Shared Mobility in Logistics

A new wave of conscious consumers is sweeping the world, the resources that are scarce are now a fact that most of us cannot ignore.

Also, the current generation believes in sharing and thus showing that they care in a big way.

The same generation is also time conscious and believes in quick turn around time. Gone are the days when you bought something online and were willing to wait for it.

Today people are already talking about same day delivery if the seller is in the same city as theirs.

This puts immense pressure on Ecommerce Retailers because some of the players are still grappling with the challenges of selling online and trying to upgrade their systems for this huge shift in business. Their traditional mode of doing business is seeing a sea change. Some of these retailers have been selling in the age-old retailing manner and are yet to appreciate the new business or are too wary of including the change.  Others have been smart enough to introduce new talent and have incorporated new age thinking into the business. Either ways it is overwhelming to cater to the demands that most ecommerce platforms are now placing on the retailers.

Earlier the distribution model was a process and included various channels that can be bypassed today, so can the delivery time be reduced based on the new model?

Shared mobility is a term that is being associated with people sharing transport and Uber and Ola have revolutionized the way we travel.

So, what is the role of the same shared mobility in logistics.

Micro-hub & Shard Mobility: Like a common parking lot, a micro hub can be a small place where the packages for a zone arrive for last mile delivery. These micro-hubs cater to multiple logistics / transport companies. The concept itself is not very new in India where local state transport buses have been following a raw model of the same for years.

Retailers can take advantage of these solutions to reduce delivery time. Courier companies can reduce the cost and increase the number of deliveries per day without straining their network.

Shared infrastructure like this has its challenges and down sides as well. Some of them are administrative and responsibility related. There will be norms that need to be set and qualitative as well as quantitative analysis that will have to prove the utility of such hubs.

Currently in our own industry we have stakeholders that are not comfortable with the idea of sharing the same storage space or sharing the same vehicle with other players in their business. This puts a tremendous pressure for delivering as minimum as 2 to 4 packages in day. Consolidation, co-loading or sharing a hub could lead to efficient route planning and reduce the axle load, transit time for all parties involved at the same time cutting down on carbon emissions besides other costs.

But these hubs are not very far in the future for the industry that is striving hard to cut down on manpower, time, fuel, storage and build sustainable solutions that are beneficial to all the stakeholders.

With all the regulatory processes in place shared mobility is a win win solution one that will pose its share of challenges but will benefit everyone in the long run especially looking at how the realty rates are soaring, and the world is looking at shared mobility in a new light.

After-a-break

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Art Deco at the Oval

I snoozed the alarm at least three times and the urge to lie in and laze on a Sunday morning when the entire household was sleeping was a temptation that was pulling me deep into the covers.

But then I remembered how I had missed this walk the week before and maybe the opportunity would never present itself again.

So I threw back those covers and pulled open the curtains to let the sun shine on my face.

I reached the decided starting point of the walk and when I reached the end of it and hour and half later I was so much more enriched in my knowledge about architecture and was visually fortified.

Sharing with you the pictures taken between me and Rachna Shetty  another enthusiast (and a better photographer and the only one with a camera)

If these picture astound you and make you wonder how did you miss such a great wealth of architectural prodigiousness, I suggest you get in touch with the organisation that made it possible for me to re-look at the structures that I would normally pass without being awed by their past and importance.

http://www.artdecomumbai.com/

 

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The beautiful Ivorine – french and classy

 

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The windows that make you think of beautiful dressing tables

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Oval View – a name so apt

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Making the most of being a corner prime real estate – Shiv Shanti Bhuvan

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Belvedere Court and a fountain frozen in concrete grill work

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The most photographed building on the walk

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Do not miss the vertical frozen fountain that also lights up the stairway naturally 

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A crown – we were still shking off the Raj Era and were still mesmerised

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Another colorful diagonal vertical panel that brought in natural light 

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No this is not Goa – this is in Mumbai opposite the Oval Maidan, the very tropical Rajjab Mahal

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A ship has just entered the harbor, this majestic Empress Court definitely courts attention

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View of the courthouse captured aptly in the name but do not miss the recurring frozen fountain

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The Era of elegant social evenings probably shut doors when Eros shut its doors but one cannot but stop and stare and wonder about its glorious past

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Time to change?

The Swiss watch industry which has had a rough time since last couple of years with the younger generation opting out on buying other luxury goods other than a luxury watch has to probably do without its annual Basel World Watch Fair the coming year.

The downward trend in the industry began in 2015 and every year there are fewer people visiting Baselworld,  Mecca for watch business and admirers alike.

With the launch of Apple’s Smartwatch and other phone companies following suit, the luxury watch industry has been lagging in customer interest.

Watchmakers have started to try strategies.like limiting their production and marketing their timepieces as the works of craftsmen, hiring young celebrities as brand ambassadors, developing smartwatches to combat the waning market  in bid to revive the interest

The possibility of Baselworld being held in 2019 now looks like a slim chance with  Swatch Group, the fair’s biggest client, with 17 brands deciding not to participate.

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Baselworld 2018 was already much smaller than previous years

Following the news of the Swatch groups pullout from the fair comes the resignation of René Kamm CEO for nearly 20 years at the company MCH Group, operator of the Baselworld watch fair.

“The time has come for a change” say René Kamm.

“We don’t need a trade fair. We might do something more creative with other partners that are out there” says Nick Hayek, Swatch Group CEO who is looking for more dynamic ways to connect with partners.

With the upheaval that the Swiss watch industry is facing this comes and a shock to the entire world.

We are hoping though to see the revival in probably a new avatar in another space.

Unique Tonique

So what makes Tonique unique?

Firstly, it’s the largest liquor store in India, sprawled over 15,000 sq. ft. and housing more than 500 brands of wines and spirits.

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It is not just a store, it is an experience as quoted by Anith Reddy, its managing director.

In a state that loves it liquor, the store is like a dream come true for the spirit lovers. Open for little over a year now the store has had amazing footfalls. Mostly women was my observation, seconded by the staff.

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The sharp sales people do not tag behind you but notice very well what you browse through and very subtly nudge you if you look stuck.

Knowing Anith Reddy who has a knack for doing things that others would not even dare to dream about I was not surprised by the effort and thoughtfulness that has gone into his pet project. But the man is a continuous dreamer and is forever striving to do things bigger and better than anyone else.

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Next on cards is a huge wine tasting room with sommeliers from across the world sharing their knowledge.

 “Most women head to the first floor, the selfie spot,” says Anith, pointing to a huge faux bottle of Moet & Chandon inside an ice tub. Though I was totally tired from my journey and washed out from a day of running around I could not resist a click myself.

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To those who would crinkle up their noses at the very mention of spirits, I recommend a dekko for you will find some soft drinks, sodas, munchies and a variety of chocolates too.

I spent a good amount of time browsing through because the whole ambience is that of a relaxed luxury shopping destination, I wonder who wouldn’t want to spend time there to lift their spirits.

 

Ferrari Drive & Dinner

On Sunday, December 17, 2017 Mumbai woke up to the thundering revving of 24 Ferrari cars ready to paint the town red (mostly).

A leisure drive that set the heart of Mumbai racing was organised by Ferrari & Navnit Motors, Ferrari’s dealership in Mumbai and Hublot was one of the brand partners.
Hublot Watches is also associated with Ferrari Cars and has special Ferrari Inspired watches.

 

A cheering crowd flagged off the drive from Navnit Motors in Bandra-Kurla Complex, heading to Nariman point NCPA where there was a pit stop, via the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and concluded at the Festival Square in High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel, where an even more enthusiastic crowd was present to welcome the cars. The cars were displayed there for the remainder of the day.

 

These cars were brought from the customers places from different parts of India to Mumbai and the owners themselves droves their cars in the parade on Sunday.

The drive is one part of Ferrari’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary which was kicked off in March in September, in Maranello, Italy.

 

Lot of hearts revved for the Ferraris and people across all generations enjoyed taking selfies and pictures with the beauties.

Later that evening a private dinner was held for the owners and select invitees, where Gautam Singhania relived fond memories of his win in 2015.

 

 

Hublot presented a wall clock to Navnit Motors which will hopefully find a place in the Ferrari showroom at BKC.

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WILL SANTA CRACK UNDER PRESSURE?

We all at some point in our lives we all have wondered how does Santa manage distributing gifts to children around the world in a single night. And we have also hoped secretly to be chosen as one of his helpers.

This year the TAG Heuer Ambassadors are chosen to help Santa do his special task, testing his ability to deliver the gifts on time. Testing not only whether or not will Santa crack under pressure but also the Ambassadors’ training skills, as well as the functionalities of Santa’s Official Watch, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45.

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TAG Heuer is also running an Unboxing Contest on Instagram.

Here’s how you participate.

Simply upload your TAG Heuer watch unboxing photo or video to Instagram with the hashtag #MyTAGHeuerGift from December 24th to January 24th, then validate your photo or video on our website for a chance to win an exceptional TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Red Edition, the Official Watch of Santa Claus!

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/mytagheuergift/