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October 24, 2014

TI: Pharma Cold Chain Needs on the Rise in China

Filed under: Logistics,Newsletter — admin @ 11:14 am

As the need for biopharmaceuticals increases, the demand for cold chain logistics services will rise as well.

Recently, Bristol-Myers Squibb announced the opening of a cold chain storage facility located in Wuxi, China. The US$10 million investment is to be used to redistribute imported biopharmaceutical products and is expected to assist the company to tap into China’s growing domestic biopharmaceutical products market.

Indeed China’s domestic biopharmaceutical products market is on the rise as the country’s population ages. According to the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products, sales revenue of China’s biopharmaceutical industry were RMB178bn (US$28.92 billion) in 2012, up 18.4 per cet from 2011. As such, China’s 12th Five-Year Development Plan (2011-2015) identified this sector as one of the seven key developing industries and issued a series of supportive policies to encourage growth. It accounted for 5 per cent of China’s pharmaceutical market in terms of sales in 2012 with more than 400 local biomedicine producers in China.

[Read more… Curated from Logistics Insight Asia]


New Head of European Shippers Council Pushes Green Logistics, Open Trade

Filed under: Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:14 am

IMG_1952.JPGNik Delmeire, the newly appointed secretary general of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), has said it is time for businesses to measure, monitor and reduce emissions by freight transport. At the same time, the new European Commission should reduce existing trade barriers in the European Union. “Together these innovations can spur economic growth and create jobs,” says Delmeire.

The ESC, representing the freight transport interests (by all modes of transport) of business in Europe, appointed Delmeire as its new Secretary General Oct. 20 at its General Assembly in Brussels. His main goal is to put shippers, who are at the heart of the European supply chain, also at the heart of policy making. To underline this vision, Delmeire made the case for reducing both emissions and trade barriers in order to increase the competitive edge of European trade and industry.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


October 23, 2014

Establish Your Talent Acquisition Strategy in Manufacturing

Filed under: Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:12 am

IMG_1951.JPGIn the increasingly competitive world of manufacturing, there is one constant: talent is essential to business success. The right talent acquisition strategy and process ? the ability to identify, assess, attract and retain the best talent ? can significantly impact a company’s competitive advantage.

A strong talent acquisition strategy needs to focus on five key aspects: sourcing candidates effectively, providing a first-rate candidate experience, monitoring recruitment data, communicating the company’s brand and value proposition effectively, and investing in an appropriate applicant tracking system to streamline the process.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


October 15, 2014

Plastics-to-Oil Recycling Could Lead to 40,000 Jobs in U.S, report Finds

Filed under: Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:16 am

IMG_1950.JPGWide-scale deployment of emerging technology that converts used, non-recycled plastics into oil could generate up to $9bn in annual U.S. economic output and create upwards of 40,000 domestic jobs, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council.

The report, “Economic Impact of Plastics-to-Oil Facilities in the U.S.,” assessed the economic potential of a rapidly developing technology called pyrolysis— more commonly known as plastics-to-oil. ACC’s analysis found that the U.S. could support as many as 600 of these facilities nationwide, which could yield $2.1bn in annual payroll and create up to $6.6bn in capital investment.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


October 10, 2014

Pilot for Certification for Carbon Reduction in Supply Chain to Be Launched

Filed under: Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:10 am

IMG_1948.GIFThe Carbon Trust, which promotes a sustainable, low-carbon environment, is developing a certification for organisations taking effective action on carbon emissions across their supply chains. The Trust is looking to work with a number of organisations across different sectors in an initial pilot phase running through to early 2015.

The certification will provide a quantitative and qualitative framework for recognising organisations that have committed to take action on their supply chain environmental impacts, ultimately leading to carbon reductions. The methodology involves measuring impacts and improving processes and systems, allowing organisations to move forward from an initial commitment stage through to improving governance, measurement and the implementation of reduction initiatives.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


October 3, 2014

Greater Trade Urged Among Countries of Africa, the ‘Least Connected’ Continent

Filed under: Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:16 am

IMG_1949.JPGWhile progress is slowly being made, insufficient trade agreements exist in order to encourage and drive intra-Africa trade. As a result there tends to be a focus on doing business with regions outside of Africa, such as the United States or China, says Charles Brewer, managing director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa.

When comparing intra-regional trade statistics, Africa rates amongst the lowest, with less than 20 percent of what is produced in the region staying within the region. This, in essence, means that over 80 percent of what is produced in Africa is exported, mainly to the EU, China and the US. By comparison, 60 percent of Europe’s trade is with its own continent, and in North America, the figure is 40 percent.

As is well documented, one of the region’s biggest challenges in terms of realizing its trade potential is an under-developed infrastructure, but Brewer says that this is slowly improving as several Africa regions continue to invest large amounts of capital into infrastructure development.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]