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September 11, 2014

‘CEO Series’ Shows SMEs How to Manage Supply Chain Performance

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Don Harding, partner at business improvement specialists, Oliver Wight, will present on ‘Managing Supply Chain Performance’ on 16 October 2014 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Singapore, as part of the October CEO Series.

Organised by the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society, in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the workshop is designed to help CEOs, executives and senior decision makers of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) manage their supply chains more efficiently to achieve a balanced business model and maximise profit.

“To effectively manage the supply chain, the right processes have to be in place. Integrated Business Planning (advanced S&OP), a business management process for running the entire organisation, not only provides a 24-36 month rolling horizon, it directly links the corporate strategy and financial plans, and exerts control over the extended supply chain,” explains Harding. “This results in improved visibility of demand and capability in supply, as well as better understanding and management of product portfolio.”

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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!



July 10, 2014

Logistics Executive Group Announces Partnership in UK & Ireland with ECMR International Ltd

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Australian-owned Executive Search and Corporate Advisory firm, Logistics Executive Group has announced a partnership with UK-based ECMR International Ltd, and has appointed its founder, Niamh Ní Bhéara, as Managing Director, Logistics Executive UK & Ireland to head up its newest operation.

Logistics Executive  offers “whole of life cycle talent management services”  to meet  evolving market  / customer demands and this has led to the formal partnership with ECMR International Ltd.

“We are delighted to announce the partnership with ECMR and the opening of our new office in London, serving the UK and Ireland.  Additionally, it’s a great pleasure to welcome Niamh Ní Bhéara to our Executive Team. Niamh brings a wealth of experience from her Aviation and Logistics career, and the services offered by ECMR will compliment those of Logistics Executive,” said Kim Winter, Global CEO for Logistics Executive Group.

Mr Winter continued “With Logistics and Supply Chain being a key contributor to the UK and Irish economies, the timely investment in this partnership will give UK and Irish customers access to highly skilled and experienced international candidates. This will afford companies in the UK and Ireland to the opportunity to recruit the best talent the industry has to offer, enabling them to compete on a global stage.”

Miss Ní Bhéara has almost 25 years’ experience in front-line Senior Management roles in the Aviation and Logistics industries. Having  held positions with Global responsibility,  living in several European countries, she has  developed comprehensive knowledge of the operational, strategic and cultural challenges facing her clients. She excels at bringing a practical approach to problem solving and focuses on delivering holistic solutions. In addition to her strong commercial acumen, Niamh is recognized for high standards of coaching and development she and her company delivers.

“I am excited to be joining the Logistics Executive global team, creating a stronger footprint in Europe for the Group,” said Niamh Ní Bhéara. “This partnership allows ECMR to combine its passion for service and people, with the outstanding resources and reputation of a recognized industry leader to deliver executive search and  Corporate Advisory solutions to a broader customer base.“

She continued, “The results of 2013/2014 Employment Market Survey, EMS Report 210314.pdf suggests that employers seeking to attract talent should consider focusing on development plans for new employees and talent retention could be improved by creating opportunities for career progression. The partnership between Logistics Executive and ECMR will deliver cohesive solutions supporting   customer’ talent attraction,   development and retention  programs from our new London office.”

About Logistics Executive Group

Logistics Executive is an acknowledged industry leader since 1999, offering a range of specialist Human Resources talent related services for the Supply Chain & Logistics sectors including Executive Search, Recruitment, Training and Consulting.

With its head office in Sydney, Australia the company has offices across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, China and the Middle East and is located in the key international logistics hubs. Logistics Executive has built a strong reputation for providing sound advice and  working strategically with clients to develop successful models for national and international executive talent attraction, development and retention.

Logistics Executive partners with a wide range of clients including; multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, private equity firms, promoter owned companies and non-profit organizations.  The company offers tailored services ranging from Executive Search & Recruitment,  Interim Management, to Leadership Development Programs, Executive Coaching, Succession Planning, Talent Mapping, Organisational Design and  Outplacement.

Logistics Executive offers market-leading, global connections and drives business performance in the Logistics, Supply Chain, Transport, Freight, Aviation,  Maritime, Manufacturing, Retail, FMCG, Pharma-Healthcare and Resources sectors.

About ECMR International Limited

ECMR International Limited is a business consultancy, specialising in Customer Service, Claims Consultancy and Leadership Support, based in the UK with an international client base.

For Senior Managers focused on Customer Service and Claims Management who are concerned with lack of consistency, poor standards of service and escalating costs, ECMR’s Service Portfolio incorporates solutions and training programs that will help businesses deliver better and more cost-effective standards of service to their customers.

For leaders and owners of business will benefit from external unbiased guidance, ECMR also offer a range of leadership support services including expert independent coaching and mentoring which strengthens leadership and effectiveness in business.

ECMR International delivers world-class services to clients in the Agriculture, Real Estate, Finance, Logistics, Cargo, Transportation and Aviation industries.


For further information contact:

Mr Kimble Winter, Global CEO

Miss Niamh Ní Bhéara, Managing Director UK & Ireland


May 26, 2014

Vietnam Container Ports Development

With its lengthy coastline of some 3,200 km, Vietnam’s seaport network comprises of numerous small and medium-sized entities, the fragmented sea-side capabilities further hampered by inefficient land-side distribution. Most large ports are located on rivers, like Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City, typically with limitations of access from the ocean, water depth, quay length and container yard space, compounded by downtown city locations making cargo transfers to other modes of transport difficult and inefficient due to traffic congestion. Hence the development of modern deep-water port facilities at Cai Mep – further out from HCMC and closer to the ocean.

As discussed however in a recent ASEAN Ports and Shipping forum, the fragmented approach to the development of multiple container terminal facilities at the Cai Mep-Thi Vai port complex – situated on the southeast coast some 50 km from Ho Chi Minh City – has resulted in over-capacity, to the extent that operations at several of the new terminals have been suspended, due to a shortage of cargo and absence of ships.

Distance from major industrial zones, together with limitations in land side connectivity – and associated additional cost implications – all combined to make cargo owners reluctant to utilise the newly built facilities, in turn making shipping lines question the viability of making port calls at the new terminals.

Vietnam Ports

Picture: South Vietnam fragmented container port developments resulting in over capacity and underutilisation (source: ICF GHK Hong Kong)

Compounding the unfortunate scenario is the continuing operation of the Saigon city river ports in downtown HCMC, thereby supporting the existing inefficient operations within the busy city, with the related congestion and pollution, and further entrenching the incumbents’ reluctance to move cargo operations to the new Cai Mep facilities.

As a ray of sunshine amongst the gloom, CMIT (Cai Mep International Terminal) see many positive opportunities for Vietnam to capitalise on the newly constructed, modern, deep-water terminal facilities and their strategic geographic location near the ocean, not least of which is to connect south Vietnam to the major international trade flows from Asia to Europe and USA, eminently feasible assuming larger container vessels can be persuaded to return to Cai Mep and that multimodal hinterland connectivity can be enabled through effectively integrated logistics networks.

In the international context, Vietnam’s location on the South China Sea provides access to the main intra-Asia and inter-Asian shipping routes, which are forecast for above average growth in the coming years. Adopting a more holistic and integrated approach to deep-sea port development, and the related multimodal hinterland connectivity, will enable Vietnam to better capitalise on its strategic position and vast potential – with many opportunities to empower performance and growth throughout regional supply chain ecosystems in this Asia Era.

Mark Millar provides value for clients with independent, external 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 business operations, plan more effectively, 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 recognised him as “One of the most Progressive People in World Logistics” and USA-headquartered Supply & Demand Chain Executive named him as one of their 2014 Pros-to-Know in Supply Chain.


Raffles joins LSCMS as Corporate Member

rafflesRaffles College of Higher Education, a subsidiary of Raffles Education Corporation Limited has recently joined the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society. Raffles is the largest private education group in the Asia Pacific region and has an extensive network of 34 colleges in 31 cities across 12 countries in Asia Pacific: Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Raffles will be launching a new course on Supply Chain and Logistics and will be collaborating with the Society in a number of ways such as inviting industry professionals to conduct talks, workshops and seminars for Raffles students. Industrial attachments with the relevant industry players, site visits, and networking opportunities with LSCMS’ extensive network of organisations and individuals are also some of the things that can be coordinated to enhance students’ career advancement.


May 17, 2014

Benefits of On-Line Learning

Logisticians occasionally write to us to enquire about courses and training. We are more than happy to assist with this.

More and more we are getting questions about on-line courses. Given the exponential growth of on-line learning over the last decade and the amazing growth of MOCC’s like Coursera on-line education is now a widely accepted mode of learning.

In many countries, access to good, recognised, quality education and training is not always accessible or available. On-line learning helps overcome this. Also, on-line learning can be just as challenging – maybe even more so – than conventional classroom learning.

Additionally, there are several benefits of on-line learning that will help you acquire valuable career skills that you will not get from any textbook. These skills are essential to succeed in the workforce; they are also skills that traditional classroom students often will not develop until long after they have graduated – if ever.

In many countries today, having a paper qualification is fairly common. The individual with the soft or less tangible skills like high EQ is what employers are looking for.

The following are just 4 benefits we see from on-line learning.

Benefit 1 — Self-Motivation: Traditional students are required to attend a class. They meet with an instructor on a regular basis. Instructors deliver lessons, answer questions, and help keep students on track.

In an on-line learning environment however, you rarely have a set class time. In progammes that do not incorporate on-line webinars and the like, it is unlikely that you will ever see your instructor face-to-face.

On the positive side, this allows for a flexible schedule but since there is no one there to make you show up and learn, you have to learn how to stay motivated. You have to hold yourself accountable. Self-motivation, once mastered, is an amazingly beneficial skill to possess in the real work world.

Benefit 2 — Communication: Being a highly motivated go-getter is terrific, but what good is that when you cannot convey your ideas to others? Being a good communicator will be highly valued wherever you work.

On-line learning is perfect for helping develop those communication skills. Because you do not get to sit next to your classmates on-line group projects and communication with your instructor is very common and carry their own unique communication challenges.

The primary way you will communicate with them will be through written assignments, e-mails, and posts. To them, you are essentially just “words” on a screen or someone they will see on-line for just a few minutes. Communication therefore has to be clear and succinct. Your communication skills have to be sharp. You want every message, every paper you submit, to communicate your thoughts as clearly as possible. Simple written misunderstandings can lead to bad grades. On-line learning teaches you to communicate well and often.

Benefit 3 — Organization & Time Management: It does not matter how motivated and eloquent you are if you cannot juggle your school work with the rest of your life. As an on-line student, you have to develop a time management plan and prioritise your coursework, otherwise you can easily get left behind.

How much time will you have each day to study? How can you make the most of that time? Will you be able to be more productive during the morning or evening? How many classes will you be able to take at once and still stay sane? You have to ask yourself questions about time management from the beginning, and constantly re-evaluate your time use as your tasks and priorities change.

Benefit 4 — Adaptability: Regardless of how well you plan and prioritize, there is always the chance that something unexpected will happen. You must be able to adapt quickly whether it is a  crashed computer, loss of internet connection, or something else.

In a nutshell, employers today are looking for individuals with these four highly beneficial skills:

  • self-motivation
  • communication
  • time management
  • adaptability

On-line learning students must acquire these same four skills in order to successfully complete an on-line course. Regardless of the programme you choose, the benefits of on-line learning will help you build career strengths that will pay off daily in the real world of work.


May 1, 2014

The IoT – what is it?

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The internet of things (IoT) is currently a talking point, with industry pundit Chris Saynor flagging it in today’s eyefortransport email as the hot topic for supply chains this year. But what exactly is the IoT?

According to CISCO Systems:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet. The IoT is connecting new places–such as manufacturing floors, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems–to the Internet. When an object can represent itself digitally, it can be controlled from anywhere. This connectivity means more data, gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security.

Check out CISCO’s video here (or click on the image below), which is one of the simplest representations we’ve seen of data reaching into things and processes, affecting people and the way they work (wait for the garbage truck example):


If you want to learn more about the Internet of Things and how might be applied, check out CISCO’s website on the Internet of Everything.


April 4, 2014

LogiSYM2014 a resounding success!

Filed under: Economics,Education,Events,General,Logistics,Newsletter,Singapore — admin @ 7:58 am

LogiSYM is the region’s first Supply Chain Symposium and Summit, focussed on bridging concepts, practice and technology in Supply Chain management, to real world implementation and benefits that result in increased Supply Chain pipeline velocity, profitability and performance. The symposium was held last in Singapore on the 26th & 27th of March at the National University of Singapore.

Coupling Supply Chain practice with input from specialist academics from the region, the event was a resounding success with more than 250 attendees from Singapore and the region. It has established itself as a platform for mid to senior level Logisticians from all areas of our very dynamic profession to share real solutions, network, develop and learn new skills that they can apply.

Supported by major Supply Chain companies like Toll and DHL, participants of the event have asked the organisers to keep the momentum going by arranging a number of smaller activities throughout the year until the next symposium.

A few members of the Organising Committee

A few members of the Organising Committee

For more pictures and information on LogiSYM, visit



November 23, 2013

Headwinds Impacting the Airfreight Sector

Turbulence at all altitudes in the air freight sector!

Notwithstanding the turbulence generated by the vagaries of economic cycles and the resulting ups-and-downs of trade flows – demand for air cargo has declined in 5 of the last 12 years – the air freight market is experiencing a series of headwinds resulting in some underlying structural challenges that are impacting the sector as a whole:

 Regional supply chains reducing transportation miles

The world has moved beyond the globalization in which the western markets were the key drivers of the global economy.  The centre of economic gravity has shifted eastwards.  We are now in The Asia Era.

This is leading to some regionalisation of supply chains which involves more short-haul and less long-haul. The largest – and fastest growing – trade flows are intra-Asia, where cargo transportation distances are much shorter than Asia-Europe or Asia-USA, thereby impacting total cargo air miles.

Reducing value differential over shorter distances

Furthermore, the shorter the distance then the smaller the relative speed-advantage of air freight versus other modes of transport – for transpacific cargo flows the differential is measured in weeks eg 4-5 days by air freight versus 3-4 weeks by ocean freight. With the shorter distances involved in much of the intra-Asia trade, substantially lower cost alternative modes of transport may take only a few days longer than the substantially more expensive air freight eg 5-7 days by road or water versus 2-3 days by air freight.

Oil price fuels increase in operational costs

Rising fuel prices have been a factor in air cargo traffic slowdowns, diverting air cargo to lower cost alternative modes of transport – road, rail and maritime – which are less sensitive to fuel costs. The airlines have seen the price of jet fuel triple during the past 8 years, and prices are likely to remain volatile as the threat of supply disruptions persists. For the airline sector, fuel now typically represents the single largest cost component, representing almost 40% of total operational costs.

We will have to wait and see whether there are sunshine and clear skies ahead for the air freight sector.

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 business operations, plan more effectively, 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 recognised him as “One of the most Progressive People in World Logistics”.



October 3, 2013

ASEAN Port Expansion & Terminal Efficiency

logo8-9 October 2013, Suntec, Singapore

In an increasingly competitive environment, the world’s ports and operators are under pressure to realise their full potential and ensure they are operating as efficiently as possible. This highly focused event will investigate the challenges ahead for the region’s developing ports sector and look at key drivers and inhibitors to expansion and development.

With a detailed look at the issues, solutions, trends and outlook impacting ports and terminal development in the ASEAN region, speakers’ key topics will survey the commercial outlook for the region’s ports & scenario planning, as well as addressing operational challenges and competitive advantages.

Visit the website for more information

30% discount available for industry practitioners – please contact Cathy Hodge at Port Finance International and quote reference LSCMS-MM – email