One year on from Rana Plaza: have global supply chains changed for the better?

It is a year now since the Rana Plaza disaster when over 1300 fashion and textile workers died in a factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The facility was used by a host of well-known global retailing brands as part of their global sourcing strategies. It later transpired that the owners of the factory had ignored planning laws and built a structurally unsound building with deadly consequences to the work force.

The disaster led some people […]

Interview with the author: Supply Chain Risk: Understanding Emerging Threats to Supply Chains

To mark Global Logistics Day and the publication of the new book, Supply Chain Risk, Transport Intelligence’s Logistics Briefing undertook an interview with author, John Manners-Bell to find out more about threats to the logistics industry.

LB. Over the past few years we’ve seen tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, piracy and terrorism. Would you agree that these days there seems to be many more risks to supply chain risks?

JMB. It’s not necessarily that there have been many […]

Easing sanctions will unleash Iran’s logistics potential

The EU’s Foreign Policy Commissioner, Baroness Ashton, has visited Iran in an effort to develop relations ahead of a new round of talks which ultimately could lead to the suspension of sanctions. The global transport and logistics industry would have much to gain from the normalisation of relations.  

With an economy just outside the Top 20 largest in the world, and with only Saudi Arabia bigger in the Middle East, in more normal times […]

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 […]

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 […]