Since its inaugural run in 2012, over 1,000 polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education students have participated in the annual Supply Chain Challenge (SCC) – Singapore’s largest logistics case competition. Organised by Singapore Logistics Association (SLA), co-organised by SIM University (UniSIM), and supported by SPRING Singapore, SCC aims to connect educational institutions and young talents with industry players. On May 10, the opening ceremony of SCC 2016, themed “Young Minds…Future-Ready Logistics Professionals”, was held at UniSIM.
Welcoming an audience of about 400, SLA Chairman Mr Stanley Lim, who also chairs the Programme Advisory Committee of UniSIM’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme, shared with great passion that the core business of logistics is not just about hard multimodal assets, but also about people with deep logistics knowledge and experience. He hoped that the competition will uncover relevant and inspire young people to bring Singapore logistics to the next level in years to come. Thanking the eight mentor companies which are lending their support to SCC 2016, viz., Acepac International (S) Pte Ltd, Addicon Logistics Management (S) Pte Ltd, Bok Seng Logistics Pte Ltd, Grande Alliance Corporation Pte Ltd, JAS Forwarding (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Pacific Integrated Logistics Pte Ltd, Sin Chew Woodpaq Pte Ltd and Warehouse Logistics Net Asia Pte Ltd, Mr Lim also spoke of the need for them to continuously innovate to compete in the global market.
In her address, Guest-of-Honour Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Trade & Industry, and Mayor of South West District, highlighted the logistics sector as amongst the first to be identified for the Industry Transformation Programme announced at Singapore Budget 2016. This programme will provide the strategic direction for deepening partnerships between the public and private sectors, with a key outcome being the tapping on innovation and new technologies to create new value and growth for the target industries and businesses. She cited two examples of automated mega warehouses and e-commerce with last mile deliveries where talents are needed to manage the technology and steer the industry towards disruptive solutions as job roles become more sophisticated and challenging in line with the ever-evolving industry. Ms Low also announced that SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme trainees who attain Republic Polytechnic’s (RP) Specialist Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management can qualify for credit recognition for four logistics modules in UniSIM’s Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme.
Ms Low, Mr Lim, and Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM, then took to the stage for the symbolic launch of SCC 2016. This was followed by the flight of a remote-controlled drone equipped with a video camera that transmitted “live” images of the audience to the screen at UniSIM’s Performing Arts Theatre. The programme continued with a briefing on the competition rules and sharing by the eight mentor companies on their respective cases.
Ms Low and Mr Seto Lok Yin, Deputy Principal (Industry Services) of RP, also took this opportunity to present plaques of appreciation to the eight companies under the SkillsFuture Enhanced Internship Programme for Logistics, which the Polytechnic is piloting.
SCC 2016 will culminate in the Grand Finals which will be held at UniSIM on July 22.
Mr Stanley Lim giving his welcome address.
Ms Low Yen Ling sharing the emerging trends in the logistics industry in her speech.
A great turnout at UniSIM’s Performing Arts Theatre.
Ms Low Yen Ling activating the light-up with the push of a button, symbolising the launch of SCC 2016.
With her are (from left) Mr Stanley Lim and Professor Cheong Hee Kiat.
The video camera-equipped remote-controlled drone making its way around the Performing Arts Theatre.
Footage showing the excited audience members as captured by the remote-controlled drone
and flashed onto the theatre’s screen.