Author Archive for Bob Gill

Airships – for Logistics?

Airships. Maybe it’s just me but whenever I hear that word it’s a grainy black & white newsreel of the Hindenburg spectacularly burning up over New Jersey in 1937 at the end of a transatlantic flight that centers in my mind. So I was intrigued when one of my fellow organizing committee members for the LogiSYM 2017 logistics and supply chain conference in Singapore proposed a session on the newest generation of airships and their […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: The View from Asia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a speech to American business leaders in New York on September 19 said this: “Japan and the US must each obtain domestic approval of the TPP as soon as possible. Success or failure will sway the direction of the global free trade system, and the strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific.” His words echo those of other Asian government signatories to the 12-nation free trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific […]

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The Rise of the Logistics M&A Mega Deal

As well as 2015 being the warmest year since records began (in 1850), it was also pretty hot 12 months in the area of business mergers and acquisitions, which hit a new high of $4.3 trillion in deals struck. Specifically in the logistics industry, several so-called mega deals led to a near year-on-year doubling of M&A value to $173 billion, according to data from PwC. Prominent among the 2015 deals: FedEx’s $4.8 billion grab for […]

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New Year, New Economic Bloc – the AEC

Ring out the old, ring in the new, so the saying goes. Indeed, because while 2015 was fading out this last December 31, the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was being born. But if you live much beyond the shores of Southeast Asia it is likely news of this particular birth passed you by. So let me explain, because this region of 632 million people and combined GDP of $2.5 trillion is set to become an […]

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Indonesia Looks to Infrastructure to Give Logistics Boost

I wrote previously on this blog about how Singapore’s superior infrastructure has helped to make it a stand-out performer in logistics in the Asia region and, indeed, globally. But you don’t have to go very away from the Lion City to find a country that is conversely hampered by inadequate infrastructure and poor logistics performance. I am talking about Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world by population (250 million), the biggest economy in […]

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Logistics to the Rescue!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … Thunderbirds are go! If you have ever seen this British TV puppet animation series or the Hollywood movie spin-off, you’ll know that Thunderbirds is about an organization called International Rescue, which is called into action when a disaster strikes somewhere around the world. From their base in Tracy Island, the Tracy brothers ­– Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John ­– usually face severe time pressure to get to the […]

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Singapore’s High Technology Port Delivers a Logistics Edge

First-time visitors coming in to Singapore’s Changi Airport often remark on its salubrious surroundings and smooth, efficient processes – a main performance target is to have the first bag on the belt within 12 minutes of aircraft touchdown, for instance. But this is not just for show. Well beyond the airport, world-class infrastructure and high performance in logistics are key elements of Singapore’s efforts to attract people and businesses and build its position as a […]

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Picking with Vision

An announcement from DHL a few weeks ago heralding the success of a pilot project in Europe  involving the use of augmented reality for order picking is yet more evidence that when it comes to high technology, the once humble warehouse is not being left behind. For three weeks, 10 workers at a DHL customer (Ricoh) facility in Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands were equipped with smart glasses (including Google Glass and VuzixM100) that […]

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The WTO: Troubles in Trade

The reaction came thick and fast. Logistics service provider Agility referred to it as a tragic failure, no less, citing big losers in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS, in the form of the Express Association of America, bemoaned the loss of potentially large gains in world trade, GDP and jobs. In Washington, the National Association of Manufacturers said an agreement would have stimulated growth in the developing […]

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