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With our internationally recognised research partners and with access to some of the worlds though leaders and institutions, Logistics Executive Group’s database of white papers and research provides you with a one-stop portal for today’s latest supply chain and logistics knowledge.

Logistics Executive Group welcomes contribution from industry, supply chain practitioners and cutting-edge research and white papers that advance the supply chain management profession.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index July 2016

The 2016 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index.


Stifel Logistics Confidence Index June 2016

The 2016 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index.


Stifel Logistics Confidence Index May 2016

The 2016 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index.


Stifel Logistics Confidence Index April 2016

The April 2016 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.


The December 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey

The December 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.


Logistics Innovation Showcase

Wiebe Helder, VP Global Business Strategy, Cargobase

E-retail and Last Mile Delivery

Jerome Charlez, Founder, Bluetens

E-retail and Last Mile Delivery

Sandy Stewart, Managing Director, Stifel

Sustainable Logistics

Gwyneth Fries, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future

Salary Developments 2016

A presentation made by the China’s Economist Analyst for the German Chamber of Commerce. He shows the trend and salary forecast for 2016 in China.

Logistics Innovation Showcase
Ruthie Amaru, VP Product, Freightos

The Power of Disruptive Technology
Mark Millar, Speaker, Advisor, Author, M Power Associates

Supply Chain Technologies
Ken Lyon, Managing Director, Virtual Partners

Supply Chain Technologies
Mirek Dabrowski, General Manager & Co-Founder, oTMS

Emerging Markets – the New Hubs of Innovation
Jens Wessel, SVP of Sales & Marketing, Agility

Transportation Challenges Across Asia
Ti, in partnership with oTMS, recently undertook a survey to understand more…

Transportation Challenges Across Asia
Ti, in partnership with oTMS, recently undertook a survey to understand more…

The Future of Logistics- What does the future hold for Freight Forwarders?
Transport Intelligence, in association with technology provider Kewill, have…

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index September 2015
The September 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index December 2015
The December 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.


Big Data 大数据 — 大机遇还是大挑战?
Big Data 大数据 — 大机遇还是大挑战?

Big Data- Big Opportunities or Big Problems?
While few companies are benefiting from the insight that comes from capturing…

移动客户互动 Mobile Customer Engagement
移动客户互动 Mobile Customer Engagement.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index July 2015
The July 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Could You Benefit From A Stronger Bottom Line?
Download our white paper to learn how to solve the most monumental challenge facing the restaurant industry and how you can not only tackle the issue, but implement a cost-saving supply chain efficiency plan today!

KPMG Transport and Logistics Pulse July 2015: E-commerce Retail Logistics
E-commerce retail, particularly fulfillment related logistics activities has been driving significant investment and value for the Indian logistics sector and has emerged as an important segment of the Indian logistics spectrum. The growth of the industry has resulted in the emergence of a new breed of operators and service requirements.

GSCE 800 – Supply Chain drives Competitive Advantage
An article written by Mark Millar.

A Labour and HR Overview of the ASEAN Region
People. Performance. Profits. A presentation by Manju Vijayan.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index June 2015
The June 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index May 2015
The May 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index.


The Effect of People on the Supply Chain World: Some
Overlooked Issues

Some scholars have been so blunt as to claim that information technology is the answer to all the problems facing supply chain managers. We posit that, although information technology integration is necessary for a supply chain to succeed, people are also crucial for supply chain management to succeed.

Mobile Customer Engagement
Due to the availability of high-speed wireless networks, access to the Internet is ‘almost’ universal. The combination of a powerful computing device (smartphone) and ubiquitous connectivity to an infinite data and computing resource, will be profound. It will impact the logistics industry in many unexpected ways.

Part 3 – Nepal Earthquake Special Report: Overview
Mike King, Ti’s Head of Operations in Asia, spent a week observing humanitarian logistics operations in Nepal. In this paper, the last in the three part series, he looks at what lessons can be learned from this catastrophe and what future dangers lay in store.

Part 2 – Nepal Earthquake Special Report: Road
Mike King, Ti’s Head of Operations in Asia, spent a week observing humanitarian logistics operations in Nepal. In this paper, the second in the series, he examines the formidable road logistics challenges facing this landlocked Himalayan country.

Part 1 Nepal Earthquake Special Report: Air
Michael King, Ti’s Head of Operations in Asia, has spent the last week observing humanitarian logistics operations in Nepal. In Part 1 of his analysis he explains how this is being conducted at Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) where he, uniquely, has had full air side access.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index April 2015
The April 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index.

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index March 2015
The March 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

2015 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index
The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, now in its sixth year, uses economic and trade data, social indicators and transport development to rank 45 emerging market countries for their potential as logistics markets. The Index’s annual survey shows the regions, countries and industries where global logistics executives see the greatest growth potential and risk for the year ahead. The Index is the result of a unique collaboration between Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics and supply chain services, and Transport Intelligence, a leading global provider of expert research and analysis for the logistics industry.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index February 2015
The February 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index 2015

Innovation Briefing Paper 1: Autonomous Vehicles
Authors John Manners-Bell and Ken Lyon consider how viable driverless technology is in the road freight industry, the extent of the impact it will have and how it will affect the existing strategy of road freight operators.


Stifel Logistics Confidence Index January 2015
The January 2015 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index December 2014
The December 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index November 2014
The November 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Supply Chain Risk & Visibility in the Movement of Goods
Transport Intelligence and Kewill undertook survey research into the latest trends and developments in supply chain risk and visibility. The newly compiled report provides vital and insightful information for those working within the industry and is now available as a free download.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index October 2014
The October 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Regional Integration in Africa: what it means to trade
A guest author’s discussion of the trade corridors in Sub-Equatorial Africa’s emerging economies that facilitate exports from the region.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index September 2014
The September 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index August 2014
The August 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index July 2014
The June 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index June 2014
The June 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.


As the Middle East e-commerce market grows, what are the opportunities for logistics providers?
Ti’s latest whitepaper, produced in association with Aramex, looks at the opportunities and obstacles to growth in the Middle East e-commerce market.

De-Globalisation: Where does this leave the Global Logistics industry?
In a recent conference call hosted by Stifel Capital Markets, John Manners-Bell set out his views on de-globalisation and the trend towards regional and local supply chains, including implications for logistics service providers.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index May 2014
The May 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index April 2014
The April 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

The Middle East Logistics Market Whitepaper Series
Transport Intelligence’s CEO, John Manners-Bell considers the Middle East region and it’s logistics potential.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index March 2014
The March 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence survey.

Easing sanctions will unleash Iran’s logistics potential
With a growing middle class, a diversified manufacturing base and a considerable wealth of natural resources Iran would, under normal circumstances, represent a major opportunity for Western investors. However, with economic sanctions and concern within the international community Iran has existed in relative isolation. The whitepaper explores the potential for Iran should the international community change its attitude towards it- a possibility which looks increasingly likely.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index February 2014
The February 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence survey.

The impact of robotics and automation on logistics
One of the most talked about subjects at the World Economic Forum at Davos 2014, was the impact which advances in manufacturing technology will have on production. In the past two years much has been written about 3D printing but less attention has been paid to developments in robotics which could have an equally material effect on industrial practices.

How will logistics benefit from the economic upturn?
Transport Intelligence’s ‘How will logistics benefit from the global economic upturn?’ feature, explores the impact of the global economic recovery on the logistics sector. Ti utilises a series of growth statistics and forecasts to highlight the economic growth and world trade situations to analyse logistic market developments by region and country. Of particular interest is how emerging economies will react to ‘policy normalisation’ in the Western world.


2014 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index
The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, now in its fifth year, uses economic and trade data, social indicators and transport development to rank 45 emerging market countries for their potential as logistics markets. The Index’s annual survey shows the regions, countries and industries where global logistics executives see the greatest growth potential and risk for the year ahead. The Index is the result of a unique collaboration between Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics and supply chain services, and Transport Intelligence, a leading global provider of expert research and analysis for the logistics industry.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index January 2014
The January 2014 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index December 2013
The December 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index November 2013
The November 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index October 2013
The October 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

China: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Over the last three decades, the relentless rise of China’s export-driven economy has changed the face of world commerce. But China is now in flux as its economy transitions into a new stage of development, rendering the assumptions of yester-year obsolete. Tomorrow’s China will be a very different place, creating new opportunities, with new risks for manufacturers, traders, banks as well as supply chain and other service providers.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index September 2013
The September 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Singapore – A supply chain hub for emerging markets and beyond
Singapore has become a key operating location for manufacturers and logistics providers, with its airport and seaport among the busiest in the world. Transport Intelligence examines the country’s growing significance to global supply chains and the sustainability of this growth, with comment from the Singapore Economic Development, CEVA, DHL, Infineon Technologies and Becton Dickinson.

Emerging Markets: Endemic Corruption in the Logistics Industry
One of the key sessions at the Emerging Markets Logistics Conference, sponsored by Agility, (Singapore, September 24-25th), will be dedicated to security and corruption. John Manners-Bell discusses how this trend is holding back the progress of the logistics sector in emerging markets and how governments, manufacturers and the logistics industry are trying to tackle the problem.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index August 2013
The August 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.


Infrastructure and Logistics – Prerequisites for Sustainable Economic Growth
Today’s economies are unthinkable without the value and supply chains that modern logistics make possible. Therefore, an efficient infrastructure is a prerequisite for efficient logistics platforms and thus economic growth. Consequently, it is vitally important for emerging economies such as BRICs nations to make investments in infrastructure. Wolfgang Lehmacher, Managing Director (Greater China and India) and Partner at Corporate Value Associates, outlines planned investments in the BRIC nations and illustrates why business, politics and society will have to develop new ways of thinking about logistics.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index July 2013
The July 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Catastrophic Risk Understanding and Dealing with Threats to Supply Chains
In a world beset by natural and man-made catastrophes, are corporations taking the right approach to supply chain risk? How should companies avoid the huge disruptions felt in Asia, such as those experienced by the automotive and electronics industries? These are key questions which Ti’s Emerging Markets Logistics Conference will address.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index June 2013
The June 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Emerging markets hold the key to logistics growth
In the first of a series of regular briefings published in the run up to Ti’s Emerging Markets Logistics Conference, sponsored by Agility (Singapore, September 24-25th), John Manners-Bell, Ti’s CEO, discusses the key findings of the Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2013 and the opportunities it identifies.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index May 2013
The May 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

A presentation on the challenges of e-fulfilment
Speaking at Multimodal 2013, Joel Ray, Head of Consultancy at Transport Intelligence, discussed the impact of e-commerce on how retailers approach their supply chain strategy and the challenges e-fulfilment creates for the logistics industry.

E-tailing & the impact on distribution warehouses
Savills, in partnership with Transport Intelligence, has produced a whitepaper which identifies the current and future trends in e-tailing and outlining its impact on the UK logistics industry, in particular focusing on the distribution warehousing sector.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index April 2013
The April 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

What is the right approach to Black Swan events?
A presentation by John Manners-Bell, Ti’s CEO, to IMHX in Birmingham, UK, regarding the implications of ‘Black Swan’ events on supply chains and how to mitigate against the risk.


Stifel Logistics Confidence Index March 2013
The March 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Cloud Computing – What it is and what it isn’t
Ken Lyon, a member of the Transport Intelligence Advisory Board, specialising in Technology, has written a new whitepaper on cloud computing, providing clarity on what the term really means and explaining its potential benefits to corporations.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index February 2013
The February 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Freightex European Road Freight Rate Index February 2013
The FreightEx European Road Freight Rate Index is a free quarterly analysis of European road freight rates provided by Transport Intelligence and Freightex. Individual indices of international road freight rates by European country pair traffic lanes can be accessed on the Ti Dashboard.

Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities
Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities was initiated by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Logistics & Supply Chains and Global Trade & FDI. It is written in collaboration with Bain & Company and the World Bank. The report provides a wealth of information regarding how policies can create unnecessary supply chain costs and inefficiencies based on 18 case examples spanning multiple industries and regions.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index January 2013
The January 2013 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

2013 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index
The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, now in its fourth year, looks at the world’s most dynamic economies and the forces powering them. It examines and ranks 45 major emerging markets and identifies the attributes that make a market an attractive investment for logistics companies, air cargo carriers, shipping lines, freight forwarders and distribution property companies. Together, the Index rankings, analysis and survey of 375 industry professionals provide a basis to compare individual countries, weigh their strengths and weaknesses, and gauge their near-term prospects. The Index also looks at the inter-relationships among emerging economies and at trade flows between the emerging and developed worlds. The Index is the result of a unique collaboration between Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics and supply chain services, and Transport Intelligence, a leading global provider of expert research and analysis for the logistics industry.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index December 2012
The December 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Catastrophic risk: How vulnerable is the UK to systemic transport failure?
At a recent lunch in London hosted in conjunction with Hanover Fox International, John Manners-Bell, Ti’s Chief Executive, spoke about how the level of interconnectivity of networks has increased the risk of catastrophic failure and what needs to be done to make the UK’s response more robust.

Logistics and Transport Survey sponsored by Kewill
Transport Intelligence has conducted a survey on behalf of Kewill focusing on how the use of key logistics/transport related IT solutions have assisted companies in responding to the volatile market conditions and fluctuating customer/consumer demand of recent years. In addition, the survey analyses whether customer views and buying behaviours have changed in recent years.


Stifel Logistics Confidence Index November 2012
The November 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Freightex European Road Freight Rate Index November 2012
The FreightEx European Road Freight Rate Index is a free quarterly analysis of European road freight rates provided by Transport Intelligence and Freightex. Individual indices of international road freight rates by European country pair traffic lanes can be accessed on the Ti Dashboard.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index October 2012
The October 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Reducing Post Harvest Food Losses – The Critical Role of Logistics
With between 30%-50% of food lost before it reaches the consumer in the developing world, John Manners-Bell argues in a new whitepaper that improved logistics must play a role in reducing these losses.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index September 2012
The September 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

The Implications of 3D Printing for the Global Logistics Industry
In a new whitepaper, the authors John Manners-Bell, CEO of Transport Intelligence and technology innovator Ken Lyon explain how 3D Printing could bring about root-and-branch changes to the global logistics industry.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index August 2012
Ti is running a monthly logistics confidence index on behalf of Stifel Nicolaus. The index is based on responses from a monthly survey completed by logistics professionals. The survey questions participants as to volumes that they are currently experiencing, relative to the time of year, as well as how they expect volumes to develop over the next six months. The August 2012 findings are presented here.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index July 2012
The July 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Global Transport and Logistics Presentation
The Global Transport and Logistics whitepaper, presented by John Manners-Bell at the Davy Capital Markets Transportation and Logistics Conference in London looks at how the diverse industry dynamics and forces make the sector ripe for acquisitions.

WEF Outlook on the Logistics & Supply Chain Industry 2012
The World Economic Forum has released the 2012 edition of its report Outlook on the Logistics & Supply Chain Industry. The report comprises a series of papers written by eleven members of the Global Agenda Council on Logistics & Supply Chains, including Ti’s CEO John Manners-Bell, on issues of key importance to the logistics industry.


Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2012
The Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2012, sponsored by Agility and compiled by Transport Intelligence, compares 41 major emerging markets and identifies the key attributes which make a market an attractive investment proposition. To find out which are the most attractive logistics markets, download a free copy of the report.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index June 2012
The June 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Global Supply Chain Risk
Ti’s whitepaper, Global Supply Chain Risk, provides an insight into how globalisation and unbundling of production has altered the balance of supply chain risk.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index May 2012
The May 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Confidence Index April 2012
The April 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Stifel Logistics Confidence Index March 2012
The March 2012 results of the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index survey.

Ti Skills challenge logistics 2011
Dealing with the skills challenge in logistics

Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2011
Agility and Transport Intelligence have developed an exclusive and unique new index comparing the world’s major developing markets on a number of different metrics. The index identifies the key attributes which will make the market an attractive investment proposition from the point of view of logistics companies, air cargo carriers, shipping lines, freight forwarders and distribution property companies.

The Ti Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2010
Ti has developed an exclusive and unique new index comparing the world’s major developing markets on a number of different metrics, by identifying the key attributes which will make the market an attractive investment proposition from the point of view of logistics companies, air cargo carriers, shipping lines, freight forwarders and distribution property companies. To find out which are the most attractive logistics markets in the developing world, download the FREE whitepaper by following the link.

Strategies for Survival: a Perspective on the Chemical Industry
Tim Bett will present his observations on the impact of the recession on the chemical industry and the role of supply chain management in “strategies for survival.” This analysis will draw from his recent experience as Supply Chain Director of DSM and prior to that, as European Logistics Director at Rohm and Haas.


Conference exclusive: PwC’s perspectives on the future of the logistics industry
How different will the structure of the logistics service provider of the future be from players of today? What will be the competitive forces shaping the sector and how will LSPs respond to them? A recent survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) makes some tentative suggestions on the nature of change over the near-term.

Results prove ORTEC Advanced Planning Solutions can help you quickly achieve a highly attractive ROI
One of the main themes at Global Distribution Strategies Europe 2009 relates to how companies can save money, become more flexible and improve service levels as a result of innovations in supply chain technology. ORTEC’s advanced planning and optimization solutions are used by the world’s largest shippers and carriers – DHL, TNT Coca Cola Enterprises, Carrefour and Ahold.

What does the next phase of the economic cycle hold for the logistics industry?
In his keynote speech at Global Distribution Strategy conference, October 6-7, 2009, Brussels, Ti’s Chief Executive, John Manners-Bell, will talk about prospects for the logistics industry. In his speech he outlines three scenarios for the market: ‘golden’, ‘difficult but manageable’ and ‘meltdown’.

Nearshoring is a valuable part of a company’s logistics strategy
In these fast moving times, it is vital to stop and think critically not just about the ideas of the moment, but also about important long term trends. One of the biggest debates revolves around the future of ‘offshoring’ of production, the trend which has driven the global supply chain industry over the past decade. ‘Nearshoring’ has become an important countertrend, due to factors such as supply chain risk and the cost of fuel.

Where’s the best location for your European distribution centre?
In the latest feature discussing the key topics which will be addressed at the Global Distribution Strategies Conference, 6-7 October 2009, in Brussels, Jef van Doorslaer of real estate company Cushman & Wakefield shares some insights on the state of the European logistics property market.

The European road freight market’s in a mess – but it could be worse
In the first of a series of weekly features examining timely issues which will be discussed in more detail at TI’s upcoming Global Distribution Strategies 2009 Conference in Brussels in October, John Manners-Bell looks at the impact which the recession is having on the European road freight market.

Special Feature: The Collaboration Conundrum
The technology powering social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn is about to revolutionise supply chains. Ahead of his keynote presentation at Global Distribution Strategies Conference 2009, supply chain technology pioneer Ken Lyon explains how.

Integrated logistics in China – overcoming the challenges
While the Chinese market is not new to global 3PLs, providing shippers with integrated contract logistics and value-added services within that country remains a challenge even for those with sophisticated networks and resources. However, as explained by a senior executive from Penske Logistics, there are also opportunities for 3PLs to overcome the hurdles.

Exploring the Trans-Eurasian option
A container block train operated by Trans Eurasia Logistics (TEL), a joint venture between German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and Russian railway company RZD, is currently en route from Hamburg, northern Germany, to China, and due to arrive in Beijing and Shanghai in late November. It is the first commercial container train eastbound in that approximately 10,000km trade lane and will provide shippers with a viable alternative to ocean freight.

Asia Pacific Logistics Survey 2008
A whitepaper discussing the trends and developments highlighted by a major new survey on the Asia Pacific transport and logistics markets.


Global Distribution Strategies – Asia Pacific sponsor Somero looks at raising flooring standards around the globe
Leading manufacturer of technologically advanced concrete leveling, contouring and placing equipment, Somero, has published a new case study which looks at the importance of constructing industrial warehousing with consistent flooring standards. Visit them at the forthcoming Global Distribution Strategies Asia Pacific conference to learn more about raising flooring standards around the globe.

Real time supply chain visibility – increasing for shippers and 3PLs
The last few years have seen rapid developments in real time supply chain visibility, with the main beneficiaries being high volume shippers, 3PLs and freight forwarders. Ti interviewed two US-based technology company executives, John Urban, President of GT Nexus, and Larry Trebesch, General Manager, China, at Savi Networks. They will both be speaking at Ti’s conference ‘Global Distribution Strategies – Asia Pacific 2008’.

The Indian logistics industry growing fast, but challenges remain
Despite India’s inadequate transport infrastructure, the Indian logistics industry continues to expand. A number of Indian companies established in shipping and other marine related activities, such as Essar Shipping, Ports and Logistics Ltd (ESPLL) and the Sical group, have expanded their logistics operations recently. The funding for the often substantial investments required for these projects is coming from overseas as well as Indian sources.

Logistics in the automotive sector. On the margins of a crisis.
The global car industry is in crisis and undergoing huge changes. So what are the implications for logistics in the automotive sector?

Where will the latest business cycle take freight forwarders?
Understanding the business model of freight forwarding − and the immediate prospects for the big forwarders.

Key developments in the Asia Pacific sea freight container market
In terms of ocean container throughput and volume growth, the Asia Pacific region continues to dominate the globe, largely due to the recent and sustained double-digit increases in exports from China. This country’s dominance of the Asia Pacific region looks set to continue, through several major container port developments….

Global economic instability – what impact on the Asia Pacific logistics industry?
The effects of the current economic crisis in the western world are already evident. However, the extent to which the downturn in the US and Europe will impact on the economies of the Far East is less obvious….

What is the future for the Asia Pacific logistics market?
The economies of the Asia Pacific region have been responsible for driving growth in the global logistics market. With a downturn taking hold in the US and Europe, future growth in the region is even more critical to that industry’s prospects.

Collapse of WTO talks threatens global trade
The Doha Round of WTO trade talks has collapsed amidst bitter recriminations. Although agriculture was the sticking point, the failure will have severe implications for all global supply chains.

Survey shows companies are passing the buck on ‘green’ logistics costs
New research by Transport Intelligence sponsored by Kewill suggests that most companies seeking to make their logistics operations more environmentally friendly want someone else to cover the costs.


New index ranks Hong Kong and Singapore best for trade
Two Asian economies – Hong Kong and Singapore – occupy the top two positions in the World Economic Forum’s Enabling Trade Index ranking published this week as part of The Global Enabling Trade Report 2008.

High fuel prices could lead to global supply chain restructuring
What impact will higher fuel prices have on global sourcing and related logistics patterns? For example, could some production operations in China be relocated closer to destination markets in Europe and North America to reduce transport costs?

Soaring fuel prices have yet to dent demand for freight transport
Britain yesterday (May 27) became the latest country to experience public protests over fuel prices. Currently, though, there is still little sign that higher fuel costs are hitting general worldwide demand for freight transport.

European LTL industry – on the same road as US counterpart?
Major players now dominate the US LTL (less than trailer load) road freight market but while the comparable sector in Europe shows some similarities, the overall picture in the latter remains quite different.

Special Briefing: What is the future for the Chinese logistics industry?
Lee Perkins, Head of Ti’s China Practice, spoke at the Global Distribution Strategies Conference, May 13-15 2008, Marriott Hotel, Amsterdam. Here he talks to Logistics Briefing Editor Thomas Cullen about some of the key trends in the market.

Where’s the best location for your distribution centre?
Manufacturers and retailers spend millions on re-structuring their logistics systems. Looking at one of the key issues which will be discussed at Global Distribution Strategies Conference 2008, Ti’s Chief Analyst John Manners-Bell looks at the factors involved in optimising the location of a distribution hub.

When supply chains go bad!
Very few manufacturers, retailers, or for that matter logistics providers, willingly reveal their distribution disasters. In a preview of his presentation at Ti’s Global Distribution Strategies Conference 2008, Thomas Cullen outlines some of the most important to have hit the news over the past few years.

Embrace ‘green logistics’ or lose business: the stark choice for providers
‘Green logistics’ is now much more than marketing hype – it has become an essential part of the tendering process for outsourced logistics. In the next in a series of feature articles exploring the issues to be addressed at Ti’s Global Distribution Strategies Conference 2008, some of the implications for physical distribution and warehousing are explored.

Special Briefing: What’s shaping the global distribution market?
This special briefing discusses some of the major issues which are shaping the world’s logistics markets and which will be examined at Ti’s Global Distribution Strategies Conference 2008.

Special feature: Toyota poised to lead auto spares’ market
The Toyota Parts Centre Europe in Belgium gives a remarkable insight into the application of Toyota’s operational culture to the question of warehousing and distribution. In a feature length article, Thomas Cullen, Ti’s senior analyst, examines how after sales has become yet another competitive strength for Toyota.