A round 150 industry stakeholders representing 100 organisations attended Indian Transport & Logistics News’ inaugural Ecommerce Logistics Summit 2019 held at ITC Gardenia in Bangalore on August 22 to discuss and deliberate upon issues to the everchanging ecommerce industry.
Vandana Aggarwal, economic advisor, ministry of civil aviation, government of India inaugurated the Summit, giving a historical perspective on regulation governing trade. She acknowledged that it was felt there was a "need for a regulatory mechanisms for e-commerce in the Indian space equally well to establish all the networks and interconnectivity needed between regulators" and that there was much to be done before India was in a position to participate in international negotiation on international rules on e-commerce.
"Fortunately, things went into a spin and so far there has been no specific negotiation on a subject called e-commerce. Recognising that it's a technology-driven activity, it got embedded into the rules governing goods, services, customs valuations, rules of origin, pre-shipment inspection, you name it and all standards, industrial and phytosanitary, and others which are all part of the import-export regulatory system," she added.
When Sabiha Mulla, director, Apt Logistics based in Andaman Islands raised a question during a panel discussion about poor internet infrastructure in 2-tier cities and towns of India, Aggarwal urged airline and logistics industry stakeholders to adopt districts to develop community trade.
Answering Mulla’s question, Amisha Sethi, VP, global marketing, Locus emphasised, “The word AI (Artificial Intelligence) is quite glamorous right now. It’s a three-dimensional approach here: one, what kind of facilities is in place with the end customer. Does he have a mobile phone? Second, is the mediator – whether it’s a distributor, retailer or warehouse – what kind of facility does that location enabler have? Third aspect is the business itself. That’s where agility comes in. Are you a business that is modern and contemporary enough to look forward and embrace technologies which might take away a little bit of your power from the key supply chain officers and top management. A real technology enabler would be someone who can bring every stakeholder in the eco-system together and drive transparency.”
Representing Customs Bangalore was MJ Chethan, joint commissioner, who highlighted the ecommercespecific initiatives and challenges of the government body in his address. He noted that digitalisation has facilitated concrete accountability at Customs, stressed on the need for clear regulations for smooth and seamless movement of cargo. He also outlined how Customs Bangalore is embracing digitalisation to facilitate faceless transactions and data analytics to improve operations. He invited shippers to visit the Customs Bangalore website to understand and stay up-to-date with policies for compliances uploaded on it.
The event was sponsored by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), Air India SATS, Air Menzies Bangalore, DHL India and GreyOrange. Speakers from BIAL, GoAir, Skyways Group, Moglix, Eunimart, Ecom Express, Gizmobaba. com, SpiceJet, Delhivery, Landmark Group, MedLife, OpenApp among others shared insights on varied subjects.
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