Understanding E-Commerce Opportunities and Challenges in APAC Region Business Environment
Fee EuroCham Members: $25 Supporting Organizations: $45 Non Members: $45
E-commerce has gained tremendous traction over the years with 4 in 10 purchases made using only an online channel for searching and buying (1). One of the key enablers of ecommerce is the agility and efficiency of the supply chain. With the shift towards online channel, there must also be a relook into the traditional supply chain to identify gaps and explore potential opportunities for success.
Singapore has been at the forefront in the region in terms of basket (spending) size per capita at $91 (2) with continuous increase in mobile traffic. According to gov.sg report in 2016, Singapore’s e-commerce market is expected to be worth S$7.5 billion by 2026 (3). This is also evident in the government’s heightened focus in its 2018 budget speech has highlighted three major shifts in which one revolves around investing in innovative technology to create a Smart Nation, where online services will become more prevalent in the future. Similarly, there has been shifts in the local laws and regulations with respect to e-commerce. This heightened focus on e-commerce has paved way to identify opportunities for supply chain to leverage on in order to have greater efficiency, agility and cost optimisation.
During this breakfast event, we have great opportunity to hear first-hand from industry experts in eCommerce trends and development. This is valuable l for companies operating out from Singapore to gain strong insight on doing business in APAC region, upcoming eCommerce trends shaping the future operations, consumerism behaviour, and eCommerce challenges such as cross-border trade.
Meet the speakers:
Mr Paolo Rampichini, Chair of the Supply Chain Committee, EuroCham
Global Supply Chain Executive with experience in Europe and APAC. 9 years at Unilever and Bic (FMCG) then Roche Pharma from 1999. Held senior leadership roles in Italian affiliate and global Swiss – headquarter both in operations and transformation projects. -Head Supply Chain APAC Roche Pharma since 2014, based in Singapore. Italian, Master in Engineering and Business Administration.
Mr Andrew Staples, PhD, The Economist
As Editorial Director and Chief Economist, Andrew sets the editorial agenda for The Economist Corporate Network across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He moderates major Economist events and delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of state) in his areas of expertise which include Asia, Japan, international political economy, foreign direct investment, corporate strategy and comparative management. Andrew is a regular guest on major international media networks to provide analysis of key economic, political and business developments.
Mr Sam Too, Qoo10 Division Leader, General Manager
Sam has over 10 years of regional business development and startup experience with 4 years in a market research consultancy. With almost 8 years in Qoo10 now, he is spearheading Qoo10’s latest startup called QuuBe; a Blockchain-based marketplace and challenging for regional dominance against the likes ofAliBaba. From the early days of Qoo10 Singapore, which is now Singapore’s number 1 online marketplace with annual GMV (Gross Merchandise Value) of more than S$500 million and growing, he was able to witness the evolution of ecommerce in Singapore (of both Buyers and Sellers) and aspects that is unique to its locality and context. Sam has been invited to many a forum as a Guest Speaker to share his knowledge and experience on E-trade acceleration, Block Chain and E-Commerce.
Mr Paul Goh, DHL
Paul has been with the International Express Business for 14 years covering various roles in Operations and Commercial. He first Joined DHL in 2009 with DHL Supply Chain covering Contract Logistics and later moved to DHL Express as an Industry Development Manager handling the key customers of DHL Express Singapore. His last post was with DHL Express Indonesia, managing the key account team of DHL Express Indonesia. His current role in Singapore is to head up the E Commerce Sector for DHL Express Singapore with a key focus to enable Singapore SMEs go Cross Border.