Diwali Decoration Ideas

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Every year it’s the same question. How to make this Diwali a little different from last years’? One can find loads of inspiration on the internet these days. Here are few ideas to make your Diwali more beautiful. 

Candles 

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Lights 

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Rangoli 

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With Marigolds

 

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Paper torans

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Happy Diwali from team GoPigeon!

 

How will GST revolutionise Indian Logistics Industry?

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India is all set to usher in a game-changing tax reform—the goods and services tax (GST). Apart from creating a unified market across India, GST will help make India’s manufacturing competitive by cutting high logistics and warehousing costs.

Logistics industry is projected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 15-20 per cent between 2015-16 and 2019-20 that will get a further boost if GST is rolled out from this year, which can trim costs by 20 per cent Cost can also come down drastically as a one-nation-one- tax GST structure can massively reduce the long and winding queues at border checkpoints and other entry points within and between the States. Another reason for lower logistics cost is that operators will be able to rationalize and restructure their warehouses and other logistical infrastructure. Due to trade barriers such as the entry tax, local body tax, Octroi and other hurdles, trucks idle for 30-40 per cent of the day, leading to huge man-hour and fuel losses.

Since GST will be levied on goods transportation and full credit will be available on interstate transactions, logistic cost is expected to come down by 1.5-2 per cent of sales due to warehouse optimization and the resultant lower inventory cost.

The logistic sector is primarily divided into four segments — transportation, warehousing, freight forwarding and value-added logistics.

The transportation contributes the lion’s chunk of 60 per cent of the logistic pie, followed by warehousing compromising industrial and agricultural storage at 24.5 per cent. Packaging and other related businesses constitutes the rest of the segment.

The present taxation rate peaks at 26.5 per cent (Cenvat of 14 per cent, and VAT of 12.5 per cent) apart from the state level corporate tax of 2 per cent for transferring inter-state goods.

The proposed dual GST model (Central GST and State GST) proposes to replace around 29 State and federal taxes and tariffs for a single tax at the point of sale. The current combined Centre and State statutory rates for most goods works out to be 26.5 per cent but GST is expected to bring it down to 18-21 per cent.

The existing interstate taxation system has forced companies to create and maintain warehouses in each State and at present each company has 20-30 warehouses, in addition to this 20-30 carry & forwarding agents in each State making the supply chain longer and inefficient.

Further, the firms in the unorganized sectors, too, would be expected to improve their service levels if they intend to successfully grow in the likely shape up or shape-out competitive landscape. The post-GST regime is, in fact, likely to offer many more unseen opportunities for unorganized entities to tie up or collaborate with established companies. This could ultimately result in a win-win scenario for both the collaborating parties and the industry at large.

GST, combined with the dismantling of inter-state check posts, is the most crucial reform since the economic liberalization in 1991 that can significantly improve domestic and global competitiveness of Indian manufacturing firms.

Logistics in India and its challenges

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The courier and logistics market in India poses some interesting questions , specially if one is trying to find answers to these questions by means of technology. As an IT & SaaS logistics company we got an excellent opportunity to solve the problems posed by this industry from a technology standpoint, some of them were –

1. Embracement of technology — Processes were not in place that would not make full utilization of the technology present in hand, which would lead to manual processes in various layers of the business to carry out simple tasks.

2. Simple yet powerful system — The workforce interacting with the system are not very skilled, and a complex system would inturn hurt the service levels. The whole goal was to use technology to improve service and not use technology to increase the turn around time.

3. Drive people towards change — Last but not the least, the biggest challenge was not to develop a powerful system but to ensure that the people are onboard and they don’t perceive technology as another hassle.

When we started GoPigeon, the expectation was such that , technology alone should be able to solve all the problems at a bare minimum cost, which was a very tough ask. Some of the key challenges that we faced were –

1.Too many hands — From pickup to the final delivery shipments were shaking a lot of hands. Integration of systems across companies was impossible because each of these companies were competitors at some level and would not want to use a similar system. However, such partnerships were key, in order to expand the network of a courier company.

2. Coverage/Reach of System- Due to lack of infrastructure in tier-3 cities, rural towns and lack of skilled labor the penetration of the system was restricted to a bunch of stations and created a state of confusion, as neither the customers nor the courier company would not get a complete picture on the whereabouts of a package throughout its journey.

3. Manual processes — No matter how hard we tried, due to lack of training and the nature of the industry a lot of times the tendency to drive things manually due to a technical snag or unexpected work load would lead to the system being not used and the people would resort to manual processes.

But such was the nature of the technology that in order to get an overview of the entire journey of the shipment, a shipment had to interact with the system at every step i.e. from pickup to the last mile delivery due to which the existing processes had to be tweaked and that caused some delays. And such delays were obviously not very well received by the stakeholders because the end goal was not to provide a state-of-art technology to its customers but to deliver a shipment as soon as possible.

After  seeing the above challenges, we felt that the market firstly needs to lower its expectations about technology. To be honest, technology alone is an enabler and can never solve problems on its own. Technology can be used to solve business problems and that’s where the mindset needs to move towards.

GoPigeon comes with such service and Simplifies Business Logistics. It is an on demand, technology enabled end-to-end logistics management company which offers one stop solutions for all your shipping needs. We have developed a customised tech product which provides the easiest way to ship package anywhere across the world without the hassle of dealing with multiple courier companies.

At Gopigeon, you can count on us for reliable delivery of your shipment. Our customisable dashboard and unified tracking system can help you place orders, track your shipments and choose a courier service of your choice.

We provide end to end logistical support for all your shipping needs!

For more information log on to http://gopigeon.in/

Reasons why you should partner with 3PL

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It has been proven time and time again why manufacturers, distribution companies, and those with supply chains need to outsource to third party logistics providers. The below will give you the reasons why you should create a partnership with a third party logistics provider.

Capacity fluctuates. A lot. The national truck driver deficiency is not talk, it’s occurring. Regulations, costs of operating a truck, and an aging work force are exacerbating. The regular flow of available trucks is sufficient troublesome to stay aware of. Seasonal shifts can occur without any forethought, and having a partner on your side battling for capacity is vital for achievement.

You’ll have true serenity. 3PL organisations and other freight brokers are required to have surety bond. A surety bond is a contract among at least 3 parties: the consignor, the logistics partner and the 3PL. the 3PL assures the consignor that the logistics partner shall and will perform the task without any hassle and get the job done.

You could spare a lot of money. 3PLs have special pricing that you can use. They can give you remarkable transportation freight solutions, such as combining your shipments into one truckload shipment, which could fundamentally cut expenses. What’s more, they have the ability to check whether there’s an alternate, better route to transport the shipment that can spare you cash over the long haul.

Your risk will be reduced. In case of selection of carriers, one must examine their working power, data protection, and safety ratings. 3PLs check their system on a daily basis for compliance.

Time is of the essence. 3Pls have the resource to route and track your shipment, and manage the day-to-day issues that will definitely happen (delays, breakdowns, blown tires…) 3Pls take this responsibility and deal with any such issues that arise and solve it, keeping your focus on core elements of your business.

Everyone else is doing it. Over 82% of Fortune 500 companies partner with no less than one 3PL keeping in mind the end goal to improve their lives and build the effectiveness of their business.

e-Commerce industry in India and its challenges

e-Commerce industry in India faces several logistics challenges and it is not just about the lack of standardisation in postal addresses. India is a huge country with  thousands of towns that are not easily accessible. Metropolitan cities and other major urban centre have a fairly robust logistics infrastructure.

  • One of the major challenge is the logistical complexity, which consumes huge amount of capital and time to solve it.
  • Small deliveries to many places causes complex routing problems. Deliveries are time-bound and are restricted to time periods and certain routes. Due to the dispersed customer location, it is difficult for the delivery guys to find the customer location
  • For start ups, developing and implementing a system to accept online orders can get expensive.

There are two ways to do it: your own system created from scratch or buying a solution.

Companies operating in logistics industry face unique challenges as delivery guys operate in vast territories. The challenges these companies face include:

  • No real-time coordination
  • Ineffective technology application
  • Admin work
  • Locating customer addresses
  • Visibility of field workforce

All the above problems is solved by GoPigeon. GoPigeon is an on demand, technology enabled end-to-end logistics management company which offers one stop solutions for all your shipping needs. We have developed a customised tech product which provides the easiest way to ship package anywhere across the world without the hassle of dealing with multiple courier companies.

At Gopigeon, you can count on us for reliable delivery of your shipment. Our customisable dashboard and unified tracking system can help you place orders, track your shipments and choose a courier service of your choice.

We provide end to end logistical support for all your shipping needs!

For more information log on to http://gopigeon.in/

GoPigeon, the Silver Sponsor @ India Warehousing & Logistics Show 2016, Mumbai

Meet GoPigeon, the Silver Sponsor @ India Warehousing & Logistics Show 2016, Mumbai where there is a business opportunity everywhere you look.

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In its 6th edition this year, IWLS is the region’s largest and most successful exhibition where the warehousing and logistics community of western and southern India comes together to meet, network and establish business ties. The exhibition will have a mix of 7 major product categories including Material Handling, Storage, Flooring, Warehousing Infra, Automation & IT, Packaging and Logistics Service Providers.

GoPigeon is pleased to be a part of such event and welcomes everyone to witness the next level of exhibition.

Log on to http://indiawlshow.com/gopigeon-simplifying-logistics-through-innovation-technology/ for details on GoPigeon.

GoPigeon @ India Warehousing & Logistics Show 2016 – Mumbai

Meet GoPigeon, the Silver Sponsor @ India Warehousing & Logistics Show 2016, Mumbai where there is a business opportunity everywhere you look.

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In its 6th edition this year, IWLS is the region’s largest and most successful exhibition where the warehousing and logistics community of western and southern India comes together to meet, network and establish business ties. The exhibition will have a mix of 7 major product categories including Material Handling, Storage, Flooring, Warehousing Infra, Automation & IT, Packaging and Logistics Service Providers.

GoPigeon is pleased to be a part of such event and welcomes everyone to witness the next level of exhibition.

Log on to http://indiawlshow.com/gopigeon-simplifying-logistics-through-innovation-technology/ for details on GoPigeon.