Cisco Systems Inc has commenced regional distribution activities from Arshiya International’s Mumbai Free Trade Warehousing Zone (FTWZ) at Panvel catering to its markets in the Indian subcontinent. Critical network equipment manufactured at Cisco’s facilities will be imported through this FTWZ for consumption in the domestic market and also for re-export from the subcontinent. Arshiya’s FTWZ helps CISCO in optimising its global distribution as previously these components were warehoused and imported for final distribution to Indian as well as sub continent markets.
Ajay S Mittal, group chairman and managing director at Arshiya International Ltd, said, “CISCO is one of our prestigious customers who can now leverage the FTWZ in Mumbai to optimise their supply chain efficiencies to enhance their business in India and the region. We will continue our focus in providing them world class unified supply chain infrastructure services and consider this deal a win not just for Arshiya, but for India at large.”
CISCO on Arshiya
Commenting on the start of operations at Arshiya’s Mumbai FTWZ in Panvel, Dillard Myers, CISCO’s vice president and head for Global Service Supply Chain said, “Arshiya’s FTWZ with its strategic location and state-of-the-art infrastructure will play a critical role in enabling us to distribute our products to the entire Indian subcontinent and fulfil our critical service levels within the stipulated timelines, in addition to bringing much required supply chain efficiency in our regional distribution activities. Arshiya’s FTWZ would provide our Indian and regional businesses a competitive advantage. Furthermore, apart from the processes at Arshiya, it is the attitude and like-mindedness of people at Arshiya that sets it apart.”
Arshiya’s FTWZ will enable CISCO to clear their time-sensitive and critical networking equipment with short turnaround times, crucial for minimising network downtime experienced by CISCO’s customers, besides allowing them to reduce extra links in the supply chain and improve the distribution efficiency. This is the first time that CISCO has established a regional distribution centre beyond Singapore in the APAC region. It will also allow CISCO to fulfil its global practice of next business day delivery and assist in the upkeep of critical network equipment across the country and the region.
Priyanka Roy Chowdhury