This Week in Logistics News (November 17-21, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Menlo Logistics Keen to Build on 2014 Growth in South Asia. The robots keep coming — that was one of my predictions heading into 2014 (and the year before that too). I’m guessing it’s summer.

Anatomy of Agility

Supply Chain @ MIT

Dr. David Gligor , Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), is engaged in research to answer these questions. This post was first published in the Winter 2014 issue of Supply Chain Frontiers. Competitive play.

Peeling Complexity in Emerging Markets

Supply Chain @ MIT

There are as many as a dozen middlemen in this supply chain says Dr. Manish Shukla, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI). This post is based on the article Recasting Middlemen in the Produce Supply Chain in the spring 2014 issue of the electronic newsletter Supply Chain Frontiers. Strategy complexity India malaysia institute for supply chain innovation middlemen MIT produce supply chain wholesalers

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Guest Post by Arun Gupta, PhD

Supply Chain View from the Field

In its current form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the US and 11 Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries (Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, and New Zealand). Arun Gupta recently went to a conference of the TPP in Washington, and was invited to share some insights on his visit and what he learned in a guest blog.

How to Learn About Supply Chain Research From Around the World in a Few Hours

Supply Chain @ MIT

On January 22, 2014, some 120 master’s students representing about 30 countries will gather at the MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA to present 70 to 80 supply chain thesis research projects. World view. Research Expo displays 70 to 80 supply chain research projects from multiple countries.

What’s New in 2015 for the supply chain world? See 2014?s predictions.

Supply Chain View from the Field

Last year around this time I made a lot of predictions about what 2014 would hold in store…Let’s revisit some of these, and see what has happened (or what hasn’t!) Here are my predictions from 2014, and an update on what I think will happen in these areas. So, my predictions in 2015 really haven’t changed much since 2014…maybe we will see some real progress on these though in the coming year!


Don’t Fret: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement will not play havoc with the economic development of developing countries

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

TPP is a unprecedented trade deal in history because it involves 12 countries (United States, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam), which accounts for 40% of global trade. (The The global trade amounts to US$ 38 trillion in 2014, where China took the lead with US$ 4.2 Felipe Caro and Christopher S. Tang, UCLA Anderson School.

The Cost of Climate Change on Your Supply Chain


In 2014, three of the top five biggest supply chain disruptions were related to natural disasters. The report is predicting economies including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines could be as much as a quarter less productive than they are now.

Amazon vs. Alibaba: A Battle for Southeast Asia


Later this year Amazon proceeded to invest US $3B in expanding their ecommerce reach in India , in addition to a previous $2B in 2014. Lazada, a privately owned Singaporean e-commerce company, is the leading marketplace in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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In Chains: How to Approach Human Trafficking in your Supply Chain


In Malaysia, for example, one in three workers are victims of such forced labor. State Department’s 2014 “Trafficking in Persons” report included a tiered ranking of Asian countries based on how they complied with international forced labor standards. Malaysia, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand were among the worst countries for human trafficking violations, with Nepal, Indonesia and Iran mentioned as frequent violators as well. Are You Linked to Forced Labor?

Needed: A New Way to Manage Risk in Low Cost Countries


Faced with stiff price competition in their home markets, the apparel industry was one of the first to adopt the outsourced supply chain concept (Wieland and Handfield, 2013; 2014). By deploying the “fast fashion” business model, the apparel industry began to outsource garment manufacture to suppliers and subcontractors in low-cost countries, such as China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Chronic Risks for Electronics: Human Rights and Forced Labor


Companies operating in Asia are especially prone to unfair labor practices, particularly Malaysia, which has nearly 200 electronics factories. A 2014 study from Verité , commissioned by the U.S.

3PL Subway 2015: Strategic movements among logistics providers

Supply Chain Movement

Malaysia. Acquisitions dominated the logistics headlines in 2014 and that trend is continuing this year. After years of declining revenues in European logistics services, the business started to stabilise in 2013/2014.

3PL 101

Index Suggests Growth, But Volatility


percent in 2014. . The UAE, India and Malaysia (nos. After a year of turbulence, 61 percent of logistics industry executives surveyed said that they are unclear on the direction of the global economy or expect more volatility in 2016. In spite of this caution, 59.4

3 Mini Case Studies: Successful Supply Chain Cost Reduction and Management

Logistics Bureau

In 2014, Deere & Company was listed 80th in the Fortune 500 America’s ranking and in 2013 was 307th in the Fortune Global 500 ranking. The company began with a pilot operation using a manufacturer in Malaysia.

7 Mini Case Studies: Successful Supply Chain Cost Reduction and Management

Logistics Bureau

In 2014, Deere & Company was listed 80th in the Fortune 500 America’s ranking and was 307th in the 2013 Fortune Global 500 ranking. The company began with a pilot operation using a manufacturer in Malaysia.

Southeast Asian Pirates: Nothing to Shiver your Timbers Over


And while Malaysia managed to rein in the issue over a decade ago, hijackings and thefts have been cropping up further east, in Indonesian waters. In 2014, there were 15 hijackings. The Economist reported this week on the rise of pirates in Southeast Asian waters.

Is More Innovation in Education Required?

Enterra Insights

Robert Philkill, a senior sales engineer at Teradici, had a similar experience when he introduced his company’s products to remote schools in Malaysia. … Through this program, Malaysia is demonstrating the potential for bridging the digital divide between urban and rural schools in educational systems in other regions of the world.”[8] ” The Washington Post , 21 July 2014. [4]

China and the global textile machinery

Exapro Hub

By the end of 2014, more than 2,600 Chinese companies had opened textile and apparel production facilities in more than 100 countries and regions (with most investment going to Asia) according to the Ministry of Commerce. Malaysia: 25% / 49%. With a population of over than 1.4