Supporting our NSMen
More than 60 employers, including SLA members visited the Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen) from the 93rd Combat Service Support Battalion (93 CSSB), 9th Singapore Division (9 Div) undergoing In-Camp Training (ICT) at Sungei Gedong Camp on 30 October 2018. Senior Minister of State for Defence, Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman was also present to share on the capabilities of various platforms which the NSmen would operate during their ICT. These platforms include the Battalion Casualty Station and the Water Purification Unit. During the visit, they were able to get a glimpse into what army life is like for the NSmen and similarly learn the capabilities of various platforms which they would operate during their ICT. They were also able to experience what it’s like to sit inside the Belrex vehicle.
Introducing SLA New Council Member - Mr Gideon Lam
Mr Gideon Lam, CEO of Shalom International Movers Pte Ltd, was co-opted to the SLA Council on 29 October 2018. Mr Lam has been a keen supporter of the association and especially in those work programmes relating to people development and talent attraction.
In his company, he believes in developing his people to their full potential and helping them feel valued as part of the family. The company has even appointed a chief learning curator for learning and development. Today, Shalom actively supports many Singapore projects that require logistics backing such that they become part of their corporate social responsibility. Shalom has been awarded Singapore’s Best Work Places 2018, Great Place to Work 2018 by Great Place to Work Institute, Great Place to Learn 2018 by Institute of Adult Learning, NTUC U SME Workplace Safety and Health Partner Award 2018, Expat Living Readers’ Choice awards 2018 Gold Winner for Best Moving Company and Total Defence Award and NS Mark (Gold) Award.
Digitalising Trade with the Networked Trade Platform
Once again, the Networked Trade Platform (NTP) Office, partnered SLA, Container Depot and Logistics Association Singapore and the Singapore Transport Association in organising a second sharing session on the newly launched NTP on 24 October 2018. Participants gained an overview to the NTP, explored new possibilities and engaged with a network of stakeholders who can help and handhold them in their digitalization journey. In his welcome address, Mr Tan Puay Hin – Chief Executive shared that digitalisation bring many benefits to businesses and he encouraged everyone to take the leap and embark on the digitalization journey through NTP.
The NTP is a one-stop digital trade ecosystem which brings together key logistics functions, regulatory and financial elements for players across the trade value chain. 7 service providers namely Zyllem, Mastercard, Keyfields, Haulio, Get Go Global, Boon Software and Auriopro presented their solutions as part of value-added services (VAS) offerings on NTP.
Register for an account on the NTP: www.ntp.gov.sg
and enjoy a free trial (till 31 December 2018) of the NTP’s services, such as data repository and document exchange.
What are the Main Challenges Faced by Trade Associations?
That is just one of the many questions raised by the heads and new directors of the Economy Building Ministries and Agencies during their visit to the Trade Association Hub on 18 October 2018. The session is part of a two-week Economy Building Milestone Program organized by the Civil Service College and Economic Development Board. Coordinated by SCCCI, the session is facilitated by ESG with sharing from SLA, Singapore Industrial Automation Association and Singapore Furniture Industries Council on their respective roles in supporting the development of SMEs in the industry. Mr Tan Puay Hin – Chief Executive, gave a succinct presentation on thrusting the Industry Transformation Map for Logistics forward with upcoming programmes. This was followed by an interactive panel discussion where participants raised specified questions and proposed ideas where the government agencies could better serve and work more closely with trade associations.
Attach & Train Programme for Logistics
The 2nd batch of 2018 Attach & Train (AnT) Programme intake were selected by the following companies:
- Boxgreen Pte Ltd
- Chasen Logistics Services Limited
- DBR Systems Pte Ltd
- Jacobson Global Logistics (S) Pte Ltd
- Jungheinrich Lift Truck Singapore Pte Ltd
- ST Logistics Pte Ltd
- Toll Logistics (Asia) Limited
The candidates attended a 2-week training programme conducted by The Logistics Academy commencing from 15 October 2018.
The AnT Programme is part of the broader Professional Conversion Programme aimed at helping PMETs switch careers, converting them into the logistics industry ahead of job placement. SLA has been appointed Manager for the AnT Programme for Logistics since 2017. The programme consists 2 weeks of training and up to 50 weeks of on-the-job training with the host companies. During or upon completion of the Programme, trainees may be converted to full-time employment.
Food, Fun and Games at the Logistics and Cranes Carnival
It was a full day of fun games and yummy eats at the first ever Logistics & Cranes Carnival 2018, which was graced by Minister of State, Ministry of National Development & Ministry of Manpower – Mr Zaqy Mohamad on 06 October 2018.
The carnival brings the logistics and crane industries together to underscore the importance of safety and health at the workplace. Family members and individuals from all walks of life came down to learn several of the best safety practices by visiting the exhibitor booths and participating in a series of games that emphasized on safety. There was also a Ground Deployment Exercise by the Singapore Police Force.
Mr Kay Kong Swan – Chairman presented the WSH Innovation Awards for Logistics & Transport Sector 2018 to recipients prior to the Opening Ceremony.
SLA participated as an exhibitor where guests from all ages took part in mini games and won prizes. The colorful booth, interactive games and attractive prizes definitely attracted the crowds.
Harnessing Cross-Border Trade with “hive”
SLA and Global e-Trade Services (GeTS) co-organised the Global e-Trade Technology Forum on 05 October 2018 to showcase “hive” – highly interconnected & vibrant e-trade platform, the ASEAN digital trade facilitation platform that harness cross-border trade and comply with regulatory trade requirements. The new Request for Quotation Service and Invoice Financing Service were launched under the “hive” platform to allow SMEs to gain access to working capital using unpaid invoices as well as provide working capital to pay suppliers and kickstart new project.
Besides “hive”, there was also a showcase of CALISTA, a global supply chain platform that brings together key physical, compliance and financial activities of cargo logistics on a digital eco-system. CALISTA is led by PSA International with GeTS as the technology partner.
Mr Ola Ramnebro, Director and General Manager of The Corner Store, a Singapore e-Commerce startup shared the challenges of e-Commerce business and how the adoption of technology helps to overcome some of these challenges.
Career Fair for Logistics Sector
The Career Fair for logistics sector, jointly organised by Enterprise Singapore, Workforce Singapore and The Logistics Alliance, of which SLA is a contributing party, was held at JEM on 04 October 2018. During the Career Fair, Mrs Chua Li Tzer - SLA Manager, Corporate & Industry Development gave an overview of the Attach & Train (AnT) programme. 16 logistics companies participated in the career fair.
3-Year Roadmap to Enhance the Logistics Industry announced at Singapore Logistics Forum 2018
At the Singapore Logistics Forum 2018 on 02 October 2018 that was graced by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry – Dr Koh Poh Koon, a 3-year industry-led roadmap, developed by SLA, together with the Logistics Alliance was announced to develop the following initiatives for the logistics industry:
- Industry profiling
- Industry engagement
- Innovation and technology
- Logistics Fulfilment
This was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding amongst members of the Logistics Alliance to develop the initiatives.
NTP Logistics Outreach Event
What can you benefit from the newly launched Networked Trade Platform (NTP)?
Join us at the logistics outreach event to explore new possibilities, engage with network of stakeholders who can help and handhold you in your digitalization journey.
- 24 October 2018, 2:30pm to 5:00pm
- Trade Association Hub, 9 Jurong Town Hall Road, Training Room 1C (level 1)
NTP (formerly known as the National Trade Platform) was officially launched on 26 September 2018 by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. The platform aims to raise productivity by digitalising the paper trail, boost competitiveness by giving more accurate data analysis and create opportunities for the third-party service providers.
NTP was developed by Singapore Customs and Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) over four years, and supported by more than 20 ministries, government agencies and working groups. It brings together four government certification services required for trading in and out of Singapore, as well as another 25 value-added services by third-party firms geared towards trade. The new service will replace the existing TradeXchange and TradeNet platforms.