Uni-Asia Group is an alternative investment firm that makes its money from owning and operating ships, hotels and other real estate — pillars of what can be accurately described as the conventional bricks and mortar economy, for much of the last century. 

Yet, as entire economies and companies embrace digitalisation — a trend that has accelerated because of the pandemic, Singapore-listed Uni-Asia knows it has to use more technology in its processes to improve its efficiency and workflow. “Technology has been quite popular since Covid-19 hit, so I think we should use more of it to increase our operational efficiency,” CEO Kenji Fukuyado tells The Edge Singapore.

While he acknowledges that the group will incur substantial costs from setting up the necessary infrastructure, Fukuyado believes this is the way forward. His game plan is to start small and go paperless before eventually looking out for ways to adopt technology in its core shipping and property segments.

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