Technology could cut down Indonesia's logistics cost

Indonesia’s logistics costs are 24% of GDP, currently the highest in the region. The country’s logistics performance index (LPI) also lags behind its neighboring countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and even Vietnam, according to World Bank but Hong Kong-based digital logistics startup OpenPort is attempting to lower Indonesia’s logistics cost via technology.

The platform enables clients to track the entire distribution process – claiming to cut companies’ logistics costs by up to 30% by cutting out the middleman. Connecting shippers and carriers via OpenPort’s digital platform will also replace the inefficient paper-based process, decreasing the time it takes carriers to receive payment from three months to one month. Their cloud-based digital logistics platform will allow the supply chain to be managed entirely in house, solving headaches for many logistics companies in the archipelago.

“With more than 17,000 islands scattered across the country, Indonesia needs to make its logistics and supply chain management system more transparent and more efficient, and it is impossible to do so without deploying technology and systems that can seamlessly monitor processes and cut out inefficiency wherever possible.” said its chief executive officer, Max Ward.

The Indonesian Logistics and Forwarder Association (ILFA) has highlighted that the republic can unlock a potential US$250-billion worth of value in the logistics market if it could make the sector more transparent and cut out hidden costs.

The startup plans to expand its operations in Indonesia to Surabaya where the major Perak Port is located.

A version of this appeared in Digital News Asia on June 14. To read the full article, click here.

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