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    Will there be sufficient logistics skills to meet region's future demand?

    Business, Chris Catto-Smith, Published on 11/03/2015

    » It is coming up to 20 years since I arrived in Asia, and for most of that time I have worked in the niche professional field of logistics and supply chain consulting. Today there are many logistics professionals employed by large companies in functional roles ranging from procurement and transport to warehousing and demand management, but very few consultants.

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    ECR: From early collaboration to a logistics revolution

    Business, Chris Catto-Smith, Published on 21/09/2016

    » Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) is a strategic approach to improving services to consumers through close cooperation among retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. Its primary aim is to develop and disseminate best practices in supply chains. The impact on the international retail industry in particular has been dramatic over the past two decades.

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    New expectations for supply-chain skills development

    Business, Chris Catto-Smith, Published on 28/01/2015

    » In our last article, we presented our State of the Nation for the Supply Chain as it applied to this region. We felt it challenged the readiness of many organisations to embrace supply-chain management (SCM) development opportunities, and in reality our message was clear. Many large organisations are not even mastering the basics and are struggling in how to establish appropriate supply-chain strategies and improvement initiatives that can support efficient cross-business processes while developing internal functional skills to support them.

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    Controlling the supply chain at retail speed

    Business, Chris Catto-Smith, Published on 31/07/2013

    » Whether they're pooling loads or promoting best practices, Thai retailers are now recognising that consolidation and collaboration have been powerful strategies that have fuelled their collective success.

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    Developing scm skills in southeast asia

    Business, Chris Catto-Smith, Published on 15/08/2012

    » With the growing acceptance that good logistics and supply chain performance is critical to maintaining competitiveness and success, business and government leaders realise that further investment is needed to develop more appropriate managerial skills and capabilities.

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    Managing talent in the supply chain

    Business, Chris Catto-Smith, Published on 18/07/2012

    » In a business world of increasing complexity, globalisation, fluctuating economic conditions and rapidly expanding new markets, supply chain management has become a critical component to achieve success or even just ensure corporate survival. However, Southeast Asia faces an even greater challenge to match new investments in national infrastructure with effective supply chain and logistic capabilities to ensure competitiveness and sustainable growth. Ironically, some previously restricted markets (most recently being opened for development and enjoying an influx of financial investment to develop their economies) are facing a huge gap in supply chain and logistics talent to make it all happen.

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