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Lessons in Logistics from the Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, at the end of November represented an unspeakable human tragedy. Even more tragic is the fact that though the attacks began at 9:30 p.m., it was not until 7 a.m. the following morning -- more than nine hours later -- that commandoes from India's National Security Guards (NSG) were able to reach the sites. What lessons in logistics does this experience offer? How can India -- and, indeed, any country that faces terrorist threats -- use the principles of logistics to come up with defense systems that can respond faster to attacks against their citizens? India Knowledge@Wharton discussed this question with Morris Cohen, a professor of operations and information management at Wharton and chairman of MCA Solutions, a logistics software firm.

Source: India Knowledge at Wharton

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Can India's Logistics Industry Deliver a Better Model for Transporting Goods?

In October, G.R. Gopinath, who revolutionized air travel in India by starting Air Deccan, the country's first low-cost airline, will take to the skies once more. This time around, though, he'll be transporting cargo, not passengers. With his new express transportation and logistics venture, Deccan 360, Gopinath is looking to redefine the industry.

Source: India Knowledge at Wharton

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Our misplaced obsession with size - Saurabh Mukherjea, Head of Indian equities, Noble Group

If you open any business newspaper or magazine, you are likely to see CEOs talking about how they are pursuing "scale" or how they will be the largest player globally in their sector in 4-5 years time. Alternatively, you might find quotes from strategy consultants or professional investors saying how they look for "scalable business models". Readers of such publications have had the word "scale" hammered into their psyche so many times that we are all more or less convinced that "scale" is the silver bullet that delivers outstanding investment returns.

Source: VC Circle.com

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