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#24: Blake Larson MD International Lalamove

#24: Blake Larson MD International Lalamove

Blake Larson MD International Lalamove

Today I am happy to have Blake Larson Head and MD International  for LALAMOVE.
Founded in 2013 as EasyVan in Hong Kong, Lalamove is the leading same day delivery platform present in 129 cities in 9 countries across Asia. Through its mobile & desktop platform, Lalamove connects customers with professional van, motorcycle, lorry and truck drivers. Some of their corporate clients include IKEA, Line or Google. Lalamove raised a total of $161 mil in funding over 6 rounds. The latest funding came from a Series C of $100M on Oct 11, 2017 which means the company is now valued at more than 1 billion dollars. Read more

The single most important thing in START-ups: Hiring!

The single most important thing in START-ups: Hiring!

What is the biggest challenge for start ups?

You would think it’s raising money, closing deals, doing sales or finding partners.

Wrong! It’s hiring people. I bet if you polled a bunch of startup founders the data would be very conclusive.

Below we want to share some of the discussions we had with start-up founders and CEOs around recruitment on our Leaders in Supply Chain Podcast.

In talking with Paul Srivorakul Co-Founder & Group CEO of aCommerce he said: “The most important thing in a startup, before pitching investors, is to be able to convince the top talent to join your business. Because your business model is interesting, it address a real need and has huge potential. They have the autonomy of working on existing products today, but they can also build new products and services of tomorrow with your company. That excites them.” Read more

#23: Dr. Wolfgang Baier CEO of Luxasia

#23: Dr. Wolfgang Baier CEO of Luxasia

Dr. Wolfgang Baier CEO Luxasia

Today I am happy to have with us dr Wolfgang Baier, CEO of Luxasia. Luxasia is one of the largest regional distributor of over 150 international beauty and luxury lifestyle brands such as Clarins, Estee Lauder, Ferragamo, Hermes and Shiseido and they also have joint ventures with the Coty Group, the LVMH Group and Elizabeth Arden. Present in 15 Asia Pacific countries, and hiring more than 2,000 full-time employees, Luxasia aims to define a new omnichannel experience in the beauty industry in Asia. Read more

#22: Sanne Manders COO of Flexport

#22: Sanne Manders COO of Flexport

Sanne Manders COO of Flexport

This is episode #22 and I am happy to have with us today Sanne Manders, COO of Flexport.

A couple of words on Flexport, which is one of the fastest growing 3PL in the world. In just five years Flexport has distinguished itself as the leading software-powered freight forwarder, helping more than 15,000 companies deliver their goods to customers worldwide.

Sanne joined Flexport in 2014, soon after the company’s start. As COO, he is responsible for operations, procurement, and carrier relations across all modes of transportation. Before Flexport, he was at Boston Consulting Group, the global management consulting firm, leading customer relations in logistics and supply chain practice, working across worldwide assignments. He also sits on the advisory board of PortXL, which is the accelerator of the Port of Rotterdam. Read more

#21: Bijay Singh Global Head Healthcare Business Unit at DKSH

 Bijay Singh Global Head Healthcare Business Unit at DKSH

Bijay Singh Global Head Healthcare Business Unit at DKSH

This is episode #21 and I am happy to have with us today Bijay Singh.

Bijay Singh joined DKSH as Vice President, Global Business Development for Business Unit Healthcare in July 2015. He was designated Global Head Business Unit Healthcare as of July 2017.

Bijay Singh has twenty-four years of experience in the Healthcare industry. From 2004 to 2015, he held various senior positions at Novartis, a leading global Swiss healthcare company. Prior to 2004, Bijay Singh worked for eleven years in various positions for Eli Lilly in Asia and the United States as well as for two global audit companies. He has lived and worked in four continents and has amassed over 15 years work experience in the healthcare field across Asia. Read more

#20: Paul Srivorakul Co-Founder & Group CEO aCommerce

#20: Paul Srivorakul Co-Founder & Group CEO aCommerce

Paul Srivorakul Co-Founder & Group CEO aCommerce

This is episode #20 and I am happy to have with us today Paul Srivorakul.

Paul has a global background, being born in Thailand and raised in California. Although he got a BA in anthropology at University of California Berkeley in 2000, he caught the internet bug early and got a sales job at Ask.com in the U.S. (his brother was working at Apple). They both decided to become entrepreneurs, so they quit their jobs and moved back to Thailand to look for opportunities, and decided to focused on online advertising. Read more

#19: Matthew Tillman CEO of Haven Inc

#19: Matthew Tillman CEO of Haven Inc.

Matthew Tillman CEO of Haven Inc

This is episode #19 and I am happy to have with us today Matthew Tillman.

Matthew Tillman is the CEO and Founder of Haven. Haven was founded in 2014 to help commodity firms automate logistics, collaborate with partners, and gain value insights into their supply chain. With the goal of the platform is to essentially serve as the “Salesforce for logistics, capturing the end-to-end workflow of shipping cargo.”

Haven supports customers around the world from offices in Singapore, Switzerland and San Francisco. They raised a Series A round of $11 million. Read more

#18: Ed Clarke Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Yojee

#18: Ed Clarke Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Yojee

Ed Clarke Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Yojee

This is episode #18 and I am happy to have with us today Ed Clarke.

Professional Australian football player, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Yojee, an exciting logistics technology company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: YOJ) that has developed a technology platform that builds a solution to redefine the logistics industry and transform it to keep up with the e-commerce boom, utilising the global sharing-economy concept.

Ed has been featured by Executive Series in Australia, Tech in Asia magazine, Prime Mover, Proactive Investors Australia, Post And Parcel magazine and numerous logistics and technology related media. Being consultant, industry spokesmen Ed has been invited as a speaker to international conferences as an industry expert with primary focus on logistics technology, blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Read more

#17: Dr. Yossi Sheffi Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

#17: Dr. Yossi Sheffi Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

Dr. Yossi Sheffi Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

This is episode 17 and I am happy to have with us today Dr. Yossi Sheffi.

Dr. Yossi Sheffi, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management, which are the subjects he teaches and researches at MIT. He is the author of many scientific publications and five books:

Under his leadership, MIT CTL launched many new educational, research, and industry/government outreach programs, leading to substantial growth. He founded the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management. He is the founder and the Director of MIT’s Master of Supply Chain Management degree. He also led the international expansion of MIT CTL by launching the Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) global network of academic centers of education and research. The network includes centers modeled after MIT CTL in Zaragoza, Spain;Bogota, Colombia; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read more

#16: Marco Civardi Managing Director Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar & Laos at Damco

#16: Marco Civardi Managing Director Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar & Laos at Damco

Marco Civardi Managing Director Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar & Laos at Damco

This is episode #16 and I am happy to have with us today Marco Civardi.

Marco Civardi is a seasoned logistics professional with over 21 years of experience working in general management covering sales, trade lane development and key account management.

Marco is currently Area Managing Director for Damco Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. Marco is a hands-on leader and has built strong and stable businesses in VCML which are key markets for the Damco global business.

Marco’s previous role was Regional Head of the Fashion Vertical for Asia Pacific based in Tokyo for Panalpina.  In this role, Marco led a virtual team of fashion’s sales experts across many countries, including Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India and Australia.  Prior to that, he was the Head of Marketing & Sales for Panalpina Japan.  In addition to Japan, he lived and worked in Italy, Hong Kong and Australia.   Read more

#15: Dr. John Gattorna Executive Chairman for Gattorna Alignment

#15: Dr. John Gattorna Executive Chairman for Gattorna Alignment

Dr. John Gattorna Executive Chairman for Gattorna Alignment

This is episode 15 and I am happy to have with us today dr. John Gattorna. John is the Executive Chairman of Sydney-based specialist advisory business, Gattorna Alignment and he is one of the most respected supply chain thought leaders globally.

He has spent a lifetime working in and around enterprise supply chains, in many different capacities – line executive, researcher, consultant/adviser, teacher, mentor and author. He is passionate about the subject – some might say obsessive.

In the late 1980s, John became disenchanted with the lack of conceptual depth in the ‘logistics’ field; and as it turned out this did not improve much as logistics thinking morphed into ‘supply chains’ in the 1990s. So he started to search for a new model/framework that would better inform the design and operation of enterprise supply chains, seeking to satisfy customers and consumers, at the appropriate cost-to-serve. And he found it in dynamic alignment. Read more

Top 3 Skills Logistics Companies want to recruit in 2018

Top 3 Skills Logistics Companies want to recruit in 2018

The face of the typical logistics professional has morphed. This has resulted in the process of recruitment in the logistics and supply chain industries being more streamlined to identify innovative candidates who can speak the right mix of languages, with the right set of skills. In addition to logistics professionals, the increase in the need to recruit digital technology/ IT professionals is indisputable; their contribution is equally crucial to the safe and effective running of such large international businesses that are heavily dependent on data analytics and processing and other innovative advancements. Read more

Stuck in your senior job? Here’s what to do.

Stuck in your senior job? Here’s what to do.

Getting stuck in your career is a huge risk. Avoid it at all cost!

If only things would be that easy.

Many people feel stranded in management roles. Your shiny title and good pay may make you feel safe, but you’re bored to tears and there’s impossible to move up. Or you’re a VP who reports to a terrible SVP. How should you progress in such a situation?

Network Network Network!

Start within your company. Remember the colleagues you don’t have the chance to talk to? Yes, the ones from other departments. Maybe similar seniority with you, for sure with a different network than you. New network, new opportunities. Read more

#14: Erik Cheong Co-Founder & CMO of Park N Parcel

#14: Erik Cheong is the Co-Founder & CMO of Park N Parcel

Erik Cheong Co-Founder & CMO of Park N Parcel

This is episode 14 and it is our pleasure to have with us Erik Cheong. Erik is the Co-Founder & CMO of Park N Parcel, a Singapore-based logistics startup under NUS Enterprise portfolio, providing solutions to enhance the current last-mile fulfillment ecosystem. Their main focus is to provide online shoppers an innovative way to collect parcels in a hassle-free manner by directing their online purchases to nearby neighbours or neighbourhood stores.

Since its launch in 2017, Park N Parcel has successfully built a network of collection points with over 1500 Parkers islandwide in Singapore. Currently working with partners such as Carousell, Airfov, DHL and Aramex to prevent E-commerce platform & logistics companies from facing re-delivery and making their delivery much more efficient and cost saving. Read more

#13: Damien Dhellemes Country President Schneider Electric

#13: Damien Dhellemes, Country President Schneider Electric

Damien Dhellemmes Country President for Schneider Electric Singapore

This is episode 13 and I am happy to have with us today Damien Dhellemmes Country President for Schneider Electric Singapore. Damien is responsible for the alignment of corporate strategy and business orientation, as well as oversight of all commercial initiatives, operations and implementation.

Prior to the role of Country President Singapore, Damien led the end-to end Supply Chain organisation for Schneider Electric in East-Asia Japan and Pacific across 18 countries. He first joined Schneider Electric 23 years ago, and had since held various positions in the Supply Chain function of manufacturing, logistics, as well as procurement and sourcing. Read more

#12: Kenneth Lim CTO at Singapore Maritime and Port Authority

#12: Kenneth Lim CTO at Singapore Maritime and Port Authority

This is episode 12 and I am happy to have with us today Kenneth Lim. Kenneth is presently the Chief Technology Officer of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). He was seconded from the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), where he held the role of Cluster Director of the Finance, National Development and Transport clusters.

Kenneth possesses over 23 years of career experience in Technology. He first began his career as a programmer in PSA and later became the Vice President of Technology Development, Trade & Logistics in CrimsonLogic. He was the Senior Vice President of Market Operations and IT in Energy Market Company before joining the public sector in 2011. His professional experience covers the sea port, logistics, IT and energy industries. Read more

#11: Ditlev Blicher CEO Asia Pacific for DB Schenker

Ditlev Blicher, CEO Asia Pacific for DB Schenker

This is episode #11 and it is my pleasure to have as a guest Ditlev Blicher, CEO Asia Pacific for DB Schenker. Originally born in Denmark, Ditlev oversees the 14,000 employees currently operating across 400 locations in 20 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region for DB Schenker.

With over a decade of experience based in Asia, Mr. Blicher is no stranger to the region. Prior to joining DB Schenker, he was most recently President of Asia Pacific & Europe, Co-President Global Freight Forwarding and Executive Board Member of a multi-national supply chain management company. Read more

#10: Gender Diversity with 3 Global Supply Chain Leaders

Gender Diversity with 3 Global Supply Chain Leaders

This is episode #10 and it is my pleasure to have as a guests Annemieke Gelder – Founder and Consultant Supply Direction, Saskia Groen-in’t-Woud – Global Chief Operating Officer at Damco and Ingeborg Veelenturf – Senior Director Logistics Asia at Coach.

This will be a slightly different setting, where we will be having a panel discussion on a top topic for the industry: Diversity in Supply Chain. And for that we have with us three guests that I am very excited to introduce to you. Read more

#09: Chang Wen Lai CEO at Ninja Van

Chang Wen Lai CEO at Ninja Van

This is episode #09 and it is my pleasure to have as a guest Chang Wen Lai CEO of Ninja Van.
At 27 and with no logistics experience, Lai Chang Wen started a company that netted $45m in investments. The learning curve was steep and it meant 22-hour work days, sleeping in the office, and even sorting parcels and doing deliveries himself.

Ninja Van went on to redefine the industry by enabling next-day door-to-door deliveries for e-commerce firms and their customers And right now Ninja Van is one of the most successful start up stories in the logistics space. Having grown in a short span to a regional player, Ninja Van has a presence in Southeast Asia. Apart from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, they are operating in Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam too. And they are currently delivering close to 100,000 parcels per day. Read more

AI taking over Supply Chains. Are you ready?

AI and Supply Chain

I had a very interesting talk recently with Paul Bradley, CEO of Caprica International. One of the industry leaders best connected with latest technology start-ups. One of the most interesting topics? AI! It made me realize that change is happening faster than most of us anticipate and AI is a big part of it. Listen to the podcast here.

Moving things forward – “Every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it. These were the words used in 1955 to launch the very first research project that coined the term ‘artificial intelligence. Read more