Towards a Smarter Supply Chain

ISSUE #58 – Interview with Fabien Giordano, Managing Director of SDV Logistics (Singapore)

SDV SGP Hybrid Truck and Marina Bay

“Automation and smart solution for freight will be at the core of our strategy for the years to come. “

WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES OF SDV LOGISTICS SINGAPORE?

SDV has been in Singapore for 30 years and we currently have over 1,200 staff. Our core business is freight forwarding and logistics. Operating eight different sites over 140,000m2, we are focused on value-added services and specialise in fashion, cosmetics, aerospace, Oil & Gas and high-tech products.

With staff from different countries and backgrounds as diverse as pharmacy, engineering, marketing, operations, and sales, we have preserved and consolidated our success based on a continuous talent acquisition and retention policy even when facing complex and challenging environments.

WHAT ARE THE LATEST SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATIONS THAT SDV SINGAPORE IS IMPLEMENTING OR CONSIDERING?

SDV02CLess than three years ago, we invested S$55 million in the Green Hub, a 42,000m2 space dedicated to luxury goods. This eco-efficient logistics centre is not only the largest logistics centre in Asia under LEED Gold Certification, but it was also BCA Green Mark Platinum-certified in 2013.

By the end of the year, the same facility will be transformed into a centre for excellence and innovation with the opening of a training centre specifically focused on lean management and productivity improvement.

Local deliveries are gradually managed by hybrid trucks, reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 23%. The first vehicle just started a few months ago.

Automation and smart solution for freight will be at the core of our strategy for the years to come. We are currently assessing investments in automation systems such as AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle), Vertical Lift  Storage and multiorder picking trolleys. These systems would not only improve our productivity and service reliability, but also Quality, Health and Safety Environment (QHSE) of our employees.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF SINGAPORE AS A LOGISTICS HUB?

Singapore has always been a natural hub. However, smart investment and focus on specific industries helped position the city-state as a very efficient growth platform for doing business in Asia.

Indeed, manpower has been a challenge for the last two years, driving all the industry players towards more productivity improvement. And so, it will eventually lead to comparison with potential challengers in the region.

However, the country’s assets — strategic location, government stability, skilled workforce, global connectivity, and worldclass infrastructure — have yet to be matched in Asia. By continuously supporting innovation and productivity improvement, Singapore will maintain its edge. Therefore, we strongly believe that Singapore will remain and thrive as a great logistics hub.

 

Article published in the FOCUS Magazine “New Links in the Supply Chain” – September 2015

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