India’s First Logistics Excellence Awards highlight the contributions of Private Sector driving change and innovation in the Logistics Sector.


The Government of India hosted its first-ever National Logistics Excellence Awards in New Delhi today. Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal along with the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Shri Som Parkash Sharma gave away the awards in 12 categories. The National Logistics Excellence Awards aim to acknowledge the many logistics service providers in the country that have been able to display innovation, diversity and efficiency.


With 169 entries and 12 categories for awards in its first edition, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries undertook a year-long process of identifying, categorising, and selecting qualified applications. An Expert Screening Committee of 18 diverse experts and a National Jury of 9 senior dignitaries was formed to make the final deliberations.


Speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal urged the industry to work with the government to bring down the logistics cost from 12-14% to 7-8% as prevailing in the developed countries. The minister emphasized that the expansion of infra spending from Rs. 2.5 lakh crore to Rs. 7.5 lakh crore and Gati Shakti will benefit the logistics sector most with investment across roads, highways, ports, airports, multi-modal terminals etc. Shri Goyal said that GatiShakti will help in efficient planning and implementation, thereby ensuring that last-mile connectivity related issues are not there. He also informed that the government is actively thinking of promoting manufacturing of containers and ship-building.


Shri Goyal appreciated the role played by the logistics sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. He said the resilient and efficient supply chains developed by the operators in the logistics sector helped India overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and supported the growth in trade seen over the last 2 years.


Shri Goyal also asked the industry to involve start-ups to become more transparent and efficient. He said going forward, a separate category of awards should be created for MSMEs in the logistics sector given the role played by them.


The Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Shri Som Parkash Sharma said that the availability of cost-effective logistics is critical for growth of the Industries and Indian Economy and that adoption of technologies and upgradation of skill levels of human resources engaged in the sector is a must.


Shri Anurag Jain, Secretary of the DPIIT, acknowledging the excellence portrayed by the logistics sector, shared that GatiShakti, Atmanirbhar Bharat, driven by many MSME and Startups of the country, make the logistics sector very crucial to India’s economic ambitions.


In addition to the Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS) report that measures that appreciates the endeavours of the State Governments, the Logistics Excellence Awards will continue to be an annual exercise recognizing excellence in logistics with the private sector in India.


National Logistics Excellence Awards 2021 – List of Winners


  1. Best Cargo Airline & Terminal Operator – FedEx Express Transportation and Supply Chain Services (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  2. Best Road Freight Service Provider – DHL Supply Chain India Pvt. Ltd.
  3. Best Rail Freight Service Provider – Adani Logistics Ltd.
  4. Best Shipping & NVOCC service Provider – Maersk India Pvt. Ltd.
  5. Best Port Service Provider – DP World
  6. Best Warehouse service provider – Transport Corporation of India Ltd. (Through TCI Supply Chain Solutions)
  7. Best Cold Chain/Refrigerated service provider – Transport Corporation of India Ltd. (Through TCI Supply Chain Solutions)
  8. Best Express Logistics Service Provider – Safexpress Pvt. Ltd.
  9. Best Logistics infrastructure and service provider – Adani Logistics Ltd.
  10. Best Freight Forwarders – Kuehne + Nagel Pvt. Ltd.
  11. Best Customs House Agent/Customs broker – International Clearing & Shipping Agency (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  12. Industry Excellence Award – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.


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Locada Logistics Market Place launches a Job Board

Locada launches a Job Board on its website to connect Businesses with world-class Expertise

SAN DIEGOApril 5, 2022PRLogLocada launches a Job Board on its website to connect Businesses with world-class Expertise

Locada has launched a feature-rich web-based jobs platform that is set to revolutionize the way Logistics Companies hire their staff.

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA – Locada LLC, an innovative venture based in San Diego CA, is pleased to announce the launch of a modern Job board on its site. The new addition to the platform will provide Job seekers and employer’s access to a rich recruitment web feature that makes recruiting new hires or finding the perfect job easier than ever.

“We are excited to launch a job board on our site. This was a much-awaited feature that will give the logistics community an easy way to recruit the right candidates for the job,” says the team leader for this initiative at Locada LLC. “We strongly believe that job board will play a significant role in helping with our mission to defragment the logistics community and allow us to bring even more value to the www.locada.com platform”

As the world recovers from the recent pandemic, the logistics industry is already seeing a tremendous increase in demand for new hires. This will result in a surge in traffic on web-based platforms that connect businesses with the right talent. Locada’s job board is well-positioned to play a significant role in meeting this growing demand.

Locada’s job board is powered by advanced technology that will benefit both job seekers and recruiters.

For recruiters, it provides an additional avenue and a quick, efficient tool that helps find qualified candidates, without all the fuss. With a host of built-in features, employers will find it a breeze to manage their recruitment process – right from posting a job to hiring the perfect candidate. Locada is currently allowing 5 free job postings per company.

For job seekers, it simplifies the application process. With an easy onboarding process, candidates can quickly create their profiles. All information is stored in one place, eliminating the need to upload resumes. It will help professionals to quickly search and apply for the right opportunity and keep track of all their applications.

Locada invites recruiters and candidates to join them in embracing a better way to share and fill a vacancy in the digital age. With its user-friendly interface and functionality, the platform is expected to evolve into one of the most active job boards in this sector. Additional features of the tool include automatic email alerts to recruiters and candidates based on their preferences, and several performance statistics for the jobs posted on the platform.

“At Locada, our vision is to evolve into a one-stop solution for various stakeholders in the logistics sector. As the sector continues to grow at a rapid pace with more hiring across the board, we saw this as a great opportunity to create an impact by creating a platform that will serve as a universal bridge between employers and professionals.”

Locada is committed to providing the best user experience by continuously investing in upgrading its jobs platform based on emerging trends and user feedback.

About Locada

Founded in 2022, Locada (https://locada.com/) is a modern, cohesive logistics community and marketplace with a mission to defragment the logistics industry and establish a turn-key logistics destination. The Locada platform allows individuals and companies to search for providers, pricing, and logistics-related services. Locada users gain recognition through Locada community awards, generate reviews, improve their web presence, view ratings for logistics providers, and follow logistics-related accolades as they are presented to organizations and individuals. Locada also offers the opportunity to connect via a Q&A knowledge hub, request and submit RFPs, and find solutions to any logistics issue – all in one centralized platform.

For more information about Locada and other inquiries, send an email or reach out via the website at https://locada.com/.

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APL Logistics Statement Regarding Log4j Vulnerability



At APL Logistics, trust is our #1 value and we take the protection of our customers’ data very seriously. We are aware of the recently disclosed Apache Log4j2 vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228).


APL Logistics is diligently working on patching our systems that use the vulnerable component Log4j2. If APL Logistics becomes aware of unauthorized access to customer data, we will notify impacted customers without undue delay.


For more information, please see the resources below:

  • Article from TIME: What Is Log4j? The Security Flaw That’s Freaking Out the Internet
  • The post from Apache: Apache Log4j2 post


We appreciate your trust in us as we continue to make your success our top priority.


About APL Logistics


APL Logistics is the go-to global supply chain specialist for companies in the Automotive, Consumer, Industrials, and Retail sectors. The APL Logistics group of companies has a global network covering all major markets and is backed by a multinational workforce of over 5,500 people. APL Logistics Ltd is a member of the Kintetsu World Express group, a global logistics services provider. For more information, www.apllogistics.com

Time to reduce logistics cost by 5% – Shri Piyush Goyal

The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal today said that the inputs given by Logistics Ease Across Different States Report 2021 can lead the way to bring down logistics cost by 5% over the next 5 years.

He was addressing the gathering after the release of the LEADS Report in New Delhi today.

Shri Piyush Goyal said that India is committed to build modern infrastructure for the 21st century, at a pace never seen before.

Referring to the recently launched PM GatiShakti Master Plan ,he said that it would revolutionise the next generation of multimodal infrastructure development in the country.

Lauding Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s consistent focus on infrastructure, the Minister said that the initiatives taken by him in Gujarat for 13 years had laid the foundation for Gujarat to consistently stay at the top of the chart in LEADS report

He said that the speed of highway construction has increased three fold from ~12 km/day in 2013-14 to 37 km/day in 2020-21 and that there was a four fold increase in Railways Capex from Rs. 54,000 Crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 2.15 Lakh Crore in 2021-22.

He observed that in the 5 years before 2014, only 60 panchayats could be connected with optical fibre and that in last 7 years, more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats connected with optical fibre.

Shri Goyal emphasized that efficient logistics was pivotal to bring ease and empowerment to businesses as well as citizens. He observed that logistics contributed immensely in our fight against COVID-19 by taking essential supplies including liquid Medical Oxygen throughout the country during the 2nd wave

Observing that logistics is an enabler of multiple visions- From Make in India for the World to Last Mile Delivery, the Minister said that to achieve ambitious targets we cannot afford to walk but we need expressways of Land, Air & Water.

He named Infrastructure, Quality Services & Conducive Regulatory Framework as the three pillars of Resilient logistics. He added that with Competitive & Cooperative federalism, LEADS is creating an Ecosystem for Excellence by bringing in a healthy competitive spirit where everyone is persuaded to improve.

“Rather than just absolute improvement in one State, improvement of logistics across all States, will be a force multiplier for the entire logistics ecosystem”, he said.

He lauded Gujarat, Haryana & Punjab for having acquired the top 3 positions respectively.

He applauded the actions taken by Gujarat Govt against LEADS 2019 recommendations such as the widening of roads, implementation of faceless services in license renewals, expansion of warehousing etc.

He also congratulated the State of Uttar Pradesh for leapfrogging 7 ranks since 2019, highest among all states, driven by policy initiatives, higher infra

spending in logistics.

Shri Goyal said that since its inception in 2018, each year LEADS report has

followed a progressive methodology to provide a granular insight on the logistics performance at State/UTs level. “LEADS 2021 has gone 2-step ahead in analysis of domestic and EXIM logistics ecosystem of the state” he added.

The Minister said that states have Indispensable role in improving the logistics ecosystem of India. He outlined a number of suggestions for States including framing of State Logistics policy & Logistics Master Plan, use single-window clearance system for logistics establishment of grievance redressal mechanism and enabling if skilling in logistics through State skilling infrastructure

He opined that LEADS report would be a handy & practical guide to identify strengths, opportunities & improve the logistics performance of States.

The report ranks the states on the basis of their logistics ecosystem, highlights the key logistics related challenges faced by the stakeholders and includes suggestive recommendations.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) had launched a study, “Logistics Ease Across Different States (LEADS)” in 2018 with the main objective of ranking States and UTs on the efficiency of their logistics ecosystem.

The first version of the report, LEADS 2018, focused on export-import trade and assessed the efficiency of the logistics ecosystem in each State and UT.

The second edition of the study – LEADS 2019, covered both international and domestic trade.

The LEADS 2021 exercise has gone one-step ahead in analysing domestic and EXIM logistics ecosystem of the state. Specifically, two improvements have been done in the overall assessment framework. Firstly, objective parameters have been used along with the perception-based indicators for index formulation.

The objective parameters in the LEADS 2021 Index have been introduced by way of an objective survey instrument administered to the States/UTs and by the inclusion of secondary datasets on logistics across the State/UT level. Secondly, the statistical methodologies to build the index has been updated to get more robust results, given change in the overall framework.

Alternatively, a total of 21 perception and objective variables have been statistically analysed to prepare a composite index basis upon which the states have been ranked.

The perception survey was administered to the four different categories of logistics stakeholders, viz. traders/ shippers, transport service providers, terminal operators, and logistics service providers.

The States’ objective survey collected binary responses in the context of the areas related to policy, institutional framework, current enforcement mechanism, warehousing approvals and processes, smart enforcement, city logistics, drivers’ empowerment, etc. to understand the initiatives taken by the different state governments towards improving the logistics environment in their respective States.

The secondary dataset was compiled with the assistance of the central government ministries, department and associated agencies.

The LEADS survey 2021 was conducted over the period from May to August 2021 in a challenging environment when the COVID crisis was being fought across multiple fronts.

The whole exercise garnered 3771 responses from 1,405 respondents across the country. For representation purposes, states have been ranked in three separate classes including ‘North Eastern States & Himalayan UTs’ and ‘Other UTs’ group.

Gujarat, Haryana and Punjab have emerged as the top performers in the LEADS 2021 index respectively.

Proactive policies, well-developed infrastructure and services driven by a responsive Government have helped Gujarat to maintain its rank. Haryana has secured the second position, followed by Punjab.

Within the North Eastern States and Himalayan Region, Jammu and Kashmir is the top ranker followed by Sikkim and Meghalaya. Delhi stands at the top rank among Other UTs. Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand have witnessed a remarkable improvement in their ranks compared to 2019 LEADS ranking and have emerged as the top improvers.

The report consists of specific section on States and UTs giving detailed analysis of their performance in the LEADS, including issues and challenges being faced by stakeholders as well as suggestions to mitigate the issues.

States/UTs are encouraged to examine and evaluate the findings of the report and to formulate a suitable strategy and a prioritized action plan for improving logistics performance.

LEADS is a continuous exercise, and the MoCI is enthused to provide a pivotal role in initiating, creating, and connecting all the stakeholders to bring in the required improvements in the logistics space collaboratively.

With the efforts in the right direction, it is hoped that the vision of logistics cost will be reduced by 5% in the next five years. This will ensure that the Logistics sector serves as an engine of growth and a key driver for transforming India into a five trillion-dollar economy.

Department of Commerce through LEADS will continuously engage with all States and UTs to support, facilitate and promote improvements in the overall logistics ecosystem. Synergies flowing from such a coordinated approach will reduce logistics costs and which, in turn, will act as significant stimulants to PM Gati Shakti National Master plan.

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XPO Logistics Announces Karlis Kirsis as Chief Legal Officer for GXO Logistics Spin-Off

, creating two, pure-play industry powerhouses. The separation will create two independent public companies with distinct investment identities and service offerings in vast addressable markets. GXO will be the largest pure-play contract logistics provider in the world, and XPO will be a leading provider of transportation services, primarily less-than-truckload transportation and truck brokerage. Completion of the spin-off is subject to various conditions, and there can be no assurance that the transaction will occur or, if it does occur, of its terms or timing. Visit gxo.com for more information.

About XPO Logistics
XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) provides cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world, with two business segments: transportation and logistics. The company helps more than 50,000 customers manage their supply chains most efficiently, using a network of 1,621 locations in 30 countries and approximately 140,000 team members, including 108,000 employees and 32,000 temporary workers. The company’s corporate headquarters are in Greenwich, Conn., USA. Visit xpo.com 

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