April – May 2012


Editors Comment

  • THE RIGHT CHEMISTRY

    The chemical industry in Asia Pacifi c, especially China, is booming. This presents opportunities for logistics service providers.... Read More

Market Moves

Strategy & Business

  • THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

    The supply chain maturity model helps pinpoint the location of a companyʼs journey towards achieving and sustaining supply chain performance excellence. By SHEKAR NATARAJAN and RON HAMMOND.... Read More

SPECIAL REPORT

C-Level Conversation

  • THE LURE OF ASIA PACIFIC

    With the ever-increasing popularity of online purchasing, logistics businesses have found a need to more effi ciently and cost-eff ectively manage their supply chains, MIKE MULLER tells LEE KOK LEONG in an exclusive interview.... Read More

Handling & Storage

  • DESIGNED FOR ERGONOMICS

    As trade volumes shift towards Asian routes, and intermittent orders keep the cargo flow erratic, the hidden benefi ts of an ergonomically designed warehouse and storage systems has come to the fore. By RACHITA JHA.... Read More

Software & Systems

  • CUSTOMIZING SERVICES

    Contrary to beliefs that automation breeds infl exibility to customize, information technology can add a personal touch for your client. EVAN PUZEY maps out ten value-added services to beat competition.... Read More

Track & Trace

  • FINDING THE ROI

    For all the advantages in total supply chain visibility RFID can create, building a business case for the technology has not been easy. Ironically, the fact that advantages are so widely distributed throughout the supply chain makes it diffi cult to narrow down the net present value of RFID adoption.... Read More
  • COMING TO A TIPPING POINT

    Item-level RFID is becoming a competitive diff erentiator for several leading companies in the retail supply chain. By MIKE GORSHE and ERIC VAN STEEN.... Read More

Vertical View

  • AWARD RECOGNIZES CEVA FOR INNOVATIVE CHEMICAL LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS

    Ceva Logistics has been presented with the China Warehousing Service and Management Innovation award at the China Association of Warehousing and Storage (CAWS) Annual Meeting 2011 in Shenzhen. The award recognizes Ceva’s commitment to developing innovative chemical logistics solutions that anticipate the needs of its customer, Huntsman, a global manufacturer and marketer of diff erentiated chemicals. Ceva’s Qianhaiwan Logistics Center located in Shekou has launched several initiatives to streamline operational process and to provide a secure chemical supply chain for Huntsman.... Read More
  • CHINA TO DRIVE CHEMICAL LOGISTICS MARKET

    Although the market for chemical logistics is likely to be depressed in 2012, there is no doubting that medium to long term prospects are exceptionally strong, although opportunities vary dramatically from region to region. This is one of the key fi ndings of Transport Intelligence’s report, Global Chemical Logistics 2012, written by Thomas Cullen.... Read More
  • GROWING DEMANDS

    The manufacturing footprint of the petrochemicals industry is changing rapidly in emerging markets, NEIL MOON says.... Read More

Last Mile

  • A RAY OF HOPE

    Shipping woes are unlikely to diminish in 2012 as a weakening global economy will continue to depress demand. However, there will be a few bright spots especially for Asia-Pacifi c, whose infl uence on shipping will continue to rise. By DAVID HUGHES.... Read More

Industry News

  • PANALPINA ADDS INTRA ASIA LCL SERVICES

    Panalpina announced the launch of six direct less than container load (LCL) services through its in-house carrier Pantainer Express Line. The guaranteed weekly services all run out of Shanghai (China), separately connecting to Keelung (Taiwan), Manila (Philippines), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore and Jakarta (Indonesia). The services meet increased customer demand for reliable LCL solutions on the Intra Asia trade.... Read More
  • The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

    The society will from time to time endorse corporate and public-run events.... Read More
  • DHL PARTNERS WITH SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

    DHL Express has partnered the Singapore National Olympic Committee (SNOC) for the second successive Olympic Games to deliver sports apparel donated by Singapore’s national athletes to refugees in Nepal.... Read More
  • FUEL CELL SUPPLY CHAIN REQUIRES MAJOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT

    After a long gestation period, the fuel cell industry has reached a significant turning point. To date, the industry has been supported to a very large degree by government-funded R&D and subsidies. Now, however, an increasing number of industries are moving to adopt fuel cells in limited volumes based on economic and business factors. Leading developers are experiencing double- and even tripledigit growth rates (from an admittedly low base).... Read More
  • CSAFE SIGNS MASTER LEASE AGREEMENT WITH SINGAPORE AIRLINES CARGO

    CSafe and Singapore Airlines Cargo have signed a master lease agreement. The agreement helps to expand the product off erings of Singapore Airlines Cargo to meet the highly specialized needs of shippers of healthcare and other high value products that require strict temperature management during air transport.... Read More
  • DAMCO APPOINTS COUNTRY MANAGER FOR MALAYSIA

    Damco has appointed Tanate Piriyothinkul as country manager for Malaysia to drive business growth in the country. He has had a 15-year career in the AP Moller Maersk Group, most recently serving as general manager, contract logistics and business development, at Damco Thailand.... Read More
  • BDP EXPANDS IN MALAYSIA

    BDP International has opened another global services center in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The US-based, global logistics and transportation services fi rm opened its first such center in Kuala Lumpur in March 2008.... Read More
  • ASSTRA EXPANDS IN CHINA

    AsstrA expanded Asian coverage by opening its second offi ce in China. Located in Shanghai, the new branch is aimed at developing logistics and trading business for the East China manufacturers mainly from highly-industrialized Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.... Read More
  • DATAMAX-O’NEIL APPOINTS VP ENGINEERING

    Datamax-O’Neil has named David Claar as the vice president of engineering. His primary responsibilities include providing corporate technical direction and strategic insight for stationary and portable printing solutions while directing global development resources.... Read More
  • U-FREIGHT OPENS LOGISTICS FACILITY IN HONG KONG

    The U-Freight Group has strengthened its operations in Hong Kong with the opening of a dedicated, full-service logistics facility after an extensive re-fi t and modernization. The facility is located in Tsing Yi, close to Hong Kong International Airport. U-Freight Logistics (UFL) has leased the 39,000 sq ft facility that off ers around 1,350 pallet positions and is targeted at fast fashion apparel and accessories.... Read More
  • DKSH EXPANDS PACKAGING FACILITY FOR HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS IN HONG KONG

    DKSH is expanding its repackaging facility for its healthcare business in Hong Kong to meet the growing needs of business partners.... Read More