MFL India Ltd Management Discussions.

Management Discussion & Analysis and Review of Operations and Future Law


MFL India Limited is a premier transport and logistics company with Pan-India coverage; having a self-owned fleet of mixed variety high-volume/heavy-weight cargo carriers; along- with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated high-capacity trucks, trailers.

MFLs logistics portfolio includes freight management, cargo brokerage, inter-modal are provided through MFLs domestic networked companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation.

The main commodities transported are retail store merchandise, 2- wheeler motorcycles/scooters, consumer products, FMCGs, other manufactured products and grocery products

Industry Structure

Logistics industry in India has huge demand especially with the growth of the Indian economy along with the influx of new companies in sectors that were otherwise unknown.

Indian Logistics Industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.6 percent between 2017 and 2020. The key drivers of this growth are infrastructure investment associated with ports, airports, and other logistics development plans, domestic demand growth and increasing trade.

The industry comprises the following main segments:

• Freight and passenger transportation via road, rail, air and water

• Warehousing and cold-storage

Development of transportation and logistics-related infrastructure such as dedicated freight corridors, logistics parks, free trade warehousing zones, and container freight stations are expected to improve efficiency. Government reform initiatives, promotion of manufacturing and trade, improving investment climate are expected to transform the industry and drive growth between 2017 and 2020.

Economic reforms, trade cooperation, improved transportation infrastructure, and industrial growth is ushering in increasing opportunities for the logistics service providers (LSPs) in India. Presently, the Indian logistics industry is witnessing development and expansion of its existing infrastructure, emergence of e-commerce specific logistics solutions, has a strong focus on manufacturing, but also has a large presence of unorganized service providers.

Key trends observed in the Indian logistics industry are:

• Government initiatives to promote the manufacturing sector and exports are likely to increase the demand for logistics functions. Trade with Asia, Europe, and North America are likely to remain major drivers for freight forwarding and transportation companies in the region.

• Major investments by both public and private sectors in the last five years on infrastructure, technology upgrades and expansion of sea and airport facilities, and dedicated logistics corridor in the rail network are expected to strengthen the Indian logistics infrastructure.

•The booming e-commerce market in India is bringing in new opportunities for LSPs. The evolving business model(s) in this space focuses on containing logistics and delivery costs.

•The expected implementation of nationwide uniform GST is likely to transform the distribution structure of majority of industries as it eliminates the need for dedicated warehouses for each individual administrative region

India stands alone as an island of hope in an otherwise volatile, and uncertain, global economy. Recent policy initiatives and regulatory changes pursued by the government are aimed at accelerating Indias GDP growth to 7.36% and beyond, in the near future. The logistics industry will be a direct beneficiary of this growth momentum. Equally, the ultimate winner within the logistics industry will be one who is able to outpace competition by delivering on the ever increasing demands of service, quality and cost in both B2B and B2C sectors.

Industry Development

The countrys logistics industry which is worth around USD 160 billion is likely to touch USD 215 billion in the next two years with the implementation of GST. "With the implementation of GST, the Indian logistics market is expected to reach about USD 215 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 10.5 per cent," Economic Survey 2018-19 tabled in Parliament. The Indian logistics industry which provides employment to more than 22 million people has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8 per cent during the last five years, The Global Ranking of the World Banks 2016 Logistics Performance Index shows that India jumped to 35th rank in 2016 from 54th rank in 2014 in terms of overall logistics performance. India has improved its rank in all the six components of logistics performance index. Realising the importance of the sector and to address the inefficiencies, the government has included the sector in the Harmonised Master List of Infrastructure Subsector. Inclusion of logistics sector in the Harmonised Master List of Infrastructure Subsector will benefit the sector in many ways, It will be helpful in facilitating the credit flow into the sector with longer tenures and reasonable interest rates, it said adding the infrastructure status will simplify the process of approval for construction of multi modal logistics (parks) facilities that includes both storage and transport infrastructure. "It will encourage market accountability through regulatory authority and will attract investments from debt and pension funds into recognised projects," it added. "It will encourage market accountability through regulatory authority and will attract investments from debt and pension funds into recognised projects.

To a large extent, the logistics sector in India remains unorganised, it said adding the industry is facing challenges such as high cost of logistics impacting competitiveness in domestic and global market, underdeveloped material handling infrastructure, fragmented warehousing and lack of seamless movement of goods across modes, among others, "In order to develop this sector in an integrated way, it is important to focus on new technology, improved investment, skilling, removing bottlenecks, improving inter modal transportation, automation, single window system for giving clearances, and simplifying processes," By recognising the importance of the sector, a new logistics division has been created in the Department of Commerce to develop and coordinate integrated development of the industry, improvement in existing procedures, identification of bottlenecks and gaps, and introduction of technology- based interventions in this sector, the survey said

Improving logistics sector has huge implication on exports and it is estimated that a 10 per cent decrease in indirect logistics cost can increase 5-8 per cent of exports, Apart from increasing trade, better performance in logistics will augment programmes like Make in India, and also enable India to become an important part of the global supply chain.

Recent Scenario

The recent Indian logistics sector comprises of inbound and outbound segments of the manufacturing and service supply chains. Of late, the logistics infrastructure has gained a lot of attention both from business industry as well as policy makers. The role of managing this infrastructure, to effectively compete has been slightly under-emphasized.

Inadequate logistics infrastructure has an effect of creating bottlenecks in the growth of an economy. The logistics management regimen has the capability of overcoming the disadvantages of the infrastructure in the short run while providing cutting edge competitiveness in the long term. There exist several challenges and opportunities for logistic sector in the Indian economy.

Challenges Faced By the Recent Logistic Industry in India

An essential challenge faced by the industry today is the insufficient integration of transport networks, information technology, and warehousing & distribution facilities. Regulations exist at a number of different tiers, is imposed by national, regional and local authorities. However, the regulations differ from city to city, hindering the creation of national networks. Trained manpower is essential both for the third party logistics sector as well as the manufacturing and retailing sectors, which is very weak at a practical level, i.e., IT, driving and warehouse as well as at a higher strategic level. The disorganized nature of the logistics sector in India, its perception as a manpower-heavy industry and lack of adequate training institutions has led to a shortfall in skilled management and client service personnel. There is a lack of IT standard, equipment and poor systems integration.

Poor facilities and management are the reason for high levels of loss, damage and deterioration of stock, mainly in the perishables sector. Part of the problem is insufficient specialist equipment, i.e. proper refrigerated storage and containers, but it is also partly down to lack of training. The practitioners and the academicians are now aware of the importance of logistics and supply chain; however the field is still under-penetrated as far as research is concerned. It is essential to prioritize research and development so that the weaknesses in the industry can be taken care of and improved.

Solutions to Some of the Challenges

Infrastructure is the backbone of every countrys growth and prosperity and for the logistics industry to flourish special emphasis has to be on building world-class road networks, integrated rail corridors, Modern cargo facilities at airports and creation of logistics parks which need to be given a status equivalent to Special Economic Zones.

It is necessary to realize that the benefits which can best be practiced in logistics industry can be brought about by the companies by establishing training intuitions so that there is improvement in the overall service quality of the sector. Good storage and Warehousing facilities are important for the growth of the logistics industry. With the increase in the transportation of perishable products, the logistics agencies need to give a lot of importance to enhancing the Warehousing facilities.

Warehousing is required to go to the next level taking into account the changing dynamics of JIT manufacturing, global procurement and new models of sales and distribution. Emphasis on research and development is potent mainly because it encourages the use of indigenous technology which can make the industry cost competitive and can also bring about improvement in services thereby using better, effective and efficient services. Particular focus has to be on research in process excellence which can help to eliminate inefficiencies and bring Indian logistics on par with global practices.

Future Prospects

The logistics firms are moving from a traditional setup to the integration of IT and technology to their operations to reduce the costs incurred as well as to meet the service demands. The growth of the Indian logistics sector depends upon its soft infrastructure like education, training and policy framework as much as the hard infrastructure.

To support Indias fast-paced economy growth of logistics industry is very essential. It is estimated that the Indian logistics industry will continue to show robust growth of 10-15% annually, leading the pace of growth of the economy at large.

The global economic outlook, indeed that of India is expected to significantly improve as India Inc begins to tackle the economic downturn. With a new government many policies are expected to be implemented which will give a fresh impetus to Indias growth engine particularly in the corporate and SME sector which in turn will expand demand for the logistics sector.

With the implementation of GST, logistics companies, which are currently forced to set up many small warehouses across multiple cities can set up just a few, big warehouses region wise and can follow the hub-and-spoke model for freight movement from the warehouses to the different manufacturing plants, wholesale outlets, retail outlets and the various POS. This growth is backed by the boom in the e-commerce sector and expansionary policies of the FMCG firms.

This has increased the service geography of the logistics firms but they also have to meet the demands of quick delivery and tight service level agreements. The industry has moved from being just a service provider to the position which provides end to end supply chain solutions to their customers. Thus, all this has paved the way for further growth of Logistics and Warehousing industry in the coming years.

Cautionary Statement

Statements in the Management Discussion and Analysis describing the Companys strategies on business, projections and estimates are forward looking statements. The actual results may vary from those expressed or implied, depending upon economic conditions, Government policies, regulations, tax laws and other incidental factors.