Aditya Vazirani

Aditya Vazirani is a passionate and meticulous professional with a vision to transform the Logistics and Warehousing industry by leveraging the new age technological advancements.

In his previous role as Vice President for RCNL, Aditya overlooked the Freight Forwarding, Customs Clearance, & 3PL aspects ensuring the highest level of quality service is maintained.

He was also instrumental in obtaining the Good Distribution Practice Certification for Freight Forwarding and ISO 9001:2015 for RCNL, making it the first Indian Logistics & Supply Chain Management Company to be awarded the quality accreditation.

Before he decided to consolidate and bring his rich experience to drive focused growth in the warehousing and distribution solutions, with RGL, he had been driving strategic improvisation by implementing Industry best practices, applying business intelligence, and data analytics to implement superior training and digital tools for RCNL.

Alumni of the prestigious Bordeaux Business School (KEDGE) France, Aditya holds a MSc in Global Supply Chain Management and also has obtained an Advanced Certificate in General Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management. Having lived and worked across the globe, learning and improvising Supply Chain, Logistics, and management practices, Aditya calls Mumbai his home, is an ardent foodie and enjoys spending his free time caring for his pet pooch. Visit here below the articles by Aditya Vajirani


Articles

Maximizing Operational Efficiency for Logistics and Supply Chain, Using AI and Big Data

The ongoing pandemic has disrupted economies, businesses, and daily lives of people the world over, creating a new normal that we are forced to adjust to. With instances of partial or complete lockdowns across various parts of the country, the logistics and supply chain sector has been under tremendous stress, catering to the surge in […]

Indian Logistics and Supply Chain Trends 2021

By: Mr. Aditya Vazirani, CEO – Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions The pandemic and the lockdown that lasted for major part of 2020, proved to be testing times for various businesses including the logistics and supply chain sector of India which had a remarkable contribution in keeping the supply chain for essential items, functional, albeit with […]

Agile supply chain, supported by a robust storage infrastructure, is vital in the post COVID era

The recent pandemic has been a disruptor across segments, forcing governments and businesses to re-imagine traditional systems and innovate to survive. The complete shut-down and restriction in mobility of people and cargo, deeply impacted logistics and supply chain networks across the world, in turn impacting global trade. Fear of not being able to procure the […]

Decoding the ‘Lockdown’ Supply Chain of High demand and perceived scarcity

Aditya Vazirani, CEO, Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions

Even as the Indian state and central government announces various steps to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in India through an extended lockdown, Indian households continue to battle fear of scarcity and uncertainty over access to daily essentials.

While the government has recently announced a the list of sectors that can resume operations from 20th April, Including the flow of goods in the country, across district and state borders, the perceived scarcity of essentials continues to plague those confined in their homes, in a bid to fight the infection.

While people are following instructions like social distancing, wearing of masks, and sanitising hands etc., the frequent outpouring of people to the liquor stores, grocery stores and super markets has also presented a risk of spreading infection, as a large number of people throng the area.

In addition to the risk of spreading infection, this bulk buying and hoarding due to perceived scarcity of essentials, has also gravely impacted the food and essentials supply chain, causing stress across the manufacturing, FMCG and food supply chain across the country.  Breaking down this cause and effect, we can understand the impact, as under:

1. Bulk Buying and Hoarding:

For an average person who would purchase an X amount of grocery and stapes for a family of four, now ends of bulk buying and hoarding, purchasing up to 3 to 4X for every trip to the grocery store. This results in unavailability for the other consumers, who also seek to purchase up to 2 to 3X times their regular consumption, in the bid to escape the fear of scarcity.

With almost every consumer exhibiting similar 2-4 times enhanced consumption, the retail supply chain immediately comes under stress, to help match up the sudden increase in demand.

It is important to note here that while the consumption seems to have increased, from the purchase patterns, in reality, the end user is consuming the same amount as they did earlier. The only difference is in the hoarding of inventory.

2. Sluggish supply chain:

The stress created due to the sudden rise in demand is further intensified with the slowing down of the supply chain, with lock down restrictions that has made transportation slow and sporadic.

On the other hand, warehouses are also either stuck with a huge inventory, that is just sitting there, waiting to be transported, or is facing challenges with specialised storage for perishables and lack of manpower to manage the warehouses.

In addition to the challenges in movement of goods and build-up of inventory in the warehouses, the logistics and supply chain sector is also marred with a severe shortage of manpower, further resulting in delays, reduced supplies, and sporadic, inconsistent deliveries.

3. Impaired manufacturing:

While the government has announced select manufacturing units to remain operational so as to ensure regular availability of FMCG and daily essential, the sudden rise in demand and the half capacity operations are contradictories that are throwing this balance off gear.

While most manufacturers do have a backup inventory that can ensure uninterrupted supply for a shorter span, the extended lockdown and the continuous hoarding and bulk buying, are only adding to the problem that has become a vicious cycle. 

Having said this, it is time to re-look at the consumption patterns, and, from an end consumer point of view, create awareness about conscious consumption.

With the help of last mile service providers such as LoveLocal, BigBasket, Scootsy, Swiggy, Dunzo and Zomato etc., the industry has been trying to create a more accessible and steady supply for essentials. But for the cycle to break, a vital question on consumption patterns needs to be address at the earliest.

Need for Skill development for Logistics

Despite the huge growth potential and its impact on the overall economy of the country, Logistics and supply chain management in India continues to grapple with lack of a skilled workforce. While the sector has undergone a massive transformation in the past decade, the quality of human resource in this labour intensive sector has remained […]

5 key policy and international trade trends that are driving the growth of Indian logistics segment

“India is now one of the most powerful players in the global economic landscape with the logistics and supply chain sector as its backbone. The improved bilateral trade and the opened gateway to the Indian economy through globalization and liberalization is providing all the needed opportunities”- Mr. Aditya Vazirani, Founder Director, Robinsons Global Logistics Solutions […]

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