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The new question for AEC businesses: 'Growth at what cost?'

The "growth-at-all-costs" strategy is dead. The Asean Economic Community changes things for Asean businesses; those with leaner, agile supply chains, especially, will come out ahead.

One way for Asean businesses to streamline their supply chains cost-effectively is to outsource the integration and management of the supply chain to a specialist third party. Investment in a supply-chain platform will typically pay for its outlay within two years in most cases.

WITH the Asean Economic Community (AEC) now defining trade relationships and agreements throughout South-east Asia, the region's businesses can no longer pursue a "growth-at-all-costs" strategy when it comes to regional trade. The region's economic growth shows little sign of reaccelerating in...

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