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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



September 24, 2014

CEO Series

Filed under: Events,General,Logistics,Newsletter,Singapore,Study & Reference — admin @ 11:44 pm

CEO_Series_2Session1The first session of the LogiSYM CEO Series was held at Hard Rock Cafe Singapore on Thursday the 18th of October.

The aim of this series is to make senior decision makers and CEOs within organisations aware of the opportunities for profit maximisation through leveraging of value within their supply chains, creating a more balanced business model that allows for growth.

Set in a cosy atmosphere to encourage informality and an exchange of thoughts and ideas,the first session was led by Mr. Joe Lombardo, Advisory Board Member of the Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society.

The 40 minute presentation was followed by a very lively and active debate that continued even after the event had officially ended. The first of such sessions in the lead up to LogiSYM 2015,

The event was successful in reaching out to a wider audience and a special note of thanks must go out to our sponsors Lazada, Logistics Executive and Oliver Wight for making these sessions possible.

For more information on attending or sponsoring the event, please visit our website at or contact the Secretariat at


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



January 29, 2014

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


October 3, 2013

ASEAN Port Expansion & Terminal Efficiency

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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


September 14, 2013

Invitation to SCLP Networking function on Wednesday 18 September

Filed under: China,Events,Newsletter — admin @ 11:39 am

Dear Industry Friends and Partners

The most recent networking function for the Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals (SCLP) community in Hong Kong was held on Thursday 22 August, kindly sponsored by JOC TPM Asia and Logistics Executive.

Organised and hosted by Mark Millar, the SCLP function was held at Insiders bar in Hong Kong where over 50 supply chain and logistics industry professionals gathered for industry networking and to hear about the fourth quarter outlook for shippers and logistics providers as presented by guest speaker Sunny Ho, Executive Director of The Hong Kong Shippers Council.

A full write up of the event is available, with the full set of photos online here.

You are invited to join our next Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals (SCLP) Networking function in Hong Kong on Wednesday 18 September – for which we are delighted to welcome guest speaker Claire Quigley of The Women’s Foundation, who will speak on the topic “WOMEN ON THE MOVE! – from Pipeline Development to Busting the Glass Ceiling.” (Click on the image below to see the full invitation)


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June 10, 2013

LogisSYM 2013 to address impact of 3D printing on Supply Chain industry

At the end of 2012, we were asked to give our outlook as to what 2013 would look like. Collaboration and more advanced methodologies of this such as Combined Distribution Networks or Horizontal Integration would be further developed. Oversupply and fuel prices would be a challenge for carriers. We have just seen a recent casualty of this with STX Pan Ocean going into receivership. We also indicated that in the area of technology and concepts to watch, we will see more interesting developments in 3D printing.

The prediction was that the application and market viability of 3D printing will be much faster than that of RFID and this future game changer will make some headway in 2013. Based on the recent buzz created by Singapore start-up Pirate 3D to raise US$100,000 in the first ten minutes after it made it’s debut on crowd funding website Kickstarter, it looks like this prediction had some merit.

The application and use of 3D printing technology is far reaching. The National University Hospital in Singapore also announced last week the purchase of a 3-D printer which helps them hold an exact model of a patient’s face in their hands to aid in the reconstructive and implant surgery.

At the rapid pace of development, 3D printing has the potential to change conventional Supply Chain models as we know it.

Local Manufacturing – More things will be made closer to their final destination. This will have definite impact on the logistics industry, and will change the way business try and schedule their operations.

Customisability – It will be easier, faster, and more efficient for companies to provide made-to-order products to their end users. A significant beneficiary will be Reverse Logistics pipelines.

Distribution of raw materials – There will need to be a dramatic shift in the way raw materials are distributed since these printers will require raw materials in order to produce the final product.

New replacement parts model – Business will be able to provide replacement parts as required instead of trying to predict the need and manufacture the stock well in advance (as they do today) and hold inventories in remote stocking locations.

Blurred boundaries within businesses – A closer integration of the various departments of an organization will be mandatory. A silo manufacturing department will no longer allow for a competitive business model as the technology transverse different parts of the business.

3D printing will definitely make the supply chain more complex and more difficult to manage but will inversely present us with larger opportunities for optimization and integration.

The companies that succeed through this transition will be the ones that adapt early and leverage the tools they need in order to manage this even more complex Supply Chain. There will need to be even tighter integration with all aspects of Supply Chain from S&OP to Project Management to collaboration amongst suppliers and customers.

Better visibility of the supply chain will be mandatory in order to understand how it is changing. But even more important will be the ability to analyse options and make proactive decisions based on the real data available at the time.

It is an exciting development for our industry and at LogiSYM2013, this development will be discussed at length, not only with thought leaders and academics but also with technology providers in this space. For more information or to register, please send us an email at


April 30, 2013

Asian World Summit launches the “Supply Chain & Logistics Excellence” conference

Filed under: Events,Newsletter — admin @ 12:02 pm

With the increasing pressure of unpredictability in the global market, supply chain professionals are challenged with the task to cut costs and continuously improve efficiency while still focusing on growth.


According to “The Ninth Annual Global Survey of Supply Chain Progress”; visibility, analytics, and flexibility are the key critical factors for companies to capitalize on growth opportunities. The survey shows that companies who are taking the initiatives to make sense of information via their analytical capabilities and possess the flexibility needed to respond; outperform their rivals in growth and profit. They are also the ones who vigorously manage the risks in supply chain.

Despite facing challenges in transport networks, government policies and hands full with running warehouses, supply chain professionals who are specializing in logistics and warehousing are compelled to deliver elevated competent performance. With many competing in the race to supply the perfect order, only the best in innovation and business processes will win.

Asian World Summit presents Supply Chain & Logistics Excellence conference which will be held on Tuesday, 14th & Wednesday 15th May 2013 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur. With the theme, “Profitable management of uncertainty”, the conference aims to unearth the best practices of re-engineering supply chain and logistics designs to stay profitable in varying environment.

The conference will feature speakers from companies with world class supply chain practices namely;

Adam Balarin, Supply Chain Director
Unilever Australia and New Zealand

Tan Suan See, Vice President Global Supply Chain & Logistics

Patrick Choy, Director of Supply Chain
DKE Precision Pte Ltd, Singapore

Paramesvaran Ganesan, Senior Manager, Warehouse & Logistics
Elken Sdn Bhd

Beth Gutweiler, Regional Supply Chain Manager Asia Pacific

For more information and request for brochure or call +603 2333 9350

As a member of The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society, you will entitle for 10% discount off the original price. Contact us now.



March 28, 2013

Upcoming Event: Strategic Warehouse Operations 2013

Filed under: Education,Events,Newsletter — admin @ 11:43 am

Conference: 17th June 2013
Workshop: 18th June 2013
Venue: JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gaining Competitive Advantage through Effective Warehouse Operations

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Strategic Warehouse Operations 2013 Conference

  • KEEP abreast of new changes likely to affect future movement and operations of goods and services
  • MANAGE performance gaps with warehouse management systems (WMS) and discover if it really is that cost effective for your warehouse
  • ASCERTAIN which processes and services would third party logistics (3PL) providers be of most value and how to achieve win win situations for both parties
  • IMPROVE warehouse processes with effective warehouse people management and planning
  • DEPLOY efficient inventory management and control to ensure adequate supply and minimize stock holding inventory resulting in reduced warehousing costs
  • RECOGNIZE the importance of having efficient storage and materials handling equipment & systems to improve productivity; quality and cycle time of warehouse operations
  • GENERATE cost savings by realizing the impact of warehouse operations on the environment
  • DISCUSS and BRAINSTORM on the future changes in warehousing
  • ACHIEVE better control and management of warehouse operations through measurement and auditing techniques & solutions
  • BENCHMARK against best practices and case studies from leading organizations in the industry

Some of the renowned companies who have participated in our events include:

  • Air Asia X
  • CPOC
  • Chevron
  • Shell Iraq Petroleum Development
  • Weatherford Asia Pacific
  • British American Tobacco
  • And many more…!

For more details of this event, do email with subject “WLS”

T:+65 6825 9618


January 8, 2013

Bigger Ships will make fewer port calls

Filed under: China,Events,General,Logistics,Newsletter — admin @ 11:36 pm

The maritime session at the Asian Logistics and Maritime conference in Hong Kong specifically explored the Ocean Freight Sector, with Eric Ip, Deputy Group Managing Director of Hutchison Port Holdings questioning the economic and business benefits from increasingly bigger vessels. The latest 12,000+ TEU vessels, and soon-to-arrive 18,000 TEU ships, present challenges for terminal operators who need larger berths, bigger cranes and deeper water in order to accommodate these increasingly large container ships – “bigger ships will make fewer port calls”.

At 396 meters and the capacity to hold 16,020 TEUs, the CMA CGM Marco Polo is now officially the world’s largest containership and made her maiden call in  Hong Kong on 13 November 2012

At 396 meters and the capacity to hold 16,020 TEUs, the CMA CGM Marco Polo is now officially the world’s largest containership and made her maiden call in Hong Kong on 13 November 2012

According to Andy Tung, CEO of OOCL, the intra-Asia trade is now the world’s largest ocean freight segment, representing some 62% of global total container volumes. He commented that for each single long haul container move, for example Asia to USA or Asia to Europe, there are likely two-to-three short haul intra-Asia container moves. Mr Nazery Khalid, senior fellow at the Maritime Institute of Malaysia gave a lively presentation on maritime mega trends, reinforcing that the containerised shipping sector is dependent on derived demand. Volume fluctuations are primarily driven by external drivers such as population growth, outsourcing trends, emerging new economic powerhouses, factory locations, global recession and financial crisis, rising awareness of climate change, need for environmental protection and fluctuations in the oil price. The shipping sector therefore needs to respond and react to these macro-economic drivers, whilst balancing the supply and demand of vessel capacity and related port capabilities.

The discussion confirmed how containerised ocean freight is at the heart of the majority of 21st century global supply chain ecosystems. Hong Kong and Singapore are the leading maritime centres in Asia, both blessed with strategically significant geographic locations and long standing histories as international trading hubs and maritime centres, which has resulted in best-in-class capabilities in logistics and supply chain management, based around enviable competencies in people, facilities and technology. Logistics and Maritime practitioners and communities around the region must work together to address new challenges in The Asia Era and solve how best to embrace new technologies and ever larger vessels.

Mark This is the first of a regular series of contributions by industry thought leader Mark Millar. Mark aas been engaged by clients as Speaker, MC, Moderator or Conference Chairman at more than 250 events in 20 countries and is recognized 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)