Tag: Retail

Digital Transformation and Sustainability in Southeast Asian Logistics

In this episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nick Bartlett, Director of CBIP Logistics. Nick shared his wealth of knowledge and expertise about the logistics industry in Southeast Asia, and specifically, the role of digitization and sustainability in shaping the future of the industry.

One key insight that Nick emphasized throughout the episode was the importance of digitization in streamlining logistics operations. He noted that CBIP has been at the forefront of incorporating digital solutions into their operations, which has helped them to stay ahead of the curve in the highly competitive industry. By utilizing digital tools, CBIP is able to offer their clients a more efficient and cost-effective solution, while also reducing waste and improving sustainability.

Another key aspect of the episode was the discussion of CBIP’s work with Deliveroo, a food delivery company with a complex supply chain that includes everything from restaurant equipment to ghost kitchens. Nick highlighted how CBIP has supported Deliveroo over the past five years, starting with just a few delivery points in Hong Kong and growing to a full regional logistics program that includes forecasting, replenishment, warehousing, and delivery across four markets in Asia.

This case study is a prime example of the value that CBIP can bring to businesses looking to streamline their logistics operations. With their expertise in digital solutions and sustainability, they are able to offer a centralized 4PL model that is both cost-efficient and easy to manage.

One of the most striking quotes from Nick during the episode was when he said, “we’re in this industry to provide something different, a different type of operating model and solution for our customers.” This statement truly encapsulates the innovative spirit of CBIP and their commitment to delivering the best possible service to their clients.

In conclusion, this episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast provides a wealth of information and insights about the logistics industry in Southeast Asia, and the role of digitization and sustainability in shaping its future. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, I highly encourage you to listen to the full episode and visit the CBIP Logistics website for more information. You can also connect with Nick on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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How to Reduce Energy Consumption in Retail: Change The Font On Your Cash Register

Yesterday I got an update from an ERP company called Epicor that primarily serves the mid-market. While I am not an ERP specialist its always interesting, as a middleware guy, to get a view from the app side. Greenmonk for obvious reasons also takes a keener view than the RedMonk mothership in applications in areas such as carbon accounting, energy and utility management.

Epicor seems to be doing quite well in the down economy, but I was most interested when Adam Prince, senior Director of Product Marketing started talking to Epicor’s Green Retail strategy. While any number of IT vendors are now all over the sustainability opportunity in their marketing and product management very few have joined the dots around explicit vertical industry opportunities. That said, here is a white paper from IBM and Intel on sustainable retail ops.

One of our clients, StreamServe, pitches paper reduction to utilities. Given how much paper utilities create this is a compelling vertical-focused story.

But Epicor introduced another interesting idea to me. Reducing carbon footprint by changing the font on Retail point of sale (POS) terminals. Seriously. Less ink and less printing means less power. Some might say the savings would be too small to measure, but actually in cash terms the efficiencies add up pretty fast. Epicor’s advisory and tech works with IBM and NCR POS gear.

Epicor Green Retail is a services-led approach: consultants and business analysts come in to review the business’s energy consumption, review current systems configurations, and make suggestions about mechanisms to reduce the energy footprint of stores.

While changing fonts is only part of the opportunity around POS, the overall numbers appear compelling.

According to Lynne Davidson, vice president, Services and Support for Epicor Retail:

“Based on calculations from the U.S. Department of Energy, retailers can achieve 500-600 kWh or an average of $70 of power savings per register/device per year. If applied to 500 registers, in three years this could translate to roughly $101,000 in savings, a reduction in CO2 emissions by 60 tons and, from an environmental standpoint, is equivalent to planting 125 acres of trees.”

Another thing to think about then – small changes do add up. Some sustainability initiatives may involve whole new supply chains – others are as simple as changing a font. Oh yeah- the retailer will save some money on ink too. ;-)

photo courtesy of NCR.com. I would have used an IBM image, but they. are. so. miserable. Hey IBM Retail marketing people POS doesn’t have to be monochrome!