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GST Impact on Business



Transportation

GST will bring in consolidation of the loads and redistributes the transportation volumes, creating a different fleet mix. Identification of these patterns will help framing right transportation contracts. GST will integrate the Service and Goods tax with a credit mechanism which will makes 3PL services more viable and attractive for companies. With integrated supply chain and tight linkages, the VAS and the SLA's provided by 3PL's would be worth the cost with the services credit available in GST.



Warehousing

State level barriers and the CST for interstate movements has led to setting up of warehouses /Distribution Centers across the country (one or more per state). With GST, tax will be levied on the stock transfer and credit will be available on inter-state transactions. This will free the decision on warehousing and distribution from tax considerations and be based purely on operational and logistics efficiency. From Infrastructure point of view this will lead to lesser number but larger warehouses.



Manufacturing

The existing tax regime caused sub-optimal inventory decisions, guided more by tax minimization than by customer SLAs. Post GST, strategic inventory placement is possible achieving higher customer service level for the same inventory investment, or lower inventory investment for the same service level.



Supply Chain

With GST subsuming multiple central and state taxes, a uniform tax regime will drive restructuring of the supply chain network. The distortions imposed by the taxation will go away and the logistics networks will be designed to support the speed and efficiency required for that particular product.



Procurement

With the advent of GST, every tax paying organization will be linked to its suppliers through the GST Network, and will receive tax credits upon tax compliance of its suppliers. This will lead to organizations being very selective and strategic in their choice of suppliers.



Sales

With GST subsuming multiple central and state taxes, uniform tax regime will drive restructuring of pricing and dealer margins. Pass through effect of taxes will come in and some benefit might be passed on to the channel and/or to the consumer. Price changes and competitor actions will have an integrated and direct correlation to volume/ market share with an effect across India, making real time pricing strategies a key part of strategic decision making. In addition changes to supply network and inventory will change product costing, thereby impacting margins as well.



Finance

In the post GST environment, there will be a need to have a very strong invoice matching process as part of the SOP. Organizations risk accruing Input tax credits, which in turn will impact the cash flow immediately. Also the reconciliation is expected to be at line item of the invoice. In the advent of GST, there would be a need to closely monitor and calculate the GST payable and tax credits available. In case of inter-state stock transfer, IGST has to be paid in full in the origin state, which is available as credit in the destination state at the time of sale. This has the impact of blocking of working capital from the time of dispatch till the sale in the destination state. In the GST environment; there will be a need to use centralized SOP's for various Master datas in the system; tax configurations would need to be centrally monitored and managed. This is best managed if there is system based governance framework for various SOP implementation



Shared Services

With the implementation of GST, tax filing is expected to be standardized across India via the GST network. Due to this standardization the shared services team can facilitate local units in tax filing procedures. Also, due to standardization of Invoice formats, the automation of invoice processing in a shared services environment becomes extremely feasible and simple. Hence, there are definite benefits for organizations to setup Shared Services units to facilitate Tax filings, Invoice automation and contract management process as part of their business transformation exercise.