ACEM of SJTU and AmCham Shanghai jointly hold the sharing session themed “Transport Transformation”


Recently, the delegation of MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) visited Antai College of Economics & Management (ACEM) and SJTU CLGO. As one of the important events, the sharing session themed “Transport Transformation” was jointly held by ACEM of SJTU and the Supply Chain Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai).

Experts from various fields of transport industry and scholars from relevant academic areas were invited to SJTU to discuss the change and development of the current supply chain and logistics sector together with the alumni, students of SJTU Antai MBA/CLGO, and elites from various industries.

At the outset, Liu Shaoxuan, Associate Dean of ACEM, delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the college to greet the guests of MIT LGO program and thank the Supply Chain Committee of AmCham Shanghai and the partners for their presence. ACEM is committed to promoting the combination of the theories with the operation practices of companies, said Liu. Guests from various industries would make the event a feast of thoughts, and students were also welcome to take an active part in thinking and discussion, he added.

The event was divided into two parts. The first part, hosted by Ms. Zhou Lili, Chairman of the Supply Chain Committee of the AmCham Shanghai, focused on the change and development trend of supply chain in China from a microscopic perspective. Zhou made a brief presentation about the opportunities and challenges at the frontier of supply chain in the new era.

The first speaker was Mr. Li Yong, HR Director of China International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd. (CIMC). As a world-leading supplier of logistics equipment and energy equipment, CIMC has always been a leader in many industries all over the world. In his speech, Li introduced the micro-environment for the development of Chinese logistics industry. He said that in the current environment full of opportunities and challenges, CIMC is empowered in terms of intelligence and connectivity to provide safer value-added intelligent services for customers based on the original competitive edge. He also introduced some moves of CIMC in the emerging fields, such as modular cars and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs).

The second speaker was Mr. Liu Chen, Senior Manager of Herbalife Logistics. Herbalife is a world-famous nutrition and weight management company. Thanks to its world-leading production base in China, Herbalife is also very experienced in pharmaceutical and food logistics. Liu shared the new moves and ideas of Herbalife in regional pharmaceutical and food logistics in three respects: lean logistics network, visualized management and sustainable development. The Chinese pharmaceutical circulation market is growing by about 10% per year in average, and the growth of business volume has imposed higher requirement on the management of pharmaceutical logistics; the logistics cost is hidden in the total operating cost, just like the iceberg hidden beneath sea level, he described. To win out in the fierce market competition with the advantages in cost and service, the administration requirements for drug safety must be met. Pharmaceutical circulation companies need to change their way of thinking and make continuous improvements. They should optimize the process of order processing to increase the efficiency; introduce advanced information system to strengthen the management; and introduce RF bar code and automated warehousing equipment to increase the accuracy and efficiency of order processing.

The last speaker in the first part was Prof. Wan Guohua from ACEM, whose main teaching and studying field is operation management and information system. Prof. Wan gave practical examples and showed the participants a case of logistics network optimization project in cooperation with Huawei. Through big data and machine learning, together with the theoretical knowledge of network optimization and data modeling, the time efficiency, cost-effectiveness and prediction reliability of the logistics network of the whole company have been improved significantly as compared with the past.

In the subsequent Q&A roundtable, the students responded actively and asked questions about unmanned long-distance logistics and optimization of logistics network efficiency, which was followed by heated discussion.

The second part, hosted by Luo Jun, Associate Professor of the Department of Management Science of ACEM, focused on smart city, V2X and data security in smart logistics network.

Mr. Song Lei, Director China of Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, talked about smart city and V2X based on autonomous driving. In the current information network era, intelligent mobility alone is far from enough to meet the requirement of information-based city. As a world-leading automotive service provider, Continental Group not only provides multiple platforms of IoV and intelligent mobility services, but also starts to explore the current 5G network and build a data platform for cloud services. Such an intelligent network can increase the efficiency of city operation and reduce the traffic accident rate, so as to create a safer future of mobility.

Next, Prof. Zhu Haojin from SJTU discussed the topic on smart IoV and data security & privacy. Prof. Zhu said that with the increasing popularity of IoV, data security will not only involve people’s personal privacy, but also concern the safety issue brought by the driving vehicles. He introduced the frontier specifications and standards on vehicle information security in the current world to the students. As a core member for the future corporate development, they are expected to have the awareness of data security and use it in the stage of development, so as to get prepared in advance and take security and defense as the first concern in the early stage of vehicle and data system design.

The insightful speeches of the two guests were also followed by heat discussion. The students and guests exchanged their views on digital information security and road transport safety.

In conclusion, Prof. Chen Fangruo, Dean of ACEM, gave the closing remarks. Chen said that in this changing world, the collision of thoughts between the academia and the business community appears to be more important than it used to be. This fine tradition of ACEM could continue, students would have more opportunities to observe the society, and more enterprises are welcome to participate in the discussion of industries, he hoped.