Warehouse Association of India – a milestone in the history of Indian warehousing

The charter for Warehouse Association of India was signed on 16th Oct 2021 by the founding members at New Delhi in the presence of Chief Guest Sh. Pawan Agarwal (Retd.) Special Secretary Logistics, Dept. of Logistics, Ministry of Commerce. The Charter is a pivotal point in the journey of logistics and warehousing in India as there wasn’t any such organisation to look into standardisation as well as globalisation of the industry.

Led by Manu Bhalla (Director and Global Head – Contract Logistics and Supply Chain, Freight Systems Group) as the first President of the Association, prominent names like Smriti Sharma (Head, Public Policy, Amazon), Sunil Tyagi (Managing Partner, Zeus Law Associates), Parag Warerkar (Chief Visionary Officer, M.R. Warekar & Associates Pvt. Ltd.), Anish Kumar (Director, Dnova Infracon), and Rajesh Lal (CEO and Partner, Optimax Aces) were a part of the Charter signing event.

Chief Guest, Sh. Pawan Agarwal said that “Warehousing is a very ripe sector to create an ecosystem for growth and to bring it at par with the global players.” He also said that while it is true that E-Commerce drives the growth in warehousing, warehouses in India need to come up to the global level of execution, performance and delivery.

Manu Bhalla said that standardisation of warehousing operations and its digitisation is an important part of the logistics ecosystem; The action plan is to gather a cohesive group of practitioners and policymakers to drive the objectives of the Association. He also said, “We plan to be at least a 100 member Association by March 2022, with a goal to take this Association to national as well as global level. Warehousing is a small part of logistics and we want to bring more attention to it with this Association. For that, it is very important to streamline the processes so that it can be beneficial to all the stakeholders. We should be different and by different, I mean outcome focussed.”

The members also discussed how it is very exhausting to set up a warehouse in India due to the presence of numerous bottle-necks, and how all of this ends up adding to the cost of setting up a warehouse.

The Warehouse Association of India will further the following key agendas among others:

  • Mediation between Government and other stakeholders of the warehousing industry
  • Standardisation and development of warehouses
  • Networking and collaborations among members of the Association as well as with other national and international organisations
  • Advisory services

The association aspires to form a tight-knit yet accessible group of stakeholders and achieve growth by sharing best practices and participating in joint ventures, etc.

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