Supply Chain Management

Lessons learned bode well for Asian business

HSBC has noticed much keener demand for banking solutions that promote connectivity in Asian businesses. Photo: Reuters

This has been a tough year for business, but beyond the headlines is a compelling Asian story of robustness, adaptability and entrepreneurial flair that bodes well for next year.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 3:58am

Apple in drive against excessive overtime at Chinese factories

A group of touts gather outside an Apple store offering other iPhone models on the first day of release for the iPhone 5 in Beijing. Photo: EPA

Apple, the world's biggest technology company, has started monitoring weekly data on the working hours of more than one million employees in its production supply chain, which is largely located in China.

20 Dec 2012 - 7:28am

Logistics costs up 18.5pc, report says

China's domestic logistics industry is facing a raft of challenges, including high costs, poor infrastructure, a lack of human resources, varying government regulations and uncertainties created by a slowdown in the mainland economy.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Industry aims to overcome challenges

The global supply chain for apparel and footwear continues to explore growth opportunities through strategic partnerships, enhanced efficiency and a well-balanced sourcing mix. This is amid such challenges as industry consolidation and the erosion of China's competitiveness, say prominent industry players.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Catholics urged to shun chain stores

The Catholic church has launched a campaign in support of small businesses by encouraging people to give up relying on chain stores for Lent and support their local shopkeeper.

The Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs yesterday appealed to Catholics to shop in small stores in their neighbourhood instead of chain supermarkets and department stores.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

High tide for logistics talent

Think of it as Hong Kong's life blood. According to Financial Secretary John Tsang, trade and logistics comprise the heftiest of the city's economic pillars, with about 24 per cent of GDP and 24 per cent of total employment - some 800,000 people.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Supply chain expert delivers

Supply chain management major Barloworld Logistics celebrates a decade of supply chain management success and innovation this month, and is gearing up for continued growth. Since the inception of the youngest company in the global Barloworld Group in 2001, it has achieved many milestones:

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Trading portal for shipping eyes IPO

A mainland online trading portal for the shipping industry is planning to set up a joint venture with logistics firms and freight forwarders before a possible initial public offering in Hong Kong or on a rival offshore bourse by 2015.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Storage boom as stores rush in

The accelerating march of international retailers into Hong Kong is sparking strong demand for warehousing space, pushing occupancy rates at logistics centres to record levels, and rents almost back to the peaks of 2008.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Food buyers must have good taste, tact and keen market sense

It is always a pleasure to shop in supermarkets. The various types of foods, ingredients and wines on display make you feel that the world has got everything it needs and is not likely to go hungry.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Freight managers need strong negotiation and persuasive skills

Transporting goods is an unpredictable business. Bad weather and unfortunate accidents may prevent items from arriving on time at the correct location, and in good condition.

Freight managers are the ones responsible for the smooth flow of goods from port of loading to port of discharge. They work closely with the operation team to get the goods delivered.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tyre dealer fleeced us of millions, suppliers say

A group of tyre wholesalers believe they have been swindled out of more than HK$10 million by a dealer who shut up shop and disappeared at the weekend.

Among the wholesalers are a number of big names, including Michelin, Tong Seng and Dah Chong Hong, according to Eric Wong Ho-chuen, the chairman of the Association of Auto Batteries and Tyres Industry.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Efficient, safe and integrated

Although the terminology can sometimes sound dryly academic, everything from the success of our modern economies to the quality of the food we eat depends on efficient logistics and supply chain management (LSCM).

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

New controversy over rail supplier's accounts

China Public Procurement, the embattled rail supplier suspected by mainland media last year of faking a 300-billion-yuan (HK$358 billion) contract, was embroiled in fresh controversy yesterday when its auditors said they could not sign off on the company's 2010 accounts.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Shipping firms hit 'slow steaming' snag

Shipping companies have cut fuel consumption and emissions by sailing at slower speeds on transpacific routes between Asia and North America, but exporters and importers say none of the cost savings have been passed on to them.

Instead, they say, they face higher inventory costs and possible equipment shortages because sailing times are longer across the Pacific Ocean.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am