Gati launches mega surface transhipment centre in Bhiwandi
Equipped with 61 bays capable of managing around 200 trucks/day, throughput capacity of approx. 150,000 tonnes/month
Gati, an Allcargo Group company and one of India’s premier express logistics and supply chain solutions providers, launched a state-of-the-art and tech-enabled surface transhipment centre and distribution warehouse (STCDW) at Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Spread over 1.48 lakh sq. ft., the STCDW is a Grade A warehouse observing the highest level of construction quality, advanced technologies and a skilled workforce, says an official release.
"With a workforce strength of 276 people, the Mumbai mega distribution hub is a terminus for Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to cater to short haul or regional distribution as well as consolidate-sort-dispatch of long-haul loads for the rest of the country."
The throughput is executed within 12 hours - in and out - with very minimal storage in the premises. The attempt is also to reduce the turnaround time for trucks with reductions being reported in the range of 20-30 percent since the start of operations.
The hub has been designed in compliance with green norms and is equipped with built-to-suit technology-enabled warehouses of global standards and advanced features and material handling facilities along with integrated warehousing and distribution mechanisms and superior safety features, the release added.
"Battery operated hand pallet trolleys have been deployed at the facility to ensure operational efficiency. Steel pallets, instead of plastic or wooden pallets, are being used at the facility keeping the environment sustainability in focus. The STCDW has also planned to have a solarisation facility which will generate 150 KW of power. An AI-powered round-the-clock tracking system at the facility offers real-time visibility of the cargo movements."
Adarsh Hegde, Managing Director, Gati says: “The launch of the super hub near Mumbai is a part of the Allcargo Group’s core vision to play an enabling role in the India growth. As India has emerged as a bright spot in the world economy, we are strengthening our end-to-end logistics delivery service capabilities to support the government’s initiative to boost logistics service efficiency. After consolidating our domestic supply chain, we are now working towards building greater operational efficiency and distribution bandwidth. We are well-positioned to cater to the needs of various growth-focussed businesses aiming to capture domestic markets and connect to global markets. At Allcargo, we are committed to provide integrated logistics solutions, thus supporting the government’s vision to make India a global manufacturing hub.”
Pirojshaw Sarkari, CEO, Gati adds: “We are pleased to open the STCDW for companies of varied scale to use our facilities and services to grow their businesses. Our STCDW will help them enhance cost efficiency, inventory movements and speed-to-market. The launch of the Mumbai STCDW will further strengthen our position in the highly competitive express logistics space. Bhiwandi has been an undisputed choice for us to set up our super hub thanks to its ability to offer seamless connectivity, congestion-free access to warehouses and convenient inward and outward movements of heavy-duty haulage trucks. With more STCs in line across India with Grade A warehousing facilities, we are working towards developing a robust supply chain backbone, catering to a range of industries."
The facility has a divers' lounge with adequate safety and hygiene in place to ensure adequate rest and rejuvenation for the drivers.
After the launch of advanced hubs at Farukh Nagar (Gurugram), Nagpur, Guwahati and Mumbai, Gati plans to roll out STCs in Bengaluru, Hyderabad. Indore and Kolkata, the release added.