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

Almost cashless in Hong Kong

Almost cashless in Hong Kong

Dec. 10 | In 1997, after years of planning and coordination between various public transport bodies, the Hong Kong government unveiled the Octopus card, a contactless card system allowing for easier collection of fares for the city’s trains and buses, It was...

The Infrastructure We Truly Need

The Infrastructure We Truly Need

Nov. 27 | HONG KONG—It’s been a year since I renewed my driver’s license, and like most of you, I still have yet to get my card. Until I get it, I’ll always have this tinge of discomfort knowing I only have a receipt to get me by. Occasionally, I check...

Integration Non-Stop

Integration Non-Stop

Nov. 13 | Today marks the beginning of the 31st ASEAN Leaders’ Summit, marking fifty years since the founding of the regional community, and the culmination of the Philippines’ chairmanship of the organization this year.   Once again, topics of relevance...

Why Enter Logistics?

Why Enter Logistics?

Nov. 1 | The Lucio Tan group is the next conglomerate looking to grow their presence in the logistics industry. While it already operates several companies connected to aviation – not the least flag carrier Philippine Airlines – it’s looking to...

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...
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