Mumbai, 25 June 2019: JVS, a Chandigarh-based, family-owned apple trading company operating in the agricultural sector, today announced that it has appointed DHL SmarTrucking as its exclusive logistics partner. Incorporated under the Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group’s Corporate Incubations division, DHL SmarTrucking provides bespoke refrigerated trucking solutions for temperature-sensitive products, in addition to tailored trucking solutions for dry goods.
Mr. Vipan Sharda, Proprietor, JVS, said, “For over 28 years, we have been working with farmers in Punjab and Haryana to supply apples to businesses across the country. As the quality of our produce can be affected by high ambient temperatures, a reliable cold chain solution that transports them at the optimal temperature enables us to reduce wastage and decrease our dependence on imports. DHL SmarTrucking is not only helping us achieve that, they are also helping us reduce transit times and improve our business performance. For example, it now takes four to five days, instead of the previous seven days’ delivery time, for our produce to reach south India.”
In addition to employing smart technology to ensure temperature accuracy and reliability in cold chain deliveries, DHL SmarTrucking leverages Internet of Things (IoT) technology and data-driven insights for route optimization to shorten transit times.
Mr. Charles Devlin D’Costa, Chief Sales Officer – ColdChain, DHL SmarTrucking, said, “For businesses that work with perishables, the use of smart solutions with reliable facilities and fleet is integral to ensuring the integrity and safety of their products. We are extremely happy to be able to help JVS maintain the freshness and quality of their products throughout its journey from farm to fork.”
At present, nearly 30-40% of food is wasted in India, in large part due to supply chain inefficiencies and the lack of adequate cold chain infrastructure. A recent reportby Research and Markets, the world’s largest market research store, pegged a compounded annual growth rate of 15.4% for India’s cold chain market between 2018 and 2023, and is predicting the market to reach INR 2,293 billion by 2023. With the growth in organized food retail in the country, and in line with Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana, a Government of India initiative, a robust cold chain infrastructure and a well-developed road transportation network will play a critical role in reducing food wastage, driving growth of the food processing sector, improving returns for farmers, and creating rural jobs.
DHL SmarTrucking was established to provide an innovative trucking solution across an extensive linehaul express road network in India. Epitomizing ‘TechLog’ – logistics made smarter through the use of new and emerging technologies – DHL SmarTrucking solutions reduce transit times by up to 30 percent with over 95 percent reliability as compared to traditional trucking. The company is based in India with more than 1,900 drivers and 745 trucks, and 13 SmartHubs across the country.