Supportive government policies, including the PM’s Gati Shakti and NLP, launched in 2021 and 2022 respectively combined with the push for Make In India and Digital India are expected to reduce logistics costs and boost the development of the sector to be at par with global standards. However, issues such as lack of efficient cold storages, use of non-refrigerated vehicles for last mile transport, inaccurate handling of products with untrained drivers and delivery agents, and others obstruct the development of end to end supply chain networks.
Encouraging the Logistic tech start-ups, support for faster tech adoption, and initiatives that support the 3PL and 4PL service providers are also vital and ensure maximum optimisation of cold supply chain, especially for perishables. There is a need to build an organised, green, robust and agile cold chain network that is ready to support the business ecosystem of a nation.
-Swarup Bose, Founder & CEO, Celcius Logistics