Sport event notches up a gear with official opening of Singsoc Logistics Centre
Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) has announced the official opening of the SINGSOC Logistics Centre (SLC), which will be the key warehousing and logistics support venue for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The SLC will provide a monthly warehouse space of 17,000 square feet and storage space for 11,000 pallets over a 12-month period. It will also be handling up to 53,000kg of air freight and 1350m3 of sea freight. Some of the items that are housed at the SLC include sporting equipment such as Olympic bicycle racks, table tennis tables, and the balls and mats for combat sports.
The SLC also houses supplies like 31,000 packets of snacks and 2 million litres of beverages. The Equipment Factory, which is located on the same site, is where the configuration and testing of 3,000 laptops and devices are conducted before it is distributed to the competition venues. All in, the items will take 3,000 truck trips to transport.
SINGSOC Exco Chairman, Lim Teck Yin, said: “The SINGSOC Logistics Centre is the backbone of the Games’ operations. All in all the Centre will store, manage and move 1,642 tonnes of sports equipment, fittings and general supplies. With CWT’s expertise and track record in logistics, we are assured of efficient and secured supply chain management. This partnership is fundamental to delivering a successful Games.”
The SLC is located on the premises of Singapore’s largest home-grown logistics provider, CWT Limited, which has been appointed as the Logistics Service Provider for the Games. CWT will be providing full supply chain management and supporting logistical services inclusive of manpower and transportation. In addition, it will provide logistics resources and operations support at all the competition and training venues; handle the athletes’ sports equipment and luggage upon arrival and departure; and help equip volunteers at the uniform distribution and accreditation centre.
Ishak Ismail, CEO, Defence Services at CWT Limited, said: “CWT is proud to handle logistics for the SEA Games on home soil while promoting sports and community spirit. As a leading provider of integrated logistics solutions, we will be able to tap on our domain knowledge, resources and network to ensure that logistics challenges under demanding timeframes are met.”
Since coming on board in September 2014, CWT, together with the SINGSOC Logistics team have been working towards a lean and agile supply chain to maximise space to house the fixture and equipment required for the Games.
The 28th SEA Games will be held from 5 -16 June 2015, with Singapore Sports Hub as the main venue for the Games. Organised by the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC), the Games is held in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th anniversary and will host more than 7,000 athletes and officials from 36 sports.
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Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.