Friday, August 26, 2016

32 Participants, From 19 Cities, 26 Load Segments/Application with combined turnover of over INR 2530 Cr, Employing more than 5666 people, Owning over 3351 trucks, 'MPOWERed at IIM Ahmedabad!



On Saturday, the 13th of August, 2016, the tenth batch of MPOWER - the Management Development Program for the nextgen Youth Transport Entrepreneurs - was launched at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and it concluded on 20th August, 2016. This batch had 32 participants.
As you would recall, the guiding philosophy of the program is empowering the next generation of India’s transporters/ fleet owners to “Take forward their family business with their OWN vision”, as propounded by Mr. Anand Mahindra while launching the program on the side-lines of the Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards ceremony on 9th Jan ’13 and as envisioned by our CEO, Mr. Nalin Mehta, who along with Prof G. Raghuram of IIMA is the founder of this concept.

MPOWER program is growing from strength to strength as our signature initiative to drive positive change in Indian Transport. In terms of numbers, with this batch we have involved 278 nextgen transporters who together own over 57,300 trucks (and utilize at least 50% of this no in addition from market), with a combined turnover of Rs. 23,400 Crores employing over 63,000 people.

For MPOWER X, 32 young transport entrepreneurs, chosen by invitation and belonging to some of the finest transport companies of India, checked-in for the 7 days’ course which is aimed at professionalizing the Indian transport sector in the long run. A course that has been specifically designed keeping the transport sector issues in focus. Seven highly accomplished faculty members of IIMA are running the course that covers subjects like, PROFESSIONALISM, BUSINESS PLANNING, MARKET& SEGMENTS, HR PRACTICES, SERVICE QUALITY, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT& ACCOUNTING, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, LEGAL AND REGULATORY, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY FOCUSSED SESSIONS.

Snapshot of the MPOWER X: 32 Participants; Ave age 32 years; From 17 Cities, 26 Load Segments/ Applications (Dry Bulk, Parcel, FTL, LTL, Liquid Bulk, EXIM Containers, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Electronics, ODC & Project Cargo, Multi-modal, Finished Vehicles Transportation, Tire Transportation, Sugarcane Transportation, Cold Chain Logistic, Warehousing); Cumulative turnover of Rs. 2,530 Crores; owning over 3,351 trucks.

Please find below the photo report of the inaugural and Valedictory session at IIMA:

Shashank Patwa, Sr. Manager – Marketing, who steers the program from MTB side, receiving the delegates on their arrival at IIM, Ahmedabad.

      
Highlights of Inaugural Session – Welcome Address and Introductions (self and Prof Debjit Roy, Program Coordinator, IIM, Ahmedabad)











Delegates introducing themselves



                                




        Highlights of Inaugural Session – Welcome Address and Introductions                                        
The past 9 batches of MPOWER were a huge success not only in terms of an emotional connect with the nextgen of transporters but also in terms of bringing our business and offerings in their focus and also helping start a business relation with many of the people who attended. This successful engagement has motivated us to reinvest in driving a positive change in the transport ecosystem while nurturing our business interest. We are confident that this program too will be a grand success and strengthen our brand even further, along with other initiatives like the Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards. All these initiatives will help us connect with various constituents of the Indian transport ecosystem at both the rational and emotional levels, which can be leveraged to build a strong market presence for Mahindra Trucks and Buses Division.
Final Day – 20th August, 2016
The proceedings began with two groups of 16 participants each presenting their Integrated Case Study. Each Group had only 15 mins. to present their case.






Post all the group presentations, Prof. Debjit and Prof. Raghuram shared their view on each group’s topic and presentations.



The MPOWER batch X – had witnessed Ex-MPOWER  participants sharing their experience –, 14th August, 2016, and on 20th August, 2016 they could relate to it and found there learning very relevant to their business and motivational also. 

     

Dr. Venkat Srinivas, Principal Chief Engineer and Head – Product Development, was the Chief Guest for this Valedictory ceremony.

Notably, on Sat, the 20th August, 2016 – The Final Day of MPOWER X – Program, the valedictory Session was graced by Mr. Abhay Damle – Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). MPOWER X participants presented to him, “The Challenges of Transport Industry”. Participants shared their views and concern related to transport industry with Mr. Abhay Damle.
Mr. Abhay Damle address the MPOWER X batch with his views and ideas that will be implemented in the near future for this industry. He shared The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with MPOWER X participants. Abhay Damle with IIM Prof’s and Mahindra leadership team gave away the MPOWER certificate to all the participants on successfully completion of MPOWER X. He then joined the IIM Prof’s and Mahindra leadership team gave away the MPOWER certificate to all the participants on successfully completion of MPOWER X.

Similar to all batches, all the participants were asked to share their feedback on how we can improve MPOWER course. All the feedback and comments were well noted by IIM professors and Mahindra  






Our Chief Guest, Dr. Venkat Srinivas and I shared perspective on the program- why Mahindra instituted this engagement and the way forward 





   
The much awaited Valedictory Started giving MPOWER certificates to all the 32 participants.
 
 

                                                                                    
With 278 MPOWERians already having gone through this customized program from IIMA, we can confidently say that MTBD has made significant progress in driving positive change in transport ecosystem. As a collateral advantage, our brand is in strong focus with these important customers and key opinion leaders of trucking business. Would urge the Field team to take maximum advantage of this important, pioneering and unique engagement tool of MTBD to make it work for business and MTB’s market position.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MPOWER X: 32 Participants, From 19 Cities, 26 Load Segments/ Applications


On Saturday, the 13th of August, 2016, the tenth batch of MPOWER - the Management Development Program for the nextgen Youth Transport Entrepreneurs - was launched at the Indian Institute of Management,Ahmedabad (IIMA). This batch has 32 participants. Similar to last few editions this edition is also of seven days, based on feedback from delegates to make it more compact and with the objective of making it more frugal.

As you would recall, the guiding philosophy of the program is empowering the next generation of India’s transporters/ fleet owners to “Take forward their family business with their OWN vision”, as propounded by Mr. Anand Mahindra while launching the program on the sidelines of the MahindraTransport Excellence Awards ceremony on 9th Jan ’13. Speaking on the same occasion to media, Mr. Nalin Mehta had also stressed that MTBL wants to “walk the talk” that we initiated when we urged the nextgen transporters to join their ‘Papa ka Business’ in our TV-led mass media campaign more than a year ago. MPOWER program is growing from strength to strength as our signature initiative to drive positive change in Indian Transport. In terms of numbers, with this batch we have involved 278 nextgen transporters who together own over 57,300 trucks (and utilize at least 50% of this no in addition from market), with a combined turnover of Rs. 23,350 Crores employing over 62,900 people.

For MPOWER X, 32 young transport entrepreneurs, chosen by invitation and belonging to some of the finest transport companies of India, checked-in for the 7 days course which is aimed at professionalizing the Indian transport sector in the long run. A course that has been specifically designed keeping the transport sector issues in focus. Seven highly accomplished faculty members of IIMA are running the course that covers subjects like, PROFESSIONALISM, BUSINESS PLANNING, MARKET& SEGMENTS, HR PRACTICES, SERVICE QUALITY, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT& ACCOUNTING, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, LEGAL AND REGULATORY, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, INDUSTRY FOCUSED SESSIONS.

Snapshot of the MPOWER X: 32 Participants; Ave age 32 years; From 17 Cities, 26 Load Segments/ Applications (Dry Bulk, Parcel, FTL, LTL, Liquid Bulk, EXIM Containers, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Electronics, ODC & Project Cargo, Multi-modal, Finished Vehicles Transportation, Tire Transportation, Sugarcane Transportation, Cold Chain Logistic, Warehousing); Cumulative turnover of Rs. 2,530 Crores; owning over 3,351 trucks.

Photos of the inaugural session IIMA faculty (Prof Debjit Roy, Prof. G Raghuram) and MTBD Marketing.

Youth Transport Delegates being welcomed while checking into the IMDC Campus at IIMA



 


  



 











Highlights of Inaugural Session – Welcome Address and Introductions
The past 9 batches of MPOWER were a huge success not only in terms of an emotional connect with the nextgen of transporters but also in terms of bringing our business and offerings in their focus and also helping start a business relation with many of the people who attended. This successful engagement has motivated us to reinvest in driving a positive change in the transport ecosystem while nurturing our business interest. We are confident that this program too will be a grand success and strengthen our brand even further, along with other initiatives like the Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards. All these initiatives will help us connect with various constituents of the Indian transport ecosystem at both the rational and emotional levels, which can be leveraged to build a strong market presence for Mahindra Trucks and Buses Division.

Thursday, July 21, 2016



Mahindra Launches New FuelSmart HCV Truck Series, BLAZO in Jaipur, Rajasthan


Mahindra Truck and Bus Division (MTBD), part of Mahindra Group, has recently announced the launch of a new HCV truck series called Blazo in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Even though the existing range of HCV trucks, such as the multi-axle TRUXO, TORRO Tippers and TRACO tractor trailers, will continue to be available in its entirety, the Blazo series is all set to transform the truck industry with its range of special features!



Special Features and Guarantees

The new Blazo series come with diversified range of trucks that includes Haulage, Tractor Trailer and Tipper. They also come with new the following innovative features: 
  •   An mPOWER FUELSMART engine
  •   Smart multi-mode switches 


Along with these , there are two guarantees that are included:

  •    A ‘truck-back’ superior mileage guarantee
  •    And 48-hours ‘back on road’ service guarantee

To complement the sincere confidence that the Blazo exudes, we also chose the well-renowned actor Ajay Devgn to be the face of Blazo campaigns, as he is known for his sincerity and confidence.




Words from the Chief Executive Officer

On the occasion of the Jaipur media meet and launch, Mr. Nalin Mehta, CEO of Mahindra Truck and Bus Division said, Our Truck and Bus business has been growing steadily and is taking full advantage of the buoyancy in the HCV segment. We are confident that new Blazo HCV range will further enhance our position in the market by significantly improving the customer value proposition.”

Mr. Mehta further added, “Besides bringing in the new technology, we have even refreshed the looks of the new series and have introduced the new turquoise blue colour variant. Further, given the sincere confidence that the brand exudes, we have chosen Ajay Devgn as the face of our new campaign featuring the Product and Service Guarantees.”








Overall, with the release of the new HCV truck series reflects our efforts towards engineering excellence and desire to provide better value proposition to customers. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mahindra NOW, a 24x7 unique service helpline

Mahindra and Mahindra is associated with technology and engineering brilliance. Creating high-end trucks with many user-friendly features is a norm. The Mahindra Blazo being the newest one. Such engineering marvels make the entire journey of the transporter as well as the trucker, comfortable and economical.

The Mahindra Truck and Bus Philosophy  
Mahindra Truck and Bus is a name to reckon for when it comes to expert technology. Customer service is also something that is valued and where it excels. Customer service at Mahindra isn’t just a department but what every Mahindra employee believes in and also strives to achieve it.
The Mahindra NOW reflects this and it not only believes in making high-agility, sturdy, fuel-efficient vehicles but also ensures the best service possible for its customers.

The Mahindra Now
A team of trained technicians handle the Mahindra Now. The truck drivers need to just call MTBD NOW at 1800-200-3600, choose the language that they are comfortable with and place their request. This enables them to conveniently communicate with the technician and explain the reason of the call. Every fault has been labelled with a code. The labeling system enables the technicians at the centres to precisely understand the cause of the breakdown. This facilitates them to give immediate solution. The technician then goes through the troubleshooting and fixes the issue so as to make the driving experience, a smooth one. In an interview Dr Venkat Srinivas, Vice President and Head - Engineering & Product Development, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division says, “Mahindra has successfully been able to eliminate the anxiety associated with any critical fault, the truck driver has to face. Basis this there is stratification of these faults: faults that are critical to fix and the ones that are ‘nice to know information’, bugs, errors that pass on learning to the team. The critical ones are immediately looked into. The Mahindra NOW centres with well trained technicians and engineers help the truck driver out. All these faults have been labelled and each label passes on till the time request is closed. Each label is reviewed and analysed for better troubleshooting. All this is more than just a ‘check engine’ light.” 



The truck drivers can avail reliable service at their fingertips 24*7 using MTBD NOW. With its new stance, the MahindraTruck and Bus offers truck back on the road within 48 hours. This means that the vehicle downtime is reduced drastically and high performance is always guaranteed. If the return of truck fails within the stipulated time-frame then the division is ready to pay INR 1000 each day.


Check out the following video to know more about Mahindra Now: 




Friday, May 20, 2016

The CRDe Engine that drives the new Mahindra BLAZO



The heavy commercial vehicle industry today has seen a gradual growth tangent upwards in terms of technology and services, most of them catering to the need-of-the-hour crisis. While the heavy commercial vehicle industry is battling with the daily nuances of the heavy duty truck industry, mostly concentrating either on fuel efficiency or engine performance, Mahindra Truck and Bus has come up with a path-breaking innovation accommodating both these factors in their all new heavy vehicle, the Mahindra BLAZO!

MTBD clearly stands out as a clear winner among the rest after having contained the CRDe technology and FuelSmart technology in their truck. 


Technology that drives performance:

Technology gives voice to the mute! Mahindra has always believed in Rise, a mantra that justifies its being. Hence making high end technology available to common people, is an inherent passion, marking a beginning of better life and livelihood for all! 

 

The new Mahindra BLAZO introduce an electronically controlled diesel fuel injection engine called the CRDe. In the CRDe, engine, ECU (Electronic Control Unit) controls the fuel usage. Engine ECU like our brain is completely informed, thanks to its sensors like the speed sensor, rail pressure sensor, coolant temperature sensor, oil pressure sensor, accelerator pedal sensor, which are connected to the engine.

The high pressure pump pressurizes the diesel that gets accumulated in the common rail. Fuel injectors enable the fuel to be sprayed on the cylinders and the time taken by the injector to open the valve determines the amount of fuel to be used by the engine. 

The FuelSmart Technology

Vehicles are driven in different types of terrains with different amount of load at all times. Based on this need Mahindra has incorporated a feature by which a driver can increase/decrease the engine power so as to get maximum fuel efficiency.

There are three switches on the dashboard with three different modes – Light, Heavy and Turbo.  The Light mode can be used when BLAZO is being driven on flat terrain with no load in the vehicle. This utilizes less power and hence lesser torque. Heavy mode can be used when there is more than average load in the vehicle. Instead of using the lower gear for driving, the driver can just turn on the Heavy mode which would give better pick up. This would achieve more trips and more profit. If the vehicle has maximum load and is being driven in the hilly region or on a bumpy road the Turbo mode can be used. If the vehicle is driven in the Turbo mode for more than 30 minutes, a beep sound would be heard three times indicating that a switch to a different mode needs to be made based on changing road conditions.







BLAZO 25 (25 ton trucks), BLAZO 31 (31 ton trucks) and BLAZO 40 (40 ton trucks) have all the three modes, whereas BLAZO 35 (35 ton trucks), BLAZO 37 (37 ton trucks) and BLAZO 49 (49 ton trucks) have two modes (light and heavy).


Conclusion


Apart from the CRDe engine and FuelSmart technology, the Mahindra BLAZO also has an RPM display, fuel gauge and temperature gauge; the LCD screen displays hat also show trips per km, per km fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage. The LCD dashboard also alerts about service reminders for the vehicle. Thus, multiple factors work in congruence to make BLAZO one of the best heavy vehicles anybody would want.

BLAZO gives the best experience to its customers considering the road, load and driving conditions, because as June Martin rightly asserts, everything starts with the customer. 


Monday, April 11, 2016

The Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards, 2015 was a special event not only special for truck driver’s daughters  but for the entire trucking ecosystem.

New initiatives and award categories like Essay writing competition for Sarathi Abhiyaan Beneficiaries, Safety in ODC, Hazardous and Non-Hazardous goods, Fleet management in construction and mining were seen. With more entries coming in this time as presented by the Mr Nalin Mehta’s report card; the growth, aspirations and dreams of all those who have till date not been recognized, were felicitated by the MTEA  
 

Growth, it is said is never merely by chance, it is a result of all the forces working together. An award that recognized the upcoming entrepreneurs who carved a niche and left a mark, while helping to expand the industry was the National Winner of the Emerging Fleet Owner Award. This award went to RKC Transports & Co.


On the behest of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the safety award was introduced. This award recognizes transport service providers who strive to create a safe environment for life and goods by undertaking sustainable initiatives. Capital roadlines (Gujarat), V-Trans (India) Ltd. and Premier Transport Ltd won the award in this category.

Finance, is backbone of any industry. When it comes to commercial vehicles, many run from pillar to post to get timely financial help.
The next award applauds financial institutions that provide exemplary financial solutions for commercial vehicle businesses. Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co. Ltd along with ICICI Bank LTD bagged the award.

 When truck drivers are on the move, the only thing that keeps them well connected is food and music. Recognizing this quintessential quality the highway Dhaba award was initiated.  The national winner in this category was Flora Hotel.

As they say, there is nothing more worthwhile slash rewarding in this world than to let people know they are ‘worth it’! But to grow and embrace pinnacles is not merely a day’s job; it takes incessant drive and passion to achieve something. The MPower War Room sessions were filled with insights about business approaches and case studies. These resulted in vibrant discussions about the industry by the candidates.

And some epic level passion clubbed with real life experiences got created into books!

The experiences and learning got a form and the book, “Trucking Business – Cases and Concepts” was launched by Mr. Nalin Mehta, Prof Raghuram, Prof Rekha Jain, Prof Debjit Roy from IIM Ahmedabad and Mr. Kaushik Bellani, Managing Director of McGrawHill, along with Mr. Wadhera.
The book contains experiences and perspectives of the candidates of the MPOWER sessions and of course, a good book creates good leaders; good leaders create more of them.
​ ​

Such good leaders who have lead innovations and business deserve to be recognised!

The Lifetime Achievement Award salutes the Lifelong Endeavors of a pioneer and an innovator, a visionary and a leader to the entire transport industry. The awardee chosen by the Mahindra Transport Excellence Award grand jury has not only contributed immensely to the industry but has also inspired everyone in the business. He is also a Padma Awardee and he is Shri R Thyagarajan of Shriram Group.  “Honourary and life time achievement awards are very encouraging. I know it might sound strange that a person receiving lifetime achievement says he needs encouragement, but that’s true! I

appreciate the effort Mahindra team puts in onto this award and it not just emblematic, they also mean it.” Mr. Thyagarajan stated humbly!

And Ramcharan Yadav won the brand new Blazo- 25 FuelSmart truck for being the “Super Outperformer Driver of the year”. He had saved many lives by delivering Oxygen cylinders to a hospital on time. He successfully passed each step of stringent Driver Jury process comprising of Physhomotor & Psychometric tests, Traffic Rules and Medical tests. He has shown that by true and outperforming efforts anyone can be a Malak from Chalak.

“When her spirit is invoked, she resolves to break barriers.
When she is inspired, she surpasses her own limitations,
She is her own inspiration, her own idol.
She is a woman.”

MTBD salutes this power and so the Mahindra Transport Excellence Award jury screened many deserving candidates and found out that the Youth Transport Personality of the Year Award and Lady Transport Personality of the Year will go to Ms. Poornima Vijay Patil of Neha Transport. Her exemplary determination and nerves of steel crowned her with this glory.     


The evening was thus a striking personification of the values Mahindra Truck and Bus Division stands for, and this year’s winners have set high standards for the years to follow.
MTBD awards will continue to make this statement come to reality: “For those who dare to dream, there is a whole world to win!”