Global Logistics Strategies examines 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 features strategies and recommendations that companies can leverage. John Manners-Bell examines individual logistics segments looking at each one's unique micro-economic dynamics: freight forwarding, contract logistics, shipping, road freight, air cargo and express are defined, explored and described in detail. The book also examines the individual supply chain dynamics and logistics demands of the major vertical sectors: Automotive, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Consumer and High Tech.
John, 45, grew up in the family freight forwarding and transport business in southern England. After gaining extensive operational experience at an early age, his career has since spanned research, strategy and marketing within the industry including a period as European marketing manager for UPS Logistics Group. He combines a deep seated interest in logistics and supply supply chain with a passion for writing and speaking.
In 2002 John founded the research company Transport Intelligence Ltd which has attained a market leading position in the provision of market research to a range of blue chip customers and governmental organisations with offices in the UK, USA and Hong Kong.
He is a highly experienced author, speaker and thought leader and recently became Chair of the Logistics and Supply Chain Council of the World Economic Forum.
John is regularly quoted in the trade and national press (FT, Bloomberg, Wall St Journal, Economist etc) as well as appearing on TV and Radio. He speaks regularly at conferences in countries around the world which have included China, India, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Mauritius as well as the UK.
For two years from 2008, he was Special Adviser to the Conservative Shadow Transport Ministerial Team, advising on issues including road freight policy.
John has a degree in Classics from Kings College London and an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from the University of Westminster. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CILT.
John is married with two children and 3 dogs. He is a keen cyclist and regularly competes in triathlons.