Logistics sector must head towards automation

By RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By TMR

The country’s logistics sector must improve on its automation technology in order to compete in the global arena.

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) ED for strategic planning (services) Lim Bee Vian said in terms of high-technology equipment and machines for automation usage, the industry is still lagging behind compared to other advanced countries.

“Our industry needs to beef up on automation, especially for logistics. There are a lot of areas where automation, artificial intelligence, big data and other Industry 4.0 elements can be implemented to help propel the industry further,” Lim said at the LogisWare 2018 exhibition in Shah Alam yesterday.

According to Lim, awareness and fund constraints are the two stumbling blocks that have been holding back the industry from adopting more automation technology.

She said the government, through Mida, is pushing the industry to embrace automation with the aim of reducing manpower, as well as increase productivity.

Lim said Mida, through the Domestic Investment Strategic Fund and Automation Capital Allowance, has various programmes and incentives planned to facilitate local companies, particularly from the small and medium enterprises’ move into automation.

Malaysia’s e-commerce segment is expected to rise 20% to RM211 billion by 2020.

Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin, who launched LogisWare 2018 yesterday, said the country must improve the logistics sector in order to propel the import-export and local industry to new heights.

A trading platform dedicated for the logistics and warehousing industry stakeholders, LogisWare 2018, is anticipated to receive about 5,000 visitors.

According to One International Exhibition Sdn Bhd MD Lim Kean Boon, the organiser of LogisWare 2018, the exhibition this year will be bigger featuring more than 100 booths, and will include participants from Singapore, China and India.