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

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

Aug. 17 | A few weeks back we attended an event by the Department of Trade and Industry, unveiling consultations towards the establishment of a new e-commerce roadmap. Many stakeholders were in attendance, from retailers, marketplaces, financial institutions and...

Up In the Air

Up In the Air

Aug. 5 | Last week it was confirmed that San Miguel Corporation will go ahead with construction of a state-of-the-art airport in Bulakan, Bulacan, after the Swiss challenge set by government saw no other bidders emerge. The project, which is estimated to cost...

The Technology Element

The Technology Element

Jul. 22 | “Intelligent industries must be supported by smart logistics,” DTI secretary Ramon Lopez said at the beginning of this year’s Logistics Services Philippines Conference, held last week at the Philippine International Convention Center. Thus, part...

Breaking Point

Breaking Point

Jul. 9 | This is typically a column about supply chain issues, but as I write this, Metro Manila is in the middle of yet another water crisis, the second this year. With the rainy season slowly getting underway the situation has been somewhat mitigated, but still,...

Long Way

Long Way

Jun. 22 | We got a timely reminder from our executive director Cora Curay during our General Membership Meeting last week: we have gone a long way.   Years ago it would have been difficult to engage many stakeholders towards a common cause. When our predecessor...

Why Can’t We Take Advantage?

Why Can’t We Take Advantage?

Jun. 7 | One of the more impressive things I learned during our recently concluded Supply Chain Immersion in Bacolod is the use of drones to apply fertilizer to growing sugar cane.   Well, all right, it’s not really impressive in a ground-breaking way,...

Romance and Reality

Romance and Reality

May. 25 | There’s a degree of romance whenever one talks about Negros. You think of how the island became the nerve center of the Philippine sugar industry. You read about how Europeans travelled there to establish plantations, lured by the promise of fertile...

Belt and Road Anxieties

Belt and Road Anxieties

May. 17 | On the surface, China’s Belt and Road Initiative is incredibly ambitious: a large infrastructure program cutting across the regional superpower and beyond, fostering trade linkages between it and its neighbors. The initiative’s name echoes the old...

Lingering Reminders

Lingering Reminders

Apr. 30 | I write this column on the morning of April 23, less than 24 hours after Luzon was hit by an earthquake that shook both our structures and our fears. Is this the Big One? Is the Big One yet to come? Are we ready?   Sometimes it feels we aren’t,...

Unified

Unified

Apr. 14 | Now, forgive me for my simplistic understanding of these concepts. While I work with the supply chain sector I am approaching this from the viewpoint of the consumer, the guy who benefits from all of this.   My understanding is this: what works in...