Decoding Sustainable Logistics Trends
Viewpoints from Leading Practitioners
June 26, 2012
|RUTH BANOMYONG, Thammasat University, Bangkok|
|EDGAR BLANCO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)|
|LUIZ FILIPE, ILOS Instituto de Logistica e Supply Chain, Rio de Janeiro|
|J. ROD FRANKLIN, Kühne + Nagel Management AG (KN)|
|JAN FRANSOO, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)|
|JAN HAVENGA, University of Stellenbosch|
|PETER KLAUS, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|ALAN McKINNON, Kühne Logistics University|
|LAURI OJALA, Turku School of Economics|
|FRANCESC ROBUSTÉ, Technical University of Catalonia|
|MICHEL SAVY, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC)|
|LOUIS-PAUL TARDIF, Transport Canada|
|HANS ITTMANN, HWI Consulting|
|MICHAEL O'LEARY, IBM|
XIAODONG WANG, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing (UIBE)
Moderated by leading transport and trade facilitation economists from the World Bank
Logistics is the primary source of international trade costs. High costs of physical and non-physical bottlenecks to trade and logistics can dampen competitiveness. They also disproportionately affect the poor. In developing countries, logistics expenditures can account for 15 to 30 percent of GDP and typically 20 to 60 percent of the delivered price of food. Furthermore, logistics and supply chain efficiency are central to sustainability concerns like urban development and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
This conference was organized by the Global Expert Team for Trade Facilitation & Logistics (GET-TFL), as well as the PREM and SD networks. Established in November 2011, the GET brings together Bank Group staff across networks and regions, including PREM Trade, Sustainable Development Transport and Agriculture, Private Sector Development, and DEC. With additional support from industry experts and academics, it is dedicated to helping clients across the developing world facilitate trade and improve the efficiency of logistics.
The objective of the conference was to highlight the most up-to-date knowledge on logistics-related policies and business practices. Participants had the opportunity to interact with policymakers (many of whom are currently project partners with the World Bank), as well as experts from academia and the private sector, who will provide insight on future challenges to making logistics more sustainable. The two primary areas of focus were i) the sustainability dimension of logistics (i.e. green logistics, city logistics) and ii) the experiences and challenges faced by some of the best "logistics performers" from developing countries.