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

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...

The Renewal of Iloilo

The Renewal of Iloilo

May. 29 | Your first impressions of Iloilo would depend on how you get there. Most likely you’re flying in, which means you’ll touch down at the new Iloilo International Airport—a modern facility, and in my nascent experience in this country’s airports,...

A Fortunate Alignment

A Fortunate Alignment

May. 17 | For some, the Prosperity for All Summit—the ASEAN Business Advisory Council conference held last April 28—may seem similar to a supply chain conference. The speakers—a veritable who’s who from government and business, not just from the Philippines...

Talk talk

Talk talk

May. 1 | I was in Cebu over a week ago for the SCMAP Visayas chapter’s Sharpening the Supply Chain Practitioners event, a day-long seminar featuring some of the most respected supply chain professionals discussing skills that are critical to the trade.   If...

Consolidation

Consolidation

Apr. 18 | In logistics, consolidation is the process in which smaller packages with a common destination are combined and shipped together to avail of better rates.   In the past few weeks, it seems we’re seeing that in the supply chain industry at large.   We’ve...

Backbone

Backbone

Apr. 3 | I wish I remembered the exact quote. It’s a shame I don’t, as I just heard this last night as of this writing, from Dr. Frankie Villanueva, the head of SCMAP’s newly-established Northern Luzon chapter and a member of the faculty of the Ateneo Graduate...
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