Logistics in retailby Udit Jain on June 20, 2007
Movement of materials in the food supply chain is an important element for the success. Several international logistics companies such as have expertise in this area. This is an area for active consideration. This is also highly asset intensive. Temperature controlled warehouses, warehouse management systems (WMS) and Transport management systems (TMS), Refrigerated trucks, Hygiene handling of food cartons, etc are involved. Third party logistics providers (3PLs) will be in demand if large international retailers move into India (This will happen when FDI is further liberalized in retail). As happened in other controlled economies, liberalization of FDI will induce joint ventures between retail chains and global logistics multinationals. Home delivery is one of the strong options for big retailers who are located in the outskirts of the city. Customers can order by telephone or Internet and collect the delivery at the nearby outlet. Assistance of logistics service providers will be needed for order fulfillment.