latest investment supports the growth of B2C e-commerce in India, and is part of the company’s broader plan to aggressively expand across Asia Pacific. Catering to the increasing shipment volumes by B2C e-commerce consumers in India, the air hubs, measuring 5,761 sqm and 4,274 sqm in Delhi and Mumbai respectively, will be equipped with automation to handle a daily volume of over 500 tonnes. The automation in both air hubs enables Blue Dart to process higher volumes of inbound and outbound shipments in a shorter span of time for distribution to consumers across India by air. With the Mumbai air hub located at an airside facility, it will further accelerate the speed of domestic cross-border air shipments, streamlining customs processes and boosting on-time performance. Further to this, DPDHL will invest €250 million ($268 million) in India by 2020 to expand the business and tap into new opportunities. Blue Dart will continue rolling out sector-specific innovative products and services to address the ever changing and evolving demands and requirements of different industries. Going forward, the company will continue to focus on product innovation, reach expansion (Tier II, III and IV), transit time improvements and strengthening channels. The strategy is in place and we are geared to increasing our market share and dominance through sector focus and new growth engines. All our plans are driven by customer requirements but we will expand our service to strategic locations and focus on continuous upgradation, state-of- the-art infrastructure, advanced technology and automation deployments.