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Discussion of shippers’ interests written by Henrik Batallones, marketing and communications director of SCMAP, and editor-in-chief of its official publication, Supply Chain Philippines.

Navigating the New Normal

Navigating the New Normal

Apr. 26 | We’re now seven weeks into this quarantine period across Luzon (and, arguably, across the whole country). While we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, the discussion has shifted towards what life will be once the enhanced community quarantine...

A Seat At the Table

A Seat At the Table

Apr. 14 | Personally, I don’t like the term “Imperial Manila”. It’s not because, as a person who lives round these parts, I am offended by the term. It’s because it implies that we want everything for ourselves, at the expense of every other part of the...

Like A Business Continuity Plan, But Bigger

Like A Business Continuity Plan, But Bigger

Mar. 28 | So, where do we start?   From our perspective, it’s been crazy, these past couple of weeks. The sudden declaration of a community quarantine in Metro Manila meant we had to figure out how to keep our supply chains moving, a big ask considering...

We Need Assurance

We Need Assurance

Mar. 14 | A lot has happened in two weeks.   When we last met, we had just fired off a letter to the Department of Trade and Industry, requesting an urgent meeting to discuss measures to mitigate what we believed would be the long-term impact of the COVID-19...

Clarion Call

Clarion Call

Feb. 29 | To be honest, I thought the COVID-19 crisis would start slowing down right about now, particularly when the number of daily new cases in China began to decline slightly. But, of course, there was no reason to let our guard down.   As I write this,...

An Outbreak of Opportunity

An Outbreak of Opportunity

Feb. 15 | I’m afraid I’m going to touch on supply chain resilience once again. But then, the developments of the past six weeks mean we have to revisit it over and over. The eruption of the Taal volcano, and now the novel Coronavirus (or, as they’re calling...

Smaller and Smaller Hubs

Smaller and Smaller Hubs

Jan. 31 | It happens fairly regularly: most days of the week, several times a day, we’d hear a rider from Shopee or Lazada call out to our next-door neighbors.   Do they order online this often? I used to ask.   Wrong. Our neighbors aren’t ordering,...

Supply Chain and Disaster Response

Supply Chain and Disaster Response

Jan. 18 | In our last column we were talking about the reminders around us of the importance of supply chain in our lives. This past week, we got yet another one.   Nothing underlines the importance of supply chain more than the response to a disaster. Here,...

Even More Reminders

Even More Reminders

Jan. 4 | While we associate the Christmas and New Year period with the chance to take a break, it really wasn’t the case. At least for us in supply chain, apart from the 24/7 nature of our work, there were reminders of just how important what we do is.   There...

The Force is Irresistible

The Force is Irresistible

Dec. 21 | Over the weekend I saw a college friend share what she calls a long rant from her husband – a rarity, as she described, because he doesn’t apparently post much on social media. Well, I wouldn’t call it a rant, but instead a well-reasoned plea...