“Technological advances and digitalisation have prompted big changes in shipping and logistics. Where once we used to prepare documents manually and tell customers that we would get back to them the next day, now everything is digitalised and cargoes are tracked and traced, reducing turnaround times. The logistics sector is becoming more integrated, transparent and connected with every passing day.
“Even greater transparency is coming, as is standardisation of services offered, which will make the business more predictable and technology-driven. This is a must to sustain the trend of globalisation that technology has brought about.
“I would like to see shipping and logistics employees recognised as frontline workers. These sectors kept going and delivered medicines, food, emergency equipment and more during the peak of COVID-19. We are the source and lifeline that drives and sustains the global economy.”
“Ours being a capital-intensive industry on which hinges the mighty globalisation, there should be a minimum rate per freight ton/metre to make it sustainable for stakeholders. Current freight rates are hovering at levels that discourage investment and limits our ability to attract youngsters seeking worthy career horizons. Something needs to be done, now, more than ever.”
Sudesh Chaturvedi is GAC Dubai’s Projects and Energy Manager. He manages the delivery of special cargoes (high and heavy, breakbulk, RoRo, military, events, energy, and other complex cargoes etc.) and related services for ocean and land transportation import, export, transit or multimodal forwarding, to meet the global needs of manufacturers, distributors, Event organisers and retailers for efficient and sustainable supply chain and logistics.
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