Warehouses form a crucial link - between manufacturers and us, the buyers from the local retailer. The turnaround time, or the time taken to deliver since ordered by either the consumer or the retailer is important for any company be it ITCs, the Unilevers, or the consumer durable companies such as Samsung and Whirlpool. They all manufacture their wares, ship out, and during various stages of transportation, store the products in strategic locations so it can be delivered in quick time, whenever they see demand. In the case of e-commerce (flipkart, amazon), the warehouses also ensure that the parcel the customer receives has the correct product ordered, that it hasn't been tampered, and safe.
Warehouses have always existed in Patna. GOL GHAR, the famous monument of Patna was built as warehouse in Patna in British period. Therefore what's new is the way; Patna stores its ware especially after GST. It is changing; from Godowns to warehouses.
Third party logistics players are making a mark in warehousing in Patna. They are planning to buy huge parcels of land to develop logistics parks in Patna. It is a Patna real estate play, after all. Cold storage, agri-storage, and container storage too are the part of pie.
Patna’s warehouses, particularly, in the unorganized sector, were not really warehouses in Patna - they were godowns in Patna; in terrible shape. In monsoons, the roof leaked. When temperatures rose in the summers, it could damage electronic items. The floor quality, the heart of the warehouse because the throughput depends on it, was in poor shape as well.
Concrete or low quality steel godowns in Patna are now being replaced by steel structures, which are pre-engineered in factories and then assembled at the location. Modern warehouses in Patna are water proof, have good ventilation, and insulation to reduce the temperature inside that make it comfortable for those working. Every inch is covered by CCTV camera to avoid theft. Outside, planned wide roads ensure trucks come in and leave without a traffic jam.
Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies, consumer durable and other manufacturing firms are consolidating smaller warehouses across multiple states, set up to be tax efficient, into a few strategic but large ones considering India is now a single tax country. Patna with its strategic geo-location will be a gainer.
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