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

June 7, 2015

Putting a Stop to Contaminated Product From China

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

PodcastWill we ever cut off the flow of contaminated product from China and other offshore manufacturing sites?

The recent revelations surrounding Lumber Liquidators, which faces criminal charges for the alleged presence of the carcinogen formaldehyde in flooring made in China, are only the latest example of serious slip-ups in manufacturing quality control. It’s tough enough to police one’s overseas suppliers for violations of human rights in the workplace – and even more challenging to detect the use of unauthorized and potentially hazardous ingredients in toys, apparel, home furnishings and consumer electronics.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


June 5, 2015

The Global Map for Manufacturing is Being Re-Drawn

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

digital-map-1442178-mIn today’s globally connected economies, it’s not about ‘off-shoring’ or ‘near shoring’ in manufacturing anymore, but about next-shoring, says Dr. Karen M. Reddington, president, FedEx Asia Pacific.

Just a few decades ago the buzz was all about ‘off-shoring’ – where manufacturing moved to cheaper cost bases such as China or Latin America.

Then came something of a reversal with ‘near-shoring’ – of companies returning production closer to home markets such as the US as the price of fuel and labor rose elsewhere.

But in today’s globally connected economies, it’s about much more than just cost.

Now the balance of manufacturing is shifting – yet again.

Next-shoring – not moving manufacturing from one location to another, but “adapting to, and preparing for, the changing nature of manufacturing everywhere” is the new frontier, as a recent McKinsey report says.

The difference is that today’s revolutionary shift isn’t a matter of geography, nor is it a competition between countries or continents.

[Read more… Curated from Logistics Insight Asia]


June 3, 2015

Maersk Goal to Cut CO2 Emissions 60 Percent Per Container Within Five Years

environmentMaersk Line, the world’s largest container ship operator, has set a “bold target” to reduce CO2 emissions 60 percent per container moved by 2020.

The company has stated that the five year-emission reduction plan will save the climate around 200 million tons of CO2, roughly the amount of emissions of all passenger cars in France over the period of a year.

The announcement comes after Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Schueler recently launched the company’s 2014 Sustainability Update at a session dedicated to sustainable supply chains.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


May 30, 2015

When the Walls Come Tumbling Down

Filed under: Jobs,Logistics,News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:13 am

WallSupply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness. The author met with the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars winners, many of whom say that if their responsibilities are broadened across the entire supply chain, they feel they have a better opportunity to contribute, make a difference, and beneficially impact enterprise operations.

Driving this increase in cross-functional cooperation is a growing recognition that linking supply functions with demand will benefit overall enterprise performance. The industry organizations serving functions such as purchasing, production, and supply, which traditionally had little direct involvement in logistics operations, are recognizing this by starting to bring their members logistics information, research, and, in some cases, certification.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]


May 28, 2015

Indonesia’s Logistics Industry to Grow at 15.2% in 2015, Says Expert

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter,Research — admin @ 11:15 am

trends-imageA Frost & Sullivan analyst says over 1.1 billion tons of total freight is expected by 2015 with CAGR of 5.4 per cent between 2010 – 2015.

Gopal R is expecting strong private consumption growth, higher trade growth, lower external financing cost & oil price and infrastructure development to continue drive logistics industry growth in 2015. However, he said that rising labour wages will force businesses, including transportation & logistics to incur lower profit margin. He also said that the limitations to invest optimally in logistics infrastructure such as ports, airports and roads will hamper freight movement.

Gopal said that ASEAN’s transportation and logistics sector is expanding rapidly, which is in line with the region’s economic growth. He added that the projected growth in ASEAN countries will have an average growth of 7.9 per cent where exports play a greater role, while domestic demand is expected to be moderate.

[Read more… Curated from Logistics Insight Asia]


May 23, 2015

How Companies Can Create Ethical Supply Chains

PodcastCreating an ethical supply chain is clearly the right thing to do. But it can also help companies to cut costs and boost profits.

“Beyond Supply Chains” is the name of a new report from the World Economic Forum, produced in collaboration with Accenture. It was intended to address the growing pressure on companies to ensure that their supply chains are having a positive social impact on the environment and local communities. The timing couldn’t be better, given the litany of incidents we’ve read about in recent years: child labor, terrible working conditions in factories, the reliance on conflict minerals, environmental degradation and disasters such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh. So it’s essential that companies take steps to correct these deficiencies. As the report points out, however, they can also realize substantial commercial benefits from the effort.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


May 22, 2015

GE Team Builds Mini-Jet Engine with 3D Printing

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

3D PrintingGE engineers have been getting firsthand insights about additive manufacturing as applied to jet engines. News of their success in 3D-printing a mini-jet engine has gathered some attention.

The team reportedly made a simple 3D-printed engine that roared at 33,000 rotations per minute. The team who built it are at GE Aviation’s Additive Development Center outside Cincinnati. The focus there is on techniques in additive manufacturing for making 3D structures by melting metal powder layer upon layer.

In the bigger picture, Morris, GE Aviation’s General Manager for Additive Technologies, earlier this month said additive manufacturing “will fundamentally change the way we think about how we design our parts, how we manufacture components and ultimately how our products look and function.” He said that “all of us who work with additive technology at GE feel extremely fortunate to be part of an organization that has embraced this technology as fully as GE Aviation has.”
Later this year, GE will begin using additive manufacturing to create complex components of its newest fuel nozzles. This will be done at a new 300,000 square-foot facility in Auburn, AL. “Fuel nozzles are an intricate and highly sophisticated engine component that are key to delivering industry-leading fuel efficiency and lower emissions for next-generation jet engines,” said the company. The nozzles will be on the LEAP jet engine.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain & PHYS.ORG]


May 20, 2015

Ten Suggestions for Maximising Intermodal Efficiency

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:48 am

logistics serviceIntermodal transportation was developed to improve efficiency as U.S. consumer demand and shipment volume grew. When a trucking entrepreneur realized it would be more efficient to use the same conveyance for different shipping modes, without having to handle the cargo, intermodalism was created. The resulting interoperability of the assets themselves—containers, chassis, railcars—is evidence of improved intermodal shipping efficiency.

Shippers do not need to worry how well those pieces fit together; rather, intermodal stakeholders need to align their processes to drive efficiencies today. Blair Peterson, senior vice president of International Asset Systems (IAS), a global transportation solutions provider, offers ten suggestions for maximising intermodal shipping efficiency.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]


May 18, 2015

Gartner Announces Rankings of Its 2015 Supply Chain Top 25

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter — admin @ 11:16 am

IMG_2470.JPGAmazon takes the top spot in top 25 rankings; Apple and P&G move into new masters category.

The top five include three from last year — Amazon, McDonald’s and Unilever — one returning leader, Intel, and a newcomer to this elite group, Inditex. Three companies rejoined the list this year after a lengthy hiatus, with L’Oréal at No. 22, Toyota at No. 24 and Home Depot at No. 25. Those familiar with Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25 may wonder why perennial leaders Apple and P&G are not included on this year’s list.

“This year we are introducing a brand new category to highlight the accomplishments and capabilities of long-term leaders. We are, therefore, recognizing those companies that have consistently had top five composite scores for at least seven out of the last 10 years and placing them into a ‘masters’ category, separate from the overall Supply Chain Top 25 list,” said Stan Aronow, research Vice President at Gartne. “In this the inaugural year for supply chain masters, we want to recognize two companies demonstrating sustained leadership: Apple and P&G.”

[Read more… Curated from Gartner]


May 16, 2015

Four Crises Plaguing Latin American Logistics

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

latin-americaWe’re still waiting for many of the emerging markets of Latin America to emerge. What’s holding them back?

Four big obstacles, according to a new report from Transport Intelligence on “Latin American Transport & Logistics 2015.” For all its promise as a thriving center of manufacturing and logistics, supporting both domestic and international markets, the region continues to be held back by corruption, violence, poor infrastructure and government bureaucracy. (That last category includes restrictions on imports maintained by difficult countries such as Brazil.) Cathy Roberson, lead author of the Ti report, guests on this episode to discuss the progress – or lack of it – that Latin America has seen in the development of a logistics infrastructure that can support economic growth and ensure the efficient movement of product region-wide. At the same time, the report finds significant opportunities for business and trade willing to take a chance on Latin America. 

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]