VRL Group

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VRL Logistics Limited
Transportation and Logistics[1]
Traded asBSE539118
NSEVRLLOG
Founded1976; 42 years ago (1976) in Gadag, Karnataka, India[2]
FounderVijay Sankeshwar[3]
Headquarters
Hubballi, Karnataka, India[4]
Area served
India[5]
Key people
Vijay Sankeshwar,
Chairman & Managing Director
OwnerVijay Sankeshwar[6]
WebsiteVRL Group

VRL Logistics Limited (formerly Vijayanand Roadlines Ltd.)[7], commonly known as the VRL Group, is an Indian conglomerate headquartered in Hubballi, Karnataka, India with operations in around 23 states and 4 union territories in the country. Business operations of VRL Group include road transportation, logistics, publishing etc.

VRL Group is one of the large logistics and transport companies in India (incl.4360 vehicles,[8] comprising 419 tourist buses and 3941 transport goods vehicles). Limca Book of Records, mentioned it as the single largest fleet owner of commercial vehicles in the country's private sector.[9][10]

VRL's Vijayavani[11] is credited with having the largest newspaper circulation in Karnataka.

History[edit]

VRL Group was founded by Vijay Sankeshwar in 1976 at Gadag, Karnataka, India. His family had a publication house, which later became a part of VRL Group.

Headquarters and offices[edit]

VRL is headquartered in Hubballi, Karnataka and has 931 branches, 40 hubs and transport yards across the country. The headquarters has effluent treatment plant (capacity:175 thousand liters), rainwater harvesting plant, petrol bunk (allotted by Indian Oil Corporation), and a garage service complex, where VRL’s trucks passes through in the fleet, once in every two weeks.[12]

Services[edit]

Cargo and Courier[edit]

A subsidiary of VRL Group, VRL General Cargo started its business service as transportation between Hubballi and Gadag, and later has spread across Bengaluru and Belagavi. It has extended into courier services and express cargo, which are now operative in 23 states, handling over 216 million cargos/year[14], being one of the large networks in the country. Its courier services are operative for parcels ranging from small to large size.[15][16][17]

Karavanda jam, a food diet, marketed by VRL Group via its courier services.[18]

Travel[edit]

VRL's public tour business is operated by its division Vijayanand Travels. With having more than 80 branches, and operated by 1000+ agents, its the largest in tour business services in Karnataka and Maharashtra. It owns 550 buses (incl. 51 Volvo buses of 9400 XL and 9400PX multi-axle models),[19] covering six states, moving across 350 routes in the country.

Aviation logistics[edit]

VRL Logistics Ltd. in 2008, started working in Indian Air Chartering Industry, operating under the Indian Air Operator permit (for passenger charter). In the first phase of its business, it owned a Beechcraft Premier I, an aircraft, manufactured by Hawker Beechcraft Inc, USA, while in 2013 it purchased another. It offers Jet aircraft charters to sectors like corporate, leisure and tourism, special missions, event management, advertisement agencies and for flights (VIP category).

Media[edit]

VRL Group's flagship entity, Vijayavani was started on 01 April 2011, which is now the largest circulated newspaper[20] in Karnataka. VRL Group's subsidiary company VRL Media Ltd., prints Vijayavani and is published in 9 cities of the state.[21] Vijayavani’s lead editor of its editorial division is Hariprakash Konemane. Karnataka’s second largest circulated newspaper[22] Vijaya Karnataka, was started by Vijay Sankeshwar (of VRL Group) in October 2000, and was sold to the Times group on June 16 2006.[23]

In April 2017, VRL Media Ltd. started Digvijaya News 24x7, a Kannada television news channel.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "VRL Logistics Limited: Private Company Information". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Hubli's Transport Tsar: Rise Vijay Sankeshwar's VRL Logistics into a nearly Rs 1,000 crore company". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2018.
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  11. ^ "ವಿಜಯವಾಣಿ · ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಧ್ವನಿ". ವಿಜಯವಾಣಿ. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  12. ^ "VRL GROUP HUBLI". HubliDharwad2020.Blogspot.in. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  13. ^ "V.R.L. Couriers Pvt. Ltd. Chamrajpet, Bangalore". sulekha.com. Archived from the original on 9 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Project on Logistics management in VRL Logistics". ISSUU.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Courier Tracking in India". ecourierz.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018.
  16. ^ "VRL Courier Services online booking on eCourierz.com". couriertrack.in. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Courier Service Business". vrlgroup.in. Archived from the original on 21 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Vijavavani epaper". epapervijayavani.in. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018.
  19. ^ IANS (15 January 2016). "VRL Logistics buys 51 Volvo buses". Archived from the original on 18 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via Business Standard.
  20. ^ exchange4media.com (16 October 2014). "ABC verdict- Vijayavani is the leading Kannada daily". Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  21. ^ a b "VRL Media Ltd - Vijayavani Advertisement (ವಿಜಯವಾಣಿ)". www.Vijayavaniadvt.com. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  22. ^ quora.com (May 9, 2017). "What are the best/most popular newspapers and news channels (English/Kannada) in Karnataka and Bangalore?". Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  23. ^ business-standard.com (16 June 2006). "Times group buys Vijaya Times, two Kannada dailies". Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2006.
  24. ^ exchange4media.com (17 April 2017). "VRL Media launches Kannada news channel, Dighvijay". Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  25. ^ "Vijayavani ePaper: Kannada Newspaper - Online Kannada ePaper - Daily Newspaper". ePaperVijayavani.in. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.

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