Looking to the future of cross-border logistics in Southeast Asia: On Call with Janio COO Ali Madihid and Head of B2B George Oliver [Part 2]


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"It’s very important that you shouldn’t be putting your eggs into one basket...It’s very important [to] diversify your source of manufacturing, but more importantly work with a strong, robust, flexible logistics provider, such as Janio..." - Ali Madihid, COO & co-founder of Janio Asia"

About the episode

In the second part of our series on cross-border logistics in Southeast Asia, supply chain experts Ali Madihid and George Oliver take a deeper look into the opportunities for medium-sized businesses and SMEs amidst supply chain diversification. They also give their take on what cross-border logistics will be like in the next few months as economies reopen, markers for recovery, and maintaining agile operations in the midst of crisis. Both Ali and George have had extensive careers in logistics, and are now working with Janio, a 4PL solutions platform for Southeast Asia. This call was recorded May 12th.


00:17 Introduction;

1:14 Goods impacted by supply chain diversification;

2:53 Impact of supply chain diversification on manufacturing and exports in Southeast Asia;

4:19 How to manage supply chains moving forward for mid-size companies and SMEs;

7:09 Thoughts on COVID19 impact on Ramadan;

9:20 Markers and indicators for recovery;

11:55 Keeping operations agile in a state of constant flux;

13:30 Recommendations on great content picked up over the lockdown;

About our guests

Ali Madihid

Ali has over a decade of management experience in areas of business development, corporate strategy, global supply chain and operations management. He has held senior management roles in Expeditors International, SATS, Reebonz and Zalora. Currently, he serves as Janio's COO, developing the company's networks and capabilities.

George Oliver

George was brought on to manage the B2B business at Janio. This comprises of furthering Janio's already strong Air offering while building out our new Sea and Land capabilities across Janio’s ASEAN and wider global network. Prior to Janio George was CBO of Kargo, the first technology-enabled full-service trucking fleet in Myanmar. As CBO George was in charge of driver and customer acquisition, successfully building a fleet of 2,800 fully trackable trucks and winning long term contracts with MNC’s which included Coca Cola, Adidas, Mitsubishi, Nestle and K+N. Before this, George co-founded the first EU focused rice exporter in Myanmar trading at the peak of 2,500 tons per month, and in an earlier life worked as a financial technology consultant in London.

About Janio

Janio is a cross-border logistics service provider that simplifies e-commerce deliveries in Southeast Asia. Combining technology with market knowledge, Janio provides an effective end-to-end logistics solution, including international cash-on-delivery and customs clearance, where shippers can manage international shipments on a single platform. For more information, please visit https://www.janio.asia


Podcast Intro by Tim Beek (2019)

Broken Purpose by Jukedeck (2019)

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