Logistics management is increasingly becoming a topic of interest among academicians and practitioners, since it may lead to reduced operational costs, improved delivery performance and increased customer satisfaction levels. The global logistics industry is estimated to be worth USD 300 billion. Though most of the large service providers are headquartered in Europe, the biggest market is the US, which captures about one-third of the world market. The global logistics industry is characterized by high costs of operations, low margins, shortage of talent, infrastructural bottlenecks, demand from clients for investing in technology and providing one-stop solutions to all their needs, and consolidation through acquisitions, mergers and alliances. The logistics industry in India is evolving rapidly and it is the interplay of infrastructure, technology and new types of service providers that will define whether the industry is able to help its customers reduce their logistics costs and provide effective services (which are also growing). Changing government policies on taxation and regulation of service providers are going to play an important role in this process. Coordination across various government agencies requires approval from multiple ministries and is a road block for multi modal transport in India. At the firm level, the logistics focus is moving towards reducing cycle times in order to add value to their customers. Consequently, better tools and strategies are being sought by firms in order to enhance their decision making. In this paper, we provide a perspective on these issues, outline some of the key challenges with the help of secondary information, and describe some interesting initiatives that some are required to compete through excellence in managing their logistics.