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Solar 101: Rooftop Revolution "Harvesting Solar Energy"
SLA members were invited to an educational session on Solar 101: Rooftop Revolution “Harvesting Solar Energy” organized by Sembcorp’s Singapore Solar Division on 24 August 2018 at Trade Association Hub. The panel of speakers comprised representatives Sembcorp, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore and SolarGy Pte Ltd.

The session covered:
  • Benefits and misconceptions of solar energy for businesses.
  • Sharing from existing businesses on how the system can provide long term efficiency and reliability.
  • Recognize and understand potential risks and mitigations with experienced consultants.
For companies who wish to find out more about Sembcorp Solar, you may get in touch with them at 6727 8833 or www.sembcorpsolar.com.
Appreciation Dinner for Minister Ng Chee Meng
SLA represented by Mr Tan Puay Hin – Chief Executive and Ms Ng Soo Hwa – Executive Director, joined other industry partners at the Appreciation Dinner for Minister Ng Chee Meng on 16 August 2018. Hosted by Ministry of Transport, the event honoured and paid tribute to Mr Ng for his achievement and contribution to the transport industry. 
Attach and Train Programme (AnT)
The Career Preview for Attach-and-Train (AnT) for Logistics cum Job Fair, jointly organised by Workforce Singapore (WSG) and SLA, was held at Lifelong Learning Institute on 15 August 2018. SLA has been appointed Manager for the AnT programme for Logistics since 2017. The trainees go through a 2-week training and up to 50 weeks on-the-job training with host companies in logistics. During or upon completion of the programme, trainees may be converted to full-time employment depending on their suitability and vacancy on hand. 

During the Career Preview session, Mr Thomas Sim - SkillsFuture Career Advisor & SLA Second Deputy Chairman shared on the logistics landscape, while Mrs Chua Li Tzer - SLA Manager, Corporate & Industry Development gave an overview of the AnT programme. A video clip highlighting a success story of AnT trainee – Mr Vincent See who was attached to ST Logistics in 2017 as Logistics Executive and is now fully employed with ST Logistics as System Specialist in the logistic sector.  He spent major part of his career as IT support in the hospitality sector. He noticed that his company was restructuring to cut cost and decided to be proactive by participating in the AnT programme. He moved into ST Logistics with open mind to learn his new role. Besides IT, he also had project management skill and was assigned to help develop an e-procurement platform. By cross-skilling, Vincent made himself valuable to his employer. During the attachment, he was offered full-time employment and successfully transit into a new role as a System Specialist in the logistic sector.
 
At the Job Fair, more than 140 job seekers and 9 logistics companies participated in the spot interview for the upcoming AnT commencing from 15 October 2018 to 14 October 2019.  

A video clip highlighting a success story of AnT trainee – Mr Vincent See: http://youtu.be/jKbKTgDztm4

U SME Dialogue Session with SMS Chee Hong Tat
Several SLA members, together with the secretariat attended a closed-door dialogue session with Mr Chee Hong Tat - Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education and Adviser to U SME, NTUC on 03 August 2018. Mr Chee works closely with the Pro-Enterprise Panel (PEP) which serves as an internal advocate within the government to enable a more pro-enterprise environment that facilitates the growth of competitive businesses. 
      
Aside from SLA, there were also attendees from the following associations:
  • Singapore Transport Association
  • Singapore Association of Ship Supplier and Services
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  • Singapore Vehicle Traders Association 
  • Singapore School Transport Association
Visit by Vietnam Logistics and Aviation School
A team of 14 students from Vietnam Logistics and Aviation School visited SLA to learn about the development of logistics and supply chain in Singapore on 02 August 2018.

Mr Thomas Sim, SLA Second Deputy Chairman, shared on SLA outreach initiatives to the logistics industry, the development of Singapore as a global logistics hub through building connectivity to reach global markets, innovative infrastructure and processes and the strong private sector partnership.
Launch of VCC CamelONE Marketplace for Cross Border Logistics
SLA congratulates vCargo Cloud Pte Ltd, a member, on the launch of CamelONE Marketplace on 01 August 2018. It is a one-stop portal that offer and procure logistics- and trade-related services in real time. The multi-service portal is expected to significantly improve productivity and cost savings for service providers and shippers, especially SMEs. The launch was witnessed by Guest-of-Honour, Ms Jane Lim - Assistant Chief Executive, Sectoral Transformation, Info-Communications Media Development Authority of Singapore.
Poh Tiong Choon and SATS won the WSH Innovation Awards
Poh Tiong Choon’s Spring Brake System for Trailers and SATS’ Forklift Improvement Program won the Gold Awards at the WSH Innovation Awards for Logistics and Transport Sector 2018, a category of the WSH Awards 2018. They subsequently won the national level award and received their accolades at the WSH Awards 2018 ceremony on 31 July 2018 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. The event was graced by Mrs Josephine Teo - Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs.

About Poh Tiong Choon’s Spring Brake System for Trailers
The project involves spring brakes installed to trailers in addition to the normal service brakes. In the event of faulty service brakes, the spring brakes would prevent the trailers from rolling backwards as the prime mover tried to couple it. To read about the project, click here.
 
About SATS’ Forklift Improvement Program
The project explored methods of preventing near misses involving pedestrians and cargo during forklift operations within the warehouse. Initiatives on their forklift enhancement program includes:
  • Seatbelt lighting
  • Forklift reverse buzzer enhancer
  • Speed limit device
  • Neutral power cut sensor
  • Forklift refresher program
  • Reverse light projection system
  • Card Access System 
To read about the project, click here.
WSH Innovation Awards for Logistics & Transport Sector 2018
The annual Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Awards recognise companies and individuals for making our workplaces safer and healthier for everyone. For the third year, SLA organised the WSH Innovation Awards for Logistics and Transport (L&T) Sector 2018, a category of the WSH Awards 2018. The results for the WSH Innovation Awards for L&T Sector 2018 are:

  • Gold Award : SATS Ltd (Forklift Improvement Program)
  • Gold Award : Poh Tiong Choon Logistics Ltd (Spring Brake System for Trailers)
  • Silver Award : Keppel Logistics Pte Ltd (Improvised Seal Cutter)
  • Silver Award : Poh Tiong Choon Logistics Ltd (Park Brake Alert System)
  • Silver Award : SMRT Trains Ltd (Hotspots Management System)
  • Commendation : SMRT Trains Ltd (SCS Permit-To-Work (PTW) Mobile Apps)
  • Participation : SMRT Trains Ltd (Elimination of Oil Spillage from Gearbox of Circle Line Hitachi Locomotives)
  • Participation : SFS Global Logistics Pte Ltd (Driver Safety Improvement Program)
SATS’ Forklift Improvement Program and Poh Tiong Choon’s Spring Brake System for Trailers won the national level award this year and the companies received their accolades at the WSH Awards 2018 ceremony on 31 July 2018 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. The Guest of Honour was Minister for Manpower, Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo.
Supply Chain Challenge++ 2018
The Supply Chain Challenge++ 2018 Finals was held on 25 July 2018 at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). More than 210 representatives from various industry players, mentor-companies, lecturers, polytechnics students and GeoWorks attended the Finals.
 
Professor Cheah Horn Mun, Assistant Provost and Dean of S R Nathan School of Human Development, SUSS, in his welcome address shared on the need to be proactive in “Skill Learning and Technology Adoption” in the midst of rapid disruption caused by digitalization and new technological shifts, transformation and uncertainty. 
 
SLA and SUSS share a common goal to develop human capital and talent to meet the needs of the logistics industry through collaboration, promote innovation breakthroughs and to boost the talent pool in the industry and the capacity to compete in world markets. An Affirmation of Memorandum of Understanding was signed to mark the 10th year of partnership between SLA and SUSS.
 
This year with the partnership of GeoWorks as a technology partner, mentor companies’ problem solving capability was enhanced through the industry track. The industry track finalist team – Team Ent-Vision presented their solution for Winspec Logistics Services Pte Ltd case at the Finals.
 
The 6 finalist teams gave off their best in their presentation and put forth convincing answers to the questions posed by the panel of judges.
 
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and all finalist teams!
 
The winning teams are: 
 
Champion : Team4000Profit (Singapore Polytechnic)
Mentor Company : Sin Chew Woodpaq Pte Ltd - Digitalising Customer Services Start to End Process
 
First Runner-up : Team Alpha (Republic Polytechnic)
Mentor Company : Bok Seng Logistics Pte Ltd - Message Notification Alert to End Customer and Delivery Tracking Platform
 
Second Runner-up : Team Porfavor (Nanyang Polytechnic)
Mentor Company : Winspec Logistics Services Pte Ltd - Providing Visibility, Accessibility
Digitalisation Learning Journey
A Digitalisation Learning Journey for SLA members was co-organised together with Singapore Business Federation and Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) at the SME Digital Tech Hub (DTH) on 19 July 2018. Established by IMDA and operated by ASME, the SME DTH is a dedicated hub that provides specialist digital technology advisory to SMEs with more advanced digital needs, such as data analytics and cybersecurity. 
 
The programme included presentations by Microsoft, VersaFleet, Go Transport Pte Ltd, vCargo Cloud Pte Ltd and Moovaz. 23 participants, majority SLA members, generally benefitted from the session.
 
The 4 Principal Consultants for DTH were also present to provide basic advice on proven digital solutions that are pre-approved for funding support. They would complement the business advisors in SME Centres by providing digital technology advice to SMEs on areas including, but not limited to data analytics and cybersecurity.
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