• Information Technology Help Tap Logistics Costs

    Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara when talking to Indonesia Japan Digital Nexicorn Meet Up, in Jakarta, Tuesday (12/9). – JIBI / Dedi Gunawan

    JAKARTA-Information technology can be used to reduce the high cost of logistics in Indonesia.

    Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara said, Indonesia’s logistics performance declined in recent years. This is due to inefficient delivery of goods.

    However, as the development of technology emerges disintermediary trends or the loss of intermediaries between the logistics nodes. This is driven by technology utilization.

    “Intermediaries are lost and prices can be cheaper, so digital technology can be an enabler for the logistics world,” he said as a speaker at Transportation, Logistic and Maritime Expo 2017 in Jakarta, Tuesday (10/10/2017).

    He cited, before the era of e-commerce of clothing items collected in Indonesia Tanah Abang new distributed to various regions.

    However, now people no longer need to Tanah Abang because each manufacturer already has a website and can directly send the goods to the buyer.

    Furthermore, he explained that one of the utilization of technology in transportation and logistics sector is Indonesia national single window (INSW) at port.

    INSW allows sole decision making for customs clearance and goods dispensing so that waiting time becomes faster.

    Similarly, ordering trucks to transport goods. Currently trucks can be ordered online and can be tracked through a global positioning system (GPS). Thus truck owners and goods owners can monitor when the truck arrives.

    Based on World Bank research, Indonesia’s logistics performance is at position 63 in 2016. It dropped 10th place from position 53 in 2014. From various indicators, there are only two positive ones: international delivery and tracking system.

    In terms of network speed, Rudiantara call soon 5G technology will go to Indonesia. With this technology people will be able to control the factory remotely by utilizing the robot. This way can cut logistics costs considerably.

    In addition, with enormous opportunities in the logistics and e-commerce sectors, logistics companies in Indonesia must adapt.

    He proposed PT Pos Indonesia to be transformed into a logistics company as well as a state-owned post in Germany which controls DHL shares.

    On the same occasion, Chairman of Indonesian Logistics Association Zaldy Masita explained that internet penetration has a major impact on the development of electronic commerce or e-commerce in the country.

    The development of e-commerce is also boost the performance of express delivery.

    Though the penetration of e-commerce Indonesia only about 2%, but it can encourage the growth of express delivery up to 30%. When compared to South Korea about 40% then the chances in Indonesia is still very large.

    “If it can be pushed up to 4% only express delivery can vomit,” he explained.

    But unfortunately, the items purchased through e-commerce are mostly small tertiary needs. One of the barriers of primary and secondary goods has not been widely purchased is the expensive postage. The high cost of postage due to the high cost of logistics.

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    Sources: http://industri.bisnis.com/read/20171010/98/697815/teknologi-informasi-bantu-tekan-biaya-logistik
    Translated by Aryaputra PandeBIC

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