International Conference: The Competitive Advantage of a Logistic Cluster

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Address: Postgraduate School of the Universidad del Pacífico

Last Tuesday, April 14, Yossi Sheffi, the renowned Director of the Transportation and Logistics Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) held the International Conference “The Competitive Advantage of a Logistic Cluster”, organized by the Graduate School of the Universidad del Pacifico with the sponsorship of Yobel SCM, Approlog, Logista and tgestiona.

To be able to operate as a small company, but with the benefits of the big ones. That’s the potential of bringing companies together in a logistics cluster, according to Yossi Sheffi.

Those were his first words at his international conference: The competitive advantage of a logistics cluster. During his lecture, Sheffi detailed the importance of developing these logistics conglomerates to enhance skilled labor, optimize work with suppliers, reduce costs of transport, generate opportunities for collaboration and intercede in the creation of laws for its operation.

Sheffi mentioned Singapore, Holland, Zaragoza, Memphis, Panama and Jolliet as examples of logistical clusters. But he took his time to detail his experience in PLAZA, the logistics platform of Zaragoza, since he had the privilege to help during its development. Sheffi was the one who founded, through MIT, the Logistics Center of Zaragoza within PLAZA, getting in situ an academic, governmental and industrial association to promote the development of the aforementioned cluster.

Cooperation and employment: Based on this experience, Sheffi, author of the book Logistics Clusters: Providing Value and Promoting Growth, emphasized the potential of cooperation among companies in a cluster, using the Caladero and Zara textiles as examples, who share air transport for their logistics activities in Zaragoza. He also emphasized the generation of quality employment in the clusters, where there is a demand for professionals specialized in information technology, technical repair services and industry.

Sheffi’s exhibition sparked a conversation panel between four experts from the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Master’s Program at Universidad del Pacífico. Francisco D Angelo, Executive Vice President of Yobel, said that reverse logistics, cold chains, shoemaking and mining clusters can be created in Peru. More specifically, Enrique Alania -logistics manager of Antamina- said that a natural cluster of maintenance and distribution of the mining sector has been set up in Arequipa, due to the proliferation of mines in the south. Jaime Sánchez, president of APPROLOG, added that the new cluster of the country is growing in Lurin, which is where companies and logistics operators are relocating. This scenario will generate the need for skilled work force. For his part, Rafael Farromeque, director of the Master of SCM of the Universidad del Pacífico, showed a table with the index of logistic performance of the World Bank, which shows a lag between the countries with greater logistic development and Latin America, a gap that needs to be improved through the development of clusters.

The conference was aimed at professionals from the main companies in the logistics sector of the country and graduates of the Graduate School of the Universidad del Pacífico, who seek to adopt new approaches and best practices of logistics clusters for managing the supply chain of their companies.

Yobel SCM participated as sponsor of the conference, which is an opportunity to show our support as an expert in Supply Chain Management.

To see the development of the conference, you can go to Nowadays / Links, inside the Yobel website, and look for the link: International Conference: The competitive advantage of a logistics cluster.

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