I want to wish all readers of this blog, regulars and passersby, a Happy New Year as we kick off 2010.
For me, I spent most of 2009 settling into life and work in Australia after a very quick move from Japan and enjoying the time together with my wife after a 2008 that saw us spending most of our days in different locations. We are very blessed to currently call Australia our home, a place many people dream of visiting but don't often get the chance to do due to distance, time, and / or finances. The reasons to visit are many and I encourage everyone to make it here if ever the chance presents itself.
As for this blog, I found my interest in blogging Asia logistics news / events wane, particularly after leaving the more dynamic Northeast Asia corridor. In addition, I have become more interested in overall supply chain strategy and how the supply chains of the private sector operate across borders, particularly those that originate, terminate or run through the Asia-Pacific (a huge number, I know!). As a result, I have changed the name of the blog to Cross Border Journal.
Supply chains facilitate the lifeblood of globalization and development, and their related activities intersect with numerous institutions not part of the private sector--NGOs, militaries, governments, etc. In fact, these institutions are increasingly reliant on private sector supply chains, or at least their best practices, in successfully executing a wide variety of programs, both in the developed and underdeveloped world. Thus, by understanding what forms the basis for strong, supply chain architectures, we are better able to bring about the success of globalization and the programs aimed to improve the foundation of economics, security, diplomacy and people around the world.
In 2010, I hope to continue to explore the stories, people and events that illustrate the above concepts, but more regularly than in 2009. Thanks to readers of this blog in advance for your support, and I hope you will find my posts providing something of value as you go about your life's work.