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January 29, 2014

Supply Chain Reforms: The Right Path to Increased Global Trade

Filed under: Economics,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:19 am

aiming-global-959908-mThe reports says that government leaders need to step out of traditional ministerial silos to lead value-chain reforms and reap the benefits in domestic investment and global trade.

A new report released today by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Bain & Company.Urgent implementation of the Bali trade accords and deeper behind-the-border reform is needed to sustainably meet world food demand, and foster industrial development, according  to Enabling Trade: From Valuation to Action.

The report highlights bright spots of political will, including the Pacific Alliance in Latin America, where deeper economic integration and supply chain facilitation are being prioritized at the presidential level. Improved border management, a primary focus of recent negotiations at the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference in Bali, is emphasized in the report’s call for accelerated co-development of e-logistics and smart customs systems.

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Drones Within the Walls – The Future Material Handling?

Filed under: Newsletter,Technology,Warehousing — admin @ 11:17 am

dronesPalletising drones offer high flexibility and implementation speed plus low installation cost.

Drones may soon offer a cost-effective and scalable alternative to traditional palletising methods, as demonstrated by the latest Demo3D video commissioned by Qimarox of the Netherlands.

With little superstructure or extensive hardware to install, a drone-based palletising solution could be deployed rapidly, and should be capable of a relatively high sustained load throughput.

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Asian Shares Affected by Weak China Manufacturing

Filed under: Economics,Logistics,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:15 am

factory-1109013-mThe impact was felt as far away as Australia—a country with strong trade ties with China.

News reports have indicated that Asian stocks moved lower Thursday, with Hong Kong leading the region lower, following signs of weakness in China’s manufacturing sector.

There have already been signs of an economic slowdown in China, the latest being earlier this week, when China reported that gross domestic product growth had slowed to 7.7% on year in the fourth quarter, from 7.8% in the third. Concerns over the economy have made Chinese stocks the worst performers in the region, with the Shanghai Composite down 3.5% so far this year.

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Procurecon Asia 2014 – Discounts for subscribers

Filed under: Events,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:06 am

procurecon-asia-2013-60ProcureCon Asia, taking place from 25th-28th February 2014, has already established itself as the leading procurement event in Asia  for procurement professionals who are already engaged in the evolvement from operational procurement to strategic procurement.

So why should you attend ProcureCon Asia?

  • Bringing together 160+ global and regional procurement leaders
  • 70+ CPO’s and Head’s of Procurement speaking
  • 19+ Countries represented, from throughout Asia and across the world
  • 17+ Hours of networking opportunities
  • 9 interactive roundtables
  • 4 days of unrivalled content

With topics including ethical procurement, sustainable procurement, effective cost management, risk mitigation , stakeholder buy in and numerous case studies of strategic procurement strategies covered, ProcureCon Asia will be an unmissable event providing you with all you need as you map the evolution towards fully functional strategic procurement.

Download the latest agenda to find out more.

This year’s event breaks down as follows:

Focus Day One on Sustainable and Ethical Procurement:– We devote a full day towards an issue that has never been far from the headlines over the last 12 months, ethical and sustainable procurement. Recent tragedies and scandals have exposed the potential dangers lurking in the supply chain and we will spend the 25th of February analyzing how best to ensure you source ethically and sustainably. To see the lineup for our focus day, click here

Day Two: ProcureCon Asia kicks off with a series of presentations and discussions on the global and Asian state of the procurement sector featuring the global CPOs of Air France/KLM, Sime Darby, Qantas, AstraZeneca, Firmenich, PwC and more. We then break into streams to further question and explore how best to work strategically with suppliers across various markets and skillsets in Asia. Click here for day one’s lineup.

Day Three: The second main day of ProcureCon Asia takes a look at internal issues affecting the evolution towards sustainable procurement, those of talent and stakeholder management. Click here to see the separate streams and leading speakers devoted to both crucial issues.

Masterclass Day Four: We present two full half day workshops presented by CIPS and the IACCM giving you more in-depth strategies on furthering your supplier and stakeholder relationships. Each session lasts around 3 ½ hours and is limited to 20 or so participants meaning attendees have ample time and contact to further their knowledge on the subjects. To see the masterclasses in full, click here

Add to the above the countless structured and unstructured networking opportunities, new formats and an attendee list of over 200 of Asia’s key procurement decision makers and you have yourself Asia’s leading procurement gathering. Take a look at the full agenda for updated information on the full conference.

Your special member/subscriber discount ends this Friday, 24th January, allowing you to save up to $500, plus an extra 15% off for being a subscriber to Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society – subscribe to our newsletter for discount codes.

3 easy ways to register:

T: +65 6408 9220


January 21, 2014

Singapore Tops Business-friendly Country Ranking for 8 years in a Row

Filed under: Economics,Logistics,Newsletter,Singapore — admin @ 7:43 pm

20140121-194614.jpgThe World Bank’s Doing Business 2014 Report has named Singapore as the best country to do business in. Singapore has topped the report’s overall ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking every year since 2007.

Singapore topped the global ranking on the ease of doing business. Joining it on the list of the top 10 economies with the most business-friendly regulatory environments are Hong Kong SAR, China; New Zealand; the United States; Denmark; Malaysia; the Republic of Korea; Georgia; Norway; and the United Kingdom.

Download the full report here >>


January 6, 2014

Digital Drivers – Tailwinds driving the Air Freight Sector

Filed under: Asia Supply Chain Insights,Logistics,Newsletter — admin @ 5:24 pm

Opportunities amongst the Challenges

2013 ended with some positive news for the air freight sector. During the fourth quarter, global air cargo revenues increased year-on-year, partially due to expedited shipments of Asia sourced consumer products needed in stores for the Christmas holiday shopping season in western Europe and north America. Specific sectors such as perishables, valuables and pharmaceuticals also showed encouraging volume growth.

Somewhat combating the prevalent headwinds previously discussed, there are several underlying consumer trends providing a positive influence on the air cargo sector, generating encouraging Tailwinds, not least driven by a trifecta combination of Digital Consumers, Handheld Devices and the explosion of e-Commerce.

Digital Consumers

The global population of Digital Consumers continues to rise on an exponential basis – ranging from the digital natives that intuitively and instinctively use technology from an increasingly early age (four year olds using i-pads), through to the digital migrants who gradually (and sometimes reluctantly) adopt and adapt to the technology driven world of today. These trends will benefit the air freight sector from multiple dimensions – handheld devices empowering digital natives to consume online through e-commerce platforms.

Handheld Devices have become all pervasive. Everywhere, everyone has one, through which they become connected to everyone else, and in many cases consumers are using them all the time, 24/7/365!  Many users – maybe a majority – have multiple devices. A recent report concluded that there are now more handheld devices in use than there are people on the planet – ie more than seven billion hand held devices!

Explosion of e-Commerce – the digital revolution is also driving omni-channel retail consumption and consumerism. Online and offline channels collaborate – sometimes uneasily – to deliver and receive both content and commerce.  The Internet enabled digital world is borderless and seamless, consumers can interact and transact across the globe and around the clock. The resulting explosion in e-commerce is probably one of the leading shining lights for the air cargo business.

Skies ahead Cloudy or Clear?

The digital revolution, with the prevalence of smart hand-held devices, is only just getting started and its future impact on the world is likely something that we don’t fully understand yet. Nevertheless, it is a very positive dynamic for the air freight sector and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.

However, we are in a world that is changing fast and where the future is going to be different to the past.  The businesses that responsd with agility and flexibility to empower their supply chain ecosystems are the ones that will survive and thrive.

Mark Millar MBA, FCILT, FCIM, GAICD provides value for clients with independent, external and informed perspectives on their 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).