SINGAPORE – Corporations right here can increase their community of abroad partnerships to grab alternatives amid the financial restoration and overcome challenges like provide chain disruptions, stated President Halimah Yacob on Wednesday (Nov 24).
“Singapore is a small market, however we are able to present the gateway… to different elements of South-east Asia and presumably additionally different elements of the world,” famous Madam Halimah, who was talking on the sidelines of a go to to logistics agency Janio’s warehouse in Tampines.
She stated it’s also essential for corporations to establish progress alternatives in e-commerce, and work intently with authorities companies to find accessible markets, including: “This isn’t simple for brand new firms, however (they’ll) work with companies that have already got a few of these networks abroad.”
Madam Halimah famous that Janio is a small and medium-sized enterprise that has leveraged expertise to seize a slice of the e-commerce growth in South-east Asia amid the pandemic.
The corporate began utilizing a machine earlier this yr that kinds as much as 5,000 parcels an hour in keeping with weight and dimension – way over the 1,000 to 2,000 gadgets when sorting was performed manually.
Janio additionally makes use of Zippy robots that kind parcels by their locations.
The corporate has acquired assist from Enterprise Singapore’s (ESG) Scale-up SG programme, which gives assist resembling peer-learning alternatives and entry to ESG’s networks.
“With the enhancements of their capabilities, they had been ready to enter 10 new nations… inside only a brief interval of three years,” stated Madam Halimah, including that Janio has additionally been upskilling its employees in expertise.
The corporate has additionally engaged a consultancy to have a look at the way it can higher retain expertise and create alternatives for profession development, she added.
Janio co-founder and chief government Ng Jun Kai instructed The Straits Instances that the corporate, which has about 250 workers, goals to increase its footprint in markets like China, Britain, the US and Australia.
“We do have a presence there, however we wish to go deeper into these markets, working with native companions to assist them increase past the home market,” stated Mr Ng, noting that Janio has a community of 200 companions throughout the 15 nations it’s in.
“Our companions see us as a software program layer typically as a result of most of them additionally personal onerous belongings. By connecting with us, they’ll get entry to our community of different companions, whom we handle on their behalf.”
He stated Janio helps its freight companions, for instance, seize different elements of the provision chain resembling first- and last-mile deliveries.
This enables the freight companions to offer extra full options to the businesses they work with.