During a recent visit to Myanmar, Mark Millar, author of Global Supply Chain Ecosystems, delivered the first in a series of supply chain thought leadership seminars in Yangon, as part of a new partnership with the Myanmar Supply Chain College (MSCC). 

The seminar series, which run on a quarterly basis during 2016, will see Mark exploring international best practices in logistics and supply chain management, while also sharing insights into the latest industry trends and market developments impacting 21st century supply chains. 

Each seminar will build on the content explored in Mark’s highly-acclaimed book, Global Supply Chain Ecosystems, providing international context for many of the supply chain management challenges currently facing companies in Myanmar. This content will be supplemented by local knowledge and insights presented by speakers from the Myanmar Supply Chain College.

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ASEAN Economic Community in Global Supply Chain

In the inaugural supply chain seminar on 15 March 2016 held at UMFCCI in Yangon, Mark’s presentation explored the development of the ASEAN community of ten Southeast Asia nations and mapped the pathway towards the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). He explored the diversity and complexity across ASEAN Economies and presented two methodologies for comparing and contrasting Logistics performance and Supply Chain barriers across different economies.

Finally, in the global context, Mark shared his experience and insights into how a company’s supply chain can be a driver of growth and an enabler of competitive advantage.

Supply Chain Management & Logistics as a Competitive Advantage

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From the local context, the founder of Myanmar Supply Chain College, Mr Kyaw Myo Win, explored in detail the specific involvement of Myanmar businesses in the supply chain. Kyaw presented a market overview covering the key dynamics across Myanmar, including the major manufacturing sectors and leading industrial estates, and then explored the challenges and opportunities in the local logistics sector. The detailed case study involving time procedure charts demonstrated how supply chain plays a critical role for every business – in both customer service and profitability.

The inaugural seminar attracted interest from participants across multiple sectors and concluded with an engaging Q&A discussion between the delegates and the speakers.

During the 2016 series of seminars, Mark will explore how some of the world’s leading logistics hubs, such as Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Chicago, have evolved by being at the centre of global supply chains. With supply chains enabling products and components, including those made in Myanmar, to be taken and made available for sale around the world, the seminars also demonstrate how globalisation of the world’s economies has thrived during the last 30 years, driving economic growth and competitiveness. 

Find out more – read Mark's article Supply Chain Strategies for the Asian Century

Commenting on the launch of the seminar series, Mark said: “I’m delighted to be partnering with the Myanmar Supply Chain College to explore insights into how global supply chain ecosystems empower businesses to compete. Throughout 2016, these seminars will deliver tailored content to businesses and industry practitioners from across Myanmar, exploring the day-to-day world of logistics and supply chain management.

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“As more and more businesses in Myanmar export goods such as garments around the world, the Myanmar Supply Chain College is leading the way in exploring the impact of logistics and supply chain management on these companies. Our seminars will look at the key aspects from both a global and a local perspective, providing crucial insight into these topics for companies in Myanmar operating in an increasingly globalised marketplace. 

“Supply chain management is a critical enabler of economic growth and development. Whether we are exploring the local market perspective on freight or the future direction of global supply chains, our content will explore the most important logistics and supply chain issues of the day. I look forward to this partnership with the Myanmar Supply Chain College, as we work together to raise awareness of these issues among business leaders in Myanmar.”

Mark Millar is one of Asia’s Top 50 Influencers in Supply Chain and an acknowledged industry thought leader. With more than 30 years’ global experience in international logistics and supply chain roles, he is able to deliver a wealth of knowledge and ideas for local practitioners seeking to better understand global logistics and supply chain management.

Mark's 50 slide presentation is available for purchase at just USD 9.99 in the Digital Library.