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Introduction to Global Logistics

Introduction to Global Logistics

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John Manners-Bell


Provides a thorough introduction and step-by-step guide to global logistics, including the global logistics infrastructure and the strategic principles and practices in transportation modes and supply chain verticals.

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About the book

Introduction to Global Logistics offers a step-by-step guide to global logistics. Covering the breadth of logistics, this highly accessible text covers everything you need to know and is illustrated by engaging case studies of market leaders.

In this comprehensive book John Manners-Bell provides an in depth definition, description and exploration of the strategic principles and practices in transportation modes and supply chain verticals, including: freight forwarding, contract logistics, shipping, road freight, air cargo and express. The book also examines major sectors, including Automotive, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Consumer, and High Tech.

Introduction to Global Logistics offers a detailed examination of key topics, including: how the logistics industry has developed, how it is influenced by macro-economic factors and demand-side trends, what the risks are to the industry, and how it will develop over the coming years. It examines important trends and developments that are shaping the industry, including 3D printing, megacities, and post-harvest food losses.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - A: Foreword
    • Chapter - B: Introduction
    • Chapter - 1: What’s shaping the global logistics market?
    • Chapter - 2: An industry in transformation: towards consolidation
    • Chapter - 3: Logistics market development by geography
    • Chapter - 4: The emergence of logistics clusters
    • Chapter - 5: International freight forwarding
    • Chapter - 6: Contract logistics
    • Chapter - 7: European road freight
    • Chapter - 8: Express parcels
    • Chapter - 9: Air cargo
    • Chapter - 10: Container shipping
    • Chapter - 11: The European rail and intermodal sectors
    • Chapter - 12: Supply chain technologies
    • Chapter - 13: Supply chain dynamics of vertical sectors
    • Chapter - 14: Risks in global supply chains
    • Chapter - 15: The e-commerce logistics phenomenon
    • Chapter - 16: Supply chain innovation and disruption
    • Chapter - 17: Ethical and sustainable supply chain strategies
    • Chapter - 18: References


This updated second edition deals with a wide range of complex issues in a straightforward style. The book benefits from the author's many years of experience as a global logistics expert. This knowledge and insight has been brought together into a single volume that will be extremely valuable for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of the complex forces for change affecting global logistics.
Michael Browne, Professor of Logistics and Urban Freight Transport, University of Gothenburg

Global logistics capabilities have been a foundation of the huge growth in world trade and economic activity in the emerging economies. The downturn of 2008/9 has heralded a new era of regional trade and changing business models, alongside continued intercontinental trade. This book, from a world expert, unravels and explains the massive complexity of services, segments, geographies and technologies that will be needed to adapt to a new normal. It will be a huge help in anchoring their thinking.
Alan Braithwaite, Chairman, LCP Consulting and Visiting Professor, Cranfield School of Management

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749478254
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd November 2016
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 384 pages

About the Author

John Manners-Bell is the founder and CEO of Transport Intelligence, a leading supplier of market solutions to the global logistics industry. He is Honorary Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University, adviser to the World Economic Forum and a former Chairman of the Supply Chain Council of the World Economic Forum. Prior to establishing Transport Intelligence, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specializing in international trade, transport and logistics. John Manners-Bell is author of Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets and Supply Chain Risk.

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