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Logistics industry well-placed to overcome challenges amid disruption

Five business leaders discuss the trends facing the sector as it confronts new technologies and innovation

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Ms Pang Mei Yee says disruptors, such as Facebook and Uber, have shown the industry that a good idea attracts investments and can attain success very quickly.

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Mr Poh Choon Ann says with technology, logistics players can provide quality assurance by replacing the processes such as automated retrieval and storage systems.

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Mr Ken Koh says there is a need to continually improve productivity, innovate and have a well-trained workforce with relevant skills for the industry to face future challenges.

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Mr Henry Low says emerging technologies will be crucial to new logistics concepts that were never possible before, such as robotics, sensor technologies and AI.

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Dr Robert de Souza says the overall challenge for the industry would be to maintain economies of consolidation from first to the last mile, both fast and cheap.

Roundtable participants:
(winners of the 2017 Supply Chain Awards):

  • Ms Pang Mei Yee, vice-president, head of innovation, Asia-Pacific DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation
  • Mr Poh Choon Ann, chairman & CEO of Poh Tiong
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