Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Gati enters retail segment

The Economic Times reports that logistics and courier company Gati has opened its first store in Hyderabad. CafĂ© Deliver will offer a range of services from Zip, courier, cargo and express. According to Manoj Agarwal, marketing head for Gati, "We booked orders worth Rs 60,000 the first day itself." The company’s second store will be opening in Pune on January 10, 2007, followed by a store in Indore.

Other players in the sector are AFL, DHL, and UPS who are also moving forward into their value chain to add services. AFL has opened Touchworld stores where it offers services such as courier and tickets etc. DHL has its Express Centers which are focusing on pick up and drop off points for express parcels and UPS launched The UPS Store last year in Mumbai and has since opened more stores in the city as well as Delhi.

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