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Robots lighten load for air cargo workers

It will definitely take some of the weight off air cargo workers' shoulders. Robot machinery, that is.

Two prototypes have been developed by Singapore Technologies Dynamics (ST Dynamics) and the other by TUM Create.

The ST Dynamics prototype uses a 3D-scanning system to assess the size and weight of the cargo.

An automated forklift then moves the load and places it in ...more

Logistics industry well-placed to overcome challenges amid disruption

Roundtable participants:(winners of the 2017 Supply Chain Awards):

- Ms Pang Mei Yee, vice-president, head of innovation, Asia-Pacific DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation - Mr Poh Choon Ann, chairman & CEO of Poh Tiong Choon Logistics Limited - Mr Ken Koh, Group CEO of Yang Kee Logistics Pte Ltd - Mr Henry Low, Asia-Pacific director of Amazon Prime Now - Dr Robert de Souza, executive ...more

Network of lockers, cargo-space platform part of logistics plan

Singapore

AN Industry Digital Plan (IDP) launched for logistics SMEs (small and medium enterprises) on Wednesday will offer a network of common parcel lockers for the e-commerce ecosystem, and also a platform that enables large shippers to sell unused cargo space at a discount to smaller shippers.

The IDP, part of Singapore's Logistics Industry Transformation Map, was unveiled by ...more

SATS, AirAsia tie up for bigger bite of Asia-Pac boom

Singapore

IT is a well-grounded plan - the pact between Singapore's SATS and Malaysia's AirAsia to tap the prospects in ground-handling services in the region, in a move fuelled by airlines' fleet expansion to feed rising travel demand.

In a tie-up between Asia's largest ground handler, SATS, and largest budget carrier, AirAsia, the two firms will each own an interest in the other's ...more

Keppel Logistics' new brand taps e-commerce market

Singapore

TO tap the fast-growing spheres of e-commerce and urban logistics in the region, Keppel Logistics has rolled out an integrated brand to widen the company's reach and better serve businesses and consumers.

Called UrbanFox, the multi-channel logistics and sales marketing solutions brand offers a full suite of services from e-commerce channel management - which refers to marketing ...more

SATS aims to do more for less with tech

GROUND handler and caterer SATS is investing significantly in technology and innovation to position itself for growth amid a tight labour market and a dynamic operating landscape.

In particular, mega-trends such as rapid urbanisation, the burgeoning demand for travel and the rising popularity of e-commerce are also creating opportunities for the group, says SATS chief executive Alexander Hungate.

For ...more

Logistics start-up Lalamove raises $136m to boost growth

The logistics start-up Lalamove that operates here and across the region has raised US$100 million (S$136 million) in its latest funding round. The round was led by ShunWei Capital, with participation from several previous investors, including Xiang He Capital and MindWorks Ventures.

Hong Kong-based Lalamove will use the funds to ramp up growth in China and South-east Asia, as well as invest ...more

Advanced robotics at YCH's new facility

Singapore logistics player YCH has given the fast-growing sector a big boost by unveiling what is said to be the region's largest and tallest automated storage retrieval system in Jurong West.

Its top-of-the-range Supply Chain City facility, launched yesterday at the Jurong Innovation District, uses cutting-edge technology.

YCH chairman Robert Yap said at the launch: "We can serve ...more

Self-storage firm Beam, cashes in on vacant industrial space

Singapore

THE oversupply of industrial space in the market bodes well for Beam Space, says Anna Chew, CEO of the one-year-old warehousing and logistics startup, in a recent interview with The Business Times.

The "storage concierge" company - an integrated self-storage company that provides add-on services such as transportation, delivery and mobile inventory keeping - is taking advantage ...more

Govt allots $2.8m to boost supply chain and logistics

Government agencies Spring Singapore and Workforce Singapore (WSG) have put aside $2.8 million to groom the next generation of start-ups in supply chain and logistics and develop capabilities in small and medium-sized enterprises .

The initiative will be done through what is called the Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation Playground (Sclip), set up by industry body Supply Chain Asia, said ...more

Pilotless planes can save industry $48b: UBS

Driverless cars, move over.

The next big thing in transport might be pilotless planes, though nervous passengers will need some reassurance first.

An investment research report out earlier this month estimated the move could save the industry as much as US$35 billion (S$47.7 billion) a year in pilot, fuel, logistics and insurance costs, as computers optimise the flights, and human ...more

Air cargo growth shows signs of peaking

Singapore

THE air freight market has rebounded in tandem with improvements in global trade, but signs that growth has peaked have emerged.

In the first half of this year, cargo demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), expanded by 10.4 per cent year on year, data from the International Air Transport Association (Iata) shows. This was the strongest first half-year performance ...more

How Changi Airport got to where it is today

IN March this year, Changi Airport clocked a record of handling one billion passenger movements since it started operations in 1981; we expect to handle 60 million passengers this year.

This, by any standard, is a sterling record because the numbers comprise only international passenger movements, as we don't have domestic flights. Changi Airport is today a world strategic air hub connecting ...more

Ascendas-Singbridge joins Firstspace to target India's industrial, logistics sector

Singapore

ASCENDAS-SINGBRIDGE Group and Indian industrial real estate specialist Firstspace Realty are working hand in hand to build logistics and industrial facilities in major warehousing and manufacturing hubs across India.

The joint venture Ascendas-Firstspace aims to meet the infrastructure needs of businesses in India tapping high-growth industrial verticals such as third-party ...more

Global aviation headed for better profits despite cost pressures

Cancun, Mexico

EVEN with cost pressures on the rise, the world's airlines are now expected to post better profits this year, buoyed by robust demand in the passenger and cargo sectors.

In its latest estimates on Monday, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) raised its 2017 profitability projection for the global airline industry from its previous estimation of US$29.8 ...more
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