1. Is the DHL-SMU Green Transformation Lab open to additional partners and how can I become a partner?
Yes, it is hoping to attract partner companies who share the same vision and who want to partner to develop enabling methods for industry, or who wish to accelerate their own sustainable supply chain adoption. We encourage interested parties to get in touch and learn about the relevant engagement options.
2. What is the expected outcome of the DHL-SMU Green Transformation Lab and what does DHL-SMU Green Transformation Lab mean for businesses?
The DHL-SMU Green Transformation Lab will lead the development of innovative solutions to help organizations transform their business with sustainable practices. The Lab will help drive sustainable Green Change in logistics by providing viable methodologies and tools for multiple stakeholders across the industry to implement green supply chain practices.
For companies that means:
• Greater awareness of sustainable supply chain solutions
• More businesses understanding the benefits of green supply chains
• Businesses understand how to give environmental data a meaning beyond reporting, and use this new information towards more sustainable and cost effective operations
• Getting equipped with knowledge, best practices and practical solutions to master the change process towards green growth inside the organization
• More businesses stand out as visible sustainability leaders in their industries and trigger green transformation hand in hand between the private and public sector
3. How will the resulting solutions be presented to other businesses and what would compel them to take them up?
The Green Transformation Lab focuses on projects and related project sponsors who will apply the outputs in a ‘real world’ environment. One of the strengths of the Lab is that its involvement doesn’t stop here but also encompasses the implementation- and change management process. This enables us to understand how we need to tweak solutions to make them work under specific market conditions, in different industries, geographical regions and for specific company requirements. Besides the development of new solutions it is also about understanding already existing, successful solutions, connecting manufacturers, users and legislators (e.g. fellow members of the Green Freight Asia Network) to create the environment that brings these solutions to scale.
4. What is SMU’s current research capability in sustainable supply chain?
SMU’s School of Information Systems has strong capabilities in methods, technologies and systems that are key enablers for sustainable supply chain solutions. For example, they have strength in intelligent software systems and decision analytics for supply chain management, analytics with big data, information security & privacy, and economic impact analysis of IT enabled innovation. (See details at School of Information Systems – Research Areas)
SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business has strong research capability in operations management which is interdisciplinary and relevant to practice. Their capability in management science, business processes, service processes, supply chain management, logistics, warehouse management, shipping and many other interesting topics provide great relevance to the projects in Green Transformation Lab. (See details at Lee Kong Chian School of Business – Operations Management)