Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s)
Bollore Logistics, Schneider Electric, Unilever Foundry
Organiser(s)
SGInnovate, Economic Development Board (EDB)
Industry Type(s)
Air Transport, Circular Economy & Sustainability, Digital/ICT, Electronics, Land Transport
, Logistics, Sea Transport, Wholesale Trade
Opportunities and Support Opportunities to connect with open innovation leaders in Singapore and the region
Application Start Date 1 June 2021
Application End Date 1 August 2021
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About Challenge

Artificial Intelligence, advanced robotics, blockchain technology, big data and the Internet of Things transform the supply chain and logistics industry every day. To better meet new market demands and achieve operational excellence, supply chains of the future need to be more agile, sustainable and resilient, particularly following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Supply chain professionals have recognised that to solve the industry’s most pertinent problems; they need to transform their business models, adopt digital technologies, and collaborate with the ecosystem, particularly with startups.

Presented by SGInnovate and EDB, this Reverse Pitch event series aims to spotlight market demands for frontier technologies to better inform the startup community to support their go-to-market efforts.

At these Reverse Pitch events, corporate leaders will present their problem statements and innovation needs that they are open to working with startups on.

This session on Supply Chain and Logistics featured stories from three leading supply chain companies – Bolloré Logistics, Schneider Electric, and Unilever Foundry.

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Challenge Owner(s)Bollore Logistics
Industry Types(s)
Digital/ICT, Electronics, Logistics

Bollore Logistics

Co-packing: kitting of few components (e.g. promo boxes)

  • Small batches, high mix of fragile SKUs in different sizes, shapes, quantities
  • Dwindling workforce in Singapore and increasing volumes

Pilot and development support opportunities for startups (Technology Readiness Levels of 4 and above)

What We Are Looking For

  • Automated human tasks, time capture to better understand the process
  • Automated product handling (shaping, insertion, closing, final packing) with flexible range of shapes and sizes, small changeover time

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    Challenge Owner(s)Bollore Logistics
    Industry Types(s)
    Air Transport, Circular Economy & Sustainability, Land Transport, Logistics, Sea Transport
    , Sustainable Energy

    Bollore Logistics

    Our 4R policy: Remove > Reduce > Reuse > Recycle 

    Making supply chain sustainable is at the core of our strategy

    Pilot and development support opportunities for startups (Technology Readiness Levels of 4 and above)

    What We Are Looking For

    • Alternative transport modes/fuel
    • Alternative packing materials, processes and end-to-end services

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    Challenge Owner(s)Bollore Logistics
    Industry Types(s)
    Digital/ICT, Logistics

    Bollore Logistics

    Data management is overall very time consuming... 

    • Consolidating financial, operational and environmental data for each of our operations (100+ just in SG)
    • Most time spent in modelling, building and maintaining glossary, and engineering (ETL...)

    Pilot and development support opportunities for startups (Technology Readiness Levels of 4 and above)

    What We Are Looking For

    To leverage technology and best practices to turn our middle managers into data citizens

    • We need solutions to give us insights or even automate some of these tasks
    • Anything data-wise must be super easy to understand and use

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    Challenge Owner(s)Bollore Logistics
    Industry Types(s)
    Digital/ICT, Logistics

    Bollore Logistics 

    We have demonstrated the value of digitalisation, but

    • Less than 25% of our staff in Singapore use a computer
    • Scanning devices have limited capabilities
    • Many processes remain paper-based or are not tracked at all

    Pilot and development support opportunities for startups (Technology Readiness Levels of 4 and above)

    What We Are Looking For

    We are on the lookout for the perfect low-code platforms (cloud, device-agnostic, interoperable, easy to use) to capture more relevant data and improve efficiency. 

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    Challenge Owner(s)Schneider Electric
    Industry Types(s)
    Digital/ICT, Logistics, Wholesale Trade

    Schneider Electric

    To review our Air/Ocean freight bills requires administrative staff's time to verify against complex rate cards for multiple vendors

    • Manual Processes
    • Non-standardisation
    • Complexity

    Schneider Electric is open to providing relevant startups with data sets and access to their site and team for understanding the problem statement.

    What We Are Looking For

    Automatic 3-way invoice match against shipment information and rate cards, for air or ocean freight and customs brokerage or trucking operations. 

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    Challenge Owner(s)Schneider Electric
    Industry Types(s)
    Digital/ICT, Logistics, Wholesale Trade

    Schneider Electric

    To get one shipment booked, it goes through ~20 people with more than 20 different interactions. A highly manual process which lack standardisation/optimisation and visibility.

    • Manual process
    • Non-standardisatin
    • Complexity

    Schneider Electric is open to providing relevant startups with data sets and access to their site and team for understanding the problem statement.

    What We Are Looking For

    To automate this highly manual process and improve the standardisation/optimisation and visibility of the booking process.

    Objective:

    • Digitisation in the supply chain
    • Decentralised platform for export booking process
    • Document repository for all the export shipments
    • Visibility of shipments at booking stage

    Project Vision:

    • Standardise and streamline the booking process
    • Increase efficiency by optimising the process
    • Breaking the silos by ensuring a seamless process flow
    • One decentralised system - for better communication and control on the shipment

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    Challenge Owner(s)Unilever Foundry
    Industry Types(s)
    Digital/ICT, Logistics

    Unilever Foundry

    Current logistics management systems are not well integrated.

    What We Are Looking For

    We're looking for an Integrator Platform to synchronise different transportation, yard, and warehousing systems to optimise resources and unlock efficiency with speed. 

    Unilever is looking for early-stage startups with robust solutions and readiness to grow with Unilever.

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    Challenge Owner(s)Unilever Foundry
    Industry Types(s)
    Digital/ICT, Logistics

    Unilever Foundry

    Ina very dynamic environment where customers demand rapid change in areas such as Product, Delivery destination, Delivery window, processes in distribution centers (put away, picking, and pallet building) must meet expectations and improve logistics efficiency. 

    What We Are Looking For

    We're looking for a warehouse slotting solution which takes into account customer demands that may change rapidly (such as product, delivery destination, delivery window), in order to improve logistics efficiency. 

    Unilever is looking for early-stage startups with robust solutions and readiness to grow with Unilever.

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    Challenge Owner(s)Unilever Foundry
    Industry Types(s)
    Circular Economy & Sustainability, Digital/ICT, Logistics

    Unilever Foundry

    After offloading goods or materials, trucks are often empty on the return trip, releasing CO2 in our environment, while other companies look to book trucks to transport their goods.

    What We Are Looking For

    We're looking for a green transport platform to help enable sharing of resources, to minimise empty transport legs and protect our planet.

    Unilever is looking for early-stage startups with robust solutions and readiness to grow with Unilever.

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