CII IL Monthly Digest: A Newsletter from the CII Institute of Logistics
Edition - 8
February 2023
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Snapshot of the Month

News highlights from the world of supply chain and logistics that appeared in media over the last one month


In mid-February, Air India placed a historic order for a total number of 470 Boeing and Airbus planes in its bid to meet the surging demand for air travel in the country.

Boeing India President Salil Gupte told ET Infra that the company plans to use India's aerospace supply chain more frequently in the coming years, thereby deepening its engagement with the Indian industry. The company has firmed up its local presence in recent years through Tata Boeing Aerospace Ltd, a joint venture with the Tata Group. "We are working with the government via the MRO associations and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Aerospace Committee. The government has been a great partner with us over the last few years on addressing some of these challenges that have held back MRO previously," Mr. Gupte told the publication.

Boeing has also announced that it plans to spend around Rs 200 crore to create a logistics hub in India to cater to its regional customers. Continuing to expand its footprint in the country, Boeing is investing in building capabilities that support an efficient and cost-effective service solution for regional customers to maintain higher fleet utilization and mission readiness rates. In the initial phase of the operations, the India Logistics Center will focus on supporting airline customers as the civil aviation sector continues to rapidly advance towards becoming the world’s third-largest passenger market, surpassed only by the U.S. and China. "The further expansion of our footprint in India with the India Logistics Center supports our long-term investment strategy for the country," said Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India in a press statement.

According to Stephen Pagliuca, who serves as a Senior Advisor at Bain Capital, India will keep attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) since companies want to broaden their supply chains and move away from China and Russia. Due to India's stable economic growth and positive demographics, it has become a go-to location for investors seeking to access its growing market."India is a very strong market. You have seen a large increase in private equity and direct foreign investment in India and I think that will continue especially as many companies pull back from China and Russia for strategic reasons. So, India will be the beneficiary of that capital. India should be a very attractive place for investors to invest in," Mr. Pagliuca told CNBC TV18.

Welspun One Logistics Parks has entered into an agreement with the Government of Uttar Pradesh (UP) to invest INR 2,000 crore in the development of warehousing and logistics parks in the state, with a focus on expanding its presence in the warehousing sector in North India. The company plans to build Grade-A warehouse facilities and logistics parks using land parcels in Lucknow, which will span approximately 6 million square feet. This development is expected to generate employment for around 6,000 individuals.

As per a Business Standard report, consumer durable firms, which rely on China for their supplies, report that their supply chains have returned to their pre-Covid levels as China has discontinued its zero-Covid strategy. However, while the constraints are easing for automotive firms, they remain cautious about commodity prices as the increase in demand from China could drive them up.

Oorja Tapan, Assistant Professor at the School of Internal Security, Defence and Strategic Studies (SISDSS), Rashtriya Raksha University, Gandhinagar, writing for Financial Express highlighted the need for India to focus on its economic gains against as global value chains seem to be shifting away from China. India’s G20 Presidency will help the country with this strategic aim, Ms. Tapan wrote.

The "resilient supply chain model" presents a chance for India to use alliances such as QUAD, SCRI, and IPEF to draw global value chains towards its own manufacturing and industrial sector, in order to promote the vision of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', she added.

CII Blog, the article publishing platform of the Confederation of Indian Industry, in a recent article looked at the state of supply chain resilience in the digital era. The article underlined how, in the aftermath of the pandemic, the subject of "Supply Chain Resilience" has become a primary concern for boardrooms worldwide. With the increase in supply chain risks, establishing resilience has become vital for business survival. Globalization and worldwide connectivity are contributing to the growing complexity of supply chains and magnifying the impact of disruptions that may have previously been limited to local areas. By investing in resilience, businesses can proactively address the significant vulnerabilities in their supply chains that expose them to various risks, the article stated. A recent survey conducted by CII on digitalizing supply chains revealed that almost 92% of manufacturing companies in India have either created or are in the process of creating a digital roadmap. This indicates that business leaders recognize the significance of digitization in revolutionizing supply chains, it noted.

Amit Sharma of Fibre2Fashion explored how technology can help boost India’s supply chain infrastructure. He wrote that over the next five years, there is enormous potential for growth in the supply chain management industry in India. Based on global standards, India's B2B e-commerce market is expected to attain a gross merchandise value (GMV) of $90-100 billion by 2030. By integrating technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT), a robust supply chain management infrastructure can be developed for the country. This will enable Indian supply chain management platforms to enhance their resilience and address challenges more effectively, he highlighted.


In early February, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck Turkey and Syria, the most severe earthquake to hit the region in nearly 100 years. The catastrophic loss of lives and the devastation caused to the ports, bridges, roads, and factories plunged the country’s supply chain into a state of disarray.

Global Supply Chain Risk Management Resilinc CEO, Bindiya Vakil discussed the impact of the disaster on the country’s manufacturing and supply chain sectors in an article for Supply Chain Digital and evaluated what the road to recovery looks like.

As per Resilinc's data, around 900 sites involved in manufacturing, assembling, warehousing, and distribution have been affected by the earthquake. The industries that have been hit the hardest are automotive and general manufacturing. The recovery process for these manufacturers is expected to take as long as eight months.

Writing for Forbes, the founder of Supply Chain Insights and the author of the popular blog Supply Chain Shaman, Lora Cecere that disturbances in global supply chains have continued unabated since the recession of 2007. She pointed out that, although some analysts believe that the improvements in maritime transportation mean that supply chains have returned to their usual state, this does not seem to be the case.

Referring to the indicators published by Global Supply Chain Pressure Index, an index maintained by New York Federal Reserve Bank,Ms. Cecere pointed out that supply chain disruption has continued into the thirty-fifth month since the end of the 2007 recession.

The World Economic Forum reports that several regions across the globe are facing a scarcity of common medicines, particularly generic drugs such as antibiotics, which has caused worry among patients, consumers, governments, and the pharmaceutical industry. In order to guarantee a stable supply, steps need to be taken. In a recent feature published by the WEF, several factors were counted as contributing to the shortage, including rising infections, inflation, disruptions in supply chains, and regulations. While policymakers may implement measures in response, manufacturers and healthcare leaders can take the initiative to guarantee a steady supply, and new, inventive partnership models may also be useful in promoting resilience, that article proposed.

The article highlighted a survey conducted by the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (EU) held toward the end of last year, which revealed that all 29 member countries reported shortages of medicines at community pharmacies. Additionally, 76% of these countries reported that shortages were worse than in the previous year, 2021.

The Port of Hamburg, known as Germany’s "Gateway to the World", and also its largest seaport by volume, is facing supply chain issues. The port saw a decrease in its throughput in 2022 due to various factors, including the war in Ukraine, disruptions in global supply chain, and local labor disputes. In 2022, the overall throughput at Hamburg terminals decreased by 6.8% to 119.9 million tonnes, with decreases observed in general cargo, bulk cargo, and container volumes. The CEO of Marketing, Axel Mattern, expressed hope that the global economy would recover, which would help to increase the throughput for the Port of Hamburg.

Supply Chain Brain, an industry publication, presented an account of the technological path that the warehouses will chart in 2023. The article stated that in 2022, warehouse automation continued to grow and expand its services, while introducing new innovations and projects. However, there is still a need to improve the utilization of the vast amounts of data generated in distribution centers. It highlighted how the global logistics industry has experienced the implementation of mature technologies and advanced robotics systems, but only larger retail companies are currently capable of taking full advantage of these advancements. It predicted that in 2023, warehouses will further modernize by adopting technologies that provide complete visibility into distribution centers, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and the adoption of track-and-trace capability will become more widespread.

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Peter Tirschwell, the vice president of S&P Global Market Intelligence urged industry stakeholders to reflect on the disruption caused to the supply chain outside the largest port complex in Southern California, which causing delays for over $20 billion worth of goods including electronics, building materials, and clothing. Now, with things returning to normal, wrote Mr. Tirschwell, it is crucial for the industry to consider measures that can be implemented to prevent this from happening again. Some of the measures could include increased usage of automated container handling, and reducing the time containers sit at a port, he added.

Will connect again next month, with a comprehensive dossier of news, trends and events from the industry.

Courtesy: Newsletter content developed by Mr. Aanand Pandey