Gol Ghar to Godowns and now Warehouses in Patna


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As Bihar evolves as an economy, sophisticated logistics and warehousing systems would be a key trigger for the the entire gamut of trade activities. As our state lacks industries and manufacturing sector it’s the trading activities where the demand for warehousing will come from in Bihar. And warehouses in Patna are evolving at a rapid pace with the average size of warehouses in Patna increasing from around 10,000 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft. in a few years. And demand for warehouses of around 100000 sq ft is not uncommon in Patna real estate.

 

In Bihar warehouses dealing with agricultural and horticulture products account for a larger part of the total warehousing industry in Bihar, cold storages too have a fair share. In Bihar, especially Patna it’s the warehouses catering to the industrial and retail players that will be in demand in coming years. A break from traditional Godowns is on cards especially after implementation of GST.

 

Adoption of Warehouse Management System (WMS) and other IT-driven solutions are becoming effective in increasing the competitiveness of the warehousing industry. WMS helps warehouse operators to track inventory, orders and provides data about the products stored and can also be transmitted back to the manufacturers. It is bound to increase the efficiency and reduce the turnaround time of warehousing in Patna.

 

As real-estate and construction costs in Patna are rising, it has become important for warehouse operators in Patna to maximise utilisation of each available square feet of space and also to build more economical structures. That’s the reason why alternative construction systems like pre-engineered steel buildings are becoming more and more popular in warehousing in Patna.


The size of individual warehouses in Patna is also growing and they are now becoming cargo hubs to store goods for multiple clients. As in Patna warehouses are mainly for trading activities, multi –client warehouses are more common. The other benefit of multi-client warehouses is that all goods inside a warehouse are managed by one contract manager. It allows various users of a warehouse to leverage their resources, as a lean period for one user could be the peak period for another and therefore these warehouses are in demand with large corporate houses and small e-tailers.

 

The location of a warehouse is also therefore becoming increasingly important to facilitate free cargo movement and also to ensure time-bound operations. A locality can become a hub for warehouses largely because of its location advantage. The connectivity and low real-estate cost of an area determines its advantages for warehousing.

 

Further, the e-commerce sector has been a big boon to the logistics industry. The real action in coming days is going to be places like Patna where the demand is picking up. The challenge is in delivering. Logistics companies will have to set the ball rolling from now by creating more fulfillment centres in strategic locations in Patna.

 

With better infrastructure through efficient use of technology and manpower, the warehousing industry in Patna is bound to play a larger role in the growth of the Bihar’s economy.