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Discussion of shippers’ interests written by Ed Sanchez, executive director of the Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines.

A question of scale

A question of scale

Oct. 15 | Two years ago I wrote, for our magazine Supply Chain Philippines, an article looking at how the entry of foreign retail brands into the country could affect the supply chain landscape. There were many facets: new fashion labels, whether designer ones...

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Oct. 2 | “Where can we slot him in?”   I’ve heard this question many times over the past few months, in the many meetings, emails and chats exchanged leading up to the 2017 SCMAP Supply Chain Conference, which we finally wrapped up just over a week...

Changes are Afoot

Changes are Afoot

Sep. 20 | To me, September means two things: the annual SCMAP Supply Chain Conference, and the “Apple Special Event”, as they call it these days, when new iPhones are announced.   That coincidence has led to some tongue-in-cheek conversations at some...

Signal

Signal

Sep. 5 | I have just finished writing an article for the upcoming issue of Supply Chain Philippines, SCMAP’s magazine —it will drop just in time for the 2017 SCMAP Supply Chain Conference, happening in a couple of weeks’ time. It was about autonomous trucks,...

Butterfly Effect

Butterfly Effect

Aug. 23 | According to the recently released Logistics Efficiency Indicators survey, conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry with assistance from the World Bank, logistics costs in the Philippines form an average of 27% of total sales costs.   This...

Plugging the Gap

Plugging the Gap

Aug. 8 | Lost amidst Rodrigo Duterte’s recent State of the Nation Address—well, technically, his colorful off-script remarks—is a call for Philippine businesses to establish more manufacturing facilities in the country.   “It is not enough that we...

Will We Learn to Share?

Will We Learn to Share?

Jul. 24 | Some call it a “battle”—a battle to save ride-sharing services Uber and Grab from the clutches of government.   It sounds dramatic, and deliberately so. The recent discussion over the place of such services in Philippine streets (or at least...

Connected, Disrupted

Connected, Disrupted

Jul. 9 | Many, if not all, things in our lives revolve around technology. For instance, I’m writing this column on a computer. The sentence I just thought of does not quite work, so I hit backspace several times and replace it. You could not quite do that with...

Will Filipinos Do Groceries From Their Smartphones?

Will Filipinos Do Groceries From Their Smartphones?

Jun. 28 | Last week Amazon announced it is buying American grocery chain Whole Foods Market, a transaction worth USD13.7 billion. Pundits have described it as the biggest transaction ever for the online retailing giant. Arguably, it is also the company’s biggest...

From All Over

From All Over

Jun. 13 | When you’re playing host to an event, no matter how big or small your audience is, you have to stay on your toes. You don’t want awkward pauses, long gaps—you have to keep moving.   I did not have a plan in mind when I kicked off the first...
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