LMFAsia 2016 Gains Traction with Regional Industry Players Amidst Asia eCommerce Market

Organised by SingEx Exhibitions, Last Mile Fulfilment Area (LMFAsia), the only Asian conference and exhibition dedicated to eCommerce fulfilment in Asia was officially opened today by recently appointed CEO of IE Singapore, Mr Lee Ark Boon. 

Held at Singapore Expo, this year’s event marks its 2nd edition which is bigger than the previous event. Themed eCommerce Beyond Borders, it will feature over 90 conference speakers, a 40 percent increase from last year, and over 90 exhibitors which is, three times more than 2015.

"The significant increase in participation by the industry players in Asia Pacfic and globally corresponds to the growing eCommerce market in Asia. The Asia eCommerce market grew by 36 percent in 2014 and is now twice the size of online retail market in the United States. Inevitably, there is great interest from the industry to congregate, discuss and finds solutions to the challenges arising from the last mile fulfilment aspect of the suppy value chain," said Mr Adrian Sng, General Manager (Events Business), SingEx Exhibitions.

The support the market growth and provide additional outlets for collaboration and knowledge exchange, several pre-conference activities were hold on the 2nd March.

Industry players and country representatives from Southeast Asia congregated at a Government Session to discuss what each country has to offer in the areas of logistics technology, as well as, grants that can be offered to support eCommerce and fulfilment operations. While the Marketplace Roundtable welcomed representatives from ASEAN to discuss about collaboration and growth opportunities for independent marketplace operators in the current business environment. 

Special arrangements were also made for delegates to visit the DHL Innovation Centre. A one-of-a-kind facility in Asia Pacific, the DHL Innovation Centre is designed as a platform for collaborative innovation and development of solutions that will transform the logistics and supply chain industry.

Mr Sng added, "LMFAsia offers a unique platform for retailers, logistic service providers, government agencies, and other players in the entire eCommerce fulfilment ecosystem. In this edition, we have added pre-conference activities, more roundtables, panel sessions and tracks, as well as new pavilions at the exhibition to facilitate more focused discussions and thematic showcases."

The LMFAsia exhibition features exhibitors from across the fulfilment ecosystem, making it the definitive one-stop marketplace for industry players to come together to explore opportunities for business collaboration and market expansion.

There are four new pavilions namely Brands and Cross-Border Marketplace Pavilion, Fulfilment Disruptor Pavilion, Singapore Pavilion and Malaysia Pavilion which will house up-and-coming local brands, new and established technology companies with latest innovative solutions, key technology companies from Malaysia and home-grown service and solution providers.

One of the latest solution to look-out for is Grey Orange’s warehouse automation solution which is a disruptive technology powered primarily by their robotics and software engineering to solve operational inefficiencies at distribution and fulfilment centres operated by e-commerce and logistics companies.

The exhibition will also feature products from retail brands worldwide, international eCommerce marketplace operators, integrated warehouse, fleet and payment management solutions, as well as the latest in fulfilment technologies by leading regional and domestic players.

Richard Chua, Managing Director, Yamato Asia said, “It is great for the industry to come together at one event to share knowledge and best practices. eCommerce has been growing at a tremendous pace, especially in Asia, and logistics, postal and parcel delivery companies serve a central function in last mile fulfilment. I believe there is much more that businesses as well as governments in this region can do to drive the industry forward.”

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