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August 27, 2014

Innovative Port Solutions for Oceanfreight Supply Chains

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter — admin @ 1:23 pm

Port operators continue to question the economic and business benefits from increasingly bigger vessels, especially at ports around the Asia region.

Although the intra-Asia trade is now the world’s largest ocean freight segment, representing over 60 per cent of total global container volumes, only a few ports around the region can accommodate the latest super-size vessels. This presents operational and financial challenges for terminal operators who need larger berths, bigger cranes and deeper water in order to accommodate these increasingly large container ships, resulting in a multi-tier system in which “bigger ships will make fewer port calls”.

There is no question that containerised ocean freight is at the heart of the majority of 21st century global supply chain ecosystems. However, infrastructure, regulatory and operational challenges both within and outside the port frequently result in congestion problems that adversely impact cross-border and multi-modal trade flows, causing delays and additional costs for all the supply chain stake holders.

However, an innovative port solution for ocean freight supply chains has been implemented in Indonesia – the largest economy in South East Asia and growing at 5 per cent plus, a G20 member with population over 250 million and a one trillion dollar economy. Cikarang Dry Port is an inland dry port model that is providing an efficient and effective solution to chronic congestion and delays at the major import export gateway of Tanjung Priok.

Cikarang Dry Port

Located on Java island, just 50 km from Jakarta, Cikarang Dry Port serves as an extension of the major Tanjung Priok gateway sea port and provides integrated port and logistic facilities with on-site customs and quarantine inspection services, operating 24/7.

Strategically located in the heart of the largest manufacturing zone of Indonesia along the Bekasi-Cikampek industrial corridor on the east side of greater Jakarta, Cikarang Dry Port is surrounded by some 12 industrial estates containing over 3,000 manufacturing companies, many of them importers and exporters.

The first and only Integrated Customs Services Zone in Indonesia, Cikarang Dry Port occupies 200 hectares of land, including capacity for an extensive logistics park, and enjoys multi-modal hinterland connectivity through its direct access to highway and railway networks.

Using the international port code IDJBK to designate Cikarang Dry Port as port-of-origin or port-of-destination, cargo owners can use any of the seventeen shipping line partners and more than 30 logistics providers servicing the dry port, to bypass the congestion at Tanjung Priok and use the one stop for cargo handling and logistics solution for both international and domestic cargoes.

With all forecasts indicating continuing growth of the Indonesian economy, which of course will result in increased container flows, this innovative Cikarang Dry Port solution is enabling and empowering efficiencies in the flow of goods that save money and time for stakeholders throughout the supply chain ecosystem.

Cikarang Dry Port

Above: Cikarang Dry Port

Mark MillarMark Millar FCILT, FCIM, FHKLA, GAICD

Mark Millar provides value for clients with independent and informed perspectives on their supply chain strategies in Asia. His series of ‘Asia Supply Chain Insights’ presentations, consultations, seminars and corporate briefings help companies to improve their understanding of the complex landscapes, make better informed business decisions and increase the efficiency of their global supply chain ecosystems. Clients have engaged Mark as Speaker, MC, Moderator or Conference Chairman at more than 300 events in 20 countries. The Global Institute of Logistics recognise him as “One of the most Progressive People in World Logistics”. London based business publisher Kogan Page have recently commissioned Mark to write the book entitled “Global Supply Chain Ecosystems”, due for publication in 2015.



August 26, 2014

LSCMS launches “aggregator” site for Supply Chain and Logistics

LSCMS has launched another great resource for keeping up on today’s manufacturing and supply chain news: Supply Chain Brief.

Launched by The Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society in August, Supply Chain Brief is a new site that was launched to bring together content from the best bloggers and thought-leaders in supply chain management, operations, logistics, and warehousing from all over the world.

Supply Chain Brief is an “aggregator” or “hub” site, so it allows readers to search for articles tailored to the specific topics you seek. This way you can easily find stories that actually matter to you, and stay informed, so you are in the best position to help your business continue to succeed.

Readers can also elect to receive a daily or weekly message on topics that you select. Just click on the icon to visit the site!



Oil & Gas Procurement Excellence Forum 2014 – 7th – 9th October 2014

Filed under: Logistics,Singapore — admin @ 5:45 pm

The Oil & Gas Procurement Excellent Forum 2014 will be held on 7th – 9th October 2014 at Marina Bay Sands.

This will be a chance to hear from procurement managers from ConocoPhillips, Total E&P, Woodside Energy, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Murphy Oil and more!

The Oil & Gas Procurement Excellence Forum is the premier event of its kind and has been highly tailored for all procurement and supply chain professionals in the oil and gas industry.

Some of the benefits of attending:

• Hear first-hand insights from senior procurement managers on how to implement best-practice procurement strategies

• Learn how to mitigate supply chain risk across the exploration, development and production phases of major oil & gas projects

• Discover the latest trends in procurement collaboration and innovative technology solutions to improve your efficiency

• Develop strategies to improve and strengthen partner & supplier relationship management for oil & gas projects

• Gain insight into how the leading companies are training and structuring their procurement teams to ensure optimal outcomes

• Understand the key aspects that will turn your team into a high performing procurement organisation

For more information about the conference, or to register, please contact Quest Events on +61 (0)2 9977 0565 or visit


August 5, 2014

Position Vacant: Operations Manager

Filed under: Jobs — admin @ 5:38 pm

karcher-logo-fargIn this exciting and versatile position you are managing the entire Order Processing and Logistics Department. You ensure smooth and efficient processes all the way from order to delivery.


  • Responsible for the Order Processing and Logistics department
  • Responsible for managing the stock days and stock values within the set targets, at the same time ensuring adequate stocks and spare parts availability to support local sales
  • Review and update processes to ensure smooth order-to-delivery and process efficiency
  • Responsible for managing the 3rd party logistics partners and ensuring that they achieve their set key performance indicators
  • Be able to analyse work flows in both departments to recognise areas for improvements, and to execute the according changes
  • Liaising very closely with other internal departments and with the headquarters in Germany
  • Managing the order and forecasting procedure with the headquarters


  • Degree in Logistics, Business or similar
  • Minimum of 8 years of logistics and operations experience, ideally in an MNC
  • Experience with customs clearance, sea freight forwarding, and local road transport is desirable
  • Strong SAP knowledge
  • Solid people management experience, and ability to motivate teams
  • Analytical with a keen eye for processes and efficiencies
  • Strong customer satisfaction orientation
  • Must be pro-active and independent in his/her work, able to perform under pressure
  • Ability to work well across departments and find the best possible processes and solutions for the customer
  • Very good communication skills, also with regards to international communication

Please email your application including an up to date CV, Cover Letter, earliest possible start date and salary expectations to nattanart.chanthavornkij@karcher-


August 1, 2014

Surprise, Surprise – Amazon Enters 3D Printing World

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

20130102-103919.jpgAmazon has joined the ranks of Staples, Home Depot, UPS, and a range of other big brands that are capitalizing on the 3D printing trend. Amazon, of course, has an approach that only they can pull off at this scale – giving you access to digital files, allowing you to customize them, and 3D print your own personal bobble head.

Although it might be cool to have your own bobble head figurine, I don’t think that alone is going to take Amazon to greater profitability. At this early stage, it appears to be a path to sell related products, such as 3D software and 3D printer accessories and supplies, and less about getting consumers to buy the actual custom 3d printed product that shows up on the splash page for the new Amazon 3D Printing Store.

[Read more… Curated from Forbes]