Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Balasore witnesses the latest Outperformers League

Balasore, Orissa witnessed the latest Outperformers League, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. – Truck and Bus Division’s hallmark event for the transporting community. The event, which was held at Hotel NOCCI residency in Balasore on the 14th of November, 2015 focused on the MLO (Market Load Operators) segment.

Like any other of the OPLs, the Balasore edition too proved to be an outright success. Attended by over 180 fleet owners, financiers and body builders, the platform was utilized by everyone to learn, meet and interact with their fellows and peers from the trucking industry.

The session opened with a warm yet informative session by Mr. B. S. Swaroop, Area Business Manager, Orissa, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. – (Truck and Bus Division). Mr. Swaroop’s speech focused on explaining the objectives of OPL and its potential to revamp the transport ecosystem as a whole. He was followed by the first guest speaker Mr.Sushil Cherian – Anantara Solutions who enlightened the crowd as he spoke on Trends and Future of Market Load.

Mr. Cherian was followed by Mr. Vijay Batra, Think Inc who motivated the audience with his words and visuals. The energized audiences then witnessed the closing of the event as Mr. Saumyabrata Das, Zonal Head East- Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. – (Truck and Bus Division) concluded the seminar with the vote of thanks.

At the OPL, glamour & performance was to be found everywhere. While the workshop had stars in the form of speakers inside the venue, two beautiful beasts waited for the audience outside. The Truxo 37 cowl / Traco 31 cowl and Torro 25 cowl  were displayed for the customers to have a closer look.

The key stakeholders of the Balasore Transport Co-ordination Committee (BTCC) expressed their happiness for being able to attend this event. Mr.Narendra Bihari Das (Secretary) and Mr.Kamala Kanta Sahu (President) thanked Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. – (Truck and Bus Division) and conveyed their support for all future initiatives.

An easy and effective blend of networking, knowledge and camaraderie, the OPL at Balasore yet again proved that the concept is a progressive and effective one. The pioneering initiative by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. – Truck and Bus Division which started in the year 2011, has in the past 100 + seminars, organized in over 30 cities and touching over 9000 stakeholders, has taken a major leap towards the evolution of the trucking ecosystem

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015


MPOWER was launched in February 2013, with the intention to train the next gen entrepreneurs to face the challenges thrown at them by ever competitive business space. Within this short time, the program has captured the imagination of close to 200 young transport entrepreneurs. This encouraging response egged us to take the learning experience to the next level and hence the MPOWER WAR ROOM was born.
The objective of the MPOWER War Room was to examine how well the past participants of MPOWER have utilised the learnings from the sessions in their business. The participants are given an opportunity to present how lessons from MPOWER helped them ‘OUTPERFORM’ in their family businesses.  The objective of the War Room goes beyond reconnecting and socialising with your course-mate. There is sharing of application of the lessons from the MPOWER sessions and how each one of them contributed to the growth of the transport eco-system.
The participants go through a fair and rigorous process based on their learning, project execution and business benefits. The three stage jury process comprise of eminent executives from the industry, professors from IIM-Ahmedabad and the leadership team from the Mahindra Group. Any previous participant from the MPOWER 1-4 may participant and will need to present the case study on their own.
Here are quick snapshot of what happened at M Power War Room Edition 1. The top 6 finalists- Jehaan Dhalla, Manoj Sahu, Mitesh Shah, Nishi Singl, Vandana Laddha & Vineet Huria shared their success stories, which were filled with inspiration and vision. The application of what they learnt in the ‘MPOWER’ sessions was visible. The incremental innovation and tweaks inspired everyone in the room.

The MPOWER War Room was won by Mr. Vineet Huria, who was followed by the first and second runner-ups Mr. Jehaan Dhalla and Ms. Vandana Laddha, respectively.
The timelines are as follows
Confirmation of Participation             : 18th September, 2015
Submission of entry                            : 25th September, 2015
Submission of detailed presentation  : 25th October, 2015
War Room at IIM-A                            : 28th and 29th November, 2015
Delegates check-in                             : 28th November, 2015 afternoon
Parents check-in                                 : 29th November, 2015
All check out                                       : 30th November, 2015
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PS: The event is invite-only. MTB’s holds reserves rights to admission and participation, before, during and after any stage.

Monday, October 19, 2015

MPOWER Batch VIIIth starts the hunt for the next set of gen-next transport entrepreneurs

The VIIIth batch of the very innovative MPOWER is all set to train the next gen entrepreneurs pegged to change the face of the transport business in India. While they set on a task to take their ‘Papa ka business’ to the next level, the MPOWER program helps train these participants to meet today’s challenges. The VIIIth batch will start on the 21st of November and will run for 7 days.
Opportunities are flourishing in the transport space. Not only is it the lifeline of the modern economy, the recent keenness shown by the government towards road logistics and infrastructure opens up a significant spectrum of opportunities. Opportunities are bound to make the space competitive and only those who evolve and solidify their business models and strategies can survive.  
With the intention to help the new-gen transport entrepreneurs to achieve it, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division along with the knowledge partner IIM Ahmedabad designed MPOWER, a holistic course aimed at professionalising the Indian trucking industry and to train these youngsters to OUTPERFORM in the Indian trucking ecosystem.
Over the last 7 MPOWER batches, we have been on the constant search for young entrepreneurs who have the fire to take their family business to new heights. The program intends to train the participants in the areas of business planning, market segmentation, HR Practices, Service Quality, financial management, supply chain management, legal, IT and other relevant aspects. The 7 day intensive program which includes field visits and external workshops leave almost no time for participants to focus on their existing business. It is expected that the participants come with prepared to disassociate themselves from their routine responsibilities.
With an engaging pedagogy, filled with case study presentations, discussions, management games, workshops and field visits, the sessions will be driven by top management faculty and guest faculties from the industry.
So if you are one those transport entrepreneurs who wants to change the way your business functions, then enroll before the 10th of November, 2015. You will find more details on the program here

PS: The event is invite-only. MTB’s holds reserves rights to admission and participation, before, during and after any stage. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Calling all Transport Game-changers

It’s that time of the year when the ‘Outperformers’ of the trucking fraternity come together to recognise and be recognised. If you were one of those, waiting with bated breath for the categories of the Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards to be announced; well, let us tell you that the time has come.
If you have been an ardent follower of the awards, then you know about the below mentioned award categories which is widely accepted and appreciated by the transport fraternity. Here is the list, for the uninitiated.
This year however, we are taking a leap. After intense discussions with the people of the fraternity, we have decided to introduce certain categories, making the award more relevant to changing times. Here are the newly introduced categories.

·         Tipper Awards – for Mining and Construction segments
·         Additional Safety Award
·         Emerging Fleet Owner Award – for transport organizations that are less than 5 years old

Post our discussions with the transporter community we are revising the Fleet Owners Awards. While the categories remain the same, the criteria for selection changes. Instead of the application industry-based classification we had in the past, we are focusing on the key aspects of their business – Growth/Customer Focus, Fleet Management and Driver Management. This will enable all Fleet Owners to compete on an equal footing
Award Categories
National Runner-up Award
Fleet Owner – Outperformance in Growth Strategies – more than 100 HCVs

Fleet Owner –Outperformance in Growth Strategies – up to 100 HCVs

Fleet Owner –Outperformance in Fleet Management – more than 100 HCVs

Fleet Owner –Outperformance in Fleet Management – up to 100 HCVs

Fleet Owner –Outperformance in Driver Management – more than 100 HCVs

Fleet Owner –Outperformance in Driver Management – up to 100 HCVs

Fleet Owner – Outperformance in Construction Segment – more than 75 HCVs

Fleet Owner – Outperformance in  Construction Segment – up to 75 HCVs

Fleet Owner – Outperformance in Mining Segment – more than 75 HCVs

Fleet Owner – Outperformance in Mining Segment – up to 75 HCVs

-Emerging Fleet Owner of the year

Youth Transport Personality

Lady Transport Personality

Safety – Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC) Transportation


Safety – Hazardous Goods Transportation


Safety – Non-Hazardous Goods Transportation

HCV Driver

Super Outperformer Driver

Commercial Vehicle Financier

Highway Dhaba

 Essay competition for Mahindra Saarthi Abhiyaan scholarship awardees (driver’s daughter)

Lifetime Achievement Award
*** These will be Regional Highway Dhaba Winners
·         The Award categories may be changed / modified / split / merged / increased or cancelled by the Jury based on the number and quality of entries received in each category
·         In the event that no Applicant in a category is found to be worthy of inclusion by the Jury, the Award category may be cancelled by the Jury. The Jury may decide to add nominees in the category to maintain high standards of participation. The decision of the Jury in this regard will be final and non-contestable. The Awards management will not entertain any queries in this regard

For the first time, we are categorizing based on Size – we will have separate awards for fleet size up to 100 HCVs (75 in case of Tippers) and fleet size above 100 HCVs (above 75 for Tippers)
Please note that the winners of the Regional Awards, wherever applicable, will be the contenders for the National Awards. The Jury will be the sole deciding authority for selection of winners for all the Awards.

The jury is formed by some of the stalwarts of the industry and needless to say, their judgement will be fair. The applicants go through a stringent scrutiny process set out by the jury to qualify and eventually win the awards.

So if you believe you are an Outperformer or you know one, key up on the laptop, write the story down and send in the entries. Log on to for more details.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards- The Inception

For the past 4 years, the Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards (MTEA) has always been welcomed by the transport fraternity with open arms. The awards are a proof of our commitment to recognize all important stakeholders of the transport industry. The tremendous response is a testament to it. The partnership with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has marked an added stamp of authenticity onto the awards. The fifth edition will be no different, poised to be bigger and grander.

The MTEA is designed to recognise efforts that push the boundaries in the Transport business. With the philosophy of ‘Outperform’ in the core of the concept, the award captures elements beyond the usual suspects like sales figures.  For e.g.: the ethos of accepting no limits, the award recognises those who think big and look beyond the conventional boundaries and are adaptable and agile. Their work is benchmarked with the global best in class. It’s an effort to appreciate those who take well-reasoned risks to deliver breakthrough products and services.

Another criterion that promotes lateral thought processes, like alternative thinking, a sharp eye is kept out for those who redefine the run of the mill way of everyday work.  A special effort is made to identify those who seek out fresh diverse perspectives & for those who direct intellect towards customer focused innovation.

Business as it reaches prudent level, slowly adds focus to softer elements of running an enterprise. Driving positive change also forms an important part of the evaluation. The award looks out for those who understand the needs of their customers and offer quality products and services to not only delight them but also to improve and transform their lives. It’s a search for those who put their customers at the centre of their business and build strong relationships with them while acting with the highest standards of integrity.

Watch this space for more on the MTEA awards.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Driver's Day Celebrations by MTBD and Car Carrier Association

For hours on end, carefully and tirelessly, in extreme weathers and unpredictable traffic- Drivers maneuver to help the wheel of economy rolling. It’s our duty to recognize and appreciate them.

On the occasion of Driver’s Day, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division partnered with Car Carrier Association to conduct driver training program on 15th September. This noble event was held in 6 locations - Gurgaon, Manesar, Pune, Nashik, Sriperumbdur and Dabaspet. ‘Rise for safe road’ was the apt theme of the event and it just did that. The event inspired, motivated and felicitated the Drivers.

Mahindra Truck and Bus Division’s field team representative began the event with high spirited welcome note which was well received by drivers and representatives. Following this, activities like Yoga lessons, Health Check-up, Eye Check-up, Awareness skit, Driver Felicitation and Safety Kit distribution were conducted. Mahindra Truck and Bus Division’s super trucks like Truxo 25, Traco 35, Traco 40, Truxo 31 were displayed in each of the six locations.

The event had huge list of participants, who were –
·         Drivers from Car Carrier Association and automobile OEMs.
·         Representatives from Mahindra Truck and Bus Division’s area office field, service teams and dealership teams were present.
·         Representatives from key Car Carrier application fleet Owners like Mercurio Pallia, TCI, R SAI, IVC, Janta Roadways, Supreme Auto Carriers, Cargo Wings etc.
·         Representatives from OEMs like Honda, Hyundai, Renault Nissan and Toyata were present.
The event was a success with an amazing response of 1900 participants. This training program played a vital role in bringing the stakeholders closer.

Here are few glimpses of the Driver's Day celebrations:







Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The 700 Cr.investment in Commercial Vehicle Business.

The state-of-the-art Chakan plant has given us another reason to be proud. The plant recently announced the roll out of its 15000th Heavy Commercial Vehicle. With this, we at Mahindra Truck and Bus Division now have over 6000 customers using our trucks. With 30% of our customers opting for repeat purchase, it’s a stamp on the product and service excellence that we offer. Additionally, we are pleased to have over 1.25 lac LCV's on Indian roads. This is a clear vindication of our engineering excellence and brand Mahindra prowess. “At MTBD, customer centricity is at the epicenter of our business and our rapidly expanded after-sales network to reach out to the last mile of our customers bears testimony to this” Nalin Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said.

This occasion gives us another reason to share our aggressive growth plans. With the vision to put the commercial vehicle business on a fast paced growth trajectory, the company is investing Rs. 700 CR to develop new ICVs and LCVs. With a wide spectrum, ranging from 3.5 T to massive 49 T beasts, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division envisions itself to be a full range CV player within the next 2 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajan Wadhera, President & Chief Executive - Truck & Power Train, & Head – Mahindra Research Valley, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “The CV industry has seen an upturn over the last few quarters which is a good sign. At Mahindra we have been steadily growing and are fully committed to our commercial vehicles business and taking aggressive steps to become a complete CV range player. With planned investments and enhancement of our product portfolio, we look forward to ride the growth trajectory”.

We at Mahindra Truck and Bus Division have taken the concept of out-performance to the next level, by creating trucks that are specifically designed with the underlying philosophy of; Made in India, Made for India'. Mahindra Truck and Bus has rapidly expanded its after sales service and spares network which now includes 66 3S dealerships, 90 Authorized Service centers and 2516 roadside assistance points; and spares network of 1322 retail outlets to further improve the reach of support for customers on important trucking routes and is all set to cash- in on the green shoots of the CV industry. The company also has India’s first multi-lingual helpline, NOW, which is manned by technical experts to provide instant support to customers. The NOW mobile service vans and mobile workshops further add to the reach and agility of the support network.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

OPL Bengaluru Edition

The Outperformers League has been constantly evolving its format to meet changing & different needs of the various stakeholders. This time round, the OPL encountered an interesting edition of its seminars on the 20th of February, 2015 at Hotel Lalit Ashok in Bengaluru. The topic of the OPL was sharply focused to improve connect with the School Fraternity. 137 representatives comprising of School Trustees, Regulatory Bodies, Officials, Transport Managers and School Bus Financiers attended this edition.

Mr. Rakesh Maru, Sr. General Manager (Sales) – LCV and Buses, gave an introductory presentation on Mahindra Truck and Bus Division and School bus segment. His passionate talk connected well with the audiences. Mr. P B Vardarajan, Area Business Manager, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. - Truck and Bus Division followed up with a detailed presentation introducing the audience to the concept of an OPL. The mere thought of a corporate engaging audience for benefits beyond business captured the imagination of the audience at large. The presentation spoke about the impact that the seminar had on its participants, both on the professional and personal front.

As the day progressed, a presentation on Importance of School Bus Road Safety was introduced to the audience by the next speaker Expert on Urban Transportation -Mr. Sudhir Badami. He drew the attention of the audience to an issue pertinent to all; of that of school bus fatalities. He concluded by throwing some light on the various features of a safe and comfortable school bus.

Mr. Raja Gopalan– GM, Rajalakshmi Automobiles concluded the seminar with a vote of thanks.

The seminar also saw the launch of the COSMO BS IV school bus. The occasion was apt for new customers to take their journeys to the next level. Keys were hand over to officials from Spring Field School School, Bangalore at the seminar.

The comfortable COSMO 17 seater BS4, COSMO 25 seater BS3, COSMO 32 seater BS4, COSMO 40 seater BS3 were on display for the customers to have a closer look.

The seminar build a connect as the day progressed. While the session around school bus safety focused on the importance and the moral obligation of the stakeholders to provide safe transport to school kids, the preview of the larger picture gave the stakeholders, a belief in the growth story of their respective businesses. This unique initiative for the school fraternity leading in close interaction and knowledge sharing was appreciated by the attendees.

OPL: Chennai Edition

The Outperformers League saw a financial edition of its impeccable seminars on the 6th of February at the Hotel Green Park in Chennai. This edition was attended by over 142 stakeholders from various banks and financial institutions. This version of OPL, which focuses on specific functions, seems to be capturing the imaginations of the participants like its original version. The growing popularity of the OPL can be judged by the increasing participation in these sessions.
Mr. Karthikeyan, Area Business Manager – Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. - Truck and Bus Division flagged off the seminar with an introduction on OPL and its objectives. The presentation spoke about the impact that the seminar had on its participants, both on the professional and personal front. Following him was Mr. Sandeep Barve, Senior Manager – Retail and Channel Finance - Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. – Truck and Bus Division, who familiarized the audience with the various financial investment offerings available with Mahindra. He stressed on facets like fair and transparent dealings, and how they are beneficial for the financiers who intend to partner with Mahindra. The session opened up thoughts and avenues for businesses opportunities.
At the OPLs, we have given equal importance to the growth of the individual as we have stressed on business benefits. The session was followed by an insightful talk by Motivational Speaker, Mr. Vijay Batra. These sessions focussed on individual growth egging them to outperform.  
The high performance TORRO 25, COSMO T15 and Load King were on display for the customers to have a closer look.

The seminar was informative and inspiring. While the session around financial investment focused on the building business efficiencies, the larger picture and effort gave the stakeholders another reason to believe in their business path.