Warehousing is the term given to the varied processes involved in the storage of raw or finished products before shipping into the retail markets based on the supply and demand mechanism. In today’s turbulent economies, both logistics and warehousing play critical roles in reducing the gap between manufacturers and consumers. India has a 1.4 billion population and a mixed middle-income developing social market economy, and the consumers depend mostly on food produced from farms. The food produced is stored in state-of-the-art warehouses spread across the metropolis vis a vis Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune. The food supply chain system in place in India is designed efficiently to reduce wastage during warehouse storage and transportation.
In recent times small-time grocery stores have shown a phenomenal recovery in the business with high demand for stockpiling. There has been a consumption growth revival of 1.9% and this has been driven by the grocers.
Furthermore, in recent years with policy changes, global investors have significantly increased their presence in the Indian subcontinent. Huge investments are underway in the warehousing and the logistics. The new policy frameworks allow global investors to buy separate warehouses. In the changed scenario, businesses are gradually going through transmogrification and adopting the omnichannel approach. 3 PL is further making headway to drive more investments in manufacturing, logistics, and warehousing.
According to Warehousing Express Logistics, a Gurugram-based warehousing and Logistics Company– “With the internationalization of the food industry, and highly perishable nature of grocery products, there is always the need for a well-planned warehousing and logistics.”
AWL India suggests that the use of tech-based warehousing solutions has become important for delivery of the fresh food items across larger distances. With the incorporation of technology in the warehousing, transportation is smooth and efficient.
Logistics and warehousing in the food supply are indispensable for the safety of food products as well as meeting the overwhelmingly growing demand for superior quality products from consumers. High-end food chains are critical in food safety apart from tracing the originality of the products. The warehousing companies in India are adopting various kinds of models for the efficiency of the food supply chain. These include:
The Indian food industry is incorporating advanced warehousing technology to keep food items fresh as ever. The new age modern-day supply chain and warehousing operations are becoming streamlined, and effective and this trend is also having an impact on the food supply chain in totality.