Cluster Performance


       Existence of a logistics cluster representing the triple helix (developing or established)              

The cluster development has substantially been driven by the development of third party logistics service providers. However, today there are all three stakeholder groups very active in logistics matters. Even if there is no dedicated cluster organisation, there are main drivers to foster the logistics clusters development.

Singapore Logistics Association
The SLA, established in 1973, represents Singapore logistics industry. Today, about 500 business entities are member of the SLA, offering a diverse scope of logistics and ancillary support services. As a trade association, SLA seeks to fulfill its objects in close collaboration and engagement with logistics companies & professionals, institutions & academia, industry organisations and partners, government agencies as well as international organisations & businesses. Many of the key governmental stakeholders like the Economic Development Board or the Maritime & Port Authority are Partners of the Association. 






Existence of a logistics strategy and /or objectives on cluster (or regional) level




In 2002, the Economic Review Committee of the Ministry of Trade and Industry established a Working Group on Logistics to further explore the potentials of Singapore as global logistics hub. International Enterprise Singapore elaborated a paper called
"Developing Singapore Into A Global Integrated Logistics Hub". This paper draws a vision to develop Singapore into a leading global integrated logistics hub, with robust maritime, aviation, and land transport capabilities supporting the global economy as the following graphic shows:

Singapore Cluster-2


The vision is to develop Singapore into a leading global integrated logistics hub, with robust maritime, aviation, and land transport capabilities supporting the global economy.

  • Global integrated logistics hub: Nerve / brain center controlling and managing activities and assets of global supply chains across an expanded hinterland. SCM capabilities and technologies are the integrators linking the 3 pillars of maritime, aviation, and land transport.
  • Maritime: An international maritime center attracting shipping companies by providing all-round services and facilities for ship management and operations.
  • Aviation: A regional aviation hub with high connectivity and capacity, and state-of-the-art logistics and support facilities.
  • Land Transport: Superior warehousing and distribution capabilities that are tightly integrated with customers, aviation and maritime facilities.


The vision rides on 3 key enablers:

  • Political, economic and regulatory stability/predictability;
  • Excellent physical, IT, and financial infrastructure; and
  • Critical mass of logistics professionals with strong customer orientation
  • To which extend this vision has been implemented could not be identified. 










Occurrence of sustainability & green aspects as part of the regional strategy





Sustainability is an essential part of all strategies, Singapore's government sets up. The Sustainable Blueprint and the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (see above) are two examples for that.










Existence of demonstration projects designed to the future of logistics and/or
sustainability of transport




Living Lab: Clean Tech Park

Singapore's first eco-business park to push the boundaries of sustainability. Clean Tech Park is a large scale integrated "Living Lab" for testing and demonstration of systems-level clean technologies.

Expressway Monitoring and Advisory System (EMAS)
EMAS is a smart incident management tool for monitoring and managing traffic along expressways. It uses a detection camera system to automatically detect incidents and congestion in real-time which are verified by using a surveillance camera system. Real-time detection and verification allows for prompt activation of recovery vehicles and other authorities (e.g., Traffic police) to ensure quick restoration to normal traffic flow, thus minimizes congestion and reduces fuel consumption and emission production. The continuous monitoring feature of the EMAS also helps traffic authorities to identify causes of congestion and to enforce traffic offences, such as detection of offending party in an incident. The EMAS service is currently available for the expressways, and will be extended to 10 major arterials by 2013.

Production Vendor Managed Inventory (PVMI)
Leveraging Singapore's manufacturing excellence in electronics, DB Schenker set up a global Competence Centre in 2012 to focus on developing Production Vendor Managed Inventory (PVMI) installations for the Electronics and Industrial Manufacturing sectors. This centre is DB Schenker's first global Solution Competence Centre outside of Europe. With a traditional strength and market reputation within the Electronics PVMI area already established in Asia-Pacific, the Competence Center in Singapore will be the base camp for numerous supply chain experts to support development of the solution and accelerate the roll-out of customized manufacturing logistics solutions for Asia and global markets.

Coolport@Changi is Asia's first and largest dedicated on-airport facility for temperature-controlled and time-critical cargo. The 8,000-square-metre facility is located within the Free Trade Zone with direct airside access. With multi-tiered zones and individual cold rooms, Coolport is able to handle a wide range of perishables such as live seafood, meats, fresh produce, flowers and pharmaceuticals. A host of value-added services include warehousing and distribution, inventory management and control and an express lane for urgent bio-medical products. Designed in accordance with internationally recognised Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) guidelines for food safety and in compliance with the highest standards of cold chain integrity, Coolport is also the first Halal-certified air cargo hub for perishables in the Asia Pacific region.

TLI-AP's THINK Forum in Singapore is a platform for thought leadership, knowledge dissemination and executive learning. The Forum brings together industry leaders, supply chain practitioners and academia to address issues that shape the industry landscape. Programmes include events for top executives that are focused on IT (THINK IT), Strategy (THINK Executive) and Innovation (THINK Innovation); regular Solutions platforms on optimisation, intelligence and technology; as well as the annual THINK Logistics Conference. These forums provide top executives with opportunities to network, share and discover new opportunities.