Deal inked to digitalise automobile spare elements enterprise

WITH the evolving enterprise panorama, PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd is partnering with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) for its digitalisation initiatives and to spur extra improvements within the logistics {industry}.

The 2 events just lately signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Canselori Putra constructing at UPM’s campus in Serdang, Selangor.

PKT Logistics group chief government and managing director Datuk Seri Michael Tio represented the corporate whereas UPM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohd Roslan Sulaiman signed on behalf of the college.

In his speech, Mohd Roslan mentioned he thought of the collaboration a “good partnership course of” as it could embody knowledge sharing that might add worth to the {industry}.

“Within the enterprise world, revolutionary concepts won’t be sufficient if they don’t seem to be supported with capital,” he mentioned, including that crowdfunding was a technique that would assist such ventures.

Crowdfunding is the observe of funding a enterprise or exercise by elevating cash from numerous supportive individuals who’re eager to contribute to its success.

In his speech, Tio mentioned that the Malaysian logistics {industry} was rising quickly and at the moment contributed RM57bil to the nation’s economic system.

He mentioned Malaysia wanted to deploy extra know-how to its logistics operations to optimise the {industry}’s effectivity and deal with its future progress.

Tio mentioned he had mentioned with Assoc Prof Dr Koh Tieng Wei, from UPM’s Pc Science and Info Expertise School (FCSIT), on the necessity to develop software program to unravel the inefficiency of shopping for automobile spare elements out there.

“We are going to now begin working in the direction of growing a platform referred to as Sparke – digitalisation of automobile spare elements enterprise,” he mentioned, including that the platform could be prepared by the center of subsequent 12 months and could be co-owned by FCSIT.

On crowdfunding, Tio mentioned that PKT would give RM100,000 for the establishing of a start-up for FCSIT.

“Sparke would be the first venture beneath this start-up,” he mentioned.

He shared that PKT Logistics Group chief advertising officer Kuan Eu Jin was appointed adjunct professor at FCSIT for information sharing and to make sure the success of the platform.

“Kuan will share his information on what are the necessities and sort of expertise wanted for the logistics {industry}, and can give suggestions on the {industry}, and what topics to incorporate sooner or later.”

“It’s about time the college comes up with its personal innovations that may be commercialised.

“The collaboration must have entrepreneurs concerned in commercialising concepts.

“We have already got the merchandise and gross sales functionality however with this collaboration, the possibilities of success can be increased.

“There are a variety of public universities which have the capability and information that always go unutilised.

“By going to them, we discover ample sources and collectively, we are able to innovate with new information and new know-how to develop our logistics enterprise.

“I hope our companies will look to public universities for collaboration relatively than outsource to worldwide consulting corporations. Give them an opportunity,” Tio mentioned.

He mentioned that the corporate was additionally within the technique of setting up the largest warehouse in Malaysia, to be referred to as World Distribution Centre (GDC), beneath a three way partnership with Daiso.

The GDC can be positioned in Pulau Indah, Selangor.

“With automation, our PKT expertise will now not be restricted to solely logisticians.

“Now, we additionally want engineers, knowledge scientists, programmers and cyber-security specialists with a view to assist us function and run this distribution centre,” he mentioned.

Tio mentioned the co-operation would additionally cowl analysis with UPM on logistics automation.

“We can be taking UPM college students for internship and employment,” he added.

FCSIT dean Assoc Prof Dr Razali Yaakob mentioned that the collaboration would profit UPM.

“We are able to expose our college students to the actual {industry} surroundings.

“It will possibly promote expertise improvement and develop the abilities of each the scholars and school members.”

Koh mentioned six college students and three lecturers, together with himself, had been engaged on the Sparke platform, which is at the moment beneath feasibility research to give you a prototype.

Koh mentioned he was assured that the collaboration between UPM and PKT would result in an industry-oriented start-up and allow the school to raised deal with the abilities gaps in knowledge science, cloud computing, synthetic intelligence, augmented actuality and digital actuality.

“We purpose to construct a sustainable workforce ecosystem by an apprenticeship programme that may profit different industries.

“We’re additionally inviting different employers to the campus in order that we are able to work collectively to ship value-added analysis and improvement options to their shoppers,” he added.

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