Bob Trebilcock: Logistics in India
from Modern Materials Handling
A couple of years ago, I did a story on warehousing and distribution in emerging markets. We all know the story about off-shoring of manufacturing to low-wage countries like China, India, Viet Nam, Brazil and the Caribbean countries. The question we asked was whether companies may outsource their warehousing and distribution to low-wage countries as well. The answer then was probably not. Too many industries have moved to just-in-time lean logistics. It's not just manufacturers any more, but retailers that want to eliminate their stock rooms and minimize the amount of inventory they keep on the shelf. For them, regular, timely and predictable shipments are a necessity and that means distribution has to be closer to home.
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