Responding to supply chain disruptions in Southeast Asia: On Call with Janio COO Ali Madihid and Head of B2B George Oliver


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"Airfreight for the foreseeable future is going to be more expensive, and we should look at that as the new norm...we have to look at the more multimodal solutions, sea freight, and speeding up the different supply routes across Southeast Asia."

About the episode

In the first of a two-part series on cross-border logistics in Southeast Asia, supply chain experts Ali Madihid and George Oliver share how they've responded to the supply chain disruptions created by the global response to COVID19. 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.


00:32 Introduction of Ali and George;

1:22 How Janio started and how their scope has evolved to include more B2B upstream offerings (Ali then George);

4:56 How COVID19 has impacted supply chains (Ali then George);

9:07 How cross-border transportation (airfreight in particular) is adapting (Ali then George);

12:04 Dealing with new standards of quality and safety across countries (George then Ali);

14:46 Impact of COVID19 on supply chain diversification (George then Ali);

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


Podcast Intro by Tim Beek (2019)

Broken Purpose by Jukedeck (2019)

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