A Charity Event to Help Butterfly Kids: SBFC

The 2022 edition of the Shanghai Butterfly Football Cup just concluded! The occasion to take a look back at the event and bring awareness to the cause it is centered around: improving the lives of those living with Epidermolysis Bullosa infection.

The purpose: helping and bringing awareness to butterfly kids

The SBFC is a charity event organized by the Rotary Club of Shanghai Elysée to the benefit of the DEBRA Association.

The DEBRA association is an NGO/NPO dedicated to helping the children affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa infection (EB) and their families. EB is a painful genetic skin blistering condition that can be fatal in the worst cases.

Why is the emblem of the association a butterfly? Because the skin of the children suffering from this infection is as fragile as a butterfly's wings.

Unfortunately, as of today, there exists no known treatment. As such, taking care of the disease consists of daily wound care, bandages, and pain management.

All the support received by the DEBRA association is used to improve research efforts toward finding effective treatments that can cure this disease.

The DEBRA association collaborates with international institutions and coordinates research projects while raising awareness toward people directly or indirectly affected by this disease to strengthen children's self-confidence and improve their daily lives. The association also supports the patients by donating dressings, organizing wound care training sessions, and DNA tests.

The 2022 Shanghai Butterfly Cup

For the past four years, the Shanghai Butterfly Football Cup charity event has gathered adults and kids around an inter-company tournament.

This year, 32 teams met on the soccer field, while all visitors and participants enjoyed many playful, sportive, artistic and educational activities throughout the day!

ASI Logistics and ASI Movers are very honored to have contributed to this beautiful event.

See you next year!

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ASI Logistics at SIAL Shanghai 2019

ASI Logistics’ team attended the 20th edition of SIAL Shanghai to introduce its logistics solutions for Food and Beverage products to existing and potential partners. .

From May 16th until May 19th 2019, Asia’s biggest trade show gathered 4,300 exhibitors, taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre and covering the 17 Halls of the exhibition center. It attracted 117,595 professionals to see products from all around the world. SIAL Shanghai represents a unique benchmark of Food and Beverages in Asia . French, Italian, Russian products… Every country is represented under its national booth and shows its willingness to expand overseas.Among others, wine, meat, dairy and refined products were presented, as well as services such as retail and hospitality actors.

Many business meeting and insightful discussions have been shared with our partners. We were happy to meet you, especially for those who are not used to come to China and have been discovering this country and its market on this occasion. Thanks to SIAL, interesting new projects with strong potential were launched.

Logistics process in China might be challenging, especially when one is unfamiliar with the country and its actor. With its 10-year experience in China, ASI Logistics is your ideal partner for expanding and managing your international operations. We cover every step, from origin to your final customer’s doorstep.

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ASI Group performed at the Shanghai Butterfly Football Cup!

On April 14th, a team of ASI Group Shanghai Office played football at the SHANGHAI BUTTERFLY FOOTBALL CUP, a charity event organized by the Rotary Club of Shanghai Elysee, for the benefit of the DEBRA association.

What Is DEBRA Association?

DEBRA association tries to ensure visibility and medical support to the children affected by the epidermolysis bullosa infection, a painful genetic skin blistering condition which, in the worst cases, can be fatal. The blisters present on the children’s skin at the origin of their name of "Butterfly kids". The DEBRA International is now present in more than 50 countries around the world.

All the support received is used to improve research efforts, in order to find effective treatments that can cure this disease. DEBRA association collaborates with international institutions and coordinates research projects, while also raising awareness toward people who are directly or indirectly affected by this disease, to strengthen children’s self-confidence and improve their daily life.

ASI Group's soccer team performance

ASI Group was very proud to participate in this charity event, which was a success! We were happy to play with our colleagues and with the other teams, to share playful time with colleagues who came to cheer us.

This inter-companies tournament gathered 32 mixed men and women teams of 7 players each. Our Soccer team had been training hard for several weeks , and met many other great teams coming from different companies well-established in Shanghai.

Our team, initially in Group G, won the three group games 4-1, 1-0, 1-0, and managed to finish at the first position of the group. Our ranking enabled us to participate in the Elite cup tournament. Then, we won again 1-0, but sadly were defeated in quarter finals by Decathlon-Kipsta team 0-2. Nevertheless, all of us spent a good day and enjoyed playing on the field for this charity event.

Contact us if you want to hit the ball another time!

Logistics Latest News – What You Need to Know

Discover the most interesting takeouts from Wall Street Journals' latest insights on the logistics sector and how it can impact one's business.


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Trade War Disrupts

The threat of a trade war is helping reset supply chains as exporters in some countries find opportunities amid the disruption. Most Asia-Pacific nations support removing trade barriers, the WSJ reports, even as many are finding short-term opportunities to attract manufacturing exporters seeking to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese products. The trade battle is accelerating a trend of manufacturing shifting from China to Southeast Asia. In Brazil, soy bean farmers exported 10 million metric tons more oil seeds than forecast last year. Japan’s auto makers would stand to gain if the U.S. and China imposed reciprocal car tariffs. Still, many businesses say they prefer predictability and are eager to see the dispute end. For Southeast Asia’s manufacturing and shipping businesses, supply-chain disruptions and slower global growth are a larger threat. Logistics and transportation networks have contributed increasingly to the region’s economy as container-port traffic has expanded there in recent years.

Suppliers Raise Prices

Higher prices are moving through supply chains toward consumers amid signs that last year’s skyrocketing transportation costs are coming back to earth. Suppliers of household staples like diapers to toilet paper are raising prices again this year after hiking prices in 2018, the WSJ’s Aisha Al-Muslim writes, hoping to offset rising commodity prices and boost profits. The new increases may revive a supply chain tug-of-war over prices from last year, when suppliers sought to pass along rising costs while retailers worried about a consumer backlash. Shoppers have accepted some of those higher prices for consumer staples, however, and in the meantime some logistics costs appear to be receding. Measures of trucking rates have been slipping this year as capacity has grown ahead of demand. Todd Tranausky of research group FTR says lower fuel costs and rising capacity signal “a much better 2019 than shippers expected during much of 2018.”

Shoppers Skip the Malls

Mall retailers and department stores are finding it’s getting harder to grow without a top-notch e-commerce operation. Macy’s Inc., Kohl’s Corp. , J.C. Penney Co. and L Brands reported weaker-than-expected sales in December, the WSJ’s Sarah Nassauer writes, capping a holiday sales season that showed retailers moving in two very different directions. Amazon.com Inc. gobbled up market share as more shoppers turned away from traditional department stores and malls. But retailers Target Corp. , Costco Wholesale Corp. and Walmart Inc. reported strong sales, a result of work to attract more shoppers online and investments in store operations like e-commerce pickup and delivery. Macy’s has updated some stores, adding a better assortment of merchandise and technology, but its older stores appear overstocked and even gloomy to many shoppers. “The traditional department stores’ days are numbered unless they change radically,” one analyst said.

Huawei's Exports Blocked

U.S. regulators are putting up another road block in Huawei Technologies Co.’s supply chain. The Chinese telecommunications giant can no longer ship certain technologies from its Silicon Valley research-and-development unit after the Commerce Department signaled it wouldn’t renew an export license over security concerns, the WSJ’s Dan Strumpf and Kate O’Keeffe report. The license covered the export of telecommunications technology and software, including high-speed data-transfer technology made by Futurewei Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif. Huawei has been blocked from selling its telecommunications equipment in the U.S. since it was labeled a national security threat in 2012. The U.S. has pressured allies to keep Huawei equipment out of their networks, and Huawei faces bans on its 5G equipment in several countries. Futurewei will still be able to ship most of the other goods made at its U.S. operation, however, because they don’t require an export license.

Effectively Planning Your Logistics & Supply Chain Around CNY

The Chinese New Year (CNY) is the world’s greatest human migration, with more than 1.3  billion of people going on vacation at the same time.

Workers traditionally go back home to see their family (most of the time in the countryside), which leads to important perturbations for any business relying on Chinese (and more globally Asian) logistics and supply chain. For this reason, ASI Logistics offers you some insights on what to expect as an international company when CNY is approaching, and on what are the good techniques to minimize the side effects of the celebrations.

What Is to Expect from CNY Logistics & Supply Chain Wise

The Chinese New Year itself will officially take place on February 5th 2019, and the festivities will last from Feb. 5th until Feb. 19th. However, the festivities and thus the perturbation usually extend beyond these 2 weeks to reach a 4-week period.

  • Jan. 28th – Feb. 4th: the Little Year is when the preparations for CNY take place.
  • Feb. 5th – Feb. 15th: Spring Festival.
  • Feb. 16th – Feb. 19th: Lantern Festival.

As such, and for at least two weeks, China practically shuts down, including its logistics and supply chain. Regarding the logistics, expect increased freight costs, slower transit time and movement of parcels. The administration also being impacted, customs prioritize their work and focus on perishable items.

If your business relies on importing goods produced in China, note that some factories might close before the official holiday, some of them for even a month. Those which do not will usually increase their production in advance as to meet their schedule and compensate for the holiday, as such expect a surge of freight. Being aware of this is detrimental for companies relying on Spring and Summer seasons.
Normal production will usually resume two weeks after the holiday. It is however estimated than about 30% of the workers will not return to work (as it is traditionnaly the chosen period to switch jobs). This can have repercusions for a period up to 4 weeks after CNY.

For these reasons, it is important for businesses operating with China to plan in advance when CNY is approaching.

How to Effectively Prepare for CNY

Planning in advance is key.
First step would be to forecast your needs by analyzing last year’s flows of goods both in and out of China. As such, you can anticipate production and logistics needs.

Then, inform as soon as possible your manufacturer and logistics partner of the production and shipments needed. This would ensure according planning and booking from their part.

Planning for alternative options, in case the ones you first thought of are not available anymore, is also a good way of avoiding last minute issues.

Keep in mind that it could take some time after the end of the celebrations for the production to go to normal, because of the high employee turnover. Building enough stock is a great preventive measure.

The key when it comes to CNY is thus to plan in advance and communicate effectively with your logistic partner (and local manufacturer if you are importing from China).

As your key logistics partner all around the world, and more particularily in China, ASI Logistics provides you the support and advice you need to help you run your operations smoothly before, during and after CNY!