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Heaving, Booming ASEAN: Equal Parts Opportunity, Equal Parts Challenge

Oscar De Bok, DHL Supply Chain

05-Jun-13 01:49

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Heaving, Booming ASEAN: Equal Parts Opportunity, Equal Parts Challenge

Oscar De Bok, the CEO of DHL's Supply Chain division for South & Southeast Asia, discusses: 

- Supply Chain business - details; 

- Key supply chain industries: Automotive - Consumer - Healthcare and Life Sciences - Industrial, Engineering and Manufacturing - Retail and Fashion - Technology - and how DHL addresses their individual needs; 

- Environmental Management & Sustainability; 

- A greener logistics solution; - Disruptions - Thai floods and Fukushima tsunami; - ASEAN: opportunities - pros and cons; 30% Indonesia 30% Thailand 30% Vietnam - Malaysia - Singapore- Malaysia - not high on the list of DHL’s investment - issues; 

- The Malaysian proposition - Pros and Cons; 

- Cost of doing business - cost inflation across the board - especially in Indonesia;  - Global talent shortage -- plans to up staff strength by over 65%; - Natural disasters, biodiseases, terrorism; 

INDONESIA 
- Boston Consulting suggests that the consumer segment is booming -- and that its middle- and and affluent-class would double to 141 million by 2020 -- more than all of Thailand; 

- Indonesia is a massive initiative for you: $52 million and a plan to double your vehicles, hire 70 percent more staff, and add 60 percent more warehouse space. And, a third built-to-suit warehouse in the countryv

- Challenges: unpredictable regulatory environment, a high level of corruption, inadequate infrastructure and rising labor costs; 

- Inflation as the headline concern - fuel, food and transport are all big movers - passing on these costs to customers; 

- Global talent shortage -- plans to up staff strength by over 65%: how- Corruption.


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