Companies in Asia Pacific Eager to Innovate with Supply Chain Optimization


The adoption of advanced analytics has moved at a much slower pace in Asia Pacific compared to Europe or North America. Chief concerns preventing the adoption of Advanced Analytics in Asia Pacific. AIMMS Asia Pacific Supply chain optimization

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A planning guide for beverage manufacturers in Asia


Last week I explained how individual tastes, compounded by geography, climate and less developed distribution and logistics infrastructure challenge beverage manufacturers in Asia.

Trending Sources

A glass half full – the positive side of beverage reverse logistics in Asia


Over the last three weeks I’ve written about beverage manufacturing in Asia. I hope my series of blogs on the beverage industry and its unique challenges of operating in Asia gave you some new ideas about improving operational effectiveness of your own business.

Chainalytics Opens Singapore Office, Continues Strategic Asia-Pacific Expansion to Meet Growing Demand


Atlanta, GA & Singapore (February 1, 2015) – Chainalytics, a global leader in supply chain consulting, analytics and market intelligence today announced the opening of a new Singapore office to be led by current Managing Director of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region Tim Foster.

Gartner Announces Top Ten Best Supply Chains in Asia Pacific Region

Supply Chain Matters

Today, Gartner published its annual regional listing of what the analyst firm considers to be ten of the best supply chains in the Asia-Pacific region. Gartner conducts this ranking as a supplement to its Top 25 Global Supply Chain Rankings that are traditionally announced in the fall. According to Gartner, while most of these regionally-based supply chains still need to elevate their supply chain capabilities to compete on a global level, many have dramatically improved their position.

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Canadian Ports: A Fast Lane for Asia-U.S. Imports?

Talking Logistics

Prince Rupert, for instance, is the closest North American port to Asia due to the curvature of the Earth, and is more than 68 hours closer to Shanghai by boat than Los Angeles, according to its port authority [emphasis mine]. The post Canadian Ports: A Fast Lane for Asia-U.S. While the delays at the U.S.

Significant Investment Money Flowing Into Asia Based Online Logistics

Supply Chain Matters

Within the past few weeks and months, there have been rather large sums of logistics investments flowing into the Asia online retailing sector, with a special emphasis on improving logistics efficiency and unique customer fulfillment needs. Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Technology Transportation and Logistics Alibaba Cainiao Asia based logistics investments supply chain initiatives Supply chain Matters blog

Managing Complex Supply Chains in Emerging Asia

Inbound Logistics

Asia’s rapid growth presents challenges of its own, especially in the area of supply chain management

2015 New Year’s Resolutions for the Supply Chain Industry

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Asia Bad Data Bill Clinton Boston College Business model Career Opportunities (film) Certified Public Accountant Chief strategy officer Christmas Disruptions DNA Facebook Lead time Resolutions for the Supply Chain Industry Supply chain supply chain planners visibiliy

This is the invisible network that keeps the world running

The Network Effect

Automated Future Many-to-Many Network Orchestration Supply Chain Management Asia supply chain technology visibility Yantian Port in China/BBC.

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Asia Supply Chain Excellence Report: Issue, January 2013

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Supply chain executives in the US and Europe nervously listen to news out of Asia about factory fires, typhoons and labor disputes. Asia Supply Chain Excellence - Visit this site to learn about the Asia Opportunity. See previous issues of the Asia Supply Chain Excellence Report. Download the white paper: Leveraging Asia Supply Chains for Increased Value. January 2014. Subscribe. Supply Chain Risk in China: Focus on. Key Areas to Gain Greater Peace of Mind.

Lean versus EOQ? What’s best for your organization?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Best practices General News Lean manufacturing Products Sales and operations planning (S&OP) Supply chain management Accounts payable Africa Application software Asia Australia Cloud computing Enterprise resource planning (ERP) Information technology PricewaterhouseCoopers Software as a service

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Avaya’s Four-Year Journey to a Best-in-Class Supply Chain – SupplyChainBrain & Kinaxis Video Series

The 21st Century Supply Chain

General News Sales and operations planning (S&OP) Supply chain management Aid effectiveness Asia Best practice Boston BT Group Business administration Customer service Depreciation Supply chain by Melissa Clow SupplyChainBrain attended our annual Kinexions user conference, and while there, they completed a number of video interviews with our customers. And, we’d like to share them!

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How Many Do You Need? An Evaluation of Flexible Ordering

Supply Chain @ MIT

Featured Strategy Asia Pacific coffee retailing demand forecasting flexible ordering pros and cons Malaysia Institute Supply Chain Innovation MITDemand forecasts are notoriously unreliable, so how do managers place orders on the basis of projections are that are probably wrong?

A Brief Report on the Pharmaceutical Innovation in Manufacturing Summit

The 21st Century Supply Chain

General News Pharma and life sciences supply chain management Supply chain collaboration Supply Chain Events Supply chain management Asia Assembly line automotive industry Best practice Blacklisting Business model Buy side Castle Bromwich Gartner Supply chain

Is Your Supply On the Slow Boat from China?

Value Unchained

Enhanced Supply Chain Planning and Integrated Collaboration (EPIC) Asia china EPIC supply chain transparencyThere’s an old song my dad used to listen to. It was performed by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee, and it’s called “(I’d Like to Get You On A) Slow Boat to China.”

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How to Handle China in Your Distribution Network

The Network Effect

Reconsidering the conventional view can unlock new potential By Jim Serstad Managing Director, Asia, Tompkins International It is common to treat China as an independent network in distribution network design. Supply Chain Management The Network Effect Asia China distribution globalization logistics network supply chain

China on Track to Surpass U.S. as the World’s Largest Economy — What Does This Mean for Logistics?

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Managing Director, Tompkins Asia. Jim Serstad Managing Director Tompkins Asia. Blog Post 3PL Asia China Global Logistics Logistics Service Providers The Global Supply Chain Podcast United States By Jim Serstad.

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The Digital Age Is Affecting Everything

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Blog China/Asia Pacific Practice Consumer Products RetailJim Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International has just released his newest thought leadership video Supply Chain Revolutions: Responding to Digital Disruptions along with The Survival Guide to Digital Disruptions white paper. The post The Digital Age Is Affecting Everything appeared first on Tompkins International.

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What Your Global Forwarder Must Know about Importing to China


Global Transportation Logistics Asia China Global Forwarding ImportsWhile the stock market in China has been volatile lately, the Chinese middle class continues to grow and buy.

The New Silk Road: Have You Evaluated Your Freight Options?


China’s so-called “One Belt One Road” strategy connects the country via an overland and sea corridor to Central Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Global Transportation Management asia logistics Europe Global Trade

How to Implement a Successful Retail Omni-Channel Logistics Operation in Asia Pacific

Inbound Logistics

For any United States-based company interested in expanding its retail logistics operations outside of the country, Asia Pacific may be the most ideal location

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on The Coming Age of Urbanization

Supply Chain Digest

Economic Power and Opportunity will Continue to Shift to Cities, Asia, McKinsey Predicts

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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week on Is Growing Share of Global Manufacturing by Southeast Asia about to be Reversed

Supply Chain Digest

Share has Almost Doubled Since 1990, but Three Trends May Mean a Reversal of Manufacturing Strategies

Asia Pacific Leaders Wrap-up Their Weekend Meeting in Peru and Vow to Continue Trade Alliances

Supply Chain Matters

This past weekend, political leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum met in Lima Peru to discuss free-trade, and specifically pending ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). According to various media reports, the delegates sent a direct message to President-Elect Donald Trump, namely that they will move forward with Asia-Pacific trade pacts with or […].

Alibaba’s Plan to Go Global and Reinvent Retail With 11-11 Shopping Festival

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Blog China/Asia Pacific PracticeWhat used to be known as “Singles Day” in China has been redefined and rebranded as “The 11/11 Global Shopping Festival” by the holiday’s eCommerce patron saint, Alibaba, and with good reason. This year’s 11/11 is going glam, global, and digital. The post Alibaba’s Plan to Go Global and Reinvent Retail With 11-11 Shopping Festival appeared first on Tompkins International.

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Recent Port Shutdowns Highlight the Advantage of Modeling for Supply Chain Risk Management

Logistics Viewpoints

The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports handle nearly half of the nation’s cargo, and are the main gateway for imports from Asia including automobiles, furniture, clothing, electronic products and […].

Asia, better brace yourself for Usagi! He’s not in a good mood…

Supply Chain View from the Field

For example, in addition to Southeast Asia, the US company might consider a second manufacturing contract with a company in Ireland, Eastern Europe or South America — wherever the cost per unit is affordable and climate vulnerability may be less intensive.

Asia Based Financial and Disaster Developments Warrant Close Monitoring

Supply Chain Matters

In our previous Supply Chain Matters posting, we called attention to the announced acquisition of Precision Castparts by Berkshire Hathaway and its speculated impact on commercial aerospace industry supply chains. Already this week, there are two other developments with industry supply chain implications. Earlier this week, the People’s Bank of China elected to suddenly de-value […].

Thoughts on Upcoming Alibaba IPO: What’s in a Name or Number?

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Blog Post Alibaba Asia Global Retail Supply Chain Strategy The Alibaba Effect By Jim Tompkins. Since 1999, when Alibaba first started their marketplace of, it has been clear that the Chinese company has a strong passion for the U.S.

Trending: Effects of West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Retailers rely heavily on these ports for imported goods coming in from Asia. Blog Post Asia Global Ports Shipping Transportation By Chris Ferrell. Director, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium.

Reports of Additional Consolidation in Asia-Pacific Based Ocean Container Shipping

Supply Chain Matters

There are additional consolidation related events underway in ocean container shipping. The Wall Street Journal cites informed sources as indicating that China’s two ocean container carriers will merge by January. China Ocean Shipping Co. Cosco Group) and China Shipping Group Co. have reportedly been working on a tie-up for several months, responding to Chinese government […].

Bridging the Finance Gap for Asian SMEs

Supply Chain @ MIT

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are key drivers of growth in Asia, but they are hindered by inadequate access to finance, particularly from large banks. The lack of affordable financing options stymies the growth of SMEs in Asia. Regional and global supply chains also benefit, in that there is an increasing need for sustainable and financially viable SMEs in Asia.

Protecting and Preserving


However, Lumber Liquidators is learning a hard lesson that sourcing wood from the habitats of endangered Siberian tigers in Southeast Asia—and then claiming the timber came Germany—is bad for the bottom line and illegal

What do I need to do to get a drink around here?


How Asia challenges beverage supply chains. If you aren’t familiar with Asia, the unique complexities it piles onto your beverage supply chain are hard to see. If you live here, you know that to understand diversity of Asia, one only needs to look at our cuisine.

Logistics Trends Part 3


Labour costs increasing in China and elsewhere in Asia. The ‘factory Asia’ concept, which has characterized global manufacturing in recent years (i.e. Trade in intermediate parts throughout Asia is enormous, with assembly of components largely being undertaken in China.

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7 Tips For Your Supply Chain Risk Strategy

Supply Chain Link

This past month, countries in Asia experienced twin earthquakes that disrupted many supply chains including those of top automotive manufacturers.

6 maps that explain global supply chains

The Network Effect

Asia’s increasingly dominate role in manufacturing is evident here. #4 We all know that supply chains are becoming more and more global, but how often can we actually see them becoming more global? The site has compiled 38 maps that explain the global economy.

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Malaysia a Key Link in Asia’s Disaster Resilience Plan

Supply Chain @ MIT

Asia accounts for an estimated 86% of the reported disaster victims worldwide [1]. Asia has many low-lying areas, which means that flooding is a perennial problem. It is a multi-layered challenge that requires new levels of international cooperation in Asia, but the strategies developed could be a model for other regions in the world,” said MISI Assistant Professor Dr. John Park. Malaysia is the hub for humanitarian logistics in Asia.

New Year, New Economic Bloc – the AEC

Logistics Viewpoints

But if you live much beyond the shores of Southeast Asia it is likely news of this particular birth passed you by. Global Trade Logistics Trends Uncategorized AsiaRing out the old, ring in the new, so the saying goes. Indeed, because while 2015 was fading out this last December 31, the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was being born. So let me explain, because this region of 632 million people and combined GDP of $2.5 trillion is set to becoming […].