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 […]

Global Logistics Strategy: Delivering the Goods Book Launch

Global Logistics Strategies Book Launch Video

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to the book launch, in this video I outline some of the key themes of Global Logistics Strategies: Delivering the Goods

Embrace ethical supply chains – or risk rolling back globalisation

The fire at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh in early 2013 raised major questions over the sourcing policies employed by global manufacturers and retailers. Although the disaster specifically related to the fashion industry, there have been concerns in all sectors about wages and working conditions of suppliers in remote locations in emerging parts of the world. Not only are there labour issues – question marks hang over the environmental standards of suppliers, raising worries that some […]