The logistics sector has been giving a positive response to the recently launched Unified Logistics Interface Platform(ULIP).
Launched only six months ago by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the ‘National Logistics Policy’ in September 2022, more than 400 companies have registered themselves at the ULIP portal, and 68 companies have signed Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with ULIP for accessing its data sets, the Commerce Ministry said on Friday (24 March).
As per the ministry, leveraging ULIP’s API integration, the industry players have developed more than 30 applications and more than 6.5 crore API hits have already been processed.
ULIP’s dedicated portal makes the process of data request simpler, faster, and transparent and facilitates India’s logistics sector with data-driven visibility and transparency.
Data-driven visibility and transparency provided by ULIP have facilitated the logistics sector in optimising the utilisation of technology.
“With ULIP, we definitely envisage transparency, efficiency and reduced overall logistics cost. ULIP will keep on contributing to the Indian Logistics Sector with a new and innovative approach which will eventually help the fulfilment of the vision of PM GatiShakti through National Logistics Policy (NLP).”Sumita Dawra, special secretary, logistics division, DPIIT
Dawara, who is also the CEO and MD of NICDC and Chairman of NLDSL, further added that ULIP should now focus on fulfilling data requirements for logistics of specific sectors like coal, cement, fertiliser, food-grain, etc.
Major industry players like Maruti Suzuki, DHL, Safexpress, Ultratech, TCIL, Jindal Stainless, Tata Steel, Yes Bank, BOSCH, Total Group, etc have already onboarded on ULIP, to develop their use-cases which will benefit them and their stakeholders alike.
AS per the ministry, ULIP is enabling the industry players to get secure access to the data related to logistics and resources available with various ministries.
“At present 33 systems from seven ministries are integrated through 106 APIs covering more than 1600 data fields for usage by the stakeholders. A dedicated support team is working round the clock to provide support to the industry players for registration on the portal,” the ministry said.
After the registration, users need to submit their use-cases, which will then be reviewed based on the proposed usage of the requested data, it added.
According to the ministry, ULIP users with API based integration can utilise the data for various activities and services like multi-modal track and trace, people and vehicle authentication, document digitisation, process automation at yards and gates, discovery services etc, which shall lead to reduction of overall operational cost of logistics and save time.