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WTO trade talks failure strikes blow to globalisation

In a shock decision, India has blocked ratification of the Bali trade deal. Ironically, emerging markets have the most to lose from neo-protectionism as this will create a two-speed trading regime, with the EU, US and other economic powerhouses creating their own free trade alliances.

The very existence of the World Trade Organisation is now being called into question, following India’s decision to block ratification of the Bali Trade deal agreed in December 2013.

The failure […]

Comment: ASOS warehouse disaster reveals hidden costs of supply chain risk

The fire which occurred on Friday night (20 June 2014) at the global distribution centre of online retailer, ASOS, highlights many of the risks to which modern supply chains are exposed, according to Ti’s CEO John Manners-Bell.

The global retailer keeps 70% of its stock at its distribution centre in Barnsley and it is believed that the fire could have affected more than £30m ($50m) of inventory. The facility is over 600,000 sq ft […]

Supply Chain Risk book launched at Dubai industry leader gathering

Doing an increased level of business in emerging markets has made supply chains more vulnerable than ever, says author John Manners-Bell at the launch of his latest book in Dubai.

Supply chains are under threat as never before, according to the latest book by industry expert John Manners-Bell. The book, ‘Supply Chain Risk’, launched at Transport Intelligence’s ‘Emerging Markets Logistics Conference’ in Dubai, examines the evolving challenges which manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies face in […]

De-globalization: Where does this leave the global logistics industry?

I recently gave a webcast to Stifel’s clients and contacts about my views on the future of globalization; how the world was regionalizing and with the onset of re-shoring, 3D printing and the growth of mega-cities would eventually be characterized by localized goods flows.

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 […]