A virtual meeting was held by officials of South Central Railwaywith representatives of Flipkart,a leading e-commerce company today i.e., 30thSeptember, 2020. Shri John Prasad, Principal Chief Commercial Manager, Smt. Padmaja, Chief Passenger Transportation Manager, Shri B.S.Christopher, Chief Commercial Manager (Freight Services)and other senior officials participated in the meeting.
SCR is one of the top Zones involved in significant loading of parcel traffic amongst Indian Railways. The Zone has been making continuous efforts toenhance the parcel loading and expand its freight basket; in this regard a team of SCR officials interacted with Flipkart, a leading e-commerce company. During the webinar with representatives of Flipkart, SCR officials explained the feasibility and advantages of transporting e-commerce consignments through Railways. The SCR officials explained connectivity advantages provided by Railways in terms of having well connect with Metropolitan areas as well as rural areas. Further, the officials also explained how transportation of parcels by Railways is quick, convenient and beneficial.
The parcel services offered by Railwaysinclude Advance booking of parcel space and temporary leasing of parcel vans.Advance booking of parcel space is available in parcel vans attached to passenger carrying trains and time tabled parcel special trains which are being run connecting Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Nizamabad, New Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Guntur, Howrah, Darbhanga, Amritsar etc., The advance booking process for parcel vans is very simple and similar to booking of reservation berths where the customer can schedule the transportation according to their convenience. Parcel space is also expandable by attaching additional parcel vans if there is any demand. Shri Shiv Kumar Chatterjee, representative of Flipkart expressed satisfaction and stated that flipkart is hopeful of having a long-term and fruitful venture with Railways.
Shri Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, SCR complimented the new initiatives for the promotion of e-commerce and expansion of parcel services. He appreciated Flipkart management for coming forward and joining hands with Railways. He assured that Railways will provide economic, faster and reliable transportation services to the customers. He also complimented the Railway officials for the innovative ideas.