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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


May 26, 2014

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.


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


August 20, 2013

What to do in the event of a Marine Cargo Claim

In the last few months a few of our members have approached the Society on what should be done when they find themselves in the unfortunate situation of receiving a shipment that has been damaged. This is a summary of what the consignee of the cargo should do.

• On taking receipt of a container at port it is the haulier’s responsibility to check the external appearance and condition of the container and check that the seal and container numbers match those on the Bill of Lading. Any issues or discrepancies should be recorded on the interchange report and signed by a port representative.

• The consignee of the shipment should also perform the same checks when the container is delivered to their premises or the unstuffing location.

• If there are any issues with the condition of the container i.e. significant external damage that may have caused damage to the contents, the consignee should leave the container sealed and unopened, take photos of the problem(s), and notify the Shipping Line’s local office as soon as possible. Do not accept or unstuff the container unless agreed with the shipping line and the carrier should be asked to confirm any agreement in writing.

Failure to notify carrier’s local office could jeopardise any claim, as the carrier must be given the opportunity to survey the container, prior to discharge or release of the container.

• If the seal number is different to that on the Bill of Lading, consignee should notify the carrier’s local office and the shipper to seek an explanation prior to breaking the seal.

• If the container is delivered without a seal or if the seal is broken, the consignee should suspect loss or damage – Do not discharge! Instead, call the carrier’s local office and ask if they wish to arrange a survey or to give approval to take pictures and discharge. You should ask the carrier to confirm this in writing. This should be done prior to contacting the shipper.

• Likewise if the container number differs to that on the Bill of Lading, the consignee should notify the carrier’s local office and the shipper. Do not open the container!

• On opening the container, if the product is damaged the customer should notify the carrier’s local office and take photos of the product, prior to unstuffing the container. Any claim for damage caused by the customer moving the goods will not be accepted.

Failure to notify carrier’s local office could jeopardise any claim, as the carrier must be given the opportunity to survey the container, prior to discharge or release of the container.

Documents Required When Submitting a Claim

The following documents will be required for each cargo claim for loss or damage.

• Itemised Claim Statement. On your letterhead, detailing the extent of loss and TOTAL VALUE of your claim.

• Copy Bill of Lading – including a copy of the reverse side showing applicable Standard Trading Conditions (STC’s)

• Shippers Commercial Invoice

• Shippers Packing List

• Copies of all available delivery receipts

• Copy of written claim made against Shipping Line together with their reply

• Certificate of Insurance (if insurance has been purchased for this shipment)

The above guidelines and documentary requirements are by no means meant to be an exhaustive list.

Handling a cargo claim could be a complicated issue.

For more advice on how to proceed, you should contact your underwriter or the Logistics Department within your company as soon as you are aware of a potential claim.


July 2, 2013

FedEx to add 1,900 light, fuel efficient delivery vehicles

Federal Express is adding 1,900 new lightweight, fuel efficient vehicles in a bid to achieve its newly revised goal of improving the overall fuel efficiency of its fleet by 30 per cent by 2020 against 2005’s performance.

FedEx said it set a goal in 2008 to improve the overall fuel efficiency of the FedEx Express vehicle fleet by 20 per cent by 2020. In March 2013 the company surpassed this with a 22 per cent improvement.

To reach its new goal FedEx Express has purchased 1,900 lightweight, composite-body Reach vehicles from Utilimaster, a division of Spartan Motors. They will join the 400 Reach vehicles already in service, bringing the number of such vehicles to 2,300.

FedEx is also working with XL Hybrids, a developer of low-cost hybrid electric powertrain system, to convert 10 conventionally-powered vans into more fuel-efficient, hybrid vehicles.

This conversion not only reduces fuel consumption and emissions, but will also extend the engine life of fleet vehicles by supplementing the necessary power with their hybrid-electric drive train.


January 3, 2013

Maersk Begins Retrofitting Containerships

As an indication of how seriously shipping lines consider the impact of fuel costs on rates and the need to reduce it, Maersk has started reducing the bulbous bows on 10 ships in the 4,000 TEU range to cut fuel consumption, while slow steaming. This is also an indication that shippers will in the long run have to accept and plan for longer lead times in their Supply Chains as it is unlikely that carriers will revert to shorter transit times any time in the near future once they have taken such steps.

Bulbous bows even waves created alongside vessels, reducing propulsion power, said London’s Containerisation International. On big ships bulbous bows are best at 25 knots, but unfit for slow steaming. Reducing their size reduces resistance, which reduces fuel burn.

The work is being completed at the Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry yards. According to the yard, a unit of state conglomerate China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, it has made smaller bulbous bows on two ships within three days. Maersk Line earlier estimated that it would take 12 days.

“Our team has optimised the production process of the bulbous bows, each of which weighs some 200 tonnes,” the company said on its website. “It was supposed to be built from five parts, but we managed to build it from three parts, thus saving time.”

Beihai Shipbuilding is reducing the bows for five Boston class containerships for Maersk Line and will also do similar work on five 8,400-TEU Stepnica-class vessels throughout next year.

“Following this, we will evaluate the business case before deciding whether to spread this to other vessel classes,” Maersk Line head of global optimisation and innovation, Niels Bruus said.

For Beihai Shipbuilding, reducing the size of bulbous bows is unprecedented, demanding innovation to complete. “The whole retrofitting process requires four segmental brackets and eight pillars. There were no past experiences to tap into for this kind of project.

“Our process is approved by the shipowner, ABS and Lloyd’s Register. We hope the project can help us enhance [the yard’s] reputation and improve market competitiveness,” the shipbuilders said.


December 31, 2012

2012/13 Supply Chain & Logistic Employment Market Survey Report

Filed under: General,Jobs,Logistics,Newsletter,Study & Reference — admin @ 7:56 am

Logistics Executive has announced the release of the  2012/13 Supply Chain & Logistic Employment Market Survey Report.

The Survey Report this year includes a new feature – Employment Market Trends and Predictions for 2013, gathered from market intelligence additional to the Survey

A complimentary copy of the report can be accessed at –

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October 15, 2012

LOGISYM: The Asia Pacific Supply Chain Symposium 2013


The Society will be partnering with faculty from Technische Universität München (TUM), National University of Singapore (NUS) and The University of Wollongong (UOW) to host 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.

Coupling this academic expertise with leading Supply Chain organisations in the region the event to be held in November 2013 will be 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.

The event will have a general and specialist tracks in these 5 areas:

  • Cold Chain – Food, Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Beauty
  • Chemicals and Oil & Gas
  • Supply Chain Visibility and Sustainability
  • Economic Impacts on Dynamic Supply Chains
  • FMCG & Retail

We are looking at working with sponsors, speakers and partners to organise and promote this event to make it a success and the Society welcomes you to contact us at to find out more. Information will also be available at our website at

Update: 22.Mar.2013

Theme: Supply Chains of Tomorrow: Ideas in Practice
Date: 13-14 November, 2013
The region’s first Supply Chain Symposium 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. Coupling this academic expertise with leading Supply Chain organisations in the region this event will be a platform for mid to senior level Logisticians from all areas of our very dynamic profession to share real solutions, network, develop and workshop techniques that they can apply.


July 3, 2012

18,000 TEU vessel on the cards

The next generation of behemoth sized container vessel is due to come on line next year with the commissioning of MAERSK’s 18,000-TEU Triple-E vessels. So impressive are the specifications and proposed benefits of these vessels that they have been presented with the Sustainia100 award at the United Nations Rio+20 conference as one of the world’s “top 100 sustainable solutions”.

“We are thrilled that Maersk Line’s next generation ships have been named to Sustainia100,” said AP Moller-Maersk eco advisor John Kornerup Bang. “Our ambition to deliver solutions for economic growth in a low carbon economy is a strong driver for innovation in ship design.”

The 20 Triple-E vessels, being built at Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Korea, will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 per cent per container, said the company