Monthly Archives: January 2014

Supply chain taking centre stage at Davos

The World Economic Forum’s meeting at Davos is a unique environment in which high level political and economic debate overlaps with in-depth discussion of micro-economic trends.

At Davos 2014, for example, delegates in the Congress Hall heard from David Cameron, the UK’s prime minister, about the importance of supply chain to the future of the UK’s manufacturing industry and economy. Perhaps as interesting as the content of his speech was his range of vocabulary, talking […]

WEF Davos: New models needed to exploit international e-retailing opportunities

The past few years have seen a phenomenal growth in the adoption of internet shopping by consumers throughout Europe. However there are still fears that its progress is being hindered by the failure in provision of logistics services, especially on an international basis.

In 2011 the European Commission published a green paper which initiated a consulting process concerning how e-retailing, and in particular international e-retailing, could be encouraged. It concluded that consumers are put off […]

New infographic! Logistics and Transport in China

Using info from my recent book Global Logistics Strategies: Delivering the Goods, Kogan Page has created a handy infographic

Global supply chains receive boost from WTO deal

After 5 days of intense negotiation, the World Trade Organisation Bali Ministerial Conference ended in success. The so-called ‘Bali Package’, which consists of a selection of measures to reduce global trade barriers, was finally adopted and represents the first multilateral trade deal which the WTO has been able to broker for 12 years.

The WTO commented that it hoped that, ‘… would reinvigorate the WTO and its trading system, and provide the momentum to […]

Honda production disruption demonstrates supply chain risks

The fragility of global supply chains has been shown up once more by news that Honda’s production at its Swindon, UK plan has been suspended by a disruption to the supply of parts.

According to the manufacturer, the components are still on a container vessel destined for the Port of Southampton. Its journey has reportedly been delayed by bad weather.

One particularly interesting facet of this incident is that Honda is assuring its customers that they […]