Allcargo Logistics looking for acquisitions in technology & contract logistics space
Allcargo Logistics is looking for acquisitions in the technology and contract logistics space, seeking to grow its business in India where opportunities will likely grow at a faster clip under GST.
“We have started focusing a lot more on India,” chairman Shashi Kiran Shetty told media in an interview. “In the last five years, there was nothing much happening here. Although the economy was growing at 6%-7%, on (the) ground, there weren’t any big changes. There was excess capacity in transportation, manufacturing, hotels,” he said. “It appears now that the cycle is changing. GST will also help companies reorganise their supply chain management.”
The company has kept aside Rs 200 crore for acquisitions. It has made 12 acquisitions till date. Currently, India business accounts for just 20% of Allcargo’s consolidated revenue; its global business — consolidated last year under ECU Worldwide — contributes the rest. The implementation of GST on June 30, among other things, would lead companies to shift to bigger, more efficient warehouses and imbibe higher levels of technology in all aspects of functioning for higher efficiencies.
One way consolidation will happen in this industry is through technology. I think technology will force the middleman out,” Shetty said. “The tech companies will take that role. Once technology comes into play, it starts building the organisation to certain standardisations,” he said. According to him, the focus will be on technology-enablers in the transporation space.