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

April 29, 2015

Report: Philippines Must Improve Logistics, Port Infrastructure

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter — admin @ 11:30 am

Flag_of_the_Philippines.svgThe Philippine Institute for Development Studies says the seven month-long truck ban in Metro Manila last year that cost the economy US$990.75 million, underscores the need to address “complex problems with port congestion”.

A recent policy note released by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), Port Congestion and Underutilization in the Greater Capital Region: Unpacking the Issues, discusses the nature and the root of the port congestion problem and explores various policy options and alternative measures, including the revival of the Philippine National Railway (PNR), to improve current port operations. The policy note was based on a comprehensive study of the logistics chain in the Greater Capital Region.

[Read more… Curated from Logistics Insight Asia]


April 28, 2015

Of Water, Snakes and Alligators: The World of Supply-Chain Risk

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:18 am

disasterSo you think you’ve anticipated every possible disaster in your supply chain risk-management plan? How about snakes and alligators in your clean rooms?

Western Digital Technologies, Inc. was among the many high-tech companies to get hit hard by the 2011 flooding in Thailand. One of just three major players in its sector, the maker of memory-storage products ships and installs more than 500 million disk drives annually.

Western Digital operates in multiple locations, including Japan, where it was seriously affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In that case, the company was able to recover operations within about three months.

The Thailand flooding, which occurred later that same year, was a different matter entirely, according to Rubik Babakanian, senior vice president and chief procurement officer. One of Western Digital’s largest factories is located within an industrial park outside of Bangkok. Overnight, the location was flooded with two and half meters of water, which took a week to recede.

Prior to the floods, he said, Western Digital wouldn’t have imagined that all of its suppliers within a given area would be simultaneously affected. Since then, it has shifted some production to other countries, even if that has meant incurring some additional costs, in the form of longer transit times and under-utilization of certain factories.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


April 25, 2015

Grappling With the Unknown in Global Business Planning

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

PodcastCan we ever really know the Unknown? Or are we doomed to be forever surprised by economic, political and diplomatic upheavals?

History suggests the latter. We never seem to have a grip on events that appear obvious in retrospect. Still, global business planners need to understand what might happen in crucial markets. It’s a constant struggle to reach an impossible goal, but there are certain steps that managers can take to alleviate the pain, and maybe even be ready for some curve balls.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


April 24, 2015

The World is Your Warehouse, 2.0

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:08 am

warehouseNew lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.

It’s not a huge leap of logic to see pop-up warehouses equipped with this low-cost technology, giving all stakeholders global visibility. Containers, pallets? Join the World is Your Warehouse Club at low cost, wherever cell tone is available.

Another relatively low-cost but revolutionary technology that will impact logistics is undergoing trials in Newcastle, UK. A device slightly larger than a GPS is being tested to control red lights—turning red lights green for vehicles that have the system. Currently, it is used on ambulances to ensure fast transit to and from hospitals. But it has logistics applications. “One key thing we are going to see over the next few years is platooning, particularly of freight (vehicles),” says Phil Blythe, professor of transport at Newcastle University. “When a platoon hits the traffic lights, it will go straight through, to avoid being split up.” The Highways Agency is considering an application to allow driverless trucks to travel between a Nissan plant in Sunderland and the Port of Tyne overnight, using the new technology to create a green light corridor and move quickly over that six-mile distance.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]


Manufacturing World Continues to Welcome Robots With Open Arms

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management,Technology — admin @ 11:08 am

RobotIn the manufacturing environment of today, robotics are now playing a significant role, taking on jobs beyond assembly and helping to drive efficiency, consistency, and productivity across the supply chain.

n the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing Supply Chain 2015 Predictions, IDC Manufacturing Insights predicts that by 2017, “80 percent of manufacturers will be re-evaluating the applicability of robotics and logistics automation technology within their warehousing networks”. To understand the possibilities and application of robotics in the supply chain, there are a few key areas that are helping to drive an increase in robotic installations, not least of which are technological advancements.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


April 17, 2015

A Supply Chain World Tour

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:09 am

AsiaCompanies doing business globally are learning to be more flexible to adapt quickly to uncertainty without sacrificing economy, speed and service.

Shifting demand dynamics, geopolitical volatility, currency fluctuations, government interference, lengthening and deepening supply networks, and cost reduction directives have conflated to consternate even the best supply chain strategies. That’s why U.S. companies are flexing Incoterms to optimize point-of-origin logistics and reduce freight costs. It’s why consignees are ordering smaller quantities from more suppliers, and using consolidation hubs in China and Hong Kong to fill containers. And it’s why mobile phone manufacturers are decoupling shipments of higher-value units and lower-value accessories, and using packaging postponement strategies to better optimize air and ocean modes.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]


Seeing Benefits of Cloud Computing, Manufacturers Worldwide Adopt the Technology, Study Finds

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management,Technology — admin @ 11:09 am

CloudThe transition to “cloud also” or “cloud first” is well under way for manufacturers around the globe, according to survey results from International Data Corporation. In fact, in the United States, 41 percent of manufacturing respondents indicated they are accessing IT resources via the public cloud, based on the IDC Global Technology and Industry Research Organization IT Survey, 2014.

The IDC study, Worldwide Cloud Adoption in the Manufacturing Industry, says the advantages of cloud computing for manufacturers are significant, as line of business leaders and their IT organizations increasingly rely on cloud to flexibly deliver IT resources at the cost and speed the business requires. Traditional IT spend is clearly on the decline, and manufacturers must update their cloud road maps to ensure their investments benefit the business. According to the IDC European Vertical Markets Survey, 2014, almost 50 percent of European manufacturing respondents noted they have adopted or will adopt ERP in the public cloud. And in Asia Pacific, 49 percent of manufacturing respondents are using cloud – public or private – or intend to use cloud, based on the 2014 IDC Manufacturing Insights Asia Pacific Business and IT Priorities Survey.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


April 16, 2015

Invitation: SCLP Mixer in Hong Kong – 23 April, 2015

Filed under: Events,Logistics,News,Newsletter — admin @ 12:29 pm


Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Thursday, 23 April 2015 from 18:00 to 20:00 (HKT)

Insiders Bar
17 Fenwick St
1/F Kan Chung Building
Wan Chai

Com and join the SCLP Networking Mixer on Thursday 23 April 2015 – Exclusively for Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals (SCLP).

Admission Fee includes two house-drinks, finger snacks and lucky draw entry

In Advance: HKD 100 – Register and Pay Online

On the Door: HKD 150 – Cash Only



April 15, 2015

DHL Delivers Mementos for ANZAC Day

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter — admin @ 11:09 am

DHLOver 50 artillery shells collected from all over Europe were shipped from Belgium to complete historic 18-pounder gun exhibit, known as the ANZAC centennial gun project.

SINGAPORE, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia, is playing its part in the 100-year anniversary of ANZAC day with the shipment of historic ammunition shells and projectiles gathered from European battlefields where Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought in World War One. The 50 ammunition shells and projectiles in seven boxes and weighing around 300 kg were collected in Ypres, Belgium and shipped to Heathrow free of charge by DHL Global Forwarding Australia, before being flown to Sydney.

[Read more… Curated from Yahoo Finance]


Jim Young: Sourcing for a Startup

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter,Procurement,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:09 am

StartupJim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products. He talks about the challenges that are unique to startup organisations.

The biggest challenge I face is sourcing for a small startup. My previous employer, Applied Materials, is a Fortune 500 firm. If we signed a $5-million agreement with a precision machine shop, that was a small contract. Here, my annual spend for precision machining is far less than $900,000.

This means we have to work with smaller suppliers. Unfortunately, they don’t always have the systems in place to deliver the quality we require. To get that quality, I have to spend a lot of time helping those shops enable their capabilities. I serve as an unofficial consultant, recommending strategies they can use to better manage their operations.

One of the biggest moves we made here in 2014 was to implement Expandable, an enterprise resource planning system designed for small manufacturers. This year, we’ll use that system to make some important enhancements to our operation. For example, we will introduce scorecards to guide execution and get a better view of inventory. Our ultimate goal is to create a world-class supply chain operation.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]