Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of cold chain logistics facilities in the Philippines driven by high domestic consumption, and the ongoing shift in consumer habits. This rapid increase requires better infrastructure and the need to minimize supply chain risks in order to maximimze the growth potential.
Industry 4.0 is set to change the way businesses operate. In an exclusive interview, Frans Kok, General Manager of AEB Asia Pacific, shares his thoughts on what the future may hold for the supply chain. The conversation takes us from the benefits of creating transparancy and flexibility to the level of technical advancement in the various industries in Singapore.
In this interview by Future Ready Singapore, Frans Kok, General Manager of AEB Asia Pacific, shares his insights into the fast-moving trends in Asia's supply chain and logistics sectors. The Q&A includes questions about developments in e-commerce logistics, last mile innovations and new disruptive technologies such as 3D printing, predictive analysis, and more.
Managing freight costs is an exercise in trimming operational costs, and substantial cost savings cannot be underestimated. For companies that are constantly looking at managing their logistics costs, complementing their existing talent and technology capabilities with digital tools by using an outsourced strategy might be the best cost-effective solution that they can easily adopt.
With the digital revolution taking over every aspect of life, supply chain and logistics also need to keep up, or they will be left in the dust of innovation. By integrating technology into these business aspects, enterprises can save time and expenses. Gadgets Magazine speaks with AEB's MD and GM Asia Pacific about the Internet of Things (IoT) entering the supply chain landscape.
In this interview with Mr. Markus Meissner, Managing Director of AEB, Business Mirror talks about the intense competition among various sectors to get the best possible manpower in the information-technology (IT) sector.
AEB’s new white paper introduces the four fundamental pillars of export controls: sanction list screening, embargo checks, critical goods screening, and end-use checks. It details what exactly companies are required to check and what role IT systems play in ensuring global trade compliance. It also helps businesses to determine whether their ERP system is up to the export controls challenge, based on ten practical tips and a useful check list.
Cloud technology will enable logistics managers to achieve the visibility required to meet the demands of the modern supply chain. Cloud-based or hybrid systems make it possible for multiple sources to update and refer to the same set of data. By utilizing the IoT and cloud technology, businesses will be one step closer to visibility excellence and supply chain collaboration.
Mobile apps are now being considered by enterprises as the go-to software for inter-connecting all essential components of the supply chain. The benefit of mobile platforms is that they extend automation and instant access to information throughout an organization, harnessing mobility to connect workers to the information they need, in real time.
For businesses to realize the benefits of greater supply chain visibility and better processes, cross-functional knowledge transfer and regular information sharing is - both within a company and between partners - is crucial.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are the backbone of many businesses. Users are largely satisfied with their solutions but the level of satisfaction varies widely depending on which part of the business the system supports. Many companies face a dilemma, especially when it comes to supporting their own logistics and foreign trade operations: Is it better to model the processes in the ERP system or turn to best-of-breed solutions?
Managing Director, Markus Meissner and General Manager (APAC) of AEB, Frans Kok sit down with Clara Tan of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore to share their thoughts on the latest challenges in the supply chain management software industry and the importance of technology and diversity in business.
Is the popular term ‘big data’ all hype and no substance? The definition of the highly-evolving term is now so broad that it could be used to describe the simplest of data analytics. Today, the number of daily searches on Google for ‘big data’ has increased twelvefold in the span of just 4 years. But it does not necessarily mean that the technology behind the term will go out together with it. Big data technology will have the opportunity to become more clearly defined than ever.
Capturing and analyzing the right data correctly is important, but what good does this knowledge do if you lack the capacity to respond accordingly? "If you want to benefit from big data over the long term, you also need to build up a highly agile and flexible supply chain to take advantage of the insight that it can bring." says Frans Kok, General Manager of AEB (Asia Pacific).
The automotive industry is both complex and fast paced, with about 25 vehicles produced every minute in ASEAN alone. Supplying this fast moving and high spec industry means being subject to some of the strictest shipping requirements. In an effort to cope with these challenges, Stabilus uses AEB's Transport & Freight Management software to improve their shipping quality and customer service.
On opening a new Asian Parts and Logistics Centre in Singapore in 2014, GEA implemented AEB’s ASSIST4 software, a comprehensive solution suite for logistics companies that aims to improve the management of complex logistics operations.
AEB has launched a dedicated educational programme in the region that combines a series of whitepapers tackling key challenges facing Asian supply chain managers, such as freight cost calculation, allocation and purchasing and efficient freight invoice auditing, and culminates in the SCA Roundtable event in Singapore on 17th April.