Monthly Archives: February 2014

Can the Middle East support any more logistics hubs?

In recent years vast sums of money have been invested in transport infrastructure by governments right across the Middle East in an attempt to diversify their oil and gas dependent economies.

The most recent example is the King Abdullah Economic City Port in Saudi Arabia, which began operations in January 2014. The port, up the coast from Jeddah in the Red Sea, has a capacity of 1.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and this is […]

The three pillars of sustainable supply chains

A new infographic from Ti – Supply chains require economic value creation, environmental responsibility and social accountability for long term sustainability

Economic, environmental and societal action – a tripartite approach to creating sustainable supply chains

John Manners-Bell, CEO, Transport Intelligence and Chair, Logistics and Supply Chain Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum

Supply chain management concepts were originally developed with one goal in mind: to optimise  business value by ensuring that product reached the end-user in the most effective way possible. The adoption of supply chain practices has undeniably resulted in massive economic benefits, both in the emerging as well as the developed world. It has provided more consumer […]

The impact of robotics and automation on logistics

One of the most talked about subjects at the WEF meeting at Davos 2014, was the impact which advances in manufacturing technology will have on production.  Robotics, 3D Printing and other automation will have undoubted implications for global supply chains.

Japan’s logistics market: Open or Shut for business?

John Manners-Bell and Hiroaki Hamabe

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Prime Minister Abe of Japan declared to the conference that he would be pushing through a concerted programme of reforms in order to continue the momentum which has been created in the Japanese economy.

After visiting the country in 2010, we wrote that there were signs that Japanese industry, and specifically its logistics industry, was becoming more open to third party logistics services.

In […]

How will logistics benefit from the economic upturn?

John Manners-Bell and David Buckby, Transport Intelligence

With the global economy seeming to be in better shape than for many years, it would seem a good point at which to examine prospects for the global logistics industry. Economics and logistics output are, of course, inextricably linked.

Economists believe that emerging markets will continue to grow faster than developed economies throughout the rest of the year. However, the performance of the Western world will improve in 2014 […]