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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749470232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749470234
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,323,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A handbook for the modern logistics manager." (Jem Newton, IHS.com)

"Global Logistics Strategies provides the characteristically thorough and thought-provoking coverage we have become accustomed to from the author, bridging the relevant history, turbulent present, and potential future of this fast paced industry." (Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point)

"The developments that are shaping the logistics industry are defined and described using the six key segments of freight forwarding, contract logistics, shipping, road freight, air cargo and express." (Supply Management)

"If you are interested in the development of the logistics sector, how it has been influenced by economic factors and demand trends, current risks to the industry, and how it will evolve over the coming years, this is the book for you. This book offers a detailed and clear description of the past three decades of logistics, and gives readers an understanding of how today's logistics sector and global supply chain evolved. Manners-Bell also helps readers dig into and understand the various transportation modes and supply chain verticals." (Inbound Logistics)

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Offers a step-by-step guide to global logistics|Defines, describes, and explores key logistics segments, including freight forwarding, contract logistics, shipping, road freight, air cargo and express|Examines major sectors, including Automotive, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Consumer, and High Tech|Provides strategies and recommendations that companies can leverage

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This book is a excellent guide to the sometimes arcane world of logistics and supply chain management. The author has that rare ability to explain complex topics in an engaging and accessible way. This is important because as more companies are being defined by how effective they are at logistics and distribution, their customers, directors and shareholders are forcing the issue into the spotlight.

Of the large number of books published on this topic, very few are 'a good read', this book is emphatically one of those. The author has skilfully mapped out a framework providing the relevant context for the industry today and then describes the various operational segments involved. There are also some good examples/case studies and a nod to some of the trends that may have a profound impact on the industry in future (e.g. 3D printing). The illustrations are clear and included to support the narrative, not just to provide 'eye candy', all of which compliment the whole.

In my view there is just one small omission, this is in regards to technology. Given that much of the industry today is unable to function without its information systems underpinning, a basic primer on some of the technologies involved would have been helpful.

In summary, this is a noteable attempt to explain a topic that impacts everybody in some form or other. I suspect it would find a perfect audience with the senior directors and board members of organisations who are dealing with logistics at a strategic level. Its a great primer, written by someone from inside the industry with practical experience and it shows. It deserves a wider audience.
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HASH(0x98d2c9f0) out of 5 stars The characteristically thorough and thought-provoking coverage we have become accustomed to from this author 19 Nov. 2014
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Global Logistics Strategies provides the characteristically thorough and thought-provoking coverage we have become accustomed to from author John Manners-Bell. In his acknowledgements, he mentions that his father set up a transport company in the 1970s. Logistics is clearly in his blood.

The book opens with the current and historical context required to grasp this expansive industry. Of particular importance are geopolitical factors such as trade agreements, trade groups, and tariffs. As more trade becomes ‘free’, it is easier for logistics providers to move goods within and between modes, even across country lines. While the largest economies in the world will always have a great deal of influence on logistics trends, the relative importance of individual trade lanes is always in flux. Although the consumption of emerging economies presents new growth opportunities, the time required to build up the requisite infrastructure may create a lag in available capacity. Companies looking to safeguard their top line will ultimately need to create both foreign and domestic demand – each of which has its own logistics requirements.

“In many respects, effective supply chain management is all about the trade-off of one set of risks against another.” (p. 221)

The trend away from focusing on economies of scale in manufacturing and production has taken considerable inventory out of the system and altered what companies want from their logistics providers. Requests for smaller, more frequent deliveries mean more vehicles of smaller size as well as losses in provider efficiency. The design of each logistics network includes trade-offs between the costs of transport versus warehousing, inventory, and administration. The idea of trade-offs is central throughout the book, as there are no clear-cut answers to be found in this area of management and strategy. It is evident just how much opportunity for creating competitive advantage is tied up in the ability to make good decisions.

Of particular interest (and importance) is the section on rebalancing internal and external risks. As with the trade-offs inherent in designing a logistics network, there are advantages and disadvantages to externalizing production and transportation. Risk may be raised overall, but specific risks are also dispersed as more different locations are involved. Additional challenges include poor visibility and the volatility of both fuel and shipping costs. The probability and length of each potential disruption must be weighed against the options and costs of mitigation.

This book bridges the relevant history, turbulent present, and potential future (including expected disruptive technologies such as 3D printing) with an air of calm and understanding. In addition to broadly applicable information on global logistics, Manners-Bell devotes considerable time to each mode, and provides more in depth coverage of the vertical sectors for automotive, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and retail logistics, and high tech.
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