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Changed Realities in Hospitality Industry post COVID-19
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The global COVID-19 outbreak has affected businesses, especially the travel and hospitality industry, and disrupted the continuity of operations. As we come to terms with the pandemic, industries are grappling the consequences of an economic...
Transportation and Logistics
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As we near two months into the lockdown in the US, a better picture is emerging of the scale of impact of the pandemic on the Transportation and Logistics Industry. The events demonstrate how the complex interdependencies of the global trade and...
Covid-19 impact on aviation
156

Jul 21, 2020

Flying above Corona: Making most of the lean time in Aviation

Srinath Padman Deputy Manager, Digital & Analytics

The aviation sector has abruptly come to a standstill, thanks to COVID-19, and business leaders are forced to rethink and reform before bouncing back to normalcy. The sector is looking at streamlining a number of areas before restarting post the...
COVID19 is impacting IT
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Jun 15, 2020

How COVID19 is impacting IT & other industries?

Prabhat Kumar General Manager, Cloud Native Practice

IT companies depend upon other industries for their projects. With so much disruption, many potential and existing customers will be forced to re-prioritize their budgets and IT investments may be diverted into the core businesses.
Smart Supply Chain
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Jun 08, 2020

Securing the future with smart supply chains

Madhumanti Banerjee Technical Product Manager, IoT WoRKSᵀᴹ

A smart track and trace solution that begins by setting up an immensely powerful value chain network that is adaptable, responsive and driven by next-gen technologies and real-time analytics, can very well deliver the added edge as we strive to...
Covid19
303

Jun 05, 2020

Customer Engagement will Drive Travel & Hospitality Renaissance in a Post-COVID World

Amitava Sengupta Executive Vice President - Digital Consulting, Digital and Analytics

Travel and hospitality has been among the most affected industries in the COVID-19 crisis. With around 75 million jobs at risk worldwide and a USD 2.1 trillion loss in GDP, the industry has been undeniably affected on a very large scale. From a...
 ‘New Normal’ in Airline
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May 20, 2020

The ‘New Normal’ in Airlines | COVID-19 and Beyond

Vaibhav Sharma Travel Industry Solution Expert

COVID-19 has brought a change that might just be here for some time. The new norm of social distancing had impacted the way we travel. Things have changed and airlines, being one of the foremost industries that have got impacted, need to think of...
The Financial Stress in Retail, Post Covid
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May 07, 2020

The Financial Stress in Retail, Post Covid

Amit Puri Associate Vice President

The long term social, economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 virus are still evolving. The COVID-19 situation is complex and a considered and well managed response by retailers will have a major bearing on how well they ride the waves coming...
Big Data
263
The 3PL (third-party logistics) and the transportation industry is witnessing the rise of dynamic digital trends, leading to significant transformations within the space. To meet rising customer demands and respond to operational fluctuations,...
COVID19 is impacting IT
342

Jun 15, 2020

How COVID19 is impacting IT & other industries?

Prabhat Kumar General Manager, Cloud Native Practice

IT companies depend upon other industries for their projects. With so much disruption, many potential and existing customers will be forced to re-prioritize their budgets and IT investments may be diverted into the core businesses.
Slotting optimization in warehouses
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The saying “A place for everything, and everything in its place” almost sums up the idea behind warehouse slotting and profiling.
 ‘New Normal’ in Airline
1,011

May 20, 2020

The ‘New Normal’ in Airlines | COVID-19 and Beyond

Vaibhav Sharma Travel Industry Solution Expert

COVID-19 has brought a change that might just be here for some time. The new norm of social distancing had impacted the way we travel. Things have changed and airlines, being one of the foremost industries that have got impacted, need to think of...
IoT
2,546

Feb 26, 2018

IoT Impact on manufacturing

Saurabh Chaturvedi Deputy General Manager

The blog talks about impact of internet of things in Manufacturing. There has been lot of development in adopting next-gen technologies like IoT in MFG and there has been huge investment under the use cases identified in this vertical.
Covid19
303

Jun 05, 2020

Customer Engagement will Drive Travel & Hospitality Renaissance in a Post-COVID World

Amitava Sengupta Executive Vice President - Digital Consulting, Digital and Analytics

Travel and hospitality has been among the most affected industries in the COVID-19 crisis. With around 75 million jobs at risk worldwide and a USD 2.1 trillion loss in GDP, the industry has been undeniably affected on a very large scale. From a...
Changed Realities in Hospitality Industry post COVID-19
175
The global COVID-19 outbreak has affected businesses, especially the travel and hospitality industry, and disrupted the continuity of operations. As we come to terms with the pandemic, industries are grappling the consequences of an economic...
Covid-19 impact on aviation
156

Jul 21, 2020

Flying above Corona: Making most of the lean time in Aviation

Srinath Padman Deputy Manager, Digital & Analytics

The aviation sector has abruptly come to a standstill, thanks to COVID-19, and business leaders are forced to rethink and reform before bouncing back to normalcy. The sector is looking at streamlining a number of areas before restarting post the...
eVTOL
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If you have been traveling to the big cities in growing economies like India & China, you would agree that you don’t recognize the city every time you travel back, the vehicle flux is multifold, the routes are changed with ever increasing...
WEF
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Jan 24, 2019

Globalization 4.0: Building a Hyper-connected World through IoT

Sukamal Banerjee Corporate Vice President, ERX and IoT WoRKS™

We have much to thank the fourth industrial revolution for it is gradually shaping a world that is more transparent, efficient, and independent.

Robots – New era in E –Commerce
Madhusudhan Ranjanghatmuralidhar - ASSOCIATE GENERAL MANAGER | February 29, 2016
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Warehouse automation is the need of the hour as delays in deliveries outrage E-commerce customers. Robots have entered this segment and are changing the way companies handle their fulfillment processes. Robots are now collaborating with humans and in some instances working autonomously.

Logistics trends in E-commerce are evolving at fast pace. Over time, companies are looking for alternate ways to ensure rapid delivery to customers to drive business success.

The number of drivers have decreased over the past few years, labor unions have demanded higher wages and fewer hours, and some companies simply do not have the money to spend on hiring additional workers. The “Robotics World” holds the answer to this problem.

Therefore, the current trend is machines replacing humans at logistics operations as they try to keep up with demand from the fast growing e-commerce segment. Amongst the major players in the e-commerce segment, Amazon has been the modernizer by embracing robotic solutions. Amazon was a pioneer in using robots in a fulfillment centers. In 2011 Amazon started using 1,300 robots. Amazon was keen on implementing robots in their warehouse. There are now 15,000 robots spread across 10 of Amazon’s warehouses.

Robots can select items from the shelf (up to 13 pounds), while Freight provides transit through the warehouse. The system includes software to support the robots and integrate with the warehouse environment. With the help of its automated warehouse, Zappos grossed over $ 1 billion in 2009, which eventually led to Amazon.com paying $ 1.2 billion deal to acquire Zappos. Zappos is able to maintain free shipping, a 365-day return policy and delivery within 24 hours of purchase.

Following this trend of robotic solutions, Kerry logistics product customization and consolidation center in Hong Kong is scurrying around six fully automated and programmed robotic “butlers” to speed up the fulfillment of e-commerce orders. Real-time sales orders are transmitted to the robots, and then the warehouse management system indicates the item to be picked up by using a lighting system in which every item is tracked using a barcode. The butlers operate continuously and can pick 280 items per hour, four times faster than by a human.

Another robot manufacturer, Hitachi has developed a two-armed robot that it says can pick up items from shelves in less than half the time required by existing robots. The camera on its arm can locate the requested item while the machine is still moving, which enables it to work more quickly. It should be commercially available in 2020.

Robots don’t require health insurance, lunch breaks, or vacations. They can work 24/7 and don’t fall sick. This is particularly useful during the holiday season when ecommerce merchants typically hire additional warehouse workers. Robots can reduce logistics costs substantially with minimal human intervention.

However using robots also brings forward one major drawback which is inaccuracy. For example in the case where a hopeful customer received a packed dish wash bar instead of phone.

Third-party logistics providers are also converting to automation. The courier firm DTDC in India, uses a 25-arm robot to pick orders at a rate of 3,500 orders per hour, about one per second.

As a spectator to this situation, one can easily foresee robots replacing humans to perform simple repetitive tasks in many industries. In five years a robot will be less expensive than a human employee with benefits.

The entire idea of automation centers on customer satisfaction. Whilst robots and automation will reduce employment opportunities and might lead to inaccuracy in deliveries however it will be paramount in enhance the supply chain efficiency.

Robotics is the best solution for the dynamic and complex challenges faced by in the manufacturing, contract logistics and distribution .Hi-tech solutions will radically remove the challenges faced by the 3PL’s in these segments.

HCL is also focusing in building new solutions and propositions to meet increasing customer expectations in the 3PL industry.


IoT – Next Gen Fleet Management
Madhusudhan Ranjanghatmuralidhar - ASSOCIATE GENERAL MANAGER | February 1, 2016
2236 Views

As technology cultivates, fleet management is gratifying a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) logistics ecosystem that could transform trucking and the logistics industry.

As trucks travel interstate highways, onboard sensors collect, send and receive information via cloud-based fleet management systems.


New Direct Capability- IATA initiative
Hrishikesh - Manager | January 13, 2016
544 Views

All global airlines are trying to increase their ancillary revenue in a variety of ways.  Traditionally the majority of the ancillary revenue was generated as change or cancel fees, baggage charges, etc. For generating additional revenue and with a desire to provide better service to its customers, airlines around the world are creating more personalised service offers at a variety of price points to suit different customer profiles.