January – February 2013

Editors Comment


    We kept hearing words and prophecies of doom in 2012 and we expected the world and everything else to end on 12/12/12. I remember reading countless reports of people stocking up supplies, posting up final tweets and even proposals on various survival methods with the best part being that we did not know exactly how we were going to end. Thus the hullaballoo went on. But here I am penning these words talking about it. So we survived the impending calamity, hurrah (or was there even one to begin with in the first place?).... Read More

Industry News


    Global supply chain services provider SDV – a subsidiary of the Bollore Group – officially opened its new warehousing facility in Pioneer Turn, Singapore.... Read More

    Dongfeng GEFCO, a China-based joint venture subsidiary of globally leading automotive and industrial logistics player GEFCO, recently joined hands with Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile (DPCA) as the official logistics partner for its newly established automotive spare parts warehouse in Beijing, signifying a major step forward for efforts in the realm of automotive logistics.... Read More

    Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc., opened its 37,000 square meter warehousing and retail distribution management centre in Singapore. Prior to this, Menlo has already established itself in Singapore for more than a decade.... Read More

    There have been several management changes on senior level in Damco. In February this year, Damco will be moving its headquarters from Copenhagen in Denmark to The Hague in The Netherlands.... Read More

    China will remain the primary driver of global production growth over the next four years, but the U.S. will remain the number two vehicle producer in the world as North America continues to play a unique role in the automotive industry according to Penton’s WardsAuto and AutomotiveCompass.... Read More

    Andrew will drive Kewill’s global finance function and work with the rest of Kewill’s senior management team in the creation and execution of strategies that expand Kewill’s market leading credentials.... Read More

    Yang Kee Group officially opened its S$120 million (US$97.5 million) chemical logistics facility, the Chemical Logistics Hub, on December 12. Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Lee Yi Shyan, was present to launch the facility, which is positioned to help address the rising demand for chemicals in the emerging markets in Asia.... Read More

    US-based UPS had sought to buy the Dutch firm to gain access to its European network and business in fast-growing Asia and Latin America.... Read More

Market Moves

Strategy & Business

  • Thailand showing great potential

    2012 proved to be a breakthrough year for Vocollect in Asia, as early adopters in Southeast Asia (SEA) and Greater China, began implementation of our voice-directed picking solution.... Read More
  • Business processes enhanced by technology

    Technology lies at the forefront of every logistical operation, and UPS took it to the next level in 2012 with the launch of DIAD V, our new-generation handheld computer. In addition to vastly improving the efficiency and mobility of our service providers, the DIAD V has allowed UPS to be even more reliable for customers – serving as a testament to our continual investment in technology.... Read More
  • Global economic growth expected to be modest

    Despite continued global economic uncertainty and challenging market conditions APL Logistics continued its growth momentum in 2012. APL Logistics made two important acquisitions that strengthen its overall product offering, introduced new products in emerging markets and continued to invest in supply chain technology.... Read More
  • Looking to Southeast Asia for manufacturing

    In the past year the Transporeon Group has expanded its international presence, with a US subsidiary in Philadelphia and new offices in Moscow and Singapore.... Read More
  • React swiftly and adjust to changes

    The outlook for the global economy is just as uncertain as it was twelve months ago. The year 2012 ended as it begun. The economic issues in the US and Europe are still predominant, affecting the general demand situation in Asian markets. Increasing operational costs due to the volatility of oil prices and rising labour costs prompting market shifts and have significant repercussions for the logistics industry.... Read More
  • An interesting year ahead

    Countries in the region, especially in Southeast Asia have been buffeted by the economic instability in Europe and America. In view of the resulting uncertainty, manufacturers should explore new ways to improve their operational efficiency, gain greater competitive edge and further grow their existing opportunities. Though the economic outlook for them remains attractive; much will depend on their ability to explore mobility technologies to optimize their operations based on real-time business critical information, and even more important is the need for them to optimize supply-chain efficiencies.... Read More
  • Headwinds in the regional economy

    MNX has undergone a tremendous transformation from a US operator to a global operator with a strategic focus on Asia Pacific. As such, the year 2012 has been a year of great progress for MNX throughout Asia Pacific.... Read More
  • The power of investments

    In 2012, Manhattan Associates delivered record total revenues globally and in Asia- Pacific over the last four reported financial quarters. We put much of our success down to the investments we make in our products, our technology and our people.... Read More
  • Cloudy times loom ahead

    The economic picture for companies in 2013 is cloudy. The performance of the US and European economies compounded by increasing costs and political issues in the Asia Pacific region is resulting in unpredictable consumer demand. Manufacturers, distributors and retailers are in turn frozen into inaction and are unwilling to make investments in capital or people that could spur the economy as well as their own business.... Read More
  • An exciting and challenging year for logistics

    2013 is sure to be an exciting and challenging year for the logistics industry; I expect a key trend will be a greater drive toward sustainability in supply chain operations.... Read More
  • Collaboration receives much greater focus

    Loscam is Asia’s leading provider of returnable packaging solutions, providing pallets and other equipment to the region’s major retailers and FMCG manufacturers and distributors to enable the effective flow of goods along supply chains.... Read More
  • Continuous striving

    In 2012, Kuehne + Nagel paid a lot of attention to the developments across the region. On the one hand, we faced challenging market conditions which on the other, opened up new opportunities to support our customers by providing innovative tailor- made logistics solutions.... Read More
  • More innovation and exciting developments

    2012 was an outstanding year for Infor. We greatly accelerated innovation, delivering 70 percent more products and enhancements than the previous year. Infor also forged new partnerships to create better user experiences for our customers. We also strengthened our leadership and commitment in the region, and this year I took on the role of regional director for Infor ASEAN.... Read More
  • The rise of 4PLs

    2012 has been a challenging year for the supply chain industry. Economic and fiscal uncertainties continue to impact growth around the world, leading to volatile demand. Supply chains have become more complicated as businesses are forced to differentiate their product lines to improve competitiveness. Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and political unrest in Europe have highlighted the necessity for businesses to always have a back-up plan. The new buzzword for supply chain management is “flexibility”.... Read More
  • Continued focus on vertical markets

    Intermec performed strongly as a business across the Asia Pacific region in 2012. Markets like Australia, Singapore and Malaysia continue to develop for Intermec while we are also increasing our reach into emerging markets in the region as well – where we see markets like Indonesia offering growth opportunities.... Read More
  • Reduction of the 3 'Ms'

    There are doubts as to whether it will be possible to overcome the substantial shipping supply pressure from this fiscal year. We are pleased therefore, that the correct decision following the global recession was taken giving an immediate shift to a light-asset business model by making changes to the vessel-type of new buildings from containerships to other that had already been ordered.... Read More
  • SMEs the key driver for economic growth

    Despite the challenging global economic environment in 2012, FedEx has strengthened our leadership position in the South Pacific region with targeted and strategic investments. For example, we have opened the South Pacific Regional Hub which houses FedEx Singapore’s air, ground and clearance operations under one roof and is the only logistics facility in Singapore with a special on-site facilitation by customs and checkpoint authorities.... Read More
  • Demand for automation to stay positive

    Despite the financial crisis in the United States and Europe, as well as weakening GDP figures from China in the last few years, some emerging countries in Asia have been performing well. These include Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. This strong economic growth in the region has led to a three-fold increase in Efacec’s sales revenue over the past 3 years.... Read More
  • An extremely busy year in Asia

    Today Descartes serves approximately 600 customers in the APAC region. The year 2012 was marked by Descartes’ continued expansion with several major milestones. Descartes was the first service provider to sign an agreement with Japan’s NACCS customs processing agency regarding filing advanced manifests for cargo in bound to Japan.... Read More
  • Cost reduction the top business driver

    Latest IDC Manufacturing Insights survey has highlighted cost reduction as being the top business driver for manufacturers in China, India, and the Southeast Asia (SEA) for 2012 and 2013.... Read More
  • Right track for bigger successes

    2012 marked a defining year of business excellence for DHL Supply Chain in Asia Pacific.... Read More
  • Exciting opportunities emerging in 2013

    2012 was an exciting year for Dematic globally, with new business and profit jumping to new highs. Asia Pacific was again an important engine for this growth, with more companies recognizing the importance of efficient supply chains to the success and competitiveness of their business.... Read More
  • Sustainable performance

    2012 marked important anniversaries for our companies in Japan and Philippines, as well as the 50th Anniversary of DB Schenker in Australia, which was also our first office in the Asia Pacific region. In line with this strong heritage in Asia, we continue to substantially develop and enhance our network, by investing in new facilities and infrastructure in this region, to better serve our customers’ increasing needs.... Read More
  • Improve efficiency and add value

    2012 was a challenging year for most businesses. Likewise, Datamax-O’Neil was impacted by the global slowdown in the manufacturing sector. However, the team kept its focus on growth and operational excellence, and we managed to end the year well. In fact, we even grew our business despite the odds. For example, we expanded our FMCG and public sector verticals aggressively by more than 30 percent, and increasing our mobility projects in key regions such as India and China.... Read More
  • Taking on larger customers in target industries

    2012 has been a busy year with exciting developments for Damco in Asia Pacific. We are always on the lookout for opportunities to expand our business in the region, and last October we signed an agreement to acquire Pacific Network Global Logistics (PacNet). The acquisition looks to strengthen our forwarding capabilities in Australia, Hong Kong and Mainland China. Our customers will benefit from improved service offerings, more comprehensive solutions, new products and access to a strong and growing global network.... Read More
  • Innovative and value driven solutions

    CEVA recorded a number of achievements in Asia Pacific in 2012. Notably, we expanded our footprint in the region with a Joint Venture in Vietnam to enhance our presence there and to offer fully integrated supply chain management services for customers. We completed our acquisition of CEVA Ground in China to strengthen our domestic network capabilities in this strategic market for CEVA globally. We are also building a brand new 450,000 square feet multi-user warehouse facility in Singapore which is slated to be ready by the second quarter of this year to support the demands of contract logistics and warehousing here.... Read More
  • Excellence through a unique culture

    BDP International (BDP) ended 2012 in its strongest financial position ever with a healthy cash position and a solid balance sheet. We posted record results, expanded our network and built on our industry-leading technology.... Read More
  • User-centric direction

    The year 2012 was a fruitful one for our company. Cognex developed a number of cutting edge technologies that have made an impact in various industries. We introduced our Xpand technology, which increases the field of view of a single ID reader by more than 50 percent. This means that retail distribution, parcel and postal track-and-trace solutions can now be deployed with fewer ID readers.... Read More
  • High levels of supply and demand volatility will prevail

    At the recent Supply Chain Asia summit in Singapore I started off by mentioning a partial return to “Profitable Proximity”. Organizations are doing a better job of re-considering their supply chain network and in some instances are moving sourcing and/or manufacturing back to the region where the demand occurs. In some instances, this is a massive change to the overall supply chain infrastructure. This decision is being justified when companies really start to examine the entire “cost-toserve”.... Read More
  • Rise in volumes in CIS trading lanes

    2012 proved to be a significant year in the development of ART Logistics. We were contracted by a major player in the Mongo-... Read More
  • Automation to be key driver in 2013

    The company entered 2012 with an extraordinary high order and quote bank, so our budget projects for 2012 were optimistically high. Fortunately our predictions were accurate with the company again posting record results for APAC Middle-East and Africa with consolidated sales close to 200 million Euros which is some 35 percent up on 2011. I think this firmly established the company as the number 1 supplier of Industrial and Automated systems in APAC (outside of Japan).... Read More
  • Resiliency management is everyoneʼs business

    Despite the hype around supply chain end to end planning, value chain management grows ever more complex. Conflicting and competing incentives challenge partner alignment efforts. Unexpected changes can suddenly ripple through the value chain fast leaving people unaware. It takes time and a concerted effort to bring everyone together and despite ourselves, we still get things wrong.... Read More
  • Still some uncertainty in the global market

    The year of 2012 proved to be a challenging year in terms of managing increasing costs in Asia Pacific, driven by high oil prices and rising land and labour costs and a depressed global economy.... Read More

    Challenges and possible shortcomings look almost like clichéd words but it is all not doom and gloom for the industries across the logistics sector. The leaders share with SYED SHAH their strategies for success in a potentially diffi cult year ahead.... Read More



    Hong Kong SAR looks all set to continue its prime position as a logistics hub in Asia through 2013 with proposed expansions in the pipeline to both its air and sea facilities. MARK MILLAR sheds insight as to why this is the case.... Read More

Track & Trace


    There are many great advantages to using RFID especially for extensive amounts of data in operations that are out of the line of sight. FREDDY FAM explores these advantages and concepts of RFID.... Read More

Handling & Storage


    The trucking scene in the Indian sub continent has not been getting much of a good press for the longest time but it looks like that stereotype is slowly changing, according to RAMESH KUMAR who sat in on a long road trip – in a truck.... Read More

Last Mile


    MARK MILLAR shares his thoughts on Supply Chain Ecosystems and the five (critical) ʻRsʼ for the supply chain market in Asia.... Read More