Find logistics solutions in agriculture during Covid with SLOG Challenge

(VLU17/8/2021) - On August 14 and 15, 2021, the third round of SLOG Challenge 2021 contest organized by the Faculty of Commerce of Van Lang took place with the participation of 31 contestants from different universities across the country.

Organized with the aim of providing a useful playground for students who are passionate about logistics and supply chain management, SLOG Challenge is a contest that has received great attention and response from students across the country. A large number of participants came from many different schools.

After the workshop “Do you understand Logistic?” and the knowledge test round, 31 excellent candidates who passed the second round have 10 days to prepare the presentation to answer the case study given by the Organizing Committee: The negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the process of transporting goods between provinces in the field of agriculture. The panel of judges who attended the exam and asked questions to the candidates included:

  • Mr Ly Duc Minh: Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Department, Faculty of Commerce, Van Lang University; has 14 years of experience working in large Japanese companies and corporations such as Toyota, Nidee; Uchiyama; PhD student in artificial intelligence at Ostrava Technical University - Czech Republic.
  • Mr Nguyen Viet Tinh: Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Department, Faculty of Commerce, Van Lang University; owning a number of scientific research works published in prestigious scientific journals in the world on the list of ISI and SCOPUS; has many years of experience in research and teaching in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • Mr Syed Tam Husain: Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Department, Faculty of Commerce, Van Lang University
  • Mr Vu Hai Duong: currently working at Unilever Vietnam; Top 1 in Asia, Top 4 Global of Global Student Final; Supply Chain Challenge Champion - VSCC; Best Vice President - New Connected E2E Model Master.
  • Ms Dinh Nu Huong Tra: mentor of FIATA course at Ton Duc Thang University, and Production Planner of Columbia Sportwear Vietnam; Winner of Glogistics Contest 2015 of University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Ms Tran Thi Ngoc Mi: Currently working at Bosch; Third Prize in Logistics Arena Competition at TDTU 2016; Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, Hungary.
  • Ms Le Thi Phuong: Currently working at DKSH Vietnam; Second prize in the Young Logistics Talent Competition organized by the International University, overcoming 2 rounds in Vietnam and Asia of the global student competition APICS Fresh Connection 2016; Extensive experience in Purchasing.

Each contestant in turn had 15 minutes to present and answer questions about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Logistics sector in Vietnam and raise solutions to improve the efficiency of freight operations in the agricultural sector.

vlu cuoc thi slog challenge vong ba bSLOG Challenge 2021 contestants had 8 minutes to present, answer case studies and 7 minutes to answer quick questions from mentors.

Nguyen Van Nam from the National Economics University said: “Covid-19 is a phenomenon that affects the logistics industry very badly. It disrupts the supply of goods and input materials and causes many negative impacts on the supply of output goods.” According to a survey of Vietnam Logistics business services, there are 20% of logistics service enterprises that have decreased operations during the epidemic season. The average revenue of these enterprises decreased by 10 - 30% compared to the same period in 2019. More than 80% of the members of the Vietnam Logistics Business Association VLA are micro, small and medium enterprises that are facing danger. When the businesses stopped all activities, many workers were forced to extend their working hours, even losing their jobs.

vlu cuoc thi slog challenge vong ba aNot only a playground for Van Lang students, SLOG Challenge also welcomed many friends from Northern universities to attend.

In that flow, logistics in Vietnam's agricultural sector also suffered many negative impacts: difficulties in terms of procedures and papers in transportation; imbalance between supply and demand (farmers are in the harvest season, have a need to sell but cannot bring products to consumers; while people in cities desperately need food, they are limited by social distancing, traditional markets are closed, supermarket chains fail to supply in time or have higher prices than normal levels); lack of resources and the possibility of successive interruptions in the export process.

Contestant Nguyen Hoang Ngoc Hoai said that besides challenges, the Covid-19 pandemic also brings innovation opportunities to the logistics sector as many businesses are changing their sales methods, changing the trend from direct to online, promoting the development of e-commerce. The separation and restriction of face-to-face interaction also contribute to the need for businesses to apply science and technology to logistics, design digital containers to monitor storage temperatures, develop end-to-end logistics or other sensor packaging products to monitor product status.

vlu cuoc thi slog challenge vong ba cCao Dang Phuc shared about cold chain application solution - Cold chain.

Although they are only young people still studying at school, 31 contestants of SLOG Challenge completely convinced the mentors by their ability to receive, select, synthesize and convey their views. With their own knowledge and creativity, SLOG Challenge contestants also came up with many practical solutions, considered and combined from many sides including state policy and innovation from the business. Cao Dang Phuc (student of RMIT University) proposed to invest and apply a cold supply chain, suitable for goods that require preservation at a certain temperature such as agricultural products. This is a solution that is not only suitable for the process of transporting goods in the agricultural sector during the epidemic season, but also can continue to be maintained, helping to save Vietnam's logistics costs for many years to come. In addition, the application of information technology Block chain is also one of the solutions to optimize logistics costs actively proposed by the contestants.

The confidence in exchanging and answering logistics issues in the agricultural field from the mentor showed that most of the candidates were well prepared, responsible, passionate and determined to pursue the industry. At the end of round 3, the list of 16 best candidates entering the next round will be officially announced by the SLOG Challenge Organizing Committee on August 16, 2021.

Reporter: Hoai Anh

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