Blog for updates and happenings in logistics in the Asia-Pacific region

September 30, 2013

Employment Market Survey 2013/2014

Filed under: Newsletter,Research — admin @ 9:21 pm

Earning big $$What do you earn and are you at the right salary level?” Before you can answer that question another question arise: “How much are you worth?” To address that question, a full report will be available for you to compare your compensation with that of your peers in the industry. In addition we will be able to give you an insight in how the industry looks at supply chain roles and their aspects. But to be able to provide you with those answers we need to collect the data and we need your participation in this survey:

We estimate that it will take about 10 minutes to complete the survey. The questionnaire is anonymous, however if you leave your e-mail address you will receive a free copy of the report. The report will also be published in various LinkedIn groups, on our website and presented at the 3PL/CSCO Summit in Amsterdam coming November.

Your input is very important to us, and will only be used for the purposes of this survey.

Thanks in advance for your participation.


Edwin Tuyn & Oskar Verkamman


September 14, 2013

Invitation to SCLP Networking function on Wednesday 18 September

Filed under: China,Events,Newsletter — admin @ 11:39 am

Dear Industry Friends and Partners

The most recent networking function for the Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals (SCLP) community in Hong Kong was held on Thursday 22 August, kindly sponsored by JOC TPM Asia and Logistics Executive.

Organised and hosted by Mark Millar, the SCLP function was held at Insiders bar in Hong Kong where over 50 supply chain and logistics industry professionals gathered for industry networking and to hear about the fourth quarter outlook for shippers and logistics providers as presented by guest speaker Sunny Ho, Executive Director of The Hong Kong Shippers Council.

A full write up of the event is available, with the full set of photos online here.

You are invited to join our next Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals (SCLP) Networking function in Hong Kong on Wednesday 18 September – for which we are delighted to welcome guest speaker Claire Quigley of The Women’s Foundation, who will speak on the topic “WOMEN ON THE MOVE! – from Pipeline Development to Busting the Glass Ceiling.” (Click on the image below to see the full invitation)


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Collaborate to Compete – Big Three Shipping Lines form P3 Alliance

Filed under: Economics,Logistics,Newsletter — admin @ 8:46 am

The biggest three players in the container shipping line sector – Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and CMA CGM – have announced their intention to form a vessel sharing agreement on the Asia Europe, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific trade routes, to commence by the middle of next year.

This latest alliance reflects the structural challenges still facing the container shipping line sector, namely too much capacity chasing not enough cargo, resulting in a brutally competitive market and significant financial losses – for big and small players alike.

As with the G6 and other groupings, this P3 alliance will provide the participants with opportunities to share capacity across trade routes, thus alleviating operating costs whilst maintaining services in terms of port calls, schedules and frequencies. That the “big three” have felt it necessary to collaborate reflects the pain that even the largest lines are suffering in the current climate, whilst confirming that cooperating with competitors through an alliance is a path to alleviating some of that pain.

The impact for shippers is effectively further reduction of choice, together with the uncertainty about which individual line within the alliance (P3 or G6 or other) will actually carry their cargo. Depending on which line carries their containers, could result in the customer experiencing differing service standards, variations in vessel routing / port calls and in some cases cargo arriving at a different terminal at the destination port.

However, the port-to-port ocean move is but one component of the shipper’s global supply chain ecosystem, albeit an important one. Shippers are increasingly focused on the total end-to-end supply chain, in many cases perceiving the ocean freight portion as something of a commodity, and are concentrating optimisation efforts on the inland components of the supply chain, with specific emphasis on port-centric logistics and multi-modal hinterland connectivity.

Many shippers have already leveraged their individual corporate buying power by contracting directly with shipping lines – exchanging volume commitments in exchange for assurances on space, service and rates. In the context of multiple supplier alliances, maybe now is the time for shippers to consider combining their volumes and form freight-buying consortia to further leverage collective scale economies on targeted routes. In certain sectors, for example FMCG, there will be many common origin-destination port pairings for massive volumes of cargo from multiple shippers eg Yantian-Long Beach, Hong Kong-Rotterdam or Singapore-Dubai. If the port-to-port move is seen as a commodity, then competing shippers could seek to collaborate in a structured consortia model, thus gaining scale advantages and cost savings on the ocean freight, whilst continuing to compete and differentiate across other components of their supply chain ecosystems.

Mark Millar provides value for clients with independent, external and informed perspectives on supply chain strategies for China and ASEAN. He has been engaged by clients as Speaker, MC, Moderator or Conference Chairman at more than 300 events in 20 countries and is recognised by the Global Institute of Logistics as “One of the most Progressive People in World Logistics”. Mark serves on the Advisory Board of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society (LSCMS)


September 5, 2013

World’s Top 100 ports

Filed under: China,Economics,Logistics,Newsletter,Singapore — admin @ 8:52 am

lloydsThe following is Lloyd’s List of too 100 container ports globally.

It is interesting to see that despite talks of a slowdown, 8 of the top 10 points globally are Chinese ports. Relevant to note also is that 2 Malaysian ports appear in the top 20 list, showing the significance of this country as a major transshipment port.

1) Shanghai
2) Singapore
3) Hong Kong
4) Shenzhen
5) Busan
6) Ningbo
7) Guangzhou
8) Qingdao
9) Dubai
10) Tianjin
11) Rotterdam
12) Port Klang
13) Kaohsiung
14) Hamburg
15) Antwerp
16) Los Angeles
17) Dalian,
18) Tanjung Pelepas
19) Xiamen
20) Tanjung Priok;
21) Bremen/Bremerhaven
22) Long Beach
23) Laem Chabang
24), New York/New Jersey
25) Ho Chi Minh City
26) Lianyungang
27) Yingkou
28) Tokyo
29) Jeddah,
30) Valencia;
31) Jawaharlal Nehru Port
32) Colombo
33) Algeciras
34) Taicang
35) Sharjah/Khor Fakkan
36) Manila
37 Port Said
38) Salalah
39) Felixstowe
41) Santos
42) Ambarli (Istanbul)
43) Yokohama
44) Savannah
45) Tanjung Perak
46) Piraeus
47) Gioia Tauro
48) Vancouver
49) Keelung
50) Nagoya;
51) Duisburg
52) Kobe
53) Melbourne
54) Maarsaxlokk
55) Durban
56) St Petersburg
57) Osaka
58) Oakland
59) Shahid Rajaee
60) Le Havre;
61) Nanjing
62) Cartagena
63) Yeosu Gwangyang
64) Virginia (Hampton Roads)
65) Sydney
66) Genoa
67) Manzanillo MIT
68) Manzanillo
69) Incheon
70) Zeebrugge;
71) Houston
72) Tanger Med
73) Seattle,
74) Yantai
75) Fuzhou
76) Callao
77) Barcelona
78) Tacoma
79) Buenos Aires
80) Dammam;
81) Chennai,
82) Kingston
83) Mundra
84) Charleston
85) Alexandria
86) Karachi
87) Southampton
88) Guayaquil
89) San Juan
90) Chittagong;
91) Taichung
92) Montreal
93) Haifa
94) Bangkok
95) Mersin
96) Las Palmas
97) La Spezia
98) Lazaro Cadenas
99) Zhongshan
100) Freeport.